Kriota Willberg — Dance/Film bio:

Kriota WillbergKRIOTA WILLBERG has danced and choreographed in Germany, Chicago, and New York. In addition to working with her company, Dura Mater, Willberg choreographs for commercial, theatrical, and other dance productions. Dance choreography for film includes The Bentfootes (dir. K. Willberg and Todd Alcott), Grasshopper (dir. Todd Alcott), Dreamgirl (dir. Robbie Busch), and On The Road With Judas (dir. JJ Lask). She has passed her basic proficiency tests in Single Sword and Broadsword techniques from the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and occasionally includes fight choreography in her own work and for others. Her article on dance and stage combat was published in the SAFD magazine, The Fightmaster. Her ballerina tattoo was featured in Dance Magazine.

DURA MATER was founded by Willberg in 1993 as a vehicle for her choreography. The dance company has performed in a variety of dance, music, and performance venues in New York (Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Irving Plaza, CBGBs) and the US. The cortege has also teamed up with the rock band The Wharton Tiers Ensemble for an occasional cultural exchange, opening for the bands Helmet and Sonic Youth.

Credited by Deborah Jowitt as having "terrific choreographic ideas" and "a fine wit", Willberg has made dances for live performance and film: synchronized waddling for a modern dance look at Swan Lake, a ballet for surgeons in scrubs, a dance of death for Batman performed in the style of Nijinsky, a burlesque strip tease for a dog-woman with six breasts, a square dance (with fights) depicting the Civil War battle of Fort Donnelson, and many other projects.

Kriota Willberg/Dura Mater projects have received support from the 92nd Street Y, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund (MCAF), The Field's Independent Artist Challenge Program (IACP) and Artist-Manager Partnerships, The Puffin Foundation, Dixon Place (Mondo Cane! commission), and The American Antiquarian Society (Artist's Research Fellowship).

photo: David (Squid) Quinn



Kriota Willberg — Anatomy bio:

Kriota WillbergKriota Willberg has been fascinated by human anatomy since her first college summer course (and first encounter with a cadaver) and has been studying it ever since.

Education: Kriota received certification as a Massage Therapist from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 1987, a B. A. from Northeastern Illinois University in Dance: Performance and Choreography in 1991, and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist in New York State since 1993. She was a member of the American Massage Therapy Association's National Sports Massage Team from 1993-1996, and has over 1,100 hours as an assistant/instructor (plus certification) with Jim Hackett's Clinical Sports Massage certification program. Kriota completed the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences' Personal Training program in 2007, and has also studied with Judith Walker (Neuromuscular technique), Sally Fitt (anatomy), and Irene Dowd (anatomy).

Massage: Retired from practice, Kriota's 18-year career in massage focused on therapeutic, sports massage, and injury rehabilitation. Kriota has worked as a sports massage therapist at the Chicago Triathalon and other athletic and dance events, as well as for the New York Giants football team. She has worked with clients with various orthopedic conditions through her massage practice at The Integrative Care Center affiliated with the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dance and Yoga: After studying dance at the University of Utah, Kriota danced in Chicago with Nana Shineflug and the Chicago Moving Company, taught dance, and led workshops in massage and anatomy for dancers. In New York, Kriota founded the company Dura Mater as a vehicle for her choreography. Since 1993 the group has performed in dance, music, and performance venues in New York and the US, and has now made their first feature film. Kriota studies stage combat with Joe Travers/Swordplay, and has passed proficiency exams in broadsword and singlesword technique. Kriota began and continues her yoga studies at Jivamukti Yoga Center in 1993, with Sharon Gannon and David Life.

Teaching: Kriota was a faculty member at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy from 1987-1991. Currently she teaches massage and pathology at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, and was their Western Massage Dept. Chair from 1998-2000. Kriota teaches anatomy in the teacher training programs of Jivamukti Yoga Center, Dragonfly Yoga Studio, Fort Walton Beach, FL, The Kane School of Core Integration (Pilates), and other schools, as well as anatomy and injury prevention classes for yoga, dance, and Pilates in New York and nationally. She teaches anatomy at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and in the dance department Marymount Manhattan College, and has taught at Bard College, and NYU.

photo: R. Sikoryak

Other schools:
Dhyana Yoga, Philadelphia, PA
The Harmony Group, Englewood, NJ
Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier, MD
Laughing Lotus, NYC
Pilates on Fifth, NYC
The Shala, NYC
Willow Street Yoga, Washington DC
Yoga People, Brooklyn, NY
The Yoga Room, East Patchogue, NY
Cityoga Indianapolis, IN
Long Island Yoga Association