Jane Hawley ’87 is a member of the Luther College Visual and Performing Arts Department. She teaches dance composition and movement fundamentals courses and dance history. Jane’s research focuses on changing the paradigm for dance training from a step-based learning system to a conceptual-based process, empowering young dancers to become artists—enabling them to think and create, rather than repeat and do. This process establishes ideal conditions for collaborative work across disciplines. Jane’s dancing began on a dirt road next to the farm she was raised on in Vail, Iowa.
Jodi Enos-Berlage is a professor in the Luther College biology department. She teaches general biology, microbiology, and immunology, and actively engages undergraduate students in research projects that focus on water quality and environmental sensing by bacteria. Her agricultural upbringing, current small farming operation in an impaired watershed, and interest in using the arts to communicate science have contributed to the inspiration for this work.
Jon Ailabouni ’10, Body of Water composer and music director, is a trumpeter, jazz musician, and music educator. Jon directs the Luther College Jazz Band, Luther jazz combo program, and teaches ethnomusicology, improvisation, jazz theory and arranging, jazz history, and studio lessons in improvisation and trumpet. Jon’s interests in collaborative and interdisciplinary work have led to multiple large-scale works featuring his composition including In Search of America with author Robert Wolf, Highway 57 with dancer-choreographer Blake Nellis, Chet Baker: In A Blue Room with Nellis and actor Kristen Underwood, and Body of Water and The Invitation Game with choreographer Jane Hawley.
Ian Carstens ‘14, Body of Water cinematographer, is an artist and a lover of all things living. He is developing a keen interest in working with video and cinematography as well as constantly reevaluating what it means to collaborate. A poet, a gardener, a painter and a wanderer, Ian finds himself often on a path similar to that of Body of Water—one that connects the love of beauty with awareness, knowledge with change and recognition with celebration.