Adrian Hoffman

artistic director

Adrian (he/they), was born and raised in Cambridge, MA, where they began their training as a martial artist at Davis Sq. Martial Arts. After receiving their Black Belt, they transitioned to dance in high school at the Cambridge School of Weston. In addition they are an alumni of Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. They went on to graduate from The Ailey School/Fordham University with a BFA in Dance and double minor in Philosophy/Math while also pioneering a study abroad exchange with Israel’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.

Along with directing Cantankerous Creatures in Boston, Adrian currently lives in Los Angeles working as a dancer and choreographer. Previously they have been a company member of Whim W'Him, a guest dancer with Alvin Ailey and BODYTRAFFIC, danced in music videos for Katy Perry and Justin Beiber among others, freelanced on stage and film and appeared as a featured dancer in Greta Gerwig’s recent remake of Little Women. 

Robyn Ayers

Robyn (they/them) is a New York City-based contemporary modern dancer, originally from Kansas City. They graduated summa cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in 2016, with a degree in dance and philosophy. Robyn’s artistic intent is to invest in the intersection between classical modern and gestural contemporary work, with an emphasis on intuitive human impulse. Since entering the professional world, Robyn has worked for several project-based companies, was a principal dancer for nathantrice/RITUALS dance theater, and has created dance for film for the Anna/Kate Band. Robyn currently dances for Hivewild and Ballez, and is honored to move with Cantankerous Creatures.

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Raymond ejiofor

Raymond Ejiofor holds a Masters of Public Health Policy from University of Southern California and is a recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Fellowship. Raymond graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Decision Science and double minor in Engineering Studies and Technology and Policy. Raymond began his training under Judith Rhodes Calgaro in Arlington, VA and the Dance Theater of Harlem. While balancing academics and artistry Raymond has worked with various choreographers including Daniel Ezralow, Aszure Barton, Ryan Heffington, Lula Washington, Sidra Bell, Camille A. Brown, Kyle Abraham, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Cindy Salgado, Cindera Che, Nina McNeely, Bryan Arias, Danielle Agami, Christopher Huggins, and Robert Battle.  Some of his performance credits include Audi | Shanghai, Toshiba International Industrial, Samsung, Apple, 59th Annual Grammy Awards, American Music Awards 2018, MTV VMAs 2017, Beijing Dance Festival, Israeli Opera House, Springboard Danse Montreal, LA Phil, SummerStage NYC, Jazz Dance World Congress and Pittsburgh Opera.

Ejiofor has danced for artists such as Katy Perry, Sia, Pharrell Williams, Dua Lipa, Little Boots, 30 Seconds to Mars, Gerard Way, The Acid, Moullinex, Fitz and the Tantrums and Daft Punk. Ejiofor joined the company of dance theater production PEARL, which premiered at Lincoln Center | David H. Koch Theater and continues to tour around the world. Under the direction of Greer Reed, Ejiofor was a founding member of August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (AWCDE), which was named "25 to Watch" in 2012 by Dance Magazine.  Ejiofor currently collaborates with various companies such as Ezralow Dance, Ate9 Dance Company, David Roussève / REALITY, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Lula Washington Dance Theater, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, Kevin Williamson Dance, Pony Box Dance Theater, Post Ballet, and Brice Mousset's Oui Danse. 

Molly levy

Molly Levy (she/her) is a Seattle-based dancer originally from Berkeley, CA. She trained at Berkeley City Ballet and SF SotA and graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Molly has performed with artists and companies throughout the Pacific Northwest and East Coast including the Seattle Opera, LED, Equus Projects, Kate Wallich’s YC2, House of Verlaine, The Gray, Katie Scherman + Artists, and Cameo Lethem, among others. Her work has also brought her beyond contemporary dance into live theater performance and movement direction, burlesque, and her own visual art. Beyond performance Molly teaches movement to people of all ages, toddlers to seniors and everyone in between.

Lindsey Matheis

Lindsey Matheis (she/her) is from North Carolina and received her training at UNC School of the Arts and LINES Ballet. Lindsey danced for Northwest Dance Project from 2009 until 2014 and then at BODYTRAFFIC until 2018 where she performed work by Danielle Agami, Sidra Bell, Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Anton Lachky, Barak Marshall, Andrea Miller, Jiří Pokorný, Arthur Pita, Crystal Pite, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Ihsan Rustem, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegal, Didy Veldman, and Wen Wei Wang, among others. She currently dances with Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented by several dance festivals including Chop Shop and Men in Dance. In addition, she has produced and directed three independent dance festivals in Portland OR, with the mission of giving a platform to young dance makers. She is currently exploring meditation's relationship with dance, working on various operas under the direction of James Darrah, and enjoying the invitation to play every day. 

Anthony Pucci

Anthony (he/him), born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, began his dance training at Studio Dance under Michele Burke.  Anthony danced most recently with the NW Dance Project where he was privileged to create new works with renowned choreographers such as Ihsan Rustem, Sarah Slipper, Patrick Delcroix, Wen Wei Wang, Cayetano Soto, Danielle Agami, Luca Vegetti, and James Canfield. He attended the University of Iowa, where he received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. While attending university, he had the privilege to perform extensively in faculty, graduate, and undergraduate work — most notably a site-specific work at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia with the visually stunning Tori Lawrence & Co. Anthony is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance.

Photo by Travis Emory Hackett

Photo by Chris Peddecord

Photo by Chris Peddecord

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