Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet. Galumpha is a triumphant mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, award winning choreography (Edinburgh Festival Critics' Choice Award, Moers International Comedy Arts Prize) that is equally at home on the concert stage, at a comedy club or at an outdoor festival.
Formed in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg O'Brien, Galumpha delivers a fast-paced, athletic brand of movement, distinctive for its ingenuity. Highlights include "Velcro" as seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, Crook and Chase (TNN) and the 2002 MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, and "Clackers," seen on MTV, Showtime, A & E, Just for Laughs in Montreal, and by over one billion television viewers around the globe. Other pieces feature experiments in human architecture set to music by Rachmaninov, Mahler and the virtuoso Czech band Jablkon, making for an exceptionally entertaining program.
Andy Horowitz, President & Director / Performer
Andy has performed his choreographic works at more than two thousand venues in thirty countries, including London’s Southbank Center, New York’s Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Seoul Arts Center, Berlin’s Akademie Der Künste, The Stadsschouwburg of Amsterdam, The Kravis Center, and countless others. He has been a featured performer on CBS’s Late Night with David Letterman, on the A&E Network, MTV, HBO, Canada’s Musique Plus, Germany’s ARTE Network, The BBC and
Madrid’s Telecinco. Andy holds a BA in Theatre from
University and an MBA from
University. He lectures on entrepreneurship and offers choreographic workshops at schools and conservatories throughout the world. Andy is an artist-in-residence of
University’s department of Theatre, and lives in
Binghamton, NY with his wife, Carol, and their two children, Talia and Elias.
Emiko Okamoto, Performer
Emiko Okamoto was born into a dance family. Her mother, Kathy Kroll, is the founding director of Kathy Kroll Dance and Paper Theatre, of which Emiko has been a principal dancer since 2003. Emi taught for seven years at the School of Visual and Performing Arts in Stroudsburg, PA. She will graduate from Binghamton University with a double major in mathematical science and theatre in 2012, where she participates in many on-campus dance organizations, including International Flag Dancers, Quasi Dance Crew, and Children’s Dance Theatre, of which she was the student manager. Emi’s debut performance with Galumpha was for First-Night Haddonfield, NJ on New Year’s Eve, 2011.
Gil Young Choi, Performer
Gil Young Choi studies theater at Binghamton University. He is a member of the Binghamton Morris Men, the oldest continually performing Morris Dance team in North America. Gil prefers sweet to salty, but chooses sweet and salty to either one alone. Gil's debut performance with Galumpha was on March 13, 2015 in Lincroft, NJ.
Will Matos, Performer
William Matos won Best Male Dancer awards at the Adrenaline Dance Convention in New Jersey, at the NYLA Dance Convention and Competition in
New York, and was an International Dance Organization finalist for the World Hip Hop Team. Will was a lead dancer in singer/choreographer Oh My Josh’s music video Out My Face, and in 2010 danced the title role in the world premier of Pygmalion—a ballet choreographed by JoEllen Kuhlman with an original musical score by composer Santino DeAngelo. Will holds a BS in Human Development from
University, and has trained extensively in many dance styles from renowned teachers such as Hector Flores, Jose de la Cuesta, Fred Weiss, Chio, Gia Mele, Lee-Ann Bruno and Kelly Coghlan.
Tory Daral, Performer
Singer, dancer, Tory Daral, cofounded Multi-Cultural Crew (MCC) in 2010, an ensemble of dancers who choreograph for Binghamton University clubs and perform at local venues. Tory trained at Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy and teaches Hip Hop and Acrobatics at A Step Ahead Performing Arts Academy. Tory is a lead vocalist for the rock band, Nova City. She teaches piano, voice and anticipates a 2014 BA in Music Business from Full Sail University.
Howard S. Klein, Production Manager / Galumpha Corporate Officer: Secretary
Howard Klein (Production Manager & Lighting Designer)
Howard has worked for many years as a professional AEA Production Stage Manager Off-Broadway and Regionally. He most recently worked at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts as Producing Coordinator in the Theatrical Production department. Howard teaches Stage Management at SUNY Binghamton and is the Stage Manager for Cornell’s department of Performing and Media Arts. He received a BA in Technical Theatre from State University of New York at Binghamton.
Joshua Legate, Production Manager
Joshua Legate received The Spotlight Award in 2008 and The Alexander and Victoria Dean Scholarship in 2009 for promising work in the technical field. After receiving a BA in Drama from The University of Montana, Josh moved to New York to begin work on his Masters in Lighting Design at Binghamton State University. Specializing in Technical Direction and Lighting Design, Josh had worked professionally in Montana, Virginia, and much of the Pacific Northwest before joining the Galumpha team in August of 2013.
Vivake Khamingsavath, Performer and Publicist
Dancer, choreographer and teacher, Vivake Khamsingsavath, began as a hip hop freestylist, performing every weekend for hip hop teams such as International Flag Dancers, Black Dance Repertoire, and Quasi Dance Crew at Binghamton University. Since earning a BA in English from Binghamton University, Vivake has devoted himself to advancing his dance career. Vivake's YouTube Channel has garnered over half a million views with attention from all over the world. He has been featured as special artist at talent site, Talenthouse.com, and has been sought after by TV casting directors representing shows such as America's Got Talent. Vivake shot a commercial with marketing company ID8creative, danced at concerts and in music videos for artists such as Ashley Lux, Lauren Legato and The Mast. Vivake has performed in Europe and taught workshops in Asia. Vivake trained in Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern from renown international teachers in New York City, Los Angeles, California, and Washington, DC. Vivake has performed with the award-winning, international Modern Dance Company, Galumpha, has danced for New York City dance crew DEF-C and has recently worked with French choreographer, Brice Mousset. Vivake's experiences dancing around the world have taught him valuable lessons, which he passionately shares with his students.
Monteith McCollum, Filmmaker
Over the past 15 years Monteith McCollum has completed a number of films and sound works. He's screened at Festivals and Museums including The Hirshorn, The Museum of Modern Art, Wexner Center for the Arts and Film Festivals including South by Southwest, Los Angeles, Slamdance, Hot Docs, and Jeonju in Korea. His first feature film "Hybrid" (2001) garnered eleven festival awards including the Fipresci Award at Amsterdam Documentary Festival and the IFP / Direct T.V. Truer than Fiction Spirit Award for unique vision. Later that year Monteith was also awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Prize and a Rockefeller Fellowship. Hybrid screened in independent theaters in the U.S. and was broadcast on PBS's series P.O.V. and ARTE in France and Germany in 2002-2003. His next film a short entitled "Lawn" was completed in 2004. This film was fortunate to be a selected for P.O.V as well, along with the broadcast it was also included as a special web stream for Earth Month in 2006. "Lawn" also won top prizes at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Black Maria. "Milk in the Land" Monteith McCollum's second feature length documentary was a collaboration with his partner Ariana Gerstein. This feature completed in 2006 received funding through the NEA as part of the Creative Media Arts Fellowship program. In conjunction it was also supported by NYFA, NYSCA, and the Kodak Cinematography Stock Award. "Milk in the Land," creened at festivals including the Chicago Underground, Hot Docs, and Sheffield Documentary Festival in the U.K. A shorter rendition of the feature entitled "Notes on Milk" was broadcast on P.O.V in 2010 in conjunction with the film "Food Inc." Monteith's most recent feature length film "A Different Path" premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 and will be streamed online through the Documentary Alliance beginning in Oct of 2011. "A Different Path" received support from NYSCA and NYFA and was a International Documentary Association Nominee for the Pare Lorentz Award in 2008. While continuing to make films Monteith has also been consistently composing unique sound works for films along the way, this includes work for his films as well as other filmmakers. Selections from his Hybrid soundtrack have been played on WNYC in New York and is included on the NYFA Current Fellow CD compilation curated and put together in 2009. Monteith was also a recipient of a NYFA Fellow Award for Music Composition in 2009. He's made the soundtracks for all of his feature length films. and has his most recent "Different Path" sound compositions are available through the Urban Meadow label. In 2012 Monteith completed “Listen” as part of an exquisite corpse collaboration commissioned by Slamdance International Film Festival.. This will be released as a feature work entitled “I want to be an American” comprising 6 films on the Slamdance Film Festival DVD series label for early 2013. Currently Monteith is working on a multi-media performative work entitled “Hidden Frequencies” a three movement work in progress utilizing video projection, sculpture, and sound performance to explore sound process technologies.
Greg O'Brien, Director/Performer
An all-Connecticut soccer player and track athlete during high school, Greg began dancing in college and eventually received a B.A. in Theatre with a Dance emphasis from
. His mentor in modern dance was Professor Trudy Cobb. Professors Fred Weiss and Sue Peters kindled his interest in musical theater and jazz dance. Happily married with two children and two big dogs, Greg recently relocated to New Hampshire where his wife is a lit professor at
. In 2005 Greg received a Master's degree in History from
and is currently working toward a Master's of Education.
Marlon Torres, Executive Vice President
Marlon Torres has performed lead dance roles on stages throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, including venues such as the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL, California's Napa Valley Opera House, the Tollwood Festival in Munich, Germany, Finland's Jyväskylä Festival, and the Singapore Arts Festival. He began his career as a principal dancer in Mini Pops--a highly-rated Venezuelan TV dance ensemble featuring child performers, which enchanted millions of loyal viewers in Venezuela and the
Caribbean. Marlon is on the teaching faculty of North Carolina Arts in Action, and is currently working to develop a dance exchange program for young students from Venezuela and the
United States. He is a member of the International Dance Council and Dance USA, is an honors graduate of
University's Department of Theatre, and holds an MBA from the University of Leicester, England.
David Friedheim, Sculptor
David's mother was a painter and his father was a classical musician. He received his BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1982 and his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore Maryland in 1986. His sculptures have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. He has built artwork on commission for many private and public clients including such firms as Bill Graham Presents. In 1999 he was a founding member of The Crucible, a school devoted to linking the arts, industry and community in Berkeley, CA. Currently he lives in Baltimore MD where he co-directs the collaborative art group Grendel's Mother along with his wife and fellow artist Trisha Kyner. For more information on David Friedheim please visit www.grendelsmother.org
Kate Parlato, Performer
After graduating from the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts with a major in Dance, Kate studied at Fordham University in the Fordham/ Alvin Ailey B.F.A. dance program. She continued her dance training at Steps on Broadway and graduated from Fordham University summa cum laude with a B.A. in Religious Studies in 2007. She has performed with Sweet Enuff Dancers and Jette Performance Company in New York, and has been a member of Sidelong Dance Co. since January 2008. Kate’s choreography has been performed by Sidelong Dance Co. and was selected to appear at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival in May 2009. She taught Ballet and Jazz at Dance Cavise in Mamaroneck, NY throughout college and is currently teaching in Chapel Hill, NC at the Triangle Youth Ballet.