Anna Stromer- Viola
Anna Stromer is a Boston-based violist. She began classical training in high school but shortly after graduating, began exploring styles ranging from jazz to rock to hip-hop and pop. As an active freelancer, she has worked with artists such as Eminem, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Vitamin String Quartet, Wyclef Jean, Jacob Collier, Dream Theater and many more. Her recording work can be found on commercials, film, and on TV shows such as Gossip Girl and Modern Family. In 2014, Anna appeared as part of a string quartet on stage with the Boston Ballet for their production of Alexander Ekman’s “Cacti” at the Boston Opera House and then again during their tour to Lincoln Center. She rejoined Boston Ballet as they performed “Cacti” again in 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business Management from Berklee College of Music and does both freelance management and contracting for session musicians.
Anna joined Cirio Collective officially in 2016 and arranged the music for and performed alongside violinist, Josh Knowles, in "Efil Ym Fo Flah" (Half Of My Life).
Josh Knowles- Violin
Josh Knowles is a violinist, singer/songwriter, and composer based in Boston, MA. An alumni of Berklee College of Music, he brings an eclectic array of influences to his work. Josh has trained from the age of four as a classical violinist, and is continually striving to fuse his traditional foundation with a myriad of contemporary styles.
This unique fusion is showcased in the score he composed for Cirio Collective’s piece “Half of My Life”. At times both ambient and percussive, the music was composed for electric violin and viola, and incorporates extensive use of effects pedals as an integral part of the piece. One of the most essential effects that he utilized was a DL4 Loop Station. Knowles used this in live performances to track multiple digitally manipulated string samples on top of each other, over which the melody could then be played.
Josh Knowles has recently released his debut album, “Spin Without a Sound”, which is comprised solely of instrumental solo electric violin compositions. The aesthetic is both symphonic and electronic, unique in its combination of melodic foundation and technical prowess. In 2017, Josh had the honor of performing for President Obama at the Kennedy Center, where the president received the JFK “Profile in Courage” award.
In addition, Josh Knowles has appeared on stage as a soloist with the Boston Ballet at Boston Opera House for the show “Cacti”, as well as for their tour to Lincoln Center in New York. Josh is also a musical artist and poet for Cirio Collective. Josh first collaborated with the Collective since 2015, and in summer of 2017, performed “Half of My Life” on the stage of the Joyce Theatre in NYC. Knowles is also a Community Luminary at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he recently performed his album “Spin Without a Sound” in its entirety.
Andrea Schermoly- Choreographer
Andrea Giselle Schermoly was born in South Africa. She trained at the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg and on full scholarship at Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School and shortly thereafter on full scholarship at The Royal Ballet School, London. She competed internationally as a member of The South African National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She danced for Boston Ballet Company and the Netherlands Dance Theater.
She has choreographed for Ballet Met, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cape Dance Company, Kansas City Ballet, State Street Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Festival Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, Quixotic Cirque Noveau, Boston Ballet 2, Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, The Juilliard School solos evening and directed and choreographed a dance narrative film for The Ashley Bouder Project presented at The Joyce Theater, NYC, which went on to be presented by San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She was awarded the “Outstanding Choreographer” award in 2012, 2013 and 2017 at Youth America Grand Prix. In 2014 she choreographed at Lincoln Center for YAGP’s 15th anniversary gala evening on dancers Maria Kochetkova (principal San Francisco Ballet) and Joaquin de Luz (principal New York City Ballet). The piece has since been re-staged at ‘Buenos Aires International Dance Gala' Argentina and ‘Stars of the 21st Century Gala’ in the Champs Élysées, Paris. Andi has choreographed for a number of feature films, commercials and music videos in Hollywood including ‘Beautiful Now’, 'Bunheads', Deorro and Poo Bear music videos and choreographically assisted on projects as 'Budweiser Superbowl Commercial’ and ‘Star Trek into Darkness’. She's created work for principal dancers attending international galas including Ana Sophia Scheller (NYCB), Nicolai Gorodiski (PB), Chase Finlay (NYCB), Lauren Lovette (NYCB) and Adiarys Almeida. She has upcoming creations with Royal New Zealand Ballet, Louisville Ballet and Santa Barbara Dance Theater.
She was a choreographer in residence with Cirio Collective in the summer of 2018 and created “Parting Thoughts” for the company, which made its debut at the Cape Dance Festival.
Gregory Dolbashian- Choreographer
Born and raised in New York City Gregory made his professional stage debut at the age of eight with the Glimmerglass Opera Company and in the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson world tour of Einstein on the Beach. Gregory received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School, then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory. Awards include The Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard, winner of The Pretty Creatives Competition for Northwest Dance Project and The Hubbard Street 2 International Choreographic Competition, second place in Ballet Austin's New American Talent competition, and the audience prize at DanceNOW at joe’s pub in 2014 and again in 2017. Company commissions include Atlanta Ballet, TU Dance in Minnesota, Zenon Dance Company, Ballet Austin, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Hubbard Street 2, City Dance Ensemble in D.C, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance in Dallas, and Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon.
Dolbashian has also received commissions from ADF as a featured choreographer in The Footprints Program and also has created multiple works for principals and soloists at American Ballet Theater including Jeffrey Cirio, Daniil Simkin, and Hee Seo, all premiering at The JOYCE and The Great Mountains Music Fest in Seoul, Korea. College commissions include SUNY Purchase, University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii, DeSales University, The Hartt School, Point Park, Fordham/ Ailey, LIU, NYU Tisch, and the Juilliard School.He debuted his own company The DASH Ensemble, in December 2010 at JOYCE SoHo. The company has gone on to perform at the Skirball Center, New York Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Riverside Theater, Dance at Bryant Park, Summer Stage Central Park, The JOYCE Theater, The Agnes Varis Lab for Performance at Gibney 890,The Dimenna Center for Music at Baryshnikov ARts Center, The Sheen Center, NYU’s Jack Crystal Theater and The Guggenheim Works and Process Series.
The company has also been on tour throughout various cities in the U.S and abroad including Pennsylvania presented by DanceNOW, North Carolina presented by UNC Wilmington, and most recently California competing in The McCallum Choreographic Competition. The DASH also premiered “DAYWALKING”, a film at New York's Tribeca Cinemas in collaboration with fashion film director Charlie Wan. Dolbashian also teaches workshops and intensives all over the country at universities, companies, and competitive studios. As a soloist and performer, Gregory’s solo work was presented at American Dance Festival in his one man show Awkward Magic. In addition to his choreography, Gregory, alongside Loni Landon, is the co-founder of The Playground, a choreographic initiative that was voted 25 to Watch in 2013 by Dance Magazine.
He choreographed “Tactility” for Cirio Collective’s debut at the Joyce Theater Ballet Festival in 2017.