Ilana Silverstein is a founding bandmember of Tia Nina and founding ensemble member of force/collision. She has been presented by the Capital Fringe Festival, Philly Fringe Festival, Gaia in Washington DC, and the Source Festival. Her work challenges the contrasts between the elegant, the grotesque, the organic and the digital. She has performed with Dance Box Theater,Daniel Burkholder, Yoko K. and other artists in the D.C. area. The Creative Communities Fund and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities have funded her work as both an artist and a community organizer. As a resident artist at Georgetown Hospital, she guides patients through relaxing imagery and staff through short stretching breaks, applying dance in practical ways to enhance quality of life. Ilana also directs The Field/DC, providing artist workshops called Fieldwork for artists of all disciplines in the DC metro area. She holds an MFA in Dance at The George Washington University and a BA in Dance and Environmental studies from Denison University.
While working on her degree, she studied Ecology, Community and Spirituality in France and India under Wim Aspeslagh. Concurrently, she first experienced contact improvisation in a workshop lead by Chris Aiken, Peter Bingham and Andrew Harwood and has since dived into the genre and studied with many teachers. Under the guidance of Gill Wright Miller, she investigated spirituality and movement in her senior thesis entitled Mindfulness: An Approach to Moving.
Throughout her college and post-college careers, she has studied and performed modern dance and improvisation in Ohio, India, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, DC. Ilana has worked for a number of arts organizations including the Denison University Dance Department, Links Hall in Chicago, Earthdance in western Massachusetts The Boston Mayors office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, and Arts Presenters and Dance Place in Washington DC. While working with Carla Perlo at Dance Place, Ilana received a National Performance Network Community Fund grant in Mentorship and Leadership to research best practices in non-profit arts organizations across the country. She has also received funding from the Creative Communities Fund and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. As an event producer, she encourages artists and audiences to dive into the creative process to produce the best work possible.