Photo © and courtesy Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

"Mature, commanding artists" - New York Times

"A good advertisement for stylistic diversity" - Village Voice

"These dancers have many talents; this enterprising young group deserves a bright future." - Village Voice

"Masterful and elegiac" - André Leon Talley, Vogue

"The end result is work perfectly tailored to this eclectic group" - Herald-Tribune


May 18, 2012: OtherShore has been invited to perform at the Inside/Out series at Jacob's Pillow this summer. It will be the festival's 80th anniversary.
358 George Carter Road, Becket, Massachusetts 01223
July 13, 2012 6:15pm

August 25, 2011: We are excited to announce that OtherShore will be offering classes beginning fall 2011. Classes will be taught by members of the OtherShore company and will include ballet, modern and yoga. Please check back for class details or send us a message if you have any questions.

July 19, 2011: OtherShore women in the July issue of Dance Magazine
Photos © and courtesy Dance Magazine

June 16, 2011: Brandi and Stanford Makishi perform Unheard of Annual Giving, Choreographed by Jon Kinzel at La Mama Moves Dance Festival: Solos, Duets, Trios...and Intricate Intimacies
La Mama
74A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003
June 16 and 19, 2011 7:30pm

June 9, 2011: Brandi, Sonja and Elizabeth will join Emily Coates and Dancers for the Vision Festival's Arts for Art
Abrons Art Center
466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
June 9-11, 2011 7:30 and 9:30pm

May 5, 2011:
OtherShore is listed in Dance Magazine's article, Seven Reasons Why Ballet Is Thriving (under #3: New models for companies), written by Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Perron.

Also, keep an eye out for the women of OtherShore in the July issue of Dance Magazine.

April 14, 2011:
Brandi and Sonja will be talking at Movement Research: Commissions
How does power shift when dancers commission works from choreographers? This discussion will focus on the reasons for and ramifications of this kind of commissioning process, with a special focus on artistic concerns. Panelists include Jean Butler and Tere O’Connor, Marya Wethers and Daria Faïn, and Sonja Kostich and Brandi Norton of OtherShore. Moderated by Danielle Goldman.
Jimmy’s no. 43
43 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
Wednesday May 18, 7pm

Mar. 28, 2011:
Photos from the DRA Benefit
Photo © and courtesy Christopher Duggan

Mar. 16, 2011:
Oberon's Grove covers OtherShore's rehearsal with ABT's Sascha Radetsky for the upcoming DRA benefit.

...and the performance.
Photo © and courtesy Kokyat

Feb. 20, 2011:
Dance From the Heart: Presented by and benefiting Dancers Responding to Aids: OtherShore is proud to participate in this year's Dance From The Heart to benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. On March 22nd we will perform an excerpt from OtherShore's Lift (duet), choreographed by Edwaard Liang with guest dancer Sascha Radetsky (courtesy of American Ballet Theatre). Performances will take place at the Cedar Lake Theater in Chelsea at 547 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
March 22, 2011 6:30pm and 8:30pm
Tickets to this event sell out quickly. For more program info and to purchase tickets go to the dra website.

Feb. 16, 2011: Watch a clip from OtherShore's two new dances that premiered in Sarasota at the Ringling Museum:

The Goats
The Social Band

Feb. 15, 2011: Read about OtherShore's second tour to Sarasota, Florida at the Ringling Museum's Historic Asolo Theater:

Review in the Herald-Tribune
Preview in SRQ Magazine
Preview in Herald-Tribune

Jan. 30, 2011: An amazing sketch of "The Social Band" costumes by Nina Katan
Sketch © and courtesy Nina Katan

Dec. 13, 2010: A Sneak Peak of OtherShore's new Stephen Petronio dance, "The Social Band" with new music by Son Lux!

Nov. 6, 2010: OtherShore has completed our first week of working on "The Social Band" — our new dance choreographed by Stephen Petronio. So far, we are having a terrific time :) Check our Kickstarter site to support this project and read our updates—we have about four weeks left to complete the dance.

Oct. 14, 2010: OtherShore's Kickstarter Campaign has begun! We have 48 days to reach our goal. Check our Kickstarter site to see photos, videos and diary updates of our new project with Stephen Petronio and Son Lux.

Oct. 2, 2010: André Leon Talley writes about OtherShore's benefit performance with Bryn Terfel and Pedja Muzijevic at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Vogue Daily.
Photo © and courtesy Brian Nordstrom

August 30, 2010: OtherShore is having a fundraiser on September 29, 2010 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. OtherShore dancers Elizabeth DeMent, Aaron Mattocks, Sonja Kostich and Brandi Norton will be joined by pianist Pedja Muzijevic and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in Ralph Vaughn Williams’, Songs of Travel. Special stage direction provided by director Peter Sellars and Annie-B Parson, with additional surprise guests, solos and dances from OtherShore's repertory. For more info see OtherShore.

August 16, 2010: Watch OtherShore at the First Annual Ringling International Arts Festival—WEDU Documentary


July 20, 2010: OtherShore is embarking on our most ambitious project to date. To compliment Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar’s new work The Goats, we have commissioned Stephen Petronio for a quintet with music by Son Lux. These two works will both premiere at the Historic Asolo Theater in Sarasota, Florida on February 9th, 2011. We are thrilled at the diversity of this program. The dance/theater work of The Goats juxtaposed with the sheer virtuosic athleticism of Petronio’s choreography promises to be a fulfilling challenge for us as performers and also a feast for our audience. To see dancers demonstrate such a full spectrum of technique in one night is a rarity, and we are confident that it will be OtherShore’s finest performance to date.

Thank you!

May 2010: OtheShore just returned from a successful tour to the University of California Merced. Upon recommendation from renowned theater director, Peter Sellars, OtherShore was invited by UC Merced to be the first dance company to perform and take part in their Core Friday lecture series. UC Merced is the newest and tenth branch of the University of California system and was recently in the news for their successful student campaign to have first lady Michelle Obama deliver the commencement speech for their first full senior class graduation ceremony. Congratulations to them! OtherShore had a wonderful time working with their students and faculty.


Founded in December 2007, the unique, artist-driven dance company, OtherShore, is proud to continue its mission of seeking out collaborators and creating new work for its diverse members. Co-founded and directed by dancers Sonja Kostich and Brandi Norton, OtherShore has come to be recognized as a dancer’s repertory company. Unlike many modern dance companies that are led by one choreographer and perform works created only by that individual, OtherShore commissions new works with a variety of choreographers from vastly different backgrounds. In doing so, the company strives to develop a repertoire that is as diverse as its members and one that challenges the traditional model of a modern dance company.

With an invitation to be the first artists-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center to be fully produced through its presentation series, OtherShore premiered in the fall of 2008 with sold out performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Each dancer involved with OtherShore have extensive professional backgrounds in both classical ballet and modern dance. In addition to a remarkable assembly of talented dancers, OtherShore's history includes collaborations with such phenomenal and diverse artists as opera singer Bryn Terfel, set designer Jack Warren, composer Cornelius Dufallo, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, artist Mark Kostabi and costume designer Elizabeth Cannon. The opportunity for dancers to collaborate with different artists without the guidance of an intermediary, leads to new perspectives in producing, creating and performing. We strongly believe that the dancer-initiated projects created by OtherShore are unique in their viewpoints and have allowed each artist to naturally contribute their own rich experiences and gifts to the development of new works.

To date, OtherShore has commissioned works from choreographers Stacy Spence (formerly a dancer with the Trisha Brown company), Edwaard Liang (formerly a dancer with the New York City Ballet) and Jodi Melnick (Bessie Award winning dancer), as well as the established choreographers Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar. The newest commission, which premiered Feb. 10, 2011 at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, with Stephen Petronio is truly outstanding. With a career spanning over twenty-five years, Mr. Petronio brings to OtherShore not only his unique talent and experience, but also his eagerness to work with the OtherShore dancers. This partnership proves an important milestone in the development of OtherShore’s unique repertoire and the company as a whole.

More information about the company: