Garrett Coleman & Jason Oremus
Founders & Managing Directors, Hammerstep
Biography
Hammerstep’s interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the language of rhythm and movement and how the group’s performances incorporate this ancient storytelling technique.

Based in Brooklyn, Hammerstep was founded in 2009 by former principal lead dancer for Riverdance Jason Oremus and two-time World Irish Dance Champion Garrett Coleman. Hammerstep’s original dance form acts as a coded language for the future, integrating formerly rebellious movement disciplines like Irish, hip-hop, African stepping, and martial arts. Hammerstep has performed worldwide—from community work with orphans in South Africa, to NYC’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to the stage of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The group’s latest endeavor is a site-specific, digitally immersive walkthrough experience called Indigo Grey. Based in the post-apocalyptic future, it features a choice-based narrative in which the audience becomes the main character, surrounded by projection-mapping, responsive technology, the group’s signature dance style, and a live soundscape.
Garrett Coleman & Jason Oremus
Founders & Managing Directors, Hammerstep
Telling Stories Without Words: An Archaic Revival of the Language of Rhythm

Throughout history, rhythm and movement have been employed for a variety of purposes—documenting cultural stories, resisting oppression, intimidating enemies, guiding participatory ceremonies, and more. Hammerstep’s interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the language of rhythm and movement and how the group’s performances incorporate this ancient storytelling technique. Through various exercises, you’ll be empowered to tap into your innate sense of rhythm as both a new and original form of communication.