• "... her sophisticated sense of movement counterpoint sustained interest in her formal patterning."

    – Lewis Segal, LA Times

  • "Seda is a poetic genius."

    – Jodie Gates, Vice Dean/Director, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

  • "Aybay displayed choreographic flair and a cutting-edge sensibility."

    – Victoria Looseleaf, LA Times

  • "Kina is a powerful and intense work... ."

    – Jeff Slayton, See Dance

  • "Kybele Dance Theater performed … for an entranced audience."

    – Michael Ray, Santa Monica Mirror

  • "As each couple danced, you seemed to be watching a summary of a complex relationship swiftly,
    lightly impressed upon your consciousness."

    – Lewis Segal, LA Times

  • "Plunging squats, deeply arching backs and lush turns ..."

    – Claudia La Rocco, New York  Times

  • "I have been to to the westside’s Theatre Raymond Kabbaz on several occasions over the past few years, and I have never saw it so packed as it was for last week’s performance by Kybele Dance Theatre!!!"

    – Karen Salkin, itsnotaboutme.tv

  • "Seda Aybay’s work is rich with movement, purpose and thought-provoking images. "

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "... the movement was all so beautiful ..."

    – Karen Salkin, itsnotaboutme.tv

  • "Kina has beautiful moments and extraordinary dancing."

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "Aybay shone throughout the piece, using her breath as an intense extension of her physicality ... that shook me to my core; and, her performance was matched by the rest of the cast."

    – Taliah Mancini, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "...impressive technicality ..."

    – Taliah Mancini, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "[Seda Aybay] is a beautiful dancer with a commanding presence."

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "The entire company was technically stunning and impassioned in their performance ..."

    – Khayla Jordan Golucke, LA Dance Review

Lori Tilkin deFelice

Executive Director

Lori has spent the past two decades in the film industry. She develops and produces film and television content while running the Los Angeles operations for legendary Hong Kong action director John Woo.  

Prior to that Lori studied Chinese language and literature earning a Master’s Degree at Washington University in St. Louis while studying dance under Robert Small, David Marchant and Mary Jean Cowell. Previously, she studied Chinese at Taiwan Normal College while studying with Chen Wei Chung of Cloud Gate Dance Theater in his Grotowski-based theater company and learning Peking Opera movement and modern dance in Taipei. She later moved to Beijing studying at the Beijing Foreign Language Teacher’s College for Chinese and Minzu University for dance while writing and hosting a TV program for CCTV. Her studies culminated in a one-woman show performed in LA, New Jersey and Guangzhou.

Upon hearing Lori was moving to L.A., her father wisely mused she found the one job that combined her love for choreography and Chinese language by working for the maestro of bloody ballets.


  

 

Lori Tilkin deFelice

Mark Baker

Technical Director

Mark has been working professionally for over two decades in the technical, creative, and managerial aspects of theatre, concert and event production.  He currently works as a technical systems integrator for customer experience spaces at a very large technology company that’s most definitely a household name. 

He was previously the Director of Production for Grand Performances, a nonprofit performing arts presenter in Los Angeles and a technical consultant for Diavolo-Architecture in Motion.  Mark also serves as Lighting Designer and Technical Director for New York-based General Mischief Dance Theatre.  He has been involved with well over 250 theatrical productions as Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Production Manager, Creative Consultant or Director.

Mark Baker

Nichole Van Court

Marketing Consultant

Nichole has always had a creative flair and spent years drawing and painting as well as into sewing and fashion.  She graduated Cum Laude from CSULB in 2015 with a BA in Fashion Merchandising.  Her career in the food industry that accompanied her creative side has been off and on for years but ultimately led her to pursue the business side of the industry.  Nichole currently works in marketing for a select group of restaurants. With the ever-evolving side of Social Media and the internet she finds there is always something new to experiment with or learn.  Nichole specializes in Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, and Print Marketing.  After years in San Diego, she now lives in Long Beach, CA.  She loves cats and adventuring through flea markets.  Her work mixing food and fashion has been a passionate affair for over 10 years.  She is excited to see where it takes her next.

Nichole Van Court
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