Roman and her company have been making dances in San Francisco's dance spaces, local theaters, and outdoor festivals since 1995. The work has been described by critics as “Eloquent”, “Breathtaking”, “Provocative”, and “Captivating.”
“The dance is the sum of the journey we take through a site,” states Roman. "In the words of LeCorbusier, 'To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.' I seek guidance from each building I collaborate with,” continues Roman. “I create a visual history of our physical journey through that space that becomes a dance."
11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, CHURCH PORCH
little seismic dance company was founded by choreographer, Katie Faulkner, in 2006. Since then, little seismic has performed nationally as part of the SCUBA National Touring Network and in local venues such as the Cowell Theater at Ft. Mason, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC, CounterPulse, and in Union Square/Yerba Buena Lane as part of We Don’t Belong Here, a commission by Dancers’ Group for their ONSITE series in 2011. little seismic has received numerous Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (Izzies) and nominations in categories ranging from performance to choreography as well as for scenic design and sound.
12pm,2pm, 4pm, SPACE ONE
The Phenomenal Anomalies are a dance-theater company that was born out of a love for the awkward, mismatched, oxymoronic, and non-sequitur characterizations that overall unify humanity. Created by Becky Robinson-Leviton and Hannah Westbrook, the company pulls from a hodgepodge of techniques to create funny, acrobatic, risk-taking, vulnerable, and polished work. We are all imperfect, complicated, and hypocritical, even if we try not to be. These deeply human qualities are what unify us, and our ability to express these imperfections creatively with humor is what helps foster community, intimacy, and understanding. The Phenomenal Anomalies strive to create work that celebrates these qualities.
2.30pm, 4.30pm BENCHES
MEGAN LOWE is a performance artist, dancer, singer, choreographer, teacher, and administrator. She has performed with Flyaway Productions, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Scott Wells & Dancers, Nancy Karp + Dancers, Epiphany Productions, Dance Brigade, and more. Megan continues to create her own dances, as well as collaborative works with Sonsherée Giles. She teaches for Joe Goode Performance Group, Flyaway, Bandaloop, for contact improvisation gatherings, and for Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies (TDPS) at UC Berkeley. Megan is excited to be collaborating with the dynamic SHIRA YAZIV, whose background is in Capoeira, Circus Arts, and Dance. Shira is the co-founder and owner of Athletic Playground, a dynamic indoor play-space, inspiring physical play through a wide variety of movement classes.
11.30am, 1pm, 3pm SCULPTURES
Chelsea Boyd Brown and Molly Rose-Williams have been collaboratively creating work in the Bay Area for one year. Their work explores a wide range of physicality in site-specific performance locations, ranging from the beach, backyard dinner parties, and a disco night club in Tijuana.
3.15pm BENCHES (picnic tables)
Str8jacket is a hip hop dance company based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Last year the team competed in America’s Got Talent Season 12. They also won 1st place at World of Dance LA 2017 and 1st place at World of Dance Bay Area 2017 and 2018.
The team believes in serving people and supporting communities by promoting awareness through dance and performing arts. Str8jacket thrives on hard work, passion, and creativity.
2pm, 4pm STAGE
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Aviva left in 2010 to study at the Quebec Circus School. She now lives in France where she performs with circus collective À Sens Unique as well as touring her own solo Chinese pole acts. In 2015, À Sens Unique completed its first evening length performance, "Léger démêlé". Their European tour is still going today, and the show has now been performed over 100 times in 7 countries. The second evening-length show, "Mule", was released in 2017 and has also been touring internationally since. Aviva and her sister are currently creating a duet that will be performed at Kinetic Arts Center and at 8x8x8 (The Uptown) in Oakland in January 2019.
12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm CHINESE POLE
Founded in 2000 by John Narvaez and Liz Rojas, Salsamania Dance Company is one of the world’s top mambo dance companies, performing “San Francisco Style” salsa (a fusion of New York and Puerto Rican styles). Our dancers are known for their flamboyant spirit, complicated footwork and patterns, and their ability to execute these to fast music.
Based between San Francisco and Buenos Aires, with a background in acting and fine art, Diego and Lisette have been dancing for more than 20 years.
They have performed together in many events all over the Bay Area including ATUSA San Francisco Tango Festival and Championship, Standford University, and major tango venues.
Musicality, elegance and connection is their main passion, creating their own unique style.
In Japanese, the word mazeru means “to mix,” daiko the word for drum. Maze Daiko is a world music ensemble that continues to evolve by mixing Japanese taiko with West African drums and marimba, and European violin, creating an innovative sound. Seiichi Tanka, the father of North American taiko, has described Maze as pioneers of the art form.
11am SPACE ONE (Animate Alameda)
Batalá San Francisco is a Brazilian percussion and dance ensemble. We play samba reggae, the popular musical genre of Salvador, Bahia. With five types of drums, we create a powerful, dynamic sound that captivates audiences. We take pride in being a truly diverse organization. We are a multi-generational, multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual group of drummers from all walks of life—united by our love of drumming.
Bay Area Youth Groups
BodyLanguage is RoCo’s Select Modern Dance Company Directed by Annie Rosenthal Parr. They are a performing group of high school dancers that embody exceptional skills, potential and enthusiasm for dance. The demands for participating in this company are vast and include theatrical and improvisational skills, contact work and composition. The company has had the opportunity to collaborate with prominent Bay Area choreographers and present work in performances including the WorldWideWomen Festival, Bay Area High School Dance Festival, Homestead Valley Music Festival, Dance Hack Day, Cali & CO Dance, and sjDANCEco ChoreoProject—for which it has received two Audience Choice Awards.
4pm SPACE ONE
The Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble (SAYE) is a pre-professional modern dance training program for high school students selected by audition. The ensemble dancers take weekly modern and ballet classes, rehearse with guest choreographers, and perform at various festivals and events throughout the year. SAYE will be performing a new piece by Rogelio Lopez for the Animate Dance Festival. His work is very physical with lots of exciting partnering, intricate spatial patterns, and gorgeous movement.