STEAMROLLER Dance Company will present Apocalypse Now? (working title), which examines the intersection of millennial anxiety around climate change and spirituality, using the seminal play Angels In America to provide a context from which we create movement that mirrors and responds to the narrative arc of the play.
In 1993, a loosely knit group of artists came together to create guerrilla performances to address the spread of HIV and AIDS to other communities (women, people of color). The company has since restructured, under the direction of founding member, Jesselito Bie, to refine its streetwise athleticism. In addition to various SF parking lots, STEAMROLLER has also presented work in more formal venues such as the Bay Area Dance Festival, the 1996-200 In the Street Festivals, the 1996-2001 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Dance Festivals, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Festival of Bay Area Dance, Asian American Dance Performances and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.
After the Lullabies will be an interdisciplinary live performance piece directed by Dawn Frank Holtan that looks at the unpredictable chaos that inevitably happens--both literally and metaphorically--after we’ve sung our lullabies. Rooted in dance, this non-linear work will merge spoken word, live sound, and movement. We will work with metaphor and surreal dreaminess to create questions and invite answers about what it takes to do the shit work that comes after the pretty photo ops. All sound will come from the performers, and we will have projected photographs that help create intimate environments onstage.
Recipient of the 2018 Della Davidson Prize, Dawn Frank Holtan is a dance theater artist who creates collaboratively. Her work is interdisciplinary, blending nonlinear stories with raw movement and live sound. An Oakland native and Bard College graduate, her training includes community theater, ballet, Graham, Cunningham, Limon, Release, Contact Improv, tap, African dance, and more. Dawn brings story and humanity to her choreography. Former co-director of Frank and Bryan Dance, her early work was described as “poignant and unpretentious.” Her work has toured the greater Bay Area, in New York City and upstate, and abroad in Italy and New Zealand.
Also presenting new work by eMotion Arts.
Directed by Mariana Sobral, eMotion Arts is a Bay Area-based Dance Company with the mission of spreading a message of Oneness through Dance. Embracing diversity by incorporating different dance styles and artistic visions, eMotion Arts wants to showcase a full-length work that reflects on the concepts of Isolation, Connection, and Acceptance through different times in history, and how these have affected us as a society.
The movement style of the company is ethereal and fluid, and it can be described as contemporary with a strong ballet influence that incorporates elements of Modern dance as well as Folk, and Jazz.
$10 Early Bird tickets
$15 Standard tickets online
$20 Cash at the door
Sponsored by RAW (resident artist workshop), a residency program of SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts.