WEST WAVE DANCE FESTIVAL FRIDAY APRIL 5 AT JOE GOODE ANNEX (purchase tickets)
Reyes Dance, directed by Jocelyn Reyes, will present “Ser Querida,” a duet exploring the spatial and temporal limits of love. Reyes reminisces, “As a child in LA, I saw my grandparents in Mexico once a year. For a few blissful days, my grandma saved me from parental beatings and showed me love missing in my home.”
In “Black Womb,” MathisReedDance examines black womanhood in the present, the pain and triumph, the everyday struggles, the existential reality of being a black woman. How do black women continue to push forward in a world that repeatedly tries to spiritually crush their light? “The most disrespected woman in American is the black woman. The most unprotected person in American is the black woman. The most neglected person in American is the black woman.” - Malcolm X
United Rhythms San Francisco will present a collaboration of four choreographers in "Culture Cura el Espiritu," a program created for those who use the strength, color, and flavors of our culture to break free of hardships, struggle, oppression, and injustice in our journey as we transform through life.
In their new piece “The Act of the Dreamer,” eMotion Arts will celebrate the resilience of immigrants in the current political climate. Choreographed by Mariana Sobral, an immigrant herself, this piece is a collaboration with Bay Area composer Peter Colclasure, whose score is based on Emma Lazarus’ sonnet ”The New Colossus,” which inspired the narrative for the dance.
Kitty Conlon examines complex familial relationships through a multicultural lens in “Mis Hermanos.” Inspired by the events that shatter families from within, this work is a prayer embodied set to Andean rhythms and addresses various forms of abuse, mental illness, and identity confusion.
Reyes Dance is directed by Jocelyn Reyes. Jocelyn Reyes is a contemporary choreographer, performer, and teaching artist. Reyes earned a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Cognitive Science from UCLA and has presented choreography in Los Angeles and San Francisco as venues including LEVYSalon, MFDP Young Choreographer’s Forum, PUSHFest 2018, SAFEHouse RAW, Mbongui Square Festival, and REDCAT Studio.
MathisReedDance is excited to be back at West Wave with a new piece titled Black Womb. MathisReedDance was founded in 2014 by choreographer and dancer Joslynn Mathis Reed with the goal of exploring new movement territory through a fearless fusion of techniques and influences. This year’s work features a piercing and insightful exploration of black womanhood while featuring two new performers: Lydia Clinton and Linda Steele II. Joslynn Mathis Reed is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and has called the East Bay home for the past 15 years. She continues to pursue her lifelong passion for dance through teaching and creating original choreography.
Brenda Perdue, owner/producer of United Rhythms San Francisco, is a native, first-generation American Mestizo and has always enjoyed dancing and performing. Brenda uses her expertise in all rhythms of dance and fitness including but not limited to Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Bachata, Quebradita, Samba, Axe, Hip Hop, Reggae, Calypso, Afrobeats, Afro Brazilian and West African. Her company United Rhythms San Francisco includes Annette Lockett, Lyza Chun, and Javier Alvarez.
Directed by Mariana Sobral, eMotion Arts is a Bay Area Dance Company with the vision of celebrating Inclusion and Oneness through Arts by bringing together dancers and artists of different backgrounds. Strongly influenced by the Ballet tradition and incorporating elements of Modern dance, the company creates an ethereal movement to guide the audience through a reflection on current events and our roles as individuals in a society. Artistic Director Mariana Sobral was born in Argentina and her career as Soloist and Principal Dancer includes roles in classical and contemporary works. Upon moving to the USA, Mariana developed Ballet programs and created award-winning choreographies for studios and companies throughout the Bay Area, teaching ballet and directing students of all ages and experience levels. As a choreographer, her work has been seen in San Francisco at the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival at Grace Cathedral, The DanceWright Project, Zohar Performance Series, and also in Regional, National, and International competitions where she earned many choreography awards. Peter Colclasure is a musician/composer based in San Jose, California. He plays piano at the New Ballet School, formerly Silicon Valley Ballet, and teaches at Evergreen Studio of Music and the Arts. In San Jose, he currently plays with several groups, including Cola, the Jean Jackets, the Rose Peddlers, and the Vanities.
Cinthia “Kitty Conlon” McManus is a dance professional based in San Francisco with a background in classical ballet, visual art, and science. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, Southern Oregon, New York City, and Davis, California.