CULTIVATING RELATIONSHIP: Randee Paufve Reflects on How Dancing Can be Communicative and Evocative

RANDEE PAUFVE’S PRODUCTION, Strangers Become Flowers, will have its premiere in February at ODC Commons Studio B. In November I watched a run-through at Shawl-Anderson that lasted about 45 minutes and imagined that Randee and I would talk afterwards about her creative process. Instead, her dancers, Rogelio Lopez, Elizebeth Randall, Andrew Merrell, Juliana Monin, Nadia […]

BLESSED UNREST: A Festival of Possibilities at the Intersection of Social Justice and Performance

IN A TIME of spiraling inequality, discontent and violence, the sometimes vapory subject of art’s relation to social justice takes on a cold, sober, even urgent aspect. As in the 1930s or the 1960s, it may even become of import to a broader public suddenly available to dialogue and action around a roiling status quo. […]

In Practice: Mary Armentrout Dance Theater’s listening creates an opening

Choreographer Mary Armentrout is my dear friend and Feldenkrais practitioner. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about Mary Armentrout Dance Theater’s (MADT) upcoming show at ODC’s Walking Distance Dance Festival, listening creates an opening. Mary and I talked for three hours and never even got to a description of the […]

ONSITE: House/Full of BlackWomen

Amara Tabor-Smith, Ellen Sebastian Chang and Dancers’ Group present:   The 14th Episode of House/Full of BlackWomen New Chitlin Circuitry: Reparations Vaudeville   House/Full of BlackWomen is a site specific ritual performance project that addresses issues of displacement, well being, and sex trafficking of black women and girls in Oakland. Set in various public sites […]

Speak: Still With Us by Debby Kajiyama, April 2014

Editors note: Debby Kajiyama is 2014 recipient of The Della Davidson Prize. This annual award has been set-up to honor the life and work of choreographer and teacher Della Davidson by supporting innovative dance and dance/theater artists. Kajiyama will receive a cash prize of $1,220 (in honor of Della’s birthday 12/20) for producing work in the spirit of Davidson. When […]

What Inspires You?

Wanting a bit of winter inspiration, Dancers’ Group sent a request to a variety of dancers, administrators, choreographers, designers, artistic directors, funders, and even some politicians, asking them to respond to the question: what inspires you? We’re thrilled to share the following responses, listed here in alphabetical order by first name. Enjoy! Andrea Snyder Executive […]


THERE ARE MOMENTS when words, movements, sounds and sometimes smells, collide; space shifts and the air around me feels charged and electric. These instances can last for a few seconds, or even longer, and often they make me imagine that I am time traveling, without knowing what era I’ve traveled from. I immediately determine that the visions and […]

The Experiment Called Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation defies any specific definition or historical analysis. The dancer most often credited for CI’s development is ambivalent about his role and some of CI’s early participants have divergent stories about the development of the work. Following improvisational process and the intelligence of the dance itself, early practitioners resisted a suggestion to codify the […]

Jack Carpenter: a Master of Illumination

The estimable dance and theater lighting designer Thomas Skelton once remarked, “There are many barriers between the dancer and good lighting, but each can be hurdled with enough imagination, common sense, and perseverance.” If illuminating the world of dance takes equal measures of creativity and gumption, then Jack Carpenter’s brand of resourceful ingenuity is indispensible. […]

In Practice: Holding Wait with Jo Kreiter

On a rainy afternoon in March, I met with Jo Kreiter, choreographer, artist-activist, and artistic director of Flyaway Productions, in a rehearsal space at Project Artaud, behind the Joe Goode Annex on Alabama Street in San Francisco. The cold, concrete space seemed ill-suited to dancers, but aerial artist Kreiter assured me, “It’s perfect for someone […]