Crossroads: Part I: dancers

This article is the first in a three-part series on the transformative experiences of Bay Area dancers, choreographers and dance teachers. WHILE A FRESHMAN IN COLLEGE, I found myself at a crossroads, trying to decide whether to stay in school or drop out to dance. I sought advice from one of my beloved teachers, asking […]

Being Blurred: Ralph Lemon Interviewed

Ariel Osterweis Scott (AS): The last time I saw you was at a Miguel Gutierrez performance. I remember you said something provocative regarding an explicit performance art piece I hadn’t seen: Isn’t anything sacred anymore? Ralph Lemon (RL): It’s an old school point of view, right? AS: Not necessarily. It could be very new school, […]

Collaborative Optimism: a score for a -ship

  I found love in the palm of my hand. My fingers reach into a primordial, interconnected web of memory that manifests tangibly in the landscapes I have traversed. When I interact with the natural world, I notice the myriad of transformative relations that have consistently depended on one another season after season: the scrub […]

The Symmetry Project: A non-linear, graphic embodiment of our performance process

LINEAR NARRATIVE INTRODUCTION JESS: Over the last three years Maria and I have created a series of studies we collectively named The Symmetry Project. They have been developed and performed in the (mostly unfunded) nooks and crannies of our dancing lives: studios, residencies and other altogether unimportant-sounding situations in San Francisco, Copenhagen, Budapest, Dublin and […]

Curtain Up on ODC

After 27 straight years housing some of San Francisco’s most memorable dance performances, ODC Theater will be going black at the end of this year. The theater, whose programming needs long ago outgrew its capacity, will then undergo a 13-month renovation project to be finished before a grand reopening event in May 2009. “We want […]

Zaccho Dance Theatre: Love, a state of grace

Zaccho Dance Theatre presents the world premiere of Love, a state of grace, a major performance installation featuring aerial dance and ritual and meditation stations throughout Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Love, a state of grace will be a performance installation, presented in one hour cycles repeated over three hours daily, during which the audience […]

Cracked Open: Reflection on Moving the Body-Brain, Moving the Brain-Body – a danced lecture

Prompted by Dominic’s creative matchmaking, Paul and I had a conversation via Zoom that allowed us to speak about our dance-making as a way of engaging with and transforming difficult legacies that are invariably written on and encoded in our bodies.

In Conversation with Vanessa Sanchez

Who’s getting funded and who has access to getting funded? And really looking at a lot of my mentors in the Bay Area and beyond who…have changed and shaped communities and done this work for decades and decades and decades, but because of resources and because of language barriers, they aren’t necessarily able to apply and receive the funding they should be. With that, I just felt it really important in that I don’t want to be one of the only ones from the Bay Area – in our kind of world of dancers of color who are coming from dance forms from traditionally Black and brown communities – I don’t want to be one of the only ones getting this. There are so many more people who need and deserve this – this funding.

SPEAK: SUNSET DANCES and Being Grateful

Photo by Daniller Photography Making dance has always been a mixture of disciplined artistry and gratefulness. As in any practice or skill, there are levels or stages we move through; student, performer, teacher, choreographer, mentor, producer, administrator, but no two of us have the same career. Dance as a career is a big commitment. It […]

Zaccho Dance Theatre: Love, a state of grace

Zaccho Dance Theatre presents the world premiere of Love, a state of grace, a major performance installation featuring aerial dance and ritual and meditation stations throughout Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Love, a state of grace will be a performance installation, presented in one hour cycles repeated over three hours daily, during which the audience […]