Hi, I think its high time I mentioned something about my new dance company SFDanceworks on my own blog! Yes, I have begun down the (as many like to warn me) treacherous road of starting a dance company from scratch. I guess I’m a bit too naive to get scared off, and I’m hoping that’s a good thing.
SFDanceworks’ mission is to present the past, present, and future of dance as an art form through high quality live performance, featuring the choreography of dance masters and current established artists, as well as emerging talent. SFDanceworks is a repertory company and strives to cultivate new artists and present commissioned work on a regular basis.
This actually has been in the works for over two years now, and the first season will be June 23-25, 2016, at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. I am happy to say that I will be presenting work from a range of choreographers, including works by Lar Lubovitch, Alejandro Cerrudo (resident choreographer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), and world premieres from Penny Saunders and Dana Genshaft.
I want SFDanceworks to be a company that draws on many talented artists and choreographers, not just one, and also celebrates those who have come before. I believe that it is very important to know where we’ve come from in order to push forward into the future. I also prefer to see a range of choreographic styles in one evening, much like when you go to a museum, you may prefer one artist and not another. This is sometimes a challenge for the dancers, but in the end it stretches them and helps them grow into versatile and mature artists. Currently there is a void of contemporary dance companies in San Francisco doing this. I hope that SFDanceworks can become a center for world class contemporary dance on the West Coast.
So, there’s the goal, now if only it were that easy to will it into being! I have raised 80% of my ideal $60,000 budget through two fundraising events, one in May 2015 at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco, and a second one in October 2015 at the home of Frank and Andrea Espina in Sonoma. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a feature article written by Mary Ellen Hunt in the Datebook about me and the new company with pictures from the event in Sonoma:
Here’s a shot of the paper with a picture of dancer Danielle Rowe performing Dana Genshaft’s new work Portrait, under a huge magnolia tree. It was an amazing event with gourmet food and a magical setting, I will have to dedicate a separate blog post just to talk about it!
I hope that SFDanceworks will be a success, but only time will tell, and it will depend on the interest and enthusiasm of the community. From what I’ve experienced so far, there is a lot of excitement from not only dancers, but patrons too, so I hope that this ball keeps rolling! Please, if you feel inspired to help out, go to www.sfdanceworks.org/support and make a tax-deductible donation that will go directly to support the June 2016 season. SFDanceworks is a fiscally sponsored project of the non-profit organization, Dancers’ Group.
At the least, I encourage you to join the SFDanceworks’ mailing list from the home page of the website: www.sfdanceworks.org I will keep you informed of any announcements and developments, including more fun events! And if you want to get involved in other ways, I’m definitely looking for people who want to be a part of the creation of this exciting venture. Just drop me a line!
And tell all your friends!!! :)