Cirque de Oops! is a dance theatre parody of government as circus.
Created in response to the presidential election of 2016, this piece exists at the intersection of political activism, dance criticism, and entertainment. This piece debuted in April 2018, and was presented by the Mills College MFA in Dance Studies showcase, entitled “Emergence.”
Boxing was created in collaboration with Israeli beatboxer Roy Matz in August 2016.
Boxing is an intimate examination of identity as expressed through the metaphor of a Rubik's Cube. As IOCB's most experimental piece to date, we used known algorithms for solving Rubik’s cubes as maps for the choreographic process, i.e. if the top row of the cube should be rotated clockwise, we would similarly rotate our heads in the same direction, and so on. Boxing pokes fun at our attempts to "solve" ourselves by putting ourselves into boxes, and ultimately reminds us of our limitless nature.
If I Were You - Project Israel featured a collaboration with set designer Lisa Boling Huntsman and composer Ben Juodvalkis. The first international iteration of this long-term outreach project, Artistic Director Casey Lee Thorne spent her Fulbright Fellowship to Israel conducting free community outreach workshops throughout Israeli and Palestinian Territories to examine the role of dance in self-discovery and community-building. We gathered hundreds of written reflections about what dancing connects us to. These written reflections were used to craft a large-scale set design by Lisa Boling Huntsman, and to inspire the choreographic process. This project was supported by The Fulbright Program, Dominican University of CA, Ca$h a program of Theatre Bay Area, and our Kickstarter donors.
If I Were You - Project Marin was the first iteration of a long-term international outreach project that enlists the personal experiences and voices of global citizens to illuminate how dance can connect us to our shared humanity. Through a series of free community outreach workshops in our home community, we gathered hundreds of written reflections about what dancing connects us to. These written reflections were used to craft a large-scale set design by Lisa Boling Huntsman, and to inspire the choreographic process. This project was made possible by the generous contributions of our Kickstarter Donors.
The Shadow of a Doubt featured a collaboration with interactive lighting designer Mark Janes. Inspired by the following Rumi quote, this piece used kinetic light technologies to explore the nuances of clarity, confusion, and the grey area in between. ”Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” The Shadow of a Doubt premiered as a commission for the 22nd Annual West Wave Dance Festival 2013, produced by SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts and supported by the SF Grants for the Arts and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Dance Anyway premiered in February 2013 as Inside Out Contemporary Ballet’s debut performance. In collaboration with slam poet Jewel Mathieson, this piece explored the relationship between words and movement, and the tenacity of dreams. This piece was made possible by Marin Ballet and our generous Angel Donors Bonnie Brown, Jenny Book, Sylvia Goodman, Suzanne Frazer, Ivy Ross, and others.