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. The If I Were You project stands testament to the belief that dance exposes what is most personal to us, and perhaps most universal. This project was supported by The Fulbright Program, Dominican University of CA, Ca$h a program of Theatre Bay Area, and our Kickstarter donors.
Photo by Hamza Shalash.
Watch the behind the scenes footage of this performance HERE.
If I Were You - Project Marin
A community inspired dance collaboration, If I Were You - Project Marin is 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. The If I Were You project stands testament to the belief that dance exposes what is most personal to us, and perhaps most universal. 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.
IOCB's company debut, Dance Anyway featured a live collaboration with award winning slam poet Jewel Mathieson. Blurring the lines between spoken word and dance, this piece examined the divine turbulence within an artist. Specifically recalling transition moments in life, where the tension between past, present, and future is tangible, Dance Anyway shared an inspirational story of will power and the tenacity of dreams.
This project was made possible by the individual contributions of our Angel Donors: Bonnie Brown, Karlene Caldwell, Suzanne Frazer, Sylvia Goodman, Joanne Hom, Denise Wang-Kline, and Kathy Williams, Ted Bayer, Jenny Book, Narinder Dogra, Elizabeth Hedelman, Gay Lynch, Debra Rose, Ivy Ross, Elizabeth Ury, and Sara Whittles, Kate Barrengos, Myrna Chapman, and Michael Lezak. Studio space: Roco Dance and Fitness.