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community activism through dance

The Great Liberation Upon Hearing. A dance theater work based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. World premiere at Laney College Theater in Oakland in November 2009.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Choreographer. Directed by Michael Butler for CenterREP of Walnut Creek.

Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides. Co-directed and developed in collaboration with Timothy Near, Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theater. Premiered in May 2006.

Katrina. Created in response to Hurricane Katrina. Premiered at Civic Center in San Francisco in 2005.

Dry/Ice. A work about global warming created in collaboration with musician Barbara Higbie and videographer Joe Williams about. Premiered at Project Artaud Theater as part of the SFIAF, May 2005.

Dear Fidel. A work about the enduring presence of Fidel Castro as icon to the American left. Premiered at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco in April 2005.

Spell. 13 invocations for world peace in collaboration with Copper Wimmin, Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero. Premiered at SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, October 2004. Subsequent performances at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival and at Dance Mission Theater in 2005.

CaveWomen. A site-specific multidisciplinary work exploring themes of refuge, ritual, and the promise of the 21st Century. Premiered at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, 2000. Subsequent performances at Dance Mission Theater in 2002 and 2003.

Queen of Sheba. A solo dance drama about the female body, gender, pre-patriarchal mythology, and the female prophetic voice. Premiered at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, 1999.

Ballet of the Banshees…Resurrection. A dance theater piece about women and breast cancer. Premiered at The Alice Arts Center in Oakland, 1995. Subsequent performances include tours around the country and to Osaka, Japan in 1996

Cinderella - A Tale of Survival. A fractured fairy tale about domestic violence and the cycle of abuse, and women who fight back in self-defense with original score by Ferron. Premiered at Laney College in Oakland, 1993. Subsequent performances include nationwide tours of the work.

Pandora’s Box. The history of womankind from pre-patriarchal times to the present. Premiered in 1991.

Sleepwalker. A piece about women and alcoholism. Premiered in 1990.

The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie. The popular holiday anti-classic that involves more than 70 collaborating artists. Premiered in 1987. Annual winter production until 1997.

Furious Feet Festival for Social Change. Dance festival that has presented more than 30 national and international artists doing socially relevant work. 1986-1990.

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