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Liv Schaffer's Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Fundraiser Performance

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Shawl-Anderson Dance Center

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Join Shawl Anderson Dance Center 2019 Emerging Artist in Residence, Liv Schaffer, and five collaborating artists, for a special Bay Area viewing of their Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Performance Series program. Experience the same program that will tour to the Inside/Out stage, including works Schaffer created between 2014-2018, and a special GUEST PERFORMANCE by Alonzo King LINES Ballet Company Member; James Gowen. Learn more about Schaffer's personal story, creative process, and artistic style as an audience member, and enjoy food and drink while mingling with the artistic team and other supporters in the community in the downstairs studio. All proceeds from the event go towards artist fees and travel costs for the tour to Jacob's Pillow. This project is in part made possible by Dancer's Group & CA$H Grant and Univeristy of San Francisco's Teaching Development Fund.


Performances:

Saturday July 27, 2019

7pm & 8pm


Food, Drink, & Mingling! 6:30-9:30pm



About the Program:

In collaborative efforts with five performers, Schaffer presents three separate works created between 2014-2018. The program abstracts essences of remembrance, uncertainty, effort, and mischief. Each of the works offers a view of the various ways Schaffer paints her inner terrain during times of personal grief and collective tenacity, using the fleeting nature of performance to illuminate bits of our own ephemeral stories amidst expansive athleticism and playful rhythms.

The program begins with Fatherland (2018), a site specific quartet originally commissioned by The MoveMessenger(s) for Yerba Buena Gardens Festival ChoreoFest 2018, and reset for the Pillow's outdoor proscenium. Following will be Squared (2014), a solo originally created on local Artist Macio Payomo, and has since been performed by collaborating artist, Alexis Staley, as a part of the Perpetuum Mobile festival in Belgium in 2018. Finishing the program is Saludo (2014), a full cast work commissioned by DanceWorks Chicago's DanceMoves Choreographic Competition and first premiered at the Gerald Arpino Black Box Theater in Chicago's Joffrey Towers. Saludo has since been accquired into the repretoire of The Big Muddy Dance Company (St. Louis, MO), and the touring repretoire of the JUNTOS Collective.


Collaborating Artists:

Hayley Bowman, Cora Cliburn, Claire Fisher, Alexis Staley & Juliann Witt


About Liv Schaffer

Liv Schaffer received her Bachelor’s degree from Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California in 2013, and has spent subsequent seasons performing with AXIS Dance Company, DanceWorks Chicago, The Dance Exchange, and Robert Moses’ Kin. Liv is an Artist Educator with Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®, and a Lead Artist with the Pillow's Medicine in Motion program, investigating ways in which dance is a tool for medical practitioners to enhance humane and holistic practices in their work. Liv teaches Contemporary Dance and directs University of San Francisco’s intergenerational dance company; the Dance Generators. Liv is a Shawl Anderson Dance Center 2019 Artist in Residence, and her choreography has been presented by DanceWorks Chicago’s DanceMoves Choreographic Competition, Jacob’s Pillow Lab In Process Series, the JUNTOS Collective, The Big Muddy Dance Company, LINES BFA & Summer Programs, Western Michigan University, and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival ChoreoFest.


About Jacob's Pillow & the Inside/Out Performance Series

Jacob’s Pillow is lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine), “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times).

“The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival.

Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 500 free performances, talks, and events; train at The School at Jacob's Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance Archives; and take part in numerous Community Programs, designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.

The Inside/Out series offers free outdoor performances by emerging and established dance companies and presentations by dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow every Wednesday through Saturday at 6:15pm during the Festival.

The Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space, comprise this outdoor amphitheatre with a panoramic view of the Berkshires Hills. An essential part of the Pillow’s mission and a beloved tradition, Inside/Out performances are free and open to the public. Audiences of all ages and walks of life travel from around the world and right down the road to meet new people and enjoy the art of dance as a community.

Every year Inside/Out performances feature a variety of styles. Past performances have included classical ballet, tap, jazz/musical theatre dance, hip-hop, flamenco, traditional Korean dance, India’s bharata natyam, and many other genres. Performances are family-friendly and are followed by a brief question and answer session with the audience.

Patrons are welcome to arrive early to claim a seat or to bring chairs from home. Food and drink are welcome in the performance space. While at Inside/Out, we ask that you do not video record performances. Photography is permitted for personal use only, please do not solicit. Photography is not permitted at Saturday performances by The School at Jacob’s Pillow.


About Shawl Anderson Dance Center

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center a hub for dance in Berkeley, California, offering youth and adult classes, performances, and artist services. SADC is committed to nurturing and mentoring the growth of dancers and choreographers; cultivating a healthy and supportive atmosphere for creative expression; sustaining traditions essential to excellence in the field; and, fostering the evolution of the art of dance. Unfortunately, this space is not ADA accessible. Please contact Shawl Anderson Dance Center for personal inquires and accomodations.


About the Collaborating Artists

Hayley Bowman (Performer/Collaborator) is from Charlotte, North Carolina and earned her degree in Dance with Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California in 2014. She is a dancer, teacher, creator, and arts administrator in the Bay Area, working with Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Roco Dance & Fitness, and LINES Dance Center. Hayley has performed for the ka·nei·see \ collective, Katie Scherman + Artists, The MoveMessenger(s), and more. Her work has been presented at Dance Maui, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, PUSHfest, and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.


Cora Cliburn (Performer/Collaborator) is from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she studied and performed with Moving People Dance and received a 2013 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Cora has trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Modas Dance, and the LINES Ballet Training Program (2014-15). She has worked for Austin-based Arcos Dance and is currently performing in San Francisco with Post:Ballet and Robert Moses’ KIN. She was chosen by DANCE Magazine as one of “25 to Watch” in 2016, and will graduate with honors from Stanford University in 2019, pursuing academic interests in anthropology, East Asian studies and dance.


Claire Fisher (Performer/Collaborator) grew up in Tracy, California. She received training from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Northwest Dance Project. Claire has had the opportunity to work with Sidra Bell, Kara Davis, Gregory Dawson, Maurya Kerr, Alex Ketley, Alice Klock, and Uri Sands. Residing in San Francisco, Claire is currently a freelance dancer and has performed with Brannigan Dance Works, dazaun.dance, TWObigsteps, The MoveMessenger(s), and Fullstop Dance.


Alexis Staley (Performer/Collaborator) is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University in 2014. She apprenticed with River North Dance Chicago in 2014-15, and joined TU Dance (St. Paul, MN) in 2015. She has performed works by choreographers including Uri Sands, Gioconda Barbuto, Kyle Abraham, Ronald K. Brown, Alvin Ailey, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.


Juliann Witt (Performer/Collaborator)was born in Marin and began dancing at the age of three. She honed her craft at the California Academy of Performing Arts and attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Juliann received her BFA from SUNY Purchase and performed briefly in NYC post graduation. Since returning to the Bay Area she has had the pleasure of dancing with Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Sarah Bush, Nol Simonse, Dexandro “D” Montalvo, Robert Moses’ Kin, Concept o4, and the San Francisco Symphony.

James Gowen (Guest Artist) from Phoenix, AZ, began dancing at the age of 16 at Tempe Dance Academy. He graduated with a BFA in Dance from Point Park University, where he worked under teachers and choreographers Kyle Abraham, Doug Bentz, Randy Duncan, Christopher Huggins, Emery LeCrone. James has danced as a company member with Texture Contemporary Ballet, River North Dance Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago. He has performed works by George Balanchine, Robert Battle, Frank Chavez, Christopher Gattelli, Alonzo King, Dwight Rhoden, and Ashley Roland. James is currently in his fourth season dancing with Alonzo King Lines Ballet.






Photo Credit: Felippe Galganni & Company; photo Christopher Duggan, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

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