A collaborative creation by performers Constance Castillo, Jeremie Chetrit, Trae Greer, Meghan Milam, Tracy Piper, Nestor Reyes, Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos, Omar Turcios, designers Max, Matt Jones, Ryon Gesnick, Tom Sepe, Rigo 23, director Keith Hennessy.
Constance Castillo is a senior at Lick Wilmerding High School. She has been doing spoken word poetry for four years, and attributes much of her growth to Youth Speaks where she works on the Youth Advisory Board. She has performed her poetry at open mics, protests, conferences, Herbst Theater, the White House Courtyard, and Common's "Takes a Minute Campaign" for MTV. In 2006 Constance attended the California State Summer School for the Arts. Fairy Tale , her first play, was shown in the CalArts Theater. She is a member of the Youth Activist Committee of the ACLU, and does work with Revolution Youth. In 2007 she completed her first film Cutting Grass with the Bay Area Video Coalition. She is a member of the Southern Exposure Youth Advisory board, and her visual art was featured in shows at Triple Base Gallery, Southern Exposure Gallery, the Diego Rivera Gallery, and the RVCA Gallery.
Jeremie Chetrit studied theater in Paris and dance at Oberlin College where he began to choreograph and teach experimental and site-specific performance. He has performed at the Paris Opera House, Burning Man, and in several forests. After crashing the US in a circus bus in 2007, Jeremie relocated to the Bay Area where he is inspired by the activist culture. A teacher of both Contact Improvisation and aerial fabric, Jeremie likes to take his bones flying.
Dawon started performing in third grade with Prescott Clowns. Since then he has been performing non-stop: dance, vocal, rap, acting, modeling. He has performed with Destiny Arts, is currently working with New Style Motherlode and choreographs for his own company Nu-Growth. Dawon has been in foster care since birth. He says, "Sadly I've dealt with court and been in jail, so I know that system too."
Trae Greer has been dancing since the age of 5, studying in diverse styles including Afro Cuban, Step, ballet, afro-Haitian and modern jazz. He was a scholarship student at Lines Ballet School for two years. Trae is a junior at School of the Arts. Trae was a temporary resident of juvenile halls on both sides of the Bay. He refers to the experience as Hell, which motivates him to improve his life.
Meghan Milam is currently finishing her degree in Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley where she has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Ellis Wood, Kim Epifano, Ariel Osterweis Scott, and Jess Curtis, among others. Her most recent projects have included dancing the repertory of Laura Dean and performing with Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts. She is also a super-fun nanny for little children throughout the Bay Area.
Tracy Piper comes from hard work, dedication, and inspiration. A variety of skills are in her repertoire; contortion, hand balancing, tumbling, glass blowing, fashion design, illustration, schmoozing... She has been active in gymnastics and circus since she was four and has been performing professionally since she was thirteen. Tracy is currently enrolled at California College of Arts.
Nestor Reyes is a junior at June Jordan School for Equity. He is highly motivated and strongly involved in the San Francisco Unified School district as Student Delegate to the Board of Education. He grew up learning various Latin dances from his mother. Nestor started a dance group in his high school and encourages students to express themselves through movement. He has been involved with the San Francisco Ballet and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where he participated in the Young Artist at Work Program. At Yerba Buena he became an alumni intern and performance assistant, and has worked with Jaime Jacinto, Jose Navarette, and Alleluia Panis among others.
Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos
Born in Los Angeles, Jorge went to UC Santa Cruz where he received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Theater Arts. He got his early dance training by harassing his sisters and friends to dance salsa and swing with him. In Santa Cruz he was co-director of Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas de UCSC, directed his own dance-theater pieces, and went to the beach religiously. Jorge has performed in the works of Sommer Ulrickson, Mark Franko, Pump DanceTheater, and Erika Shuch.
He recently moved to San Francisco to plug into and absorb the local dance community and is loving every minute of it.
Omar was born in Managua, Nicaragua and came to San Francisco as a child with his family fleeing civil war. He went through the juvenile system and did some time after being caught up with gang culture. Currently he is the assistant editor and youth coordinator for The Beat Within, a writing and conversation program in juvenile halls and a weekly magazine . Omar is a musician/rapper/producer whose CD, Money Motivated , will soon be released. Additionally Omar runs 24hour Super Move a moving business. The father of twin girls says, "I am doing what I can and taking these crumbs I got and trying to build castles."
Keith Hennessy / Circo Zero Performance (director, producer)
Keith Hennessy is an award-winning performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer. He was born in Canada, lives in San Francisco and works often in Europe. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, spectacle, ritual and public action as tools for investigating and revisioning political realities.
Hennessy directs Circo Zero Performance and is a PhD student at UC Davis. He was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (85-94), CORE (95-98), and Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard (98-02). His work is featured in several books and documentaries and he was a co-founder of 848 Community Space/CounterPULSE.
Recent awards include a Goldie (2007) and the Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship in Dance (2005). Recent commissions include Arsenic/Lausanne ( Crotch , 2008), Centre Chorégraphique National/Belfort, Les Subsistances/Lyon, and FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance) for Sol niger , 2007. Keith's 2008 teaching includes UC Davis, Zipfest/Italy, imPulsTanz/Vienna, TSEH/Moscow, Montreal, Toronto, and an NPN residency at Columbia College in Chicago. In 2009 Crotch will tour to DTW/New York and TNT/Bordeaux. www.circozero.org
Max, Light Design & Choreography
Max is a lighting and set designer, production manager and puppeteer. Her work has been presented in Japan, Eastern Europe, France, and several cities in the US. Max is a key figure in Bay Area dance, having worked with the Dance Brigade, Maxine Moerman, Spinning Yarns Dance Collective, Todd Courage, Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Veronica Combs, Jo Kreiter/Flyaway, Christy Funch, Emspace, Stephen Pelton and Circo Zero. Max's set design for Theatre of Yugen's frankenstein was nominated for a Bay Area Critic's Circle Award. In 2005 she created the sand child , a solo shadow puppet show based on the novels of Tahar Ben Jelloun. Max taught technical theater for the Experimental Performance Institute at New College of California.
Matt Jones, Sound Design
i eagerly await the opportunity to serve our forth-coming robot
overlords, with an emphasis on creating digital music that pleases
their audile sensors, thus reducing my non-survival to a set of
measure less than epsilon
matt:matt jones = Synthesis Sympathist @ www.artomaton.net
Ryon Gesnick, Aerial Rig designer
SONYA SMITH, Project Manager
Sonya Smith is a dancer, aerialist and choreographer. She will occasionally build theaters (CounterPULSE), fly off buildings, teach Pilates, manage productions (Circo Zero, Ann Bluethenthal), run track meets (Gay Games 07), and do a bit of clowning (Eat Cake Productions), just to stay entertained.