Cracking Open: The Final Offering

This is it. Most of you know the story.
Exactly two years ago, while on vacation in Norway, I got an idea for a dance-theater piece that I felt driven to create. I went back into the studio as a director/choreographer for the first time in September of that year, with a title (Cracking Open), a few skeleton movement phrases, and a lot of ideas. Then, just a few weeks into our rehearsal process, my little sister died. This piece became her piece.
We’ve performed it at the end of each phase of our rehearsal process, and we finally premiered it this past May. Now, we are sharing it one last time.
If you always meant to join us, but the logistics never worked, this is for you.
If you’ve seen it every time we’ve performed it and still want more, this is for you.
If you saw it long ago but missed our premiere, this is for you.
What: Cracking Open, the Final Offering. Part of SAFEhouse’s SPF/11 summer festival.
When: Thursday, July 12th & Friday, Jully 13th, at 8:00 PM
Where: SAFEhouse Arts, 145 Eddy St in San Francisco.
Who: June Banks, Ari Holtan, Dawn Frank Holtan, Mia Holtan, Amy Marie, Savanna McGrew, Kati Pienimäki Schenker, and Raven Malouf-Renning.
Tickets are available on the SAFEhouse website.
More information is available here.
Please join us.

Winter Performances!

Thanks to a generous residency at SAFEhouse Arts, we have just passed the halfway point in our creation process. I am so excited to share all three of the sections we’ve created with you!

You are invited to join us for Cracking Open: Light in the Dark, Red, and Gold, at SAFEhouse Arts in November, and Cal State East Bay in December.

All of our upcoming performances will be part of shared evenings of work with other artists, so you’ll be able to see where we are in our process and also enjoy other new performances by awesome local dance, music, and theater folks.



At SAFEhouse Arts 1 Grove St in San Francisco.
Wednesday, November 29th at 8:00 PM
Thursday, November 30th at 8:00 PM
As part of the SAFEhouse RAW series, we will share a program with Cookie Harrist, Nicole Mari Casado, and Maribel Lopez.
Click here for $15 tickets.

At CSUEB PE 140 in Hayward.
Friday, December 15th at 6:30 PM
As part of Eric Kupers’ Shabbat Art-In, we will perform Cracking Open. There will also be healing music, a brief Shabbat ceremony, a Bandelion performance, and the opportunity for you to get up and perform. This is a free event. Click here for more information.

Our current cast of performers includes Chris Gallegos, Mia Holtan, Amy Marie, Savanna McGrew, and Kati Pienimäki Schenker. And!!! I will be performing a new solo created by Kimiko Guthrie to ease our transition from Red to Gold.

As usual, all sound will be performed live, and we will be joined onstage by composer/songwriter Eric Kupers and his musicians Keith Penney (all performances) and Reese Johnson (December only).

Please let me know if you have any questions, and stay tuned…we will create our next section, Green, beginning in January at SAFEhouse Arts so that we can share it with you in March. Then we will get to work on the final section, Blue. Finally, we will premiere the full, evening-length work in May 2018!

SAFEhouse Arts, here we come!

Thanks to Joe Landini and all the amazing folks at SAFEhouse Arts, we will create Gold during my residency there this fall. My residency that begins on September 8th. In other words, rehearsals for Gold, the third section of Cracking Open, are finally about to start. I am so excited! It will be such fun to PLAY again. We’ll take advantage of the lovely upstairs performance studio at SAFEhouse, as well as the downstairs studio that has the ability to go totally and completely dark during the day.

I can’t wait to be back in rehearsal with Mia, Amy, and Kati. We’re going to work with greek mythology and ideas about desire, striving, failing, and falling. Plus gold. Lots of gold–lighting, and apples, and wings, and wealth, and more. (Think Atalanta, Icarus, and Midas.) I’m playing with ideas about the Moirai, the three greek fates controlling the thread of life, and, of course, the classic maiden/mother/crone (Persephone/Demeter/Hecate). Three is a good number.

This past week has been super busy. On Monday, I met with Eric Kupers to talk through my musical plans (he’s taking my reinvented lyrics for “The Distance” by Cake and transforming that into a quirky pseudo-cover that really deviates from the original song). I also had a blast at the SAFEhouse Community day yesterday, running into old friends and making new connections with my fellow lead artists. And, of course, this morning I gutted a broken umbrella and turned it into a golden tree. I’ve also got gorgeous golden wings ready to go. I just need to track down or create some durable golden apples before next Friday…

…stay tuned for future updates, and information about our performances of Gold at SAFEhouse Arts on November 29th and 30th!