PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

2018

NAKA DANCE THEATER: DISMANTLING, TACTIC 1

An exploration and gathering of testimonials where privilege, supremacy, economics and race fuel a cathartic debate about the role of artists. Conceived and Performed by NAKA: José Navarrete & Debby Kajiyama in collaboration with Amelia Uzategui Bonilla, Jose Abad, Miriam Wolodarski, Ronja Ver, Randy Reyes, Gabriel Christian and Cookie Harrist.

January 5, 8pm
January 6, 8pm
Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St @ 17th St, San Francisco, CA

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2017

DIS/GRACE

DIS/grace is a new duet created by Ronja Ver for Joe Landini and herself.
“Where is grace when the appearance of winning becomes more important than any truth?” asks Ver. “Maybe grace can only be found by living through disgrace.” A stinging commentary on the egotism and reality distortion endemic in the age of Trump, DIS/grace uses “somatic techniques and theatrical vignettes” to plumb a line through the American psyche.

Thursday, December 14, 8PM
Friday, December 15, 8PM
Saturday, December 16, 8PM
SAFEhouse ARTS:
145 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA

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ALMA ESPERANZA CUNNINGHAM MOVEMENT:
HISTORY NOT HIS STORY

A performance installation by Cunningham for three dancers: Caitlin Daly, Ronja Ver and Joe Landini. Conceived as a multimedia “fantasia of images” reflecting on Landini’s “determination and resiliency as a choreographer and arts presenter the past 25 years,” the installation casts Landini as a “Sisyphean” figure on the Bay Area’s dance landscape.

Thursday, December 7, 8PM
Friday, December 8, 8PM
Saturday, December 9, 8PM
SAFEhouse ARTS:
145 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA

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JOE LANDINI: 25 JOURNEYS

With an ensemble of nine dancers, 25 (journeys around the sun) is a mid-career reflection on the artist’s past trials and achievements and an uncertain future. 

Thursday, December 7, 8PM
Friday, December 8, 8PM
Saturday, December 9, 8PM
SAFEhouse ARTS:
145 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA

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JOE LANDINI: sanctuary (IT WILL BE LOUD)

Joe Landini directs a new performance installation called sanctuary (IT WILL BE LOUD) featuring percussionist Joe Rayhbuck, videographer Mark McBeth and a cast of eight dancer/collaborators. sanctuary (IT WILL BE LOUD) incorporates elements of physical theatre and contemporary performance, shaped by Landini, who will use lighting, video and sound to create a 40 minute event that will physiologically challenge audiences.

Friday May 26, 9:30PM
Saturday May 27 9:30 PM
Sunday May 28 8:30 PM
San Francisco International Arts Festival:
Fort Mason Center, Firehouse

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ALMA ESPERANZA CUNNINGHAM MOVEMENT:
SHE WENT/BETWEEN MARS AND JUPITER (World Premiere)

Alma Esperanza Cunningham’s Between Mars and Jupiter is an experimental performance installation shaped by the singular experience of being female. A compilation of movement essays that investigate art history, fashion and personal narrative to reframe and transform how we experience the female body in performance.

Between Mars and Jupiter features a prominent roster of powerful female choreographers and artists that include Maureen Whiting, Maxine Moerman, Ronja Ver, Leigh Riley, Caitlin Daly, and Christina Carter under the direction of Alma Esperanza Cunningham. Each artist is spotlighted in a dynamic movement essay made in collaboration with Cunningham.

Friday May 26, 7:00PM
Saturday May 27 2:00 PM
Sunday May 28 5:30 PM

San Francisco International Arts Festival:
Fort Mason Center, Firehouse

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AVY K PRODUCTIONS: RED WIND – RUAH ADUMA

Red Wind / Ruah Aduma is a structured improvisation, combining dance, visual art, and music in a poetic abstract installation/performance. The project is inspired by the Russian avant-garde. Red Wind continues the artists’ search for what is beyond form and what is behind the mind in a place between the sky and the earth— exploring the horizon. 

Red Wind / Ruah Aduma #2
Installation at Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University from 20 June 2017 to 2 July 2017.
Directed/choreographed by Erika Tsimbrovsky in collaboration with dancers Ronja Ver, Rebecca Lillich, Kathryn Schetlick, Cayla Puyandaev, visual artist Vadim Puyandaev,  video artist Lucas Krech, musician Grundik Kasyansky. 
Performances: June 22 and 2 July 2017 at 7pm 

Red Wind / Ruah Aduma #1 
Directed/choreographed by Erika Tsimbrovsky in collaboration with dancers Ronja Ver, Mihyun Lee, Kristen Greco, Cayla Puyandaev, visual artist Vadim Puyandaev,  video artist Lucas Krech, musician Grundik Kasyansky. 


May 24 – May 25,
2017 at 8pm
SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, 1 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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THE DECAMERON

Imagine a global, apocalypse-scale tragedy has occurred. Something that could happen tomorrow, our current ‘worst fear’ about the environment, a natural disaster, or a disease has come to pass.  A group of artists escapes the chaos and creates a safe-haven of art, discourse, comfort and truth.  They do not speak of what threatens to beat down their doors, yet it permeates all.  Their stories speak to life as it is now and as it was before by spanning the mediums of visual art, installations, dance, music, circus, theater, poetry, scientific presentations and storytelling.  They hold a beacon of light and hope through darkness.  During The Decameron these artists open their doors to you.  Pass through a rigorous check-point and enter their Eden.  For 10 consecutive days of 10 performances they welcome you into their inner sanctum.  Each night is a stand-alone performance and you are encouraged to attend more than one evening to fully experience the richness of expression developed in this incubator.  100 widows through which to peer into the future of where we are headed as a culture by engaging with art as research.  

February 1st, 7pm
February 2nd, 7pm
February 3rd, 7pm
February 4th, 3pm
February 5th, 3pm
February 8th, 7pm
February 9th, 7pm
February 10th, 7pm
February 11th, 3pm
February 12th, 3pm
Vanha Kaivos, Outokumpu, Finland

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CHRISTINE GERMAIN: PHOTOSOMA

What if you could see a dance in a different light? How much do expectations and imagination affect what you see? What if movement is rooted and the world tilts around it?

January 13th, 7pm
Z SPACE | 450 FLORIDA STREET , SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110| 415.626.0453

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2016

NANCY STARK SMITH: GLIMPSE 3

Step into a living world—somewhere between a 3D moving art installation, a visit to the zoo, and your living room. An international group of dancers (and one musician) share the results of their research into the potentials of the Underscore through a live improvised composition.

December 16th, 5-7pm
December 17th, 5-7pm
Velocity Founders Theater, 1621 12th Ave, Seattle, WA

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RAPID DESCENT: FEED THE KITCHEN

Feed the Kitchen is a robust and physical comedy theater piece with chefs, puppets, dance, and the audience being served a 4 course tasting menu. It is an original production created by Rapid Descent physical performance company and writer Lisa Drostova.

November 10th, 8pm
November 14th, 8pm
November 16th, 8pm
November 17th, 8pm
Chez Poulet, 3359 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA

Get your tickets, check out the video and drool at the menu here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/feed-the-kitchen#/

ALMA ESPERANZA CUNNINGHAM: SHE WENT

Alma Esperanza Cunningham’s work moves from the ironic to the stark and intensely intimate. Cunningham pulls from different movement forms to create a language that is both authentic and unique. Fascinated with third wave feminism/post-third wave feminism and popular culture, Cunningham deconstructs the female form. 

Summer Performance Festival 9
ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street,  SF CA 94110
Wednesday July 6, 7pm
Thursday July 7, 7pm
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DOOR

This piece began with mourning, as many of them do. A year ago I said goodbye to a close friend and mentor of many years, Riitta Vainio, dancing by her casket as she had requested.
Returning home, I began to explore the idea from my native Finnish culture, where the place where the dead go may be visited within dreams. This led me in multiple directions and many sidetracks, and the piece is still evolving.

Come see me stumble, sweat, sing and attempt to end white supremacy by human sacrifice. There will be dancing.
Bring your own pillow (optional).

Wednesday, March 9th, 8pm
Thursday, March 10th, 8pm

SAFEhouse for the ARTS
1 Grove Street (@ Market), San Francisco, CA
Tickets $15-25

Reservations: safehousearts.org

2015

SARA SHELTON MANN: ERASING TIME

Choreographer, writer, and healer Sara Shelton Mann live-­directs former members of her historic ensemble Contraband and other past collaborators in the first retrospective of her career. Part performance marathon, part gallery show, part intimate party, YBCA invites you to become immersed in the catalytic body of work by this six-time Isadora Duncan winner, renowned for changing the landscape of contemporary performance. Featuring design direction by long time collaborator David Szlasa and musical direction by Norman Rutherford this five hour durational event is not to be missed!

Featuring collaborators Keith Hennessy, Jules Beckman, Julie Kane, Lauren Elder, Kim Epifano, Jess Curtis, Nina Hart, Marintha Tewksbury, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Abby Crain, Brenton Cheng, Leslie Seiters, Albert Mathias, Andrew Kushkin, Peter Whitehead, Austin Forbord, Matthew DeGumbia, Karen Shaffman, Alexander Zendzian, Emily Leap, Rajendra Serber,  Christine Bonansea, Jesse Hewit, Anya Cloud, Beth Graczyk, Alia Swersky, Ronja Ver, Kristen Greco, Carmen Serber, Dasha Che, Miriam Wolodarski, Larry Arrington, Daiane Lopes De Silva, Weidong Yang, Maryanna Lachmann, Esme Kundanis-Grow, James Graham, Hannah Wasielewski, Lisa De Bassio, Kevin Dockery, and Lila Dodge.

Fri, Dec 4, 5:00 PM
Sat, Dec 5, 5:00 PM
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

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JOE LANDINI: EXODUS (IT WILL BE LOUD)

Joe Landini’s recent choreography has explored issues of queer identity and personal history. For his latest dance-theater opus, he draws on a decade of experience advocating for contemporary performance in the Bay Area. Titled Exodus (it will be loud), the piece fuses elements of athletic choreography, live music and film, featuring collaborators Joe Rayhbuck (percussions) and Mark McBeth (film). San Francisco’s tech boom – and the rapid changes it has wrought within the city’s artistic community – serves as a lens through which to examine the theme of free-floating anxiety. “Exodus is a turf battle that rages on the stage,” says Landini.

Summer Performance Festival 8
ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street,  SF CA 94110
Saturday July 11, 9pm
Sunday July 12, 2pm

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GRACE

International SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF DANCE IMPROVISATION: Dance Innovators in Performance
Broadway Performance Hall
1620 Broadway, Seattle WA

Tickets and info: 206.325.8773

ART AND LIFE
Choreography: Deborah Hay, adaptation by Ronja Ver

Hollins Theater
Hollins University
8004 Hill House Ct, Roanoke, VA 24012

June 12-13, 2015 8pm

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RISA JAROSLOW & DANCERS: EVOLUTIONARY TALES

A duet that contains the history of evolution in three 5 minute sections. Sound score by Stephanie Neumann.

Friday, May 8th, 8pm
Saturday, May 9th, 8pm

Part of an intimate evening of performances with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and guests
San Francisco Conservatory of Dance
301 8th Street (at Folsom), San Francisco, CA

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SCOTT WELLS AND DANCERS:
THE WHY ASK WHY WE DANCE DANCE / MUTUALLY ASSURED

co-presented by Scott Wells & Dancers and ODC Theater
January 30 @ 8pm
January 31 @ 8pm
February 1 @ 7pm
February 6 @ 8pm
February 7 @ 8pm
February 8 @ 7pm

Scott Wells & Dancers are known for their “thrilling recklessness” SF Chronicle and “arresting formalism”  SF 
Examiner. On the heels of last year’s hit, FATHER ON (top ten lists SF Chronicle and Guardian, nomination for an  Izzy for best Choreography), Scott Wells & Dancers bring their danciest work in 15 years. SW&D has assembled a cast of exquisite dancers with unique styles to create The why ask why we dance dance.  As usual expect  “electrifying” partnering and surprising humor, but also expect to be mesmerized by the dancing.  Also on the bill is Mutually Assured an humorous and touching attempt towards mutual understanding and the art of translation.

Funding Credits: San Francisco Arts Commission, SF Grants for the Arts

ODC Theater

3153 17th Street,  SF CA 94110

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2014

RISA JAROSLOW & DANCERS: EVOLUTIONARY TALES / WHAT’S THE UPSHOT

The evening will include Evolutionary Tales, a new duet for Monica Ford and Ronja Ver and a new staging of What’s the Upshot? a dance that investigates how we make decisions that bring us to a point of change with Ronja, Monica and returning cast member Patrick Barnes.

Saturday, November 1 @ 8 pm
Sunday, November 2 @ 7 pm

The Garage
715 Bryant at 5th Street, San Francisco, CA

Space is limited, see link below for tickets:
http://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=risa+jaroslow

DEAR AMERICA

DEAR AMERICA Photo by Lynne Fried

DEAR AMERICA
Photo by Lynne Fried

Ronja Ver‘s new evening length piece DEAR AMERICA explores the themes of alien-ness, immigration and freedom, in a complex love affair with the United States post economical collapse.

The Garage
Friday, May 16th, 8pm
Saturday, May 17th, 8pm
Also featuring new work by Cathie Caraker

ODC Theater
Thursday, July 17th, 9pm
Saturday, July 19th, 2pm

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SPF7

DEAR AMERICA was created with generous support from the Garage RAW residency program and the seventh annual San Francisco Summer Performance Festival.

NANCY STARK SMITH: GLIMPSE 2

You are invited to step into a living world—somewhere between a 3-D moving art installation, a visit to the zoo and your living room. Underscore is a group improvisational form that dance artists around the world have come to love. Underscore begins as a group of dancers assemble. They begin by simply walking; this activity gives way to a prolonged period of stillness out of which emerges spontaneous composition based on contact improvisation and the wealth of somatic experiences each practitioner brings. The group finds resolution together and discussion follows. Underscore produces highly physical dancing as group and small ensemble forms emerge and dissolve.

Friday, May 9, 12 pm
Saturday, May 10, 3 pm

Harkness Dance Center
92nd St Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
New York, NY

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MOMENT’S NOTICE

Sunday, April 20th, 7 pm
Western Sky Studio
2525 8th St., Berkeley, CA

This show will feature:
Andy Schmeder – theatre
Cheryl Leonard – music
Claire Peaslee – theater
Katarina Eriksson, Ronja Ver and Rosemary Hannon – dance
…and…most likely…a surprise guest (or two or three…)

Tickets: $8-$20, sliding scale

SONIC BODY SERIES #5

Sunday, Feb 23rd, 8 pm
The Garage
715 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA

Local and international artists (musicians and dancers) meet to perform an evening of improvisation, creating spatial interaction and sonic abstraction in between the different bodies (body of sound and human body).
ARTISTS:
• Christine Bonansea + ADDLEDS (Jacob Felix Heule, Kanoko Nishi-Smith, Kyle Bruckmann, Tony Dryer)
• Cathie Caraker, Ronja Ver + Andy Strain
• Megan Nicely, Deborah Karp + Jim Brashear

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Sliding scale price $10-$15

2013

KAREN NELSON: DEAL

Sat Jan 19th 7pm
Wild Cat Studio
2525 8th Street (@Dwight), Berkeley
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SCOTT WELLS AND DANCERS: PARKOUR

Fri May 31st 8pm
Sat June 1st 8pm
ODC Theater
San Francisco, CA
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TWO EVENINGS OF DEBORAH HAY SOLO ADAPTATIONS

Friday Dec 13th
Saturday Dec 14th at 7:30pm

Noh Space Theater (View)
2840 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

These Deborah Hay Solo Adaptations are a product of the Solo Performance Commissioning Project, in which dancers commission a piece of choreography by Deborah Hay.  This program features the solo Dynamic (2012) performed by Aura Fischbeck and Gry Bech-Hanssen, the solo I Think Not (2011) performed by Manfred Fischbeck and the solo Art and Life (2010), performed by Megan Nicely (Friday only) and Ronja Ver.  Each performance will be followed by a brief Q&A.  The Solo Performance Commissioning Project brings dancers to learn and be coached in the performance of a solo choreographed by Ms. Hay.  They then commit, with a contractual agreement, to a daily practice of the solo for a period of at least 3 months after the completion of the residency.  Ultimately the solo is adapted by each performer through this period of daily practice.

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