CALI & CO dance/
Matt EL
with guest collaborators
Kyoungil Ong and
Sooyeon Lyuh (USA, Korea)


Friday May 20, 7:00pm
Saturday May 21, 9:30pm
Sunday May 22, 2:30pm

Duration: 80 minutes (both companies)

Shared bill with Dana Lawton Dances

Cowell Theater
Tickets: General Admission
$20 in advance, $25 at door


Directed by
Christine Cali (choreographer) and
Matt Langlois (musician)
With guest collaborators
Kyoungil Ong (choreographer) and
Sooyeon Lyuh (musician)
Light Design by
Sophia Craven
Jennifer Meek, Yuko Monden,
Ryeon Hwa Yeo, Christine Cali
Adam Rossi, Mike Stevens,
Matt Langlois, Guinevere Q

artist name

"Welcome to HERE a live dance and music/Korean and American collaboration about the places you’ve been, are now and will continue to reside, regardless of the human need for distraction. HERE captures the rapture of existence through a new piece de resistance by CALI & CO dance/Matt EL music with guest collaborators Kyoungil Ong/Ong Dance Company and Sooyeon Lyuh. HERE is a rare, creative amalgamation of identity and culture through traditional Korean dance and music with American modern dance and rock music. Coursing shadow and light through its structure, HERE seeks to highlight the beauty and soften the pain of existence. "

Directed by long-time collaborators Christine Cali (dance) & Matt Langlois (music), CALI & CO dance/Matt EL’s work collides at the midsection of Contemporary Dance and Modern Rock Concert, while transcending conventions of artistic form and social constructs. Through a meshing of technique with improvisation, technology with body, precision with wild abandon, motion with live sound, theory with practice; CALI & CO dance/Matt EL build their work through a rigorous collaborative approach where the human spirit is celebrated for all of its temporality, and physicality and consciousness are pushed toward the center, edges and beyond. We are thrilled to combine forces with Korean artists Kyoungil Ong/Ong Dance Company and Sooyeon Lyuh.


Christine Cali, CALI & CO dance Artistic Director

Named “one of the most ferocious, spell-binding dancers I’ve seen in this city (San Francisco)” by Rachel Howard (SF Chronicle) and nominated ‘BEST Dance class’ runner-up in SF Magazine’s ‘Best of 2015’. Her dance career spans two decades nationally and abroad. Cali is an Assistant Professor in Theater Arts & Dance at Sonoma State University, teaches at ODC, City Dance and ROCO Dance and tours regularly as a guest artist/teacher including Alonzo King’s LINES BFA program, A.C.T. MFA Acting program, University of San Francisco, The Branson School, The Marin School of The Arts, SF Conservatory of Dance, Arizona State University, CalState Long Beach, University of Wyoming, University of South Florida, Mendocino College, Ohio University, SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, S Korea, The Ambrit School in Rome, Italy and more. Christine is launching WAH! Fest 2016, a container for women choreographers to become more visible as directors and to AMPLIFY and WIDEN the impact of women’s work in the arts. WAH! Fest supports dance work made by diverse women through a feminist lens.

MATT LANGLOIS/Matt EL, aka The Welcome Matt, CALI & CO dance Music Director

Originally from New England turned longtime San Francisco resident, has released eight CD’s under The Welcome Matt and two with Bay Area music project HEY BRONTOSAURUS. In 2012 he released THE PANHANDLE YEARS featuring songs written over the last decade. From 09’ to 11’, his musical brainchild, MEMBERS OF SOUND produced a song a month for two years, collaborating with renowned Bay Area musicians and producers. The Welcome Matt’s WAKE ME UP IN SAN FRANCISCO has been featured on KFOG 104.5 and played at San Francisco Giants games at AT&T Park. THAT I CAN DO, co-written and performed with Christine Cali was selected for KFOG’s 2011 summer music sampler. Matt has collaborated with CALI & CO for the past five years, composing and playing live for evening-length works: MOVE THRU ME, C.O.M.A., S.T.O.R.M, L.O.A.D.E.D., SUSPECT, and You ARE HERE.

Kyoungil Ong, Ong Dance Company Director

A professional dancer, choreographer, and director for the OngDance Company in the United States and served as an artistic director at the San Francisco Korean Culture Center and Oakland Asian Cultural Center. She has choreographed over 50 new works. Of her American achievements, Ms. Ong has completed multiple performances for the Asian Art Museum, World Arts West’s People Like Me, West Wave Dance Festival, and The Works to Work, and more. She graduated from the prestigious Seoul Arts High School, and from Sungkyunkwan University where she earned her B.A. in dance and her M.A. in Physical Education. Ms. Ong won the coveted Gold medal for the adult women's competition in the prestigious 25th annual Dong-A Dance Concourse. She served as an instructor for several universities and gained national acclaim as a Principal Dancer for the National Dance Company of Korea, performing at prestigious stages worldwide, including the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 1998 World Cup in France, and venues throughout 30 countries, including Japan, Germany, Italy, and the Americas.

Sooyeon Lyuh, Musician/Haegeum

Sooyeon Lyuh rigorously trained in court and folk repertories from a young age, SooyeonLyuh is known for her masterful performances of new compositions for the haegeum. Lyuh has earned her BA, MA, and Ph.D. with Highest Distinction in Korean Musicology from SeoulNationalUniversity. Currently, Lyuh serves as a lecturer at SeoulNationalUniversity and a member of the NationalGugakCenter’s creative music troupe Gungnipgugakwonchangjakakdan, a government organization of Korea. For the past 10 years, she has performed numerous ensembles and solo pieces of Korean court music, traditional folk music, and especially contemporary music. From 2011-2012, she was a visiting scholar at the ethnomusicology department, University of Hawai’i at Manoa where she performed with foreign musicians and composers at various concerts and workshops. Lyuh focuses on trying to internationalize Korean music through cooperation with foreign musicians and composers.


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