The Role of Context in the Creative Process. A Global Dance Panel Discussion

Thursday May 19, 6:00pm

Cowell Theater Lobby
Tickets: Admission Free



What role does cultural and social context play in the creative process in the abstract world of modern and post modern dance? Presentations by choreographers including Hiroshi Koike (Japan), Lora Juodkaite (Lithuania), Sara Porter (Canada), Christine Cali (United States and Korea) and Jesse Bie (United States). Moderated by Rita Felciano.


Hiroshi KOIKE was born and raised in Japan. After graduating from University, through the TV director, he started a performing arts company, “Pappa TARAHUMARA”, in 1982. He has directed 55pieces, toured 35 countries and worked with many artists in many countries and established high reputation throughout the world. He held a lot of important posts in various committees such as Artistic Director of Tsukuba Cultural Foundation (1997~2005), member of the Culture Promotion Committee of Aomori (1999), Chair of the Asian Performing Artists’ Forum in Okinawa, Specified Donation appointed member of Japan Foundation (2004~2011). His recently work is Asian tour of “Mahabharata Chapter 2.5”.

Christine Cali was named as “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.

Lora Juodkaitė is a dancer and choreographer, who established her own dance theatre in 2013. She has studied the basics of contemporary dance at Vytis Jankauskas’ Modern Dance Studio in Vilnius as well as at various contemporary dance projects and seminars in Lithuania and abroad. She has attended many different ballet classes and theatre workshops. In 2005 she graduated from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria (SEAD). At the moment she is pursuing her Master`s Degree at the Klaipeda University (LT) in Theatre Directing. Currently Lora is working with choreographer Rachid Ourumdane in France.

Sara Porter is a Toronto-based, multi-faceted performer with a distinctive voice and a broad palette. Celebrated for her “daring imagination” (Toronto Star) and being "wickedly funny" (Dance International), Porter’s one-woman show Sara does a Solo is touring Canada & the US to great acclaim. Originally from Nova Scotia, Sara has lived and worked in Montreal, Edinburgh and performed at Espace Tangente (Montreal), Fringe Festival (Edinburgh), Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Teatro Pradillo (Madrid), Winchester Theatre (Toronto), & Neptune Theatre (Halifax). Porter’s commissions include work for Toronto Dance Theatre, Pleaides Theatre, Compagnie Petit Jeu, and Scotland’s National Youth Music Theatre.

Jesselito Bie moved to the Bay Area in 1992 to dance with the High Risk Group and has since performed with many local companies such as Scott Wells and Dancers,Stephen Pelon Dance Company, Cid Perlman/Nesting Dolls, Kulintang Arts and Erika Shurch Performance Project. He has also received awards for his choreography from the SF Bay Guardian, the 360 Award from CSUEB for all around Outstanding and Outrageous Queer Dance Work and the Tobie from Bay Area Dance Watch for Best Male Solo. He was also a recent participant in ODC Theater's Sandbox residency program.

Rita Felciano wrote on dance for the San Francisco Bay Guardian for over two decades and Dance View Magazine not quite as long. She still is a Contributing Editor to Dance Magazine and writes regularly for the danceviewtimes website.

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