Gretchen Garnett & Dancers
Presented by Gretchen Garnett and Dancers (duration 90 minutes)
Choreography: Gretchen Garnett in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Leah Curran, Jackie Goneconti and LizAnne Roman Roberts
Music: Colleen et les Boîtes à Musique
These performances of A Dedication were supported in part by a generous grant from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
A Dedication looks into loss and how people deal with death. The piece begins from the point of isolation. The grieving process is personal and though we have support systems, grieving is something that is done inside ourselves. There is a sense of secrecy as we go through our lives and deal with grief, trying not to let it slip out and affect our lives. The piece investigates both the universal experiences that come with loss and also the experiences that are more unique and personal and looks at the coping mechanisms that help up move from isolation to acceptance.
Gretchen Garnett & Dancers was founded in San Francisco in 2008. The company has presented work locally at the Subterranean Arthouse, The Southside Theater, Union Square, The Garage, Dance Mission Theater, CounterPULSE, Z Space and ODC Theater and has toured to Arizona, Michigan and New York City. The company has created work for the Women on the Way Festival, the San Francisco International Arts Festival and the Summer Performance Festival. Since 2012 Gretchen Garnett & Dancers has been presenting work annually in both San Francisco and Amsterdam. In addition, the company has expanded its reach by touring to The Hague and Berlin.
She received her training at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gretchen has presented her work in the Bay Area, Michigan, Arizona, New York, The Netherlands and Germany. In 2014 she was the guest resident choreographer for Amsterdam-based New Dance Company and is the founder and curator of Amsterdam’s Stripped Down Dance Salon, an annual mini-festival of Amsterdam-based choreographers. Gretchen has had two works commissioned by the East Street Youth Ballet in Massachusetts.
Leah Curran (performer)
Leah Curran (performer) is a native of Devils Lake, North Dakota, where she began her love affair with dance. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.S. in Finance, Leah moved to the Bay Area and quickly immersed herself in the community as a freelance dancer and arts administrator. Leah has been working with Gretchen Garnett & Dancers since 2008 and is also currently a member of Dana Lawton Dances. When not dancing, Leah works as the Director of Operations of Oakland Ballet Company.
Jackie Goneconti (performer)
Jackie Goneconti (performer) received her training from Coupé Theater Studio, in Nyack, NY, Pennsylvania Ballet, NYSSA, Boston Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School and performed with Sens Productions and Eva Dean Dance in NYC. In the Bay Area, she has performed with Zhukov Dance Theater, Garrett+Moulton Productions, Copious Dance Theater, Samantha Giron, Anna and the Annadroids, Labayen DanceSF, the Milissa Payne Project, Alyce Finwall Dance Theater and Robert Moses Kin. She began working with Gretchen Garnett & Dancers in 2011. She also teaches dance for the ODC Youth Program.
LizAnne Roman Roberts (performer)
LizAnne Roman Roberts (performer) Hailing from Tulsa, OK, LizAnne fell in love with dance at age four after seeing Giselle on TV. Her first professional years were spent dancing with the Tulsa Ballet. Towards the end of her time there she earned her B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma. After college LizAnne spent a season with Louisville Ballet. Since relocating to San Francisco in 2007 she has been honored to work with many inspiring Bay Area artists. LizAnne is also a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor and ballet teacher for Brisbane Dance Workshop