ka.nei.see | collective
Excerpts from Cookie Cutter (2015) and Other Works
Presented by ka.nei.see | collective (duration 75 minutes)
ka·nei·see | collective presents a collection of short world-premiere dances as well as excerpts from its recent sold-out production Cookie Cutter. These vignettes coalesce dichotomies in space, manufactured moments, childhood laughs, rawness, and freedom within boundaries to express familial love, recycled ideas, and unapologetic beauty.
ka·nei·see | collective is a Bay Area performing arts ensemble directed by Tanya Chianese, creating vitalizing and accessible contemporary dance that promotes finding humor, appreciation, compassion, awareness, and celebration in life. The company has been presented at various theaters including Dance Mission Theater, ODC Theater, Shawl-Anderson Dance Theater, The Garage, Joe Goode Annex, and Yerba Buena Gardens. The company's sold-out, two-weekend production Cookie Cutter was the Cover Story of the SF Chronicle's 96 Hours, one of SF Arts' Top Ten dance picks for January 2015, previewed by Rita Felciano in the East Bay Monthly, and received rave reviews.
Tanya Chianese has performed with Garrett + Moulton Productions, Paufve | Dance, Blind Tiger Society, Rogelio Lopez & Dancers, dNaga, Kristin Damrow & Company, Sarah Bush Dance Project, Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, and Media City Ballet, among others. She teaches movement at primarily Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (SADC), Ace Dance Academy, and Berkeley Ballet Theater. Tanya was awarded a 2014 Artist-in-Residence at SADC, where she debuted ka·nei·see | collective. She has worked as an administrator for Oklahoma City Ballet, Epiphany Productions, Blind Tiger Society, and dance anywhere, and she holds a B.F.A. in Modern Dance and B.A. in Art History from the University of Oklahoma.
Mallory Markham grew up dancing in Jackson, Mississippi, before completing her BFA in Ballet Performance at the University of Oklahoma. Post graduation, Ms. Markham danced professionally for Tim Veach in his contemporary ballet company, Columbus Dance Theatre, in Columbus, Ohio. From there she moved West and has settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has most notably danced for Bianca Cabrera’s Blind Tiger Society for the past three years. She has also been featured in works by Sarah Bush, Kristin Damrow, and Garrett + Moulton Production’s latest work, The Luminous Edge.
A Bay Area native, Rebecca Morris received her early training from Berkeley Ballet Theater. She holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor. Recently, she has danced with Garrett + Moulton Productions, Blind Tiger Society, and Cali & Co. Additionally, she teaches dance at Berkeley City Ballet and Pilates at Yogaworks in San Francisco.
Emma Salmon was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she performed professionally with James Sewell Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theater. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Minnesota in 2010 and attended the American Dance Festival on scholarship for multiple years. In 2011, Emma became a certified yoga instructor and later that year moved to San Francisco. She has had the pleasure of working with Bay Area choreographers including Bianca Cabrera, Todd Eckert, Christy Funsch, Lisa Fagan, and Laura Bernasconi.
Ali Weeks, a Midwesterner at heart, grew up in the Chicago area and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). While at UW, she was granted scholarships to study and perform in Taipei, Taiwan, and Salvador, Brazil. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has earned Pilates certifications through BASI and the PMA, and now teaches at two private studios in San Francisco. Ali has the pleasure of dancing with Bianca Cabrera’s Blind Tiger Society and Kristin Damrow & Company in addition to ka·nei·see | collective.