(Finland / USA)
Presented by punkkiCo (duration 50 minutes)
Choreography : Raisa Punkki
Original music : Mark Hertensteiner
Light design : Allen Willner
Dance : Derek Harris, Meegan Hertensteiner, Patrick Barnes, Sarah Keeney, Mihyun Lee and
Marcus Van Duren
Production : punkkiCo
These performances of Unititled I are made possible in part through the generous support of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
Untitled I is a new choreography from punkkiCo’s founder and artistic director Raisa Punkki. This work will be created for and performed in an unconventional performance space at Fort Mason Center, the Fleet Room. Untitled I will feature six dancers that embody the company’s athletic, theatrical and sensual movement style. Original music to this work will be played live by composer Marc Hertensteiner and lights will be designed by award winning lighting artist Allen Willner. Untitled I is an intense game with dance, music, lights and silence.
punkkiCo Dance Company seeks to create artistically satisfying performances through collaboration with artists from different disciplines in order to transform emotion into motion. Music composition, light and costume design are all pivotal in the development of the movement material, which is based on energetic and technical contemporary dance with theatrical influences. punkkiCo was founded in 2005 by Raisa Punkki. Her work is a combination of fast paced choreography, theatrical elements and exploration of stillness. She counts her years working in theater doing plays, musicals and dance as a chief influence. punkkiCo stories are engaging, energetic and sensual.
Raisa Punkki (choreography, production) is a dance artist and teacher. Her energetic work is known for its combination of theatrical costuming and lighting along with a penchant for brooding and haunting electronica as a soundscape. Raisa has an MfA in Dance from the Theatre Academy, Finland. Raisa has made choreographies for both theater and dance companies. Grants and nominations include two Finnish State Grants and Zellerbach Family Foundation grants. Since founding punkkiCo in 2005, her choreography and dances have been seen at the ODC, CounterPulse, Garage and she has produced several shows at Dance Mission Theater. www.punkkiCo.com
Mihyun Lee (dance) moved to San Francisco from Seoul, South Korea in 2009. She received her BA in Performing Arts and Choreography from Kook-min University in 2005. Since then she has traveled and worked in several continents as a choreographer and dancer. Currently Mihyun studies at California Institute of Integral Studies in Somatic Psychology program. Mihyun volunteers at Asian Women’s Shelter and the Art for Recovery program at UCSF, serving survivors of domestic violence and cancer. At the Bay Area Mihyun has been performing with Erika Tsimbrovsky, Anne Bluethenthal and Ledoh. Mihyun’s first appearance with punkkiCo was in 2010.
Sarah Keeney (dance) is a dancer, performer, teacher and choreographer. While earning her degree in Psychology at UCSD, Sarah performed and choreographed for the dance department and the competition dance team. Sarah worked as Assistant Associate Director and Education Outreach Coordinator for the performance art company Xdrop. As part of her Xdrop Education Program, Sarah taught dance in public schools, art galleries and organized a show at a Guatemalan orphanage. Sarah moved to the Bay Area in 2009. She has greatly enjoyed performing with Facing East Dance and Music, Jessica Damon, Bianca Cabrera and Scott Wells & Dancers.
Meegan Hertensteiner (dance) While growing up, Meegan was trained in many various art forms including (but not excluded to) ballet, jazz, tap, theatre, musical theatre, and voice. It wasn't until she attended the University of Oklahoma (BfA 2005) till she was first educated about modern dance. In fall of 2007 Meegan relocated to San Francisco, California. Upon her arrival Meegan started dancing with SoulForce Dance. In 2008 she co-founded Human Creature Dance Theatre with Derek Harris. While in SF, Meegan has been involved with many artists and projects, including Kelly Kemp and Cali & Co.
Derek Harris (dance) Derek Harris is a multi-disciplinary artist from Oklahoma City with experience in the visual arts, photography, theater, music, dance, choreography, and writing. A self-taught b boy turned actor, he began his formal training at the University of Oklahoma. Derek has worked as a dancer with Hope Mohr Dance, punkkiCo, Deborah Slater Dance Theatre, and Human Creature Dance Theatre which he co-founded in 2008. Derek has choreographed for stage, film, commercials, and music videos. His work has been presented throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles. www.975howardstudio.org
Patrick Barnes (dance) has been successfully combining Ballet, Modern Dance, Martial Arts, Powerlifting, Highland Games, and Parkour for a very long time. He holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. Most of his current training involves picking up and/or throwing heavy things. He believes in doing the impossible if for no other reason than proving that you can. He also believes in beards, kilts, and bacon.
Marcus Van Duren (dancer, apprentice) Marcus is a multi-instrumentalist musician and dancer born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His lifelong passion for the arts has been expressed in various performing arts and movement modalities. He has shared the stage with multiple musicians during a year in Australia. Most recently, he has been exploring contact improvisation as a way to attune to his own authentic movement and collaborate with others. Marcus has followed his passion for movement through countless workshops and classes and currently studies under Raisa Punkki as a part of her company punkkiCo.
Allen Willner (Light Design) is an award winning designer of theater, dance and music. He has received the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for the Lighting Design of inkBoat’s “Line Between” 2011 and nominations for Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for the Visual Designs of Erika Chong Shuch’s “51802” and inkBoat’s “Cockroach”. He has also received Bay Area Critics Circle Lighting Design Nomination, Broadway World Lighting and Set Design nomination and three Lighting Artists in Dance Awards. Recent Collaborations include The Bengson’s “Hundred Days” directed by Anne Kauffman, Aaron Davidman’s “Wrestling Jerusalem” directed by Michael John Garces and Axis Dance Company Choreographed by Marc Brew.
Mark Hertensteiner (original composition) In addition to producing his own music, Mark has recorded and produced albums for both bands of which he’s been a member, Wolves and OTSB, while living in Tulsa, OK. After studying chemical engineering for three years at M.I.T., Mark refocused his studies on music, graduating with a Degree in Engineering and Humanities. Ever since, he has continued to delve into the intersection of music and technology, whether it’s been as part of a solo or group music or audio/video act or collaboration. Mark moved to the Bay area in 2014.