SAFEhouse for the Arts


Summer Performance Festival Showcase

Date and Time: Sunday May 28, 7:00 PM
Duration: 70 mins, without intermission
Location: Cowell Theater

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

Festival Pass

If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00

Artist Information


Work Samples

Marika Brussel

Bay Area Dance Collective


The Riley Project

Itoro Udofia


A SAFEhouse for the Arts’ performance showcase featuring contemporary and post modern dance works by Bay Area based choreographer including Emmeline Gonzales BebonItoro, Khala Brannigan, Marika Brussel, Carly Lave, Leigh Riley, Itoro Udofia / Joslynn Mathis Reed and Sienna Williams / Diana Kalaji.


Marika Brussel
A former professional ballet dancer, (Joffrey Concert Group, Napoles Ballet Theatre, New Mexico Ballet and Ballet Theater of New Mexico) Marika Brussel is San Francisco-based choreographer, with over 15 years of Bay Area ‘citizenship.’ Her work has been performed by companies around California, including Bay Pointe Ballet.

Khala Brannigan - Bay Area Dance Collective
Khala Brannigan was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she began her early training with Moving People Dance Theater under the direction of Ronn Stewart and Layla Amis. She has had the pleasure of performing with the professional company in 2010, performing works by Curtis Uhlemann (Arcos Dance), Layla Amis (Modas Dance) and Ronn Stewart (Cocodaco dance project). Khala attended Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Training Program from 2011-2013. Since graduating, Khala has performed works by Amelia Eisen, Sandrine Cassini, Joe Landini, and SoulSkin Dance while choreographing for Resident Artist Workshop at SAFEhouse Arts, LINES Ballet Training Program, West Wave Dance Festival and Summer Performance Series. Khala founded Bay Area Dance collective in 2013 and participates in the Bay Area as a Yoga instructor, lead teaching artist for HEArt with LINES (community outreach program) and serves as a curator for Bay Area Dance Collective. Her work has also been presented in the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Carly Lave - Asterick
Hailing originally from Portland, Oregon, Carly Lave is a choreographer in the SF area. She's a recent graduate of Stanford University's Dance and American History departments with a concentration in Feminist studies. Her work begins in the realm of contemporary ballet, but expands outward to incorporate theatrics and other mediums including visual arts and live music. Thematically, contemporary ballet is one venue to study the relationship between feminism and the female body on stage. With a lifelong dance and theatre background, Carly strives to juxtapose the beauty of classical ballet with grungier movements, continually pushing the bounds of this genre. To her, each dance created is a manifestation of being a woman at this single point in time.

Leigh Riley - The Riley Project
Since 2007, Leigh Riley has been crafting dances for the stage. She has held residencies and presented work with many organizations around the San Francisco Bay Area including ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, The Garage, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Subterranean Arthouse, the San Francisco International Arts Festival among others, as well as with Denver’s Packing House Center for the Arts. She also choreographs acts for the local circus community, and produces shows with Circus Automatic. Through The Riley Project, she strives to forge movement that is deeply personal and speaks to visceral experiences that connect us all.

Itoro Udofia
A performance and dance piece focusing on the many emotional landscapes one goes through as they are healing.

Sienna Williams & Diana Kalaji
Sienna Williams is a dancer, actor, vocalist and improviser, she is committed to interdisciplinary, collaborative processes that result in rich, textured, dissonant work. With a background in psychology, she thrives on experimentation within the form, aiming to uncover the idiosyncrasies of human emotion, thought and behavior. As an ethnically ambiguous, privileged millennialraised by progressives, Williams is dedicated to creating art withthe intention of provoking social thought as a catalyst to change. Her research interests include: in-groups vs. out-groups, aging, race, sexuality and gender. Diana Kalaji is a senior at the University of San Francisco, double majoring in performing arts & Social Justice & Media Studies. Identifying as a Syrian American Muslim Womxn, Diana is passionate about storytelling, as well as the necessity of giving a sincere face to those who have not been given the chance to share their stories.
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