STEAMroller Dance Company
Date and Time: Thursday May 25, 8:00 PM | Saturday May 27, 7:30 PM | Sunday May 28, 3:30 PM
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
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
If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of its debut, STEAMROLLER Dance Company presents a reimagining of their signature work, Siamese Dream. Siamese Dream takes the sweep of classic Hollywood musicals and the physicality of Hong Kong Kung Fu movies to create a fantasia of Asian Americana. Siamese Dream flips off (or at least lets fly) all manner of notions, artifacts, media, and commentary impinging on Asian-American identity. Awash in the dancers' movement are music from Rodgers & Hammerstein's classically racist The King and I, where barbarian East meets sensible West; semiotic analysis of Asians as represented by popular culture; Chinatown Buddha-kitsch; the cool, plush tick of Riyuchi Sakamoto; and soundtracks from head-spinning Hong Kong action flicks. Siamese Dream looks at the intersection of identity and media representation.
ARTIST BIOSSTEAMROLLER Dance Company
In 1993, a loosely knit group of artists came together to create guerrilla performances to address the spread of HIV/AIDS to other communities (women, people of color). The company is currently under the direction of founding member Jesselito Bie. In addition to various SF parking lots, STEAMROLLER has also presented work in the Bay Area Dance Festival, the 1996-2000 In the Street Festivals, the 1996-2001 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Dance Festivals, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Festival of Bay Area Dance, Asian American Dance Performances and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.
Artistic Director 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 Pelton Dance Company, Cid Perlman/Nesting Dolls, Kulintang Arts, Erika Shurch Performance Project, Jerome Bel, Krista DeNio/ETS, Joe Landini and Kim Epifano/Epiphany Productions. 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 participant in ODC Theater's Sandbox residency program. He is currently a lead artist at Safehouse Arts.