beast (2014)

Fri May 22 9:30pm
Sat. May 23 7:00pm
Sun. May 24 6:30pm
Cowell Theater
Tickets: $20-$25 General Admission

Please note "beast" contains sexually mature themes, explicit language and nudity and is not appropriate for children.

Shared Program with The Foundry (duration 90 minutes)

Presented by tinypistol.


These performances of beast are made possible in part through the generous support of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.


Is outward beauty a prerequisite to relevance? Through a feminist, animalist examination of classic archetypes and societal misogyny, beast seeks to dismantle the tyranny of beauty by exalting the status of the "ugly" and revealing the grotesque of conventional expectations around female appearance and behavior. Finding inspiration in Oscar Wilde's quote "The ugly can be beautiful. The pretty never", beast revels in instinct, wildness, and love of our animal bodies.


Maurya Kerr is the director and choreographer of tinypistol, a San Francisco and project-based dance company she founded in 2010 after a twelve-year career with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. tinypistol has been honored by a 2011 Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition award, a 2012 CHIME grant, and recent grants from the Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Lighting Artists in Dance, Theatre Bay Area CA$H, and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. Maurya’s work has been presented and commissioned by Ballet Nouveau Colorado, the Aspen Fringe Festival, WestWave Dance Festival, and Whim W'Him.

Alex Carrington trained at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, and privately with Nigel Burley. She also studied at San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Northwest Dance Project, and Conservatorio Superior de Danza Maria De Avila in Madrid. She has performed works by Nacho Duato, Johan Kobborg, Maurya Kerr, Iratxe Ansa, Ivan Perez, Marina Mascarell, Sidra Bell, Katie Faulkner, and Yin Yue. This is her second season with tinypistol.

Stephen DiBiase grew up in Irvine, California and received the majority of his training from the Ailey School and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. He has performed Memoria with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has had the pleasure to work with choreographers Maurya Kerr, Uri Sands, Gregory Dawson, Kara Davis, and Katie Faulkner to name a few. Stephen is ecstatic to be performing with tinypistol in his first season!

Michelle Galbraith is a native of Provo, Utah. She has performed with Odyssey Dance Theater and Ovation TV’s series “A Chance to Dance.” Her training includes the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Northwest Dance Project, and Bodytraffic performing works by Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Alex Ketley, Robert Moses, Shannon Gillen, Bobbi Jene Smith, David Dorffman, and others. This is her first season with tinypistol.

Robyn Gerbaz is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a BFA Magna Cum Laude from Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California. Additionally, she received training from (selected) the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Cornish College, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, P.O.R.C.H/Ponderosa Tanzland in Germany, and Springboard Danse Montreal. She has been serving as project assistant to Maurya Kerr for the past two seasons. This is her fourth season.

Bree Nasby is from West Palm Beach, Florida. She studied at A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, London Contemporary Dance School, and SUNY Purchase College where she graduated cum laude earning her BFA in Dance Performance. While at Purchase she performed works by Doug Varone, Ori Flomin, Barak Marshall, and Mark Morris amongst others. She is excited to join tinypistol in her first season.

Dalmacio Payomo began his dance training at the ODC School in San Francisco at the age of 16. He continued training at the California State Summer School of the Arts (CSSSA) and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer program. He's had the opportunity to teach and perform with the Juntos Collective in cities throughout the Bay Area and Guatemala. Dalmacio is currently a Senior in the Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California BFA program.

Linda Steele II formally trained at Marin Ballet before receiving her BFA from Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California. She has worked with Alonzo King, Gregory Dawson, Maurya Kerr, Sidra Bell, Katie Faulkner, LEVYdance, and others. She has also choreographed and performed abroad with MADE in France focusing her choreographic collaborations on contemporary dance and film. This is her second season with tinypistol.

Tabitha Steger trained at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota where she has been honored to work with artists such as Joanna Rosenthal, Keigwin Company, Nora Chipaumire, TU dance, Scott Rink, and Maurya Kerr. She recently had the opportunity to train with Spellbound Contemporary Ballet in Italy.

Megan Wright grew up in Portland, Maine, and is a graduate of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She is a current member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and has performed with Katharine Hawthorne, Hope Mohr Dance, Robert Moses' KIN, Sharp & Fine, RAWdance, Todd Eckert, and many others. She is a founding member of tinypistol. This is her fifth season.

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