Autumn Program. Oct. 18-24, 2021

Alyce Finwall Dance Theater


In Response

Date(s) & Time(s): Sat, Oct 23, 4:00 PM
Duration: 10 mins w/out intermission
Location: Parade Ground
This performance is part of a shared bill with: Embody Dance Project

Ticket Information

Early Bird: $16
Advance Price: $20

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Engagement funded in part by:

National Endowment for the Arts and the Sam Mazza Foundation, ODC, Moving Arts Foundation

In Response

"in Response" was created for ODC Theater's Pilot program, March 2014, re-created here by Sasha Gologorskaya (dancer) and Serena Fan (14 year old violinist). This is a tour de force solo for both dancer and violinist.

Alyce Finwall Dance Theater

Alyce Finwall Dance Theater was established in 1999 by artistic director and choreographer, Alyce Finwall. The mission of AFDT is to blend an unabashed movement language with dramatic expression to create a powerful vehicle for theatrical dance. Originally based in Minneapolis, MN, where her work was presented at the Southern Theater, Walker Art Center, Weissman Art Museum and for Ballet of the Dolls, AFDT has produced more than 40 works throughout the company's twenty year history. In NYC, AFDT presented many new works at such venues as P.S. 122, Dance Theater Workshop (New York Live Arts), White Wave Theater, 92nd Street Y and the Joyce SoHo. In 2007 AFDT moved to San Francisco where it has become an important participant in the Bay Area dance community and continues to present work across the U.S.

Production Credits

Alyce Finwall (choreographer)
Alyce (pronounced like “Elise”) has been making dances since 1994, developing a uniquely creative and theatrical style, noted for having an “impressive and accomplished choreographic symphony” by the SF Examiner and a “fierce fluidity in performance and a brooding surrealism in the choreography” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She started Alyce Finwall Dance Theater (AFDT) in 1999, having produced over 40 original works, and has also had the great pleasure of collaborating with many diverse artists on works for both stage and film. Alyce experiments with process to create works that address the psychological and surreal states of contemporary culture as well as the richness and turbulence of our interior lives. Alyce's wide ranging dance career began after a brief hiatus from dance to study art (with a focus on painting and printmaking) and communications theory at Hamline University. She has danced professionally with the Minneapolis based avant-garde company, Ballet of the Dolls, where she performed in over 20 original ballets in her seven years with the company, and was its first ever guest choreographer. Alyce has also danced with Rincones & Company in Washington, DC and has studied with the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden (under invitation from artistic director Lena Wennergren-Juras), the Cunningham Dance Company (with a travel/study grant from the Jerome Foundation) and with many teachers of ballet and contemporary techniques in NYC, Minneapolis, DC and San Francisco. Alyce's work has been presented at such venues as P.S. 122, The Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop (New York Live Arts), Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y on 42nd Street, Cunningham Theater, White Wave Theater, The Cowell Theater, The Southern Theater, ODC Theater, The Garage Theater and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and American College Dance Festival. Alyce has received support from the McKnight Choreographic Fellowship, the Jerome Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation and 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. Alyce holds an MFA in choreography from Mills College where she was awarded the Liatis Foundation Award. She has also taught and choreographed for college and pre-professional programs such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Radford University, Cedar Crest College, Mission College and Mills College, and is currently an adjunct professor of dance at Santa Rosa Junior College and is the Director of Moving Arts Academy of Dance in San Francisco.

Sasha Gologorskaya (dancer)
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Sasha trained at the San Francisco Ballet School under Pascale Leroy, Yoira Esquivel Brito, Shannon Bresnahan, and Tina LeBlanc. She has attended intensive programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Arts Umbrella, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Sasha holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with a Concentration in Ballet Performance and a minor in Psychology from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, State University of New York. There, she performed repertory and new works by George Balanchine, Michelle Thompson-Ulerich, Margo Sappington, Norbert de la Cruz III, and Bettijane Sills. In her third year of studies, Sasha was selected to study abroad at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong. Sasha performed in Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival 2018 with a featured role in Luca Veggetti’s reimagined version of Jerome Robbins’ Watermill. In the fall of 2019, Sasha joined Menlowe Ballet for their production of It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker.

Serena Fan (violinist)
Serena Fan, 14, is studying with Annamarie Arai and has been studying violin since she was 5. She is a violinist of California Youth Symphony.

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