Opero Cado

Date and Time: Saturday May 27 5:00 PM | Sunday May 28 2:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse

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

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Artist Info


Work Sample

burnswork_keithweng_SFIAF-ABio.jpg Image Credit: Keith Weng.

Opero Cado (Latin, to labor to fall) is a new choreo-improvised dance work directed by Christian Burns in collaboration with Marlie Couto, Courtney Mazeika and Max Judelson. This hybrid performance/practice/installation meditates on the unfolding complexities of our contemporary experience – from the stillness of emotional intimacy to the absurdities of what we take serious and the tragedies of what we don’t. The work traverses the thin edge separating aspiration and failure – utopia and disaster –being adrift or finding home. The audience is invited to traverse fluidly between the two-room theater and create their own unique performance experience.


Christian Burns is a director, choreographer, performer and educator. His current choreographic platform burnsWORK serves as a framework for training and performance projects relating to the intersection of improvisation, choreography and performance practice. His particular interest lays in the synthesis between improvisation and set choreography, investigating the blurred line where fixed and unknown outcomes comingle. Christian has been influenced through his collaborations with Chris Aiken, Andrew Morrish, William Forsythe and Kirstie Simson, among others. His choreography, improvised performances, and dance-for-camera works have been commissioned and presented throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He has been awarded the Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME, mentor), Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for Choreography, National Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, Paula Citron Award for Choreography for Camera (Moving Pictures Festival, Toronto, CA) and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers.

Marlie Couto began her dance training at the age of two in San Diego, California. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from The Boston Conservatory in 2013, she moved to the Bay Area to join The Foundry and work extensively with Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Additionally, Marlie has had the pleasure of working closely with Bobbi Jene Smith, Christian Burns, Marissa Brown, and Ouroboros Shadow pictures. She is currently a collaborator with burnsWORK.

Courtney Mazeika received her BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, she moved to the Bay Area to train with Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and joined Alex Ketley’s company, The Foundry. Courtney has performed in various projects including works by Tom Weinberger, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Katherine Hawthorne. In addition, she assisted Tom Weinberger in national and international workshops, as well as taught her own work throughout the states. She currently works as a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer.

Max Judelson is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music where he studied bass with Benjamin Levy. While in Boston Max regularly performed at Massachusetts General Hospital where he developed a music program for patients, families and staff. His article, ͞The Economics of the Street Musician͟ was published in The Wall Street Journal (on- line) and was interviewed for NPR’s ͞Talk of the Nation͟ addressing the same topic. Max now lives in Berkeley where he works with numerous artists including, Christian Burns and and Oouroboros Shadow Pictures. He accompanies dance classes, composes music for dance and film and races cyclocross professionally.
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