Dog + Pony
Dog + Pony
Date(s) & Time(s): Saturday October 24, 6:00 PM
Duration: 30 minutes without intermission
Location: Parade Ground
This artist shares a bill with STEAMROLLER Dance Company
Funded in part by: Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Dog + Pony
Dog + Pony returns to the stage with a new site-specific work that explores the impact of sheltering-in-place and social distancing. This new work will integrate dance, theatre and performance to create an improv score that is constantly evolving and shifting.Dog + Pony
Dog & Pony creates live performances that re-shape and re-contextualize dominant paradigms to offer alternative perspectives for engaged audiences. With a steadfast belief in the power of art, Dog & Pony works to increase societal equity by imagining new possibilities and creating space for productive and challenging dialogues. In Dog & Pony, Alma and Joe each create dance works that are connected by a shared, singular subject. These dances deconstruct and re-imagine literature, art, inherited assumptions, and prominent cultural archetypes. Throughout their respective creative processes, Joe and Alma consider ideology, location, and form as situated within and influenced by queer, feminist, and non-patriarchal perspectives.Biographies
Alma Esperanza Cunningham (Co Director)
Alma Esperanza-Cunningham uses form to explore deeper questions about humanity and femininity. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks. After moving back to San Francisco from New York, she formed her company Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement (AECM). Alma has been an Artist in Residence at ODC, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, and has partnered with Robert Moses in CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange), a program of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Alma was the recipient of a 2004 GOLDIE (SF Bay Guardian’s Outstanding Local Discovery) award. From 2007 to 2012, she stepped away from making work to focus on personal health issues and motherhood. This period away reinvigorated her artistic vision, and expanded and added depth to her research.
Joe Landini (Co Director)
Joe Landini is a San Francisco-based choreographer/curator and is the co-director of Dog & Pony. He completed his BA in Choreography from UC Irvine and his MA in Choreography from the Laban Center (London). He has presented his work at Resolution! Festival (London), International Contemporary Dance Festival (Mexico City), the San Francisco International Arts Festival, as well as festivals in Sacramento, Laguna Beach, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Marin. Locally, he has presented his work at the ODC Theater, Z Space, Dance Mission and the Cowell Theater. In 2007, Landini founded a performance gallery called SAFEhouse Arts (Saving Art From Extinction), where is directs RAW (resident artists workshop) and directs the West Wave Dance Festival. He has received the GOLDIE Award from the SF Bay Guardian for achievement in dance, the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement and in 2017, he celebrated his 25th Anniversary of making dances in San Francisco.