Pull Me Closer
Date and Time: Saturday May 27, 8:00 PM | Sunday May 28, 2:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes (Shared bill with Eve Mutso and Alyce Finwall Dance Theater)
Location: Cowell Theater
General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price
Festival PassIf you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00
Pull Me Closer is a follow up to Levydance’s performative interactive installation Comfort Zone created for the Exploratorium in 2013 (that later toured to Beijing). This new creation by LEVYdance will explore how the vibrations and pulses our bodies create can both pull us apart and draw us closer to each other in a public space. Acting as a sequence of solos, duets and trios, the 20-minute piece will transform the bodies of the dancers into moving energies, abstracting movement to draw geometrical lines and shapes in space that reflect the dynamic of our social interactivity.
Since 2002, LEVYdance has become a nationally recognized performing arts organization that serves the San Francisco dance community as a creative incubator, community space and innovative arts presenter. Founder Benjamin Levy has won a Choreographic Fellowship from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (2006), an Emerging Choreographer Award from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation (2005).
In 2015, LEVYdance welcomed international award winning creative director Garance Marneur as Executive Artistic Director. Marneur’s unique background combining design, engineering and strongly developed artistic and corporate connections will steward LEVYdance’s vision of welcoming a greater array of artistic voices, and creating new community partnerships.
Garance Marneur, Executive Artistic Director LEVYdance
(Director and Designer of Pull Me Closer)
Garance Marneur, LEVYdance’s first Executive Artistic Director, has directed, designed and curated over 60 productions in the U.K. and internationally for theatre, dance, opera, and film, including works for Trafalgar Studios in London, National Theatre in London, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Royal Shakespeare Company, Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Exploratorium, and NBC Universal. Marneur won the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design in 2007, and was nominated for Best Scenic Design at the Broadway World UK Awards in 2014.
Benjamin Levy, Founder LEVYdance
Benjamin Levy, founder of LEVYdance, is a choreographer and dancer recognized for innovative, interdisciplinary, interactive works that explore the nuance of the human experience. Levy’s distinct choreographic style has been sought after for commissions and master class directorships nationally and abroad, and he has collaborated with the Exploratorium, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, French couture designer Colleen Quen, industrial designer Rick Lee and Scottish Dance Theatre, among others.
Yu Kondo Reigen, Company Artist LEVYdance
Yu Kondo Reigen is a dancer and movement educator who is fascinated by the mystery of the human body. Born and raised in Japan, she studied Hip Hop and Yosakoi (Japanese festival dance) and performed around the country. She joined LEVYdance in 2012 after graduating from California State University, Long Beach, and is also a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® trainer at San Francisco GYROTONIC®.
Michaela Burns, Company Artist LEVYdance
Michaela obtained her BFA in Dance from Chapman University, and apprenticed with Kolben Dance in Jerusalem, Israel. Returning to the U.S. in 2012, Michaela has performed with Scott Wells, Christine Bonansea, and [detour dance]. She is a current company member of FACT/SF and LEVYdance.
Chinchin Hsu, Company Artist LEVYdance
Chin-chin Hsu, born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, trained in ballet, various modern techniques, Tai-chi, Chinese martial arts and improvisation and received her BFA from New World School of the Arts. Chin-chin moved to San Francisco in 2008 and has worked with ODC, Kunst Stoff, Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers, Asian Improv, Project. B., Project Agora, Funsch Dance Experience and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. She joined LEVYdance in 2016.
John Allbee, Lighting Designer
John Allbee designs is a way to determine how things function, not just how they look. Design involves assembling the right people, asking and responding to questions, and iterating forms continuously. Allbee aims to create great experiences and real connections through the filter of design, and be able to explore various fields through collaboration and relentless making.
Thom Vindiola, Stage Manager
Singer, dancer, actor, choreographer, costumer, stage manager, director – Thom has been involved in the theatre in almost every capacity and is thrilled to be part of this Levy Dance production. Thom has also been the resident stage manager of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for the past 18 years.