FOOTLOOSE PRESENTS THE EIGHTH ANNUAL WOMEN ON THE WAY FESTIVAL
At Two Locations: For complete schedules, see below CALENDARS for each venue:

SHOTWELL STUDIOS: 3252-A 19th Street, SF at the corner of Shotwell between Folsom and So. Van Ness in the Mission District [map]

THE GARAGE: 975 Howard, SF between 5th and 6th Streets in the South of Market District [map]

All Shows 8:00 pm; doors open 7:30 pm
$15-20 sliding scale; cash and checks only at door; except Friday, January 11 Gala Benefit at Shotwell $25 includes a ticket for one other festival event at either venue

RESERVATIONS: 415-289-2000
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Now in its eighth year, the annual Women on the Way Festival is produced by Artistic Director, Mary Alice Fry. Fry chose to present at two intimate venues, the Footloose home base, Shotwell Studios and the new SOMA venue, The Garage, run by Fry's former co-director, Joe Landini under the auspices of SAFEhouse. The two spaces have been busy this year with up-and-coming dance companies and solo artists creating new work in residencies (Artists in Motion and raw&uncut). Those that were chosen for the festival along with other applicants make up over 20 shows in the three-week run. Schedules for each venue, descriptions for the shows and websites for the participants are listed below.

Shotwell Studios located at 3252-A 19th Street in San Francisco's Mission district is Footloose's own theater and the company will host a gala benefit on Friday, January 11, 2008 from 8:00 pm until midnight with silent auction and sumptuous international cuisine. The festivities feature performances, pre-show animation and party ambience by a stellar lineup of guest artists including the Sarah Bush Dance Project, Joshua Klipp, Circus Finelli, Katie Rubin, Alicia Dattner, Mary Ann Boyd, Amara Tabor-Smith, Avotcja and Val Serrant plus other guest artists to be announced. The $25 donation includes a pass for one other evening in the festival. Saturday, January 12th plus Thursdays-Sundays, January 17-27, Shotwell Studios will be the scene for mixed-media, music, comedy, dance and theater performances.

The Garage: 975 Howard Street, San Francisco is a new black box theater in the South of Market district and is the place to go for dance in this year's festival. Thursdays through Sundays, January 10-27, 2008 nine dance companies will be presented in a variety of programs over the twelve evenings.

SHOTWELL STUDIOS DESCRIPTIONS:
Sarah Bush Dance Project | www.myspace.com/sarahbushdanceproject
FRI JAN 11; SAT JAN 12; SAT JAN 26
(In the Wake of) Home

Choreographed by Sarah Bush; Music mix by Joshua Klipp
Performed by Michael Burke, Sarah Bush, Cassandra Hazen, Natasha Jacobs, Joshua Klipp, Amie Miller and Lee Pazmino




Photo by: Joshua Klipp
Sarah Bush Dance Project innovates modern dance with hip hop and covers territory from physical space to the internal space of "feeling at home" in one's self, in relationships, in space and time and in the world. SBDP uses folk to electronic music and visual images to illustrate and parallel the variety and differences in human experiences and emotion around the places and states we call HOME.

"...a modern dance bellwether." Nirmala Nataraj of SF Weekly
"Sarah Bush kicking ass with the choreography." Margaret Cho, comedienne




Freeplay Dance Crew | www.myspace.com/freeplaydance
ONE NIGHT ONLY: SAT JAN 12 Directed by Janey Madamba; Artistic Direction/Music mix by Joshua Klipp

Something Dangerous
Poetry by Aaron Gaardner
Choreography by Joshua Klipp, Janey Madamba, Eric Jingles, George Meredith and the company

Rep et Trois
Choreography by Lee Pazmino, Julie Kikla, Mary Temple, Nadia Bubtana, Dylan Martin, Liz Angoff and the company


From spoken word and electronic music to hip hop, rock and swing, FDC members have pooled their talents to create performances full of energy. Well known locally, FDC has appeared in the SF Hip Hop Dance Fest, Pride Festival and with Fresh Meat. They produced benefit dance events for youth organizations and the YMCA of USA Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

Special guest Joshua Klipp performs on Friday, January 11 and Saturday January 12 with backup dancers and video. A member of Sarah Bush Dance Project and founder of Freeplay Dance Crew, he is also a vibrant singer bursting his way onto the queer music scene and beyond. In 2007, his music video Rescue Me, directed by and featuring Margaret Cho, charted on MTV/LOGO's Click List - Top 10 Videos. Josh and his music were also featured on national television: The Tyra Banks Show (twice) and Showtime's hit series, The L Word. His tracks "Little Girl" and "December Snow" charted as high as #2 on Sirius OutQ's Top 20 for more than three months. He has been featured on award winning radio programs, toured nationally and returned to SF to standing room crowds at Café DuNord and AsiaSF after his album "Won't Stop Now" was launched in April 2007 by Gay.com/Planet Out. For more information visit myspace.com/cutelittlewhiteguy.



Legacy | www.channingsargent.com
THUR JAN 17; THUR JAN 24

Written and Directed by Channing Sargent
Performed by Channing Sargent, Celeste Martinez, Sharon Mashihi, Jamie Venci, Pearl Marrill




Photo by: Colin Hussey
This true tale of fantastical proportions tells the complex story of Channing Sargent's family tree-she is a fifth-generation granddaughter of Brigham Young. Secrets of Mormon history, polygamy, and the state of Utah are revealed in this guided, intimate tour incorporating text, personal narrative, video and movement. Sargent trained at the Moscow Art Theater and Experimental Theater Wing at NYU/Tisch. She is a member of the Artists Development Lab, New Works West Theater Co., Peck Peck Dance Ensemble and Observational Science Theater in residency at The Garage.




Indecision Collision | www.katierubin.com
FRI JAN 18; SUN JAN 20; FRI JAN 25

Written and performed by Katie Rubin




Photo by: Lisa Keating
Katie Rubin plays 5 different characters including a yogi who uses spirituality to seduce her, her therapist and her cantankerous guardian angel. Inventive, emotional and funny, Rubin reveals her addictions, relationships with unseemly men and her neurotic, Jewish CEO father. Her first show, Insides Out! toured to colleges, women's organizations, treatment centers and received a nine-week production at The Sacramento Theater Company. This show started as part of Footloose's residency program this summer.

"Katie Rubin is more than a talent. She is a warrior of the stage-fiercely inventive, strikingly genuine, and deeply human. As a writer, she is dexterous and keen. As a performer, she is agile and bold. She breaks boundaries, creates new ones, and interacts with them through the insight of her words and sincerity of her performance. The American Theater NEEDS Ms. Rubin." Lauren Feldman, Playwright, Yale



Born Again Through Shakespeare
SAT JAN 19; THUR JAN 24

Written and performed by Gwyneth Richards
Directed by Michael A. Berg




Photo by: Colin Hussey
Gwyneth Richards saw the light of Shakespeare and followed the Bard! An award-winning actor and teacher for over twenty years, she relates with humor and passion the trials and cost of discipleship--and how Shakespeare has returned the favor during the crises in her life.

"If there was a moment on stage which would unite all in a common emotion of aesthetic joy it would be Gwyneth Richards' innovative, Born Again through Shakespeare. Ms. Richards had us on our feet, applauding for more." Dr. Dennis Kuby of the Unitarian Universalist Church




51 & Counting
THUR JAN 17; FRI JAN 18; SAT JAN 19

Written and Performed by Mary Ann Boyd
Directed by Joya Cory




Photo by: Colin Hussey
Everyone's had a few jobs--Mary Ann's had 51! Fresh from Seattle's Mae West Fest and a run at Stone Soup Theatre, Mary Ann upgrades her stand up comedy and musical cabaret chops to reveal how to smoke that job interview; balance many career hats at once; and have a personality schism with comedy and flair!







Identified Queer Objects
SAT JAN 19; FRI JAN 25

Safer to Name
Directed by Rebecca Schultz
Written and Performed by Dazié Grego, Maya Orli Cohen, Liz Green, Antoine Moore, Alexis Dinno




Photo by: Colin Hussey
Male. Female. Trans. Genderqueer. Gay. Straight. Bi. Butch. Femme. This diverse ensemble of queer writers and performers was first seen at The Fury Factory Ensemble Theater Festival and the National Queer Arts Festival in June. Through personal narrative, poetry and movement they stage a dialogue about what gender means to those who feel the constraints of it and have an opportunity to contest it.






parts is parts | www.therealkimharmon.com
SUN JAN 20; SUN JAN 27

Safer to Name
Conceived, written and directed by the real kim harmon
Mis-en-scene and musical composition created in collaboration by performers: kim harmon, laureen briggs, glenn raub, tim arnold (percussion), cody giannotti (flute and beat-box), alex tuttle (trombone)




Photo by: Colin Hussey
Part performance art, part soaring original music, part booze, blood, baked goods and power tools, kim harmon's fantastical vision and intense dose of ridiculous sincerity beg the lovely and terrifying question: how does it all fit together? Wound from a sequence of provocative art installations at various galleries, this fiery performance comes to us direct from the SF Fringe Festival where audiences found it "fascinating… visceral… uncomfortable in an oh so good way… (where) you giggle and get your heart broken all at the same time…"





Avotcja and Modupue | www.avotcja.com
SAT JAN 26: Performance and Dance Party till midnight with dj Monica Mark; SUN JAN 27

With Sandi Poindexter (violin), Tammy Hall (piano) Michaelle Goerlitz (percussion)




Photo by: Kamau Amen-Ra
Music fanatic, sound junkie, poet and popular Bay Area DeeJay, Avotcja is on a melodic mission to heal! Peruvian poet Camincha says, "Avacha's poetry is music and Avacha's music is poetry. Both are as hot as fire and as soothing as snowflakes. And in both she brings the best of her talent in Spanish and English. Listen to her. Read her. Enjoy her. Celebrate her." Her group, Modupue means Gratitude and includes three other wonder women who will wake you up with their musical prowess and inspire you to dance!



THE GARAGE DESCRIPTIONS:

DOUBLE VISION: WORLD PREMIERE | www.double-vision.biz
FRI JAN 18; SAT JAN 19; THUR JAN 24; FRI JAN 25; SUN JAN 27

Cycle (excerpt) WORLD PREMIERE
Choreographed by Pauline Jennings; Music by Sean Clute; Costume Design by Andrea Campbell
Performed by Blaine Bookey, Mira Cook, Amanda Crawford, Pauline Jennings, Wendy Marinaccio, and Cecelia Peterson


Packed with visual and aural texture, counterpoint and surprises, this high-energy dance produces intense, startling and beautiful moments as dancers are flung through space and halted in their tracks.

Three Canons and Mise en Scènes
Choreographed by Pauline Jennings; Music by Sean Clute
Performed by Blaine Bookey, Amanda Crawford, Mira Cook, Wendy Marinaccio, Cecelia Peterson




Photo by: Anne Peattie
Movement, vocal narration and video projection are utilized to question just how much of our lives and perceptions are controlled and manipulated by technology. DOUBLE VISION is an intermedia performance group for dance, music, video and interactive technology. Their need to experiment and seek meaning in the ever-changing landscape of contemporary culture results in work that is complex, humorous, quirky and continuously evolving.

"…full of humor... stunning dance and video imagery...a few quite frightening effects." Jennifer Noyer, Albuquerque Journal



HerPic Performances | www.HerPic.org
SAT JAN 19; SUN JAN 20; SAT JAN 26; SUN JAN 27

40 Years
Choreographed by Irva Hertz-Picciotto; Music by Ted Masur, Annie Gosfield
Performed by Suzanne Beahrs, Kelly Bowker, Terese Hoibye, Eric Koblenz, Josephine Leffner, Jeanette Male, Ishika Seth




Photo by: Liz Payne
Hertz-Picciotto imbues her modern dance company with a theatre sensibility to trace a young American Jewish woman joining a relative for an adventure onto land acquired by Israel in the 1967 war while a Palestinian family and their neighbors evacuate their homes. Known for her in-depth treatment of world topics and rich visual images, Hertz-Picciotto delves into the exuberance of discovery, the anxiety of forced flight and a terrain filled with tension.

"…ambitious…at its best the choreography effectively suggests parched landscapes-of the region and the soul." Rita Felciano, SF Bay Guardian



The Sill Collective
FRI JAN 11; SUN JAN 13; THUR JAN 17; FRI 25

Unseen
Choreographed and performed by Alexis Iammarino, Michelle K. Lynch, Leah Rybolt, and Lindsay Stegeman
Music by Balanescu Quartet, Matt Ganucheau, Franz Schubert, J.S. Bach




Photo by: Colin Hussey
This series of six vignettes describes encounters typically kept private. Composed to offer different views of such encounters, each scene blends athleticism, gesture and design. The five-year collaborative history of the four choreographer/dancers is apparent in their fluid partnering, bold execution, and sensitive style. Unseen premiered in September, 2007.

"Truly elegant…artfully nuanced." Lesley Braithwaite, choreographer
"... exploring mood, hesitations and spatial dimensions with distinct individuality" Renee Renouf, dance writer, www.ballet.co.uk



Erika Tsimbrovsky | www.puyandaev.com
ALL DATES CANCELLED

NEW SHOW ADDED: Alena Cawthorne
SAT JAN 12; THUR JAN 17

City Life
Choreography by Alena Cawthorne
Performed by Alena Cawthorne, Susan Tobiason, Kathleen Franklin


Graceful, gutsy, precise, elegant, and thoughtful, City Life depicts the challenges of survival to the compassion of a stranger; the depths of hardship to the relaxation of an oasis and reminds us how important it is to enjoy life in the city. Alena has presented her work at The West Wave Dance Festival, Dance Mission’s Harvest Festival, raw&uncut, The Black Choreographer’s Next Wave Showcase and as a RAW artist in residence at the Garage with City Life in December, 2007.

"Cawthorne's delicious Face It embraced weight and phrasing for a vernal celebration of maidenhood in a way that has not been seen since the very early days of modern dance. The choreographer sent her quartet of elegant, pastel-clad dancers (Kathleen Franklin, Angela Pasalis, Susan Tobiason, and herself) into José Limón's swooping circles, serpentine trajectories, wide pliés, and stretching arms — all without a trace of irony. It was hard to believe that this companionable bliss was for real. In stepped Pamela Wood, an older woman in African dress. She couldn't believe it either. The dancers tried to "convert" her by drawing her in. She wasn't having any of it. In the end, they simply danced around her. Bravo!" West Wave Dance Festival 2006 review by Rita Felciano, SF Bay Guardian



Aura Fischbeck Dance | www.AuraFischbeck.com
THU JAN 10; FRI JAN 11; SUN JAN 20; SAT JAN 26

Relay
Choreography by Aura Fischbeck
Performed by Aura Fischbeck, Sara Pfeifle and Leigh Riley




Photo by: Colin Hussey
Relay combines high energy dancing and thoughtful meandering in a series of movement mantras set to an electronic score. Based on the simple theme of repetition, the dancers are looped into sequences that gradually increase in volume and intensity, resulting in a dynamic and constantly shifting interplay of spatial patterns and gestures. It was developed in residencies at Shotwell Studios and The Garage this year.

Aura Fischbeck/AFD has been presented nationally in festivals and programs including the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, ODC's PILOT, the Summer Performance Festival, the Retail Dance Festival, The West Wave Dance Festival, raw&uncut, and Footloose's Women's Work and Artists in Motion series.



The Pfeifle Dance Project
THU JAN 10; FRI JAN 11; SUN JAN 20; SAT JAN 26

Unbecoming
Choreography by Sara Pfeifle; Music by meat number 5
Performed by Gretchen Garnett, Sara Pfeifle, Rebecca Rufer, Leah Samson, Avril Stevenson




Photo by: Colin Hussey
Vigorous, momentum driven movement to more poignant moments depict human connection and contortion brought on by an increasingly unstable society obsessed with glorifying the horrific. Now in its second year, The Pfeifle Dance Project in collaboration with composers meat number 5 create work mixing music, media, and movement. This debut work was created while in residency with Footloose this spring.






Marisa Mariscotti and Leonore Deaton
THU JAN 10; FRI JAN 11; SUN JAN 20; SAT JAN 26

Home (In)
Choreographed and Performed by Marisa Mariscotti and Lenore Deaton




Photo by: Colin Hussey
In a frenetic interplay of gesture and swift athleticism, two women search for an answer to the elusive "happily ever after" dream complete with house and white picket fence. Their relationship escalates into a physical entanglement of aggressive partnering as they discover that perfection isn't big enough for both of them. Marisa and Leonore have performed in multiple venues and festivals in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and Montreal.






U DANCE Electra | www.udanceelectra.com
THU JAN 10; FRI JAN 11; SUN JAN 20; SAT JAN 26

Emptee V
Choreographed by Monica Mark; Music by The Normal/Vanity 6
Performed by Monica Mark, Alyssa Morrison, Lisa Navarro, Megan Wiliams

D:/Qube
Choreographed by Monica Mark; Music by John Arns
Performed by Monica Mark, Alyssa Morrison, Lisa Navarro, Ishika Seth, Megan Williams




Photo by: Colin Hussey
The pulsating new wave/electro music by The Normal, the flashy bright costumes, runway set and striking yet minimal choreography give off the decadence of the "me" decade in this interpretation of a live music video set in the 1980's. Fashioned out of love and fascination with her childhood era, Monica Mark once again brightens up the dance scene with her inimitable style. Founded in 2004, the company has performed at multiple venues and festivals and completed a residency of new work with Footloose last spring.





Ishika Seth
SAT JAN 12; SUN Jan 13; THUR JAN 24

Tukde
Choreographed by Ishika Seth
Performed by Suzanne Beahrs, Ishika Seth, Megan Aileen Williams, PJ Johnson




Photo by: Rob Kunkley
After collecting varied responses to the question: What does it mean to reveal yourself? Ishika Seth juxtaposes these ideas to understand what it could mean. There are women who feel naked if they don't cover their heads with cloth. Others feel that being physically exposed doesn't mean anything; it is your inner self that matters. The duet sensitively combines text, movement and everyday sounds. Seth is a resident artist at The Garage and has shown work extensively throughout the Bay Area for four years. She is also performing with U DANCE Electra and HerPic in the WOW festival.





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