"Women's Voices" by Danse Lumière, led by Kathryn Roszak, is a Mother's Day salon and showcase featuring works by three choreographers.
Dancers are guests and former dancers from San Francisco Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and New York City Ballet.

May 14, 2023 at 3:00 PM
Martha Graham Dance Center, 55 Bethune Street (West Village)
Presented by Danse Lumière
Tickets: $25 gen. adm., $18 students & seniors
Buy tickets: https://womensvoices.bpt.me/
info: 510 439 7518
Running time: 1:15.
Reviewers are invited.
Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5HGTbGqqM9kgpBC56

NEW YORK, April 20 -- On May 14 at 3:00 PM, Danse Lumière, a San Francisco-based company led by Kathryn Roszak, will present "Women's Voices" at Martha Graham Dance Center, 55 Bethune Street. The program will feature a three-way conversation on women in leadership in dance among Artistic Director of Danse Lumière/choreographer Kathryn Roszak, ballet choreographer Gianna Reisen (NY City Ballet) and visual artist Anna Sidana. Their colloquy will be followed by four works by three choreographers: Aoi Sato, Gianna Reisen and Kathryn Roszak. The event brings together Ballet and Modern choreographers and visual artists to mix and challenge each other in a venue which is iconic for Modern Dance. Performers will include guests and former dancers from San Francisco Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and New York City Ballet. All are welcome and it is a fitting Mother's Day diversion for dance-engaged mothers and daughters.

1. World premiere solo dance (title TBA) solo work choreographed and danced by Aoi Sato,  a member of Graham 2 company since 2017. She has also worked with Dance Spotlight, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Nai-Ni Chen.

2. "Signs," a duet ballet work choreographed by Gianna Reisen (bio-see below). Cast TBA are members of School of American Ballet, NYC. Video: https://tinyurl.com/2f79cf6n.

3. "Contretemps" (world premiere), a solo work choreographed by Kathryn Roszak (bio-see below) to music by Arnold Schönberg. With Tiit Helimets, former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet.

4. "The Unanswered Question," a work for four dancers choreographed by Kathryn Roszak to music by Ned Rorem. Dancers include, Rayan Lecurieux-Durvial (Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), Jared Stern (Graham 2), Gwen Ontiveros (Martha Graham School) and Aoi Sato (bio-see below).

Kathryn Roszak is the daughter of Theodore Roszak (author "The Making of a Counterculture") and feminist poet Betty Roszak ("Masculine/Feminine:Readings in Sexual Mythology and the Liberation of Women"). Her great uncle is the NY visual artist Theodore Roszak. She trained on Ford Foundation scholarships at San Francisco Ballet and at the School of American Ballet in New York and performed with San Francisco Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and San Antonio Ballet. She also trained as an actor in the Advanced Training Program of ACT in San Francisco and LAMDA. She has performed, choreographed and/or taught at ACT, Berkeley Rep, San Francisco Opera Center, Shakespeare Festival and the Berkeley Symphony with Kent Nagano. She has been presented in New York by La MaMa, Scandinavia House, 92nd Street Y and Martha Graham Dance Conpany. In 1995, she founded Danse Lumière (known as Anima Mundi until 2006) recognized for adapting outstanding works of literature for stage and screen, and for highlighting works by women. She founded the Women Directors, Choreographers and Composers Program taking place in San Francisco and NYC. Her unique approach brings new audiences to classical art forms by blending and innovating within the disciplines of dance, literature, music, visual art and theater.

Gianna Reisen studied at the School of American Ballet and after graduation in 2017, danced with the Dresden SemperOper Ballet. That year, she was commissioned to choreograph an original work for the New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala, making her the youngest choreographer in history to offer a ballet to NY City Ballet’s storied repertory. Soon after, she became a dancer and choreographer for the Los Angeles Dance Project. She choreographed for film between 2020 and 2021 and more recently, has returned to the stage to create "Signs" for School of American Ballet’s annual Workshop and "Playtime" for the New York City Ballet.

Anna Sidana is a visual artist and large-scale oil painter. Her art explores an emotional connection with complex family histories through hazy childhood memories, abstraction, and symbolism, transcending the canvas to convey myriad emotions. Much of her work draws on childhood memories of pomegranates and playing in the cotton fields of her family farm in Rajasthan, India. Her work has been shown at the de Young Museum of San Francisco, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, The Diego Rivera Gallery, and Times Square, New York. She was also selected for the London Art Biennale and received two Sheridan Awards. She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and lives in San Francisco.

Danse Lumière, led by Kathryn Roszak, is is best known for adapting outstanding works of literature for the stage, giving new form and added context to these works through a fusion of dance, music, and theater, often focusing on some of the most pressing social issues of our time. The company has collaborated with writers Gary Snyder, Tomas Tranströmer, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Isabel Allende and created works inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke and Emily Dickinson. Artistic Director Kathryn Roszak is the founder of the annual Women Directors, Choreographers, and Composers Program, held in San Francisco and NYC. The company has performed at La MaMa and 92Y in NYC; the Smithsonian Institution and George Washington University, Washington D.C.; Copenhagen Cultural Festival, Denmark; Les Amis du 7, Dijon, Frace; Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona; University of San Francisco; Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco and many other venues.

For more info, go to: https://www.dlkdance.com. To buy tickets to this event, go to: https://womensvoices.bpt.me/.

This program is sponsored in part by Friends of Danse Lumière, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Ernesto Galan/Scalped Productions.

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PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE AT: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5HGTbGqqM9kgpBC56