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Choreographer/ Artistic Director
Since 1980 Joanna has been creating work that uses natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Her stages have included grain terminals, a clock tower, the pope’s palace, military forts, and a mile of urban neighborhood streets in the South Bronx. Her work has been commissioned by many arts institutions, including Dancing in the Streets, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Walker Arts Center, the Exploratorium Museum, the National Black Arts Festival, and Festival d'Avignon. She has also been honored with the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the United States Artist Fellowship, and a New York Bessie Award. Haigood is also a recipient of the esteemed Doris Duke Artist Award. Joanna has had the privilege to mentor many extraordinary young artists internationally at the National École des Arts du Cirque in France, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in England, Spelman College, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, the San Francisco Circus Center and at Zaccho Studio.
Anthony Brown has played a seminal role in contemporary California creative music from his pioneering work with the Asian American jazz movement in the early 1980s to his current leadership of the GRAMMY nominated Asian American Orchestra. Under his direction, the Orchestra has recorded six critically acclaimed CDs, including homages to American composers Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin and John Coltrane. His composition Rhymes (For Children) served as the theme music for KQED's Pacific Time, a Public Radio International syndicated weekly newsmagazine.
Dr. Brown holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in music (Ethnomusicology) from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Master of Music from Rutgers University, and is the recipient of numerous grants and commissions from organizations such as Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, and Asian Heritage Council. A Smithsonian Associate Scholar, Guggenheim and Ford Fellow, Dr. Brown has served as Curator of American Musical Culture at the Smithsonian Institution and as a Visiting Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley.
Sean Riley is a master rigger, engineering enthusiast and set designer with an expertise in suspension and load transfer involving large masses and difficult access. He has risen to the height of his field through creating functional and architecturally sound installations. Riley is the founder and principal rigging designer for Gravity Design Inc., a company based in San Francisco, CA, that provides innovative rigging and force management solutions for a wide variety of clients all over the world — from circus acts to industrial installations. He is always hands-on (welding, constructing, wiring), and though he is no stranger to high-risk responsibility, he has a flawless safety record. His passion for mechanics is matched only by his passion for extreme adventure. He drives heavy machinery, jumps off bridges, rock climbs and is a back-country solo survivalist. Riley studied theatre arts at University of California Santa Cruz and has taught college-level theatrical design.
FRANKIE LEE III is an Izzie Award nominee, freelance artist, who received his BFA from UNCSA. He has performed with Zion Dance Project, dawsondancesf, dendy/donavan projects, RAWdance & Oakland Ballet, among others and has choreographed for the Bay Area Ballet Conservatory, Gritty City Repertory Youth Ensemble, and Zion Dance Project. He was recently an Adjunct Professor at Mills College and teaches for LINES Dance Center, Bay Area Ballet Conservatory, the Boys & Girls Club and Dance Mission. His brand is, “fLEE dance”; which stands for the acronym: fleeked, loving, enlightened & educating.
Lydia Clinton, a Bay Area native, went to Point Park University receiving a BA in Dance (Modern). During college, she attended the American Dance Festival on scholarship and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance’s summer program. Since returning home, she has worked with AXIS Dance Company, Cat Call Choir, Capacitor, Lauren Simpson Dance, PUSH Dance Company, and Zaccho Dance Theatre.
Clarissa Dyas is from Berkeley, CA and graduated from San Francisco State University in 2017 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Health Education. Clarissa is a company member of Flyaway Productions and ka·nei·see | collective along with being a collaborating member of bananarama. Additionally, she was a company member of Robert Moses’ Kin from 2017-2018 and has performed in works by Talli Jackson, Raissa Simpson, Sarah Bush and many others.
Delvis Friñon was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He is a graduate of the José María Heredia Academy of Art with a degree in Modern, Contemporary and Folkloric Cuban dance. In Cuba he danced professionally with “Danza Teatro del Caribe.” Delvis came to San Francisco in 2013 to collaborate with the Ramón Ramos Alayo’s Cuba Caribe and to dance with Krissy Keefer-Dance Brigade, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Kim Epifano production, Nicole Klaymoon, Robert Moses’s Kin and Soulskin Dance Company.
David Szlasa is a media artist working across disciplines of dance, theater, and installation as a director, designer, and producer with more than 20 years in the industry. Thematically consistent is his desire to interweave simultaneous threads of information into a single narrative - starting with an idea - and re-telling the story of that idea from multiple perspectives. Works created and directed by Szlasa have been presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Z Space, Fools Fury, Counter Pulse, Oakland Art Gallery, The Thatcher Art Gallery at USF, and others. As a designer, he has collaborated on more than 50 projects presented nationally and internationally with Sara Shelton Mann, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Bill Shannon, Rennie Harris, Synaesthetic Theatre, Deb Margolin, Hope Mohr, Leyya Tawil, and others.