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April 2015: "Dance on Center" Series Continues with New Works by Women Choreographers

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Dance on Center 

Dance on Center is a curated dance and performance series on Center Street in downtown Berkeley, launched in late 2013. The series continues on April 26, 2015 at 2pm with a celebration of women choreographers, including Dalia Rawson (Director of the Ballet San Jose School), Lissa Resnick, Kathryn Roszak, and Shahrzad Khorsandi.

The event will take place in the Osher Studio at 2055 Center Street (in the Arts Passageway at Berkeley Central). Advance tickets are available at BROWN PAPER TICKETS. Seating is limited; tickets will also be available at the door.

For further details please download the event flyer (PDF).

An Open Rehearsal Benefit for the series was held in October 2014 (see further down). Earlier last year the May 2014 program included works by Ms. Rawson as well as choreographers Lissa Resnick and Amy Seiwert, and also featured the first full performance of Kathryn Roszak's About the Rite.

Danse Lumière is the first dance company to perform in the Osher Studio and Studio B at Berkeley Central. The Downtown Arts District has mainly featured theater and music. With this series (plus our other programs), the company has put professional dance on the downtown Berkeley map.

May 2015: Screening of "Secrets on the Way" at 92Y in New York City

Following its successful 2014 tour there (see further down), Secrets on the Way, Kathryn Roszak's Dance Noir inspired by the poetry of Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer, returns to New York City on May 8, 2015 when the 92nd Street Y presents a screening of the work's 2013 premiere performance, as part of their "Fridays at Noon" series in the Dance Lobby; Ms. Roszak will be in attendance.

Danse Lumière notes with great sadness the passing of Tomas Tranströmer on 26 March 2015.

Kathryn Roszak's Classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)


Kathryn Roszak's latest class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley is Feminism in the Bay Area Arts, meeting on five Fridays beginning April 3, 2015. Focusing on recent artistic explorations of women's issues, the course will feature women who run dance and theater companies and orchestras. Guests will include Sandra Gilbert, author of The Madwoman in the Attic, and Joana Carneiro of the Berkeley Symphony.

For more details you may download the course flyer (PDF); you may also view the syllabus (while available), and watch a course preview video on YouTube.

Ms. Roszak's previous class was Moving Images: Dance and Film in Fall 2014, with expanded enrollment for this highly popular course (first offered in Spring 2013). The session included guest filmmakers, and covered classics such as West Side Story and An American in Paris, as well as important documentary and festival films. Also featured were explorations of the choreography of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Twyla Tharp, and Gene Kelly as presented in film.

In her six years as an instructor at OLLI, Ms. Roszak's dance-oriented courses have proved popular. Other OLLI classes have included Cal Performances: Discovering Dance in Winter 2014, providing a behind-the-scenes peek at the dance companies and leading artists appearing in early 2014 at Cal Performances: Martha Graham Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena, Trey McIntyre, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Said one student after the opening Martha Graham session: "I don't want to wait until our next class to thank you for enabling me to so much enjoy and appreciate the Martha Graham performance last night. I truly felt as though I was experiencing first-hand a meaningful part of dance history. Your presentation in the morning was so important for me... I am much looking forward to the remainder of our term with you."

January 2015: New "Movement to Music" Workshop for Adults and Seniors

In January 2015 Kathryn Roszak launched her new program, The Next Step: Movement to Music, a series of fun and accessible dance workshops specially designed and taught by Ms. Roszak for Adults and Seniors to move at their own pace. The inaugural class took place at Studio B in downtown Berkeley, followed by a well-attended four-week session in February. For more information about future workshops and further program details contact Ms. Roszak at kdance@sonic.net.

Spring 2015 Session Underway, "Dance on Center" Program for Children & Teens

Our successful, high-quality Dance Program for Children & Teens is now in its 14th year of providing classes for girls and boys in Creative Movement as well as Beginning and Intermediate Ballet. Spring 2015 classes began on January 5.

Registration for all classes is ongoing until filled; please see the schedule page for classes and tuition. The program is located at 2055 Center Street, in the heart of downtown Berkeley's Arts District. We use Studio B in the Arts Passageway at Berkeley Central, just a half block down from Shattuck Ave. and the downtown Berkeley BART station.

We've been recommended in Berkeley Parents Network, and have been listed as one of the Best Dance Studios in the Bay Area by CBS5 (KPIX-TV) "Eye on the Bay". We're also pleased and grateful that all our youth dance programs are supported in part by a grant from the Youth Arts and Education Fund of the Berkeley Association of Realtors.

The Fall 2014 session ended in December with the kids performing our annual chamber recital version of "The Nutcracker" at the Osher Studio, always a fun and inventive performance.

Contact/Registration: 510-233-5550 or 510-439-7518 • kdance@sonic.netSpring 2015 Registration forms (PDF)

Summer Dance Camp 2015 Now Registering

Our seventh annual Summer Dance Camp for Children and Teens (ages 4-13+) will take place for one week, June 22-26, 2015, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. This is a very popular program that includes Creative Movement, Ballet, and Tap for girls and boys. Afternoon camp is also available to 3:00 pm (ages 6-13+). Our Dance/Science workshop will be offered in the afternoon session (details TBA). Inquire about sibling and early-bird discounts.

Contact and Registration: 510-233-5550 or 510-439-7518 • kdance@sonic.net

For the third year our camp will be located at the Haba Na Haba Studio, 1936 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Berkeley, just down from Arlington and near the top of Solano Ave. This is a spacious dance studio in a beautiful neighborhood and setting, with a park-like outdoor deck area. We offer a wonderful performing arts experience; children will work on a recital presentation, for a family open-house performance at the end of the week.

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Banner from Summer Dance Camp 2013 

October 2014: Danse Lumière Open Rehearsal Benefit in Downtown Berkeley

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Romeo and Juliet rehearsal 

The Danse Lumière company presented an Open Rehearsal Benefit on October 5, 2014 at Studio B on Center Street in downtown Berkeley (in the Arts Passageway at Berkeley Central).

The event featured new choreography by Kathryn Roszak, Lissa Resnick, and Dalia Rawson, including the first public presentation of Roszak's newest dance creation, Romeo and Juliet. Performers included Danse Lumière dancers Ryan DeAlexandro, Margo Hodenfield, Evan Johnston, Terrin Kelly, and Sophia Rumasuglia. Roszak also presented Reverse Flow/Xingu River and City Noir.

Dalia Rawson's choreography was performed by Ballet San Jose Trainees Molly Hanson and Austin Moholt-Siebert. Lissa Resnick presented her Mulholland Variations, performed by Blythe Berg and Patricia Rehn, and Mandela, performed by young dancers (from our Dance Program for Children & Teens) Luciana Castle, Eva Handlers, Stella Johnson, Ashley Resnick, and Ryan Thompson.

May 2014: "Dance on Center" Series Continues in Downtown Berkeley

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"Golden Glow" by Lissa Resnick 

Our new curated DANCE ON CENTER series continued on May 3, 2014 at the Osher Studio on Center Street in Berkeley. Featured choreographers were Dalia Rawson, Kathryn Roszak, and Lissa Resnick, with a film by Amy Seiwert. Also featured were student choreographers Sophia Parker and Nicholas Rio, both from the Berkeley High School Choreographers of the Future program.

Performances included Lissa Resnick's Mulholland Drive, and Golden Glow, a work that explores the spiritual landscape of our final days... a human's last expressive burst. Dalia Rawson presented an excerpt from No Longer Human, featuring dancers and trainees from Ballet San Jose. Any Seiwert screened Barn Dance, a pas de deux of light and shadow. Finally, Kathryn Roszak presented the first full performance of About the Rite, a work celebrating the 100th anniversary of "The Rite of Spring". Her version features dancers portraying Nijinsky, Stravinsky, and the audience members who rioted at the infamous 1913 premiere.

The series was launched in November 2013 with an Open Rehearsal of the aforementioned works by Kathryn Roszak and Lissa Resnick. Also included were the "Schubertiana" section from Danse Lumière's Secrets on the Way, and a preview of Roszak's play, Saddest Girl in the World, featuring four iconic women, two of whom took their turn: Vivien Leigh, at the 100th anniversary of her birth (November 5, 1913), and Jackie Kennedy, in remembrance of the assassination of JFK at its 50th anniversary. Both women were portrayed by actor Lorri Holt.

April 2014: Danse Lumière Company Performs "Secrets on the Way" in New York City

The Danse Lumière company, recognized for its adaptations of great works of literature to the stage through a fusion of dance, music, and theater, performed Secrets on the Way in New York on April 7, 2014. The event was presented by Scandinavia House at Victor Borge Hall in Manhattan, and was co-sponsored by Poets House.

"Schubertiana" from "Secrets on the Way" 

Secrets on the Way is a Dance Noir inspired by the poetry of 2011 Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer and choreographed by Kathryn Roszak. The first full performances were presented in April 2013 at the Osher Studio in downtown Berkeley.

Poets House described Secrets on the Way as a "landmark piece". Bob Morris, senior producer at WNET-13, said after the New York performance, "Kathryn Roszak's Secrets on the Way is wonderful and unique, combining dance, poetry, and theater as seen through the eyes of a detective/writer character. There is a bit of the detective in all of us! I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Performers in New York included dancers Jaya Ananda, Blythe Berg, Evan Johnston, Amy McMurchie, Linnea Snyderman, and Nicole Wong, with readings of Tranströmer's poetry by actor Earll Kingston.


Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1931, Tranströmer is one of the most celebrated and influential poetic figures of his generation.

Sandra Gilbert, writing in Poetry Flash: "In Secrets on the Way, Kathryn Roszak's accomplished and spirited Danse Lumière has suavely and powerfully formulated interpretations of poems by the great Tomas Transtsrömer that beautifully capture the writer's lyric austerity, his severe vision."

Lou Fancher, MercuryNews.com: "Kathryn Roszak is an artist whose work defies the boundaries of a single genre... and torques preconceived notions into transportive beauty."

A video excerpt of the "Schubertiana" section from the Berkeley premiere can be viewed onvimeo logo.

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"Secrets on the Way" 

In May 2015 a screening of the full premiere performance video will take place at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Further details to come.

Secrets on the Way is supported in part by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

April 2014: A Modern "Schubertiade" at Goethe-Institut San Francisco

Danse Lumière and the San Francisco Goethe-Institut presented a modern "Schubertiade", an updated version of a salon originated by the composer Franz Schubert in the 1820s involving music, dance and poetry. Performers included pianists Michael Seth Orland and Karen Rosenak; dancers Jaya Ananda, Blythe Berg, Evan Johnston, Amy McMurchie, Megan Simon, Linnea Snyderman, and Nicole Wong; and actor Earll Kingston reading the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer and Goethe.

The event took place on April 4, 2014 at Salle Pianos in San Francisco's Hayes Valley. In November 2013 Danse Lumière previewed the "Schubertiade" at the Goethe-Institut center, including an open rehearsal of the "Schubertiana" section from the Danse Lumière work Secrets on the Way.

Spring 2014: Kathryn Roszak's "Sightlines" Pre-Curtain Events at Cal Performances

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Kathryn Roszak with Alexandra Damiani
of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Beginning in 2011, as dance specialist for Cal Performances, Kathryn Roszak hosted selected "Sightlines" pre-curtain talks.

"Sightlines" talks are open to ticket holders for that night's performance. Ms. Roszak's talks for the Spring 2014 season included Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and the Trey McIntyre Project. Her talks and guests during the previous Cal Performances season included Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton with Alonzo King; and Boris Eifman (Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia).

In March 2013 Ms. Roszak also led a private pre-performance talk, "Perspectives on Trisha Brown Dance Company", in the Zellerbach Lounge. In October 2012 the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra performed Swan Lake at Zellerbach Hall. Kathryn was invited to the final dress rehearsal, where she met and discussed with Ballet Director Yury Fateev the company and its fascinating history (many remember the legendary St. Petersburg-based Russian company by its former name, Leningrad-Kirov Ballet, from which emerged equally-legendary names in dance, including Balanchine, Ulanova, Nureyev, Makarova, and Baryshnikov).

Other notable interviews have included choreographer Bill T. Jones, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle, and choreographer Lucinda Childs for the re-staging of Einstein on the Beach.

September 2013: Kathryn Roszak Moderates Panel Presentations at Film Fest

On September 13, 2013 Kathryn Roszak moderated a series of interesting and informative panel presentations, held throughout the day at the Delancey Screening Room as part of the four-day San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Topics pertaining to dance film included broadcasting, digital distribution, composing and music rights, and still photography as inspiration.

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Young metal workers with Ranger Betty (Photo: Lana Husser) 

August 2013: Kathryn Roszak Choreographs Music Video

In August 2013 Kathryn Roszak choreographed young dancers in The Story of Metal Music, a video produced by Lana Husser.

The video is a celebration of Richmond, CA history, and was shot locally at the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park; at the Craneway Pavilion, a renovated Ford Assembly Plant on the Richmond waterfront; in a welding classroom at John F. Kennedy High School; and on the deck of the Red Oak Victory, the last surviving WWII cargo ship built at the Richmond shipyard.

An enthusiastic crew of teen metal workers danced through these locations, and were joined at the Rosie the Riveter museum by 92-year old NPS ranger Betty Reid Soskin (pictured at right).

A trailer for the video is available at YouTube.

March 2013: Benefit Supporting Danse Lumière Programs at Aveda in Berkeley

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 the Aveda Fourth Street Shops, located at 1846 Fourth Street in Berkeley, generously held a benefit in support of Danse Lumière programs (scholarships and performances), as well as the Clean Water Fund.

The event was billed as an evening of Dance, Beauty, and Wellness, with a donation menu (PDF) of their services and treatments. Danse Lumière company dancers engaged in impromptu sidewalk performances along Fourth Street, to the delight and/or mystification of passers-by, some of whom happily joined in.

This was our second annual benefit there, and we thank the Aveda Fourth Street Shops.

September 2012: Kathryn Roszak Receives Berkeley Honor

Kathryn Roszak was grateful to have been honored with a Proclamation by Mayor Tom Bates and the City of Berkeley, in September 2012, for her artistic and educational contributions, as well as for "broadening and enlarging our knowledge of the realities of other people's lives".

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