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

"Schubertiana" from "Secrets on the Way" 

The Danse Lumière company, recognized for its adaptations of great works of literature to the stage through a fusion of dance, music, and theater, will perform Secrets on the Way in New York on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8 PM. The event will be presented by Scandinavia House at Victor Borge Hall, located at 58 Park Ave. @ 38th in Manhattan, and is co-sponsored by Poets House.

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. The work was performed by dancers Blythe Berg, Ramzi Jneid, Nitipat Pholchai, Lissa Resnick, and Linnea Snyderman, with readings 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... sparks will fly, bodies will be tossed, damage - the sort that bends imagination and torques preconceived notions into transportive beauty - is likely to release a flurry of audience chatter after the applause has ended."

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"Secrets on the Way" 

A video excerpt from the Berkeley premiere can be viewed onvimeo logo.

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

March 2014 Benefit and Brunch for Danse Lumière Company

Join us on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11 AM for a special benefit in support of Danse Lumière's above-mentioned New York tour and upcoming "Schubertiade" project (see following announcement). The event will be held at the Haba Na Haba studio, a beautiful home with a bohemian ballroom and outdoor garden located at 1936 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Berkeley (just down from Arlington and close to the top of Solano Ave.; free on-street parking).

Watch dancers and musicians create, and then join the artists for brunch following. Donations are $25 and up (donations of $35 or more are tax deductible). Seating is limited. Contact Kathryn Roszak for further information at kdance@sonic.net.

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

Danse Lumière and the San Francisco Goethe-Institut will present a modern "Schubertiade", an updated version of a salon originated by the composer Franz Schubert in the 1820s involving music, dance and poetry. Performers include pianists Michael Seth Orland and Karen Rosenak, and actor Earll Kingston reading the poem "Schubertiana" by Tomas Tranströmer.

The event will take place on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8 PM at Salle Pianos, located at 1632 C Market St. in San Francisco's Hayes Valley. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door, or by calling Goethe-Institut at (415) 263-8760 during regular office hours. Advance tickets also available online at BROWN PAPER TICKETS.

In November 2013 Danse Lumière previewed the "Schubertiade" at the Goethe-Institut, including an open rehearsal and presentation of the "Schubertiana" section from the new Danse Lumière work Secrets on the Way.

Summer Dance Camp 2014 Now Registering

Our sixth annual Summer Dance Camp for Children and Teens (ages 4-13+) will take place for two weeks, July 14-18 and July 21-25, 2014, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. You may register for one week or both. 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 during one of the weeks (details TBA). Inquire about sibling discounts.

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

For the second 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 work on new shows each week, for a family open-house performance on each Friday.

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Banner from Summer Dance Camp 2013 
Nutcracker 2012
Nutcracker 2012
Images from Nutcracker 2012 

Spring 2014 Classes Now Underway in Downtown Berkeley

Our successful, high-quality Dance Program for Children & Teens is in its 13th year of providing classes for girls and boys in Creative Movement as well as Beginning and Intermediate Ballet. Spring 2014 classes began on January 6, 2014 and will end in May (Session 1 of Creative Movement began on January 13).

Registration for all classes is ongoing until filled; please see the schedule page for classes and tuition.

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

Download Spring 2014 Registration forms (PDF)

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".

Annual Fall Session "Nutcracker" Recital in December 2013

Students from Kathryn Roszak's Dance Program for Children and Teens performed their annual chamber recital version of "The Nutcracker" in December 2013 to a full house at the Osher Studio on Center Street in Downtown Berkeley. Always a fun and inventive performance, the kids were joined by members of the Danse Lumière company.

New "Dance on Center" Series Continues in Downtown Berkeley, May 2014

"Solitudine" by Dalia Rawson 
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"Golden Glow" by Lissa Resnick 

In November 2013 Danse Lumière launched DANCE ON CENTER, a new curated dance and performance series, at Studio B on Center Street in downtown Berkeley. The series began with an Open Rehearsal of new works by Kathryn Roszak and Lissa Resnick.

The series continues on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8 PM at the Osher Studio on Center Street. Featured choreographers will be Dalia Rawson (Ballet San Jose), Kathryn Roszak, and Lissa Resnick, with a film by Amy Seiwert.

The first program in November began with "Schubertiana", from Danse Lumière's recent premiere of Secrets on the Way, choreographed by Kathryn Roszak and inspired by the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer (see related announcements elsewhere on this page).

Lissa Resnick then presented Golden Glow, a work-in-progress that explores the spiritual landscape of our final days... a human's last expressive burst.

Roszak's play, Saddest Girl in the World, features 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.

Finally, Ms. Roszak presented excerpts from About the Rite, a work-in-progress 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 premiere.

Said one attendee afterwards, "Your idea of Nijinsky versus Stravinsky is brilliant... very humorous at times, almost a metaphysical, philosophical interpretation of what was going on 'backstage' while what was going on onstage was happening. Great idea, well executed. I hope we will see more of it!"

Danse Lumière is the first dance company to perform in the new Osher Studio and Studio B at Berkeley Central, which also serves as base for both the company and its dance classes. Berkeley's Downtown Arts District has mainly featured theater and music. Now, with Danse Lumière's performances, training program, and this new dance series, the company is putting professional dance on the downtown Berkeley map (while continuing to perform in San Francisco and New York City).

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


Kathryn Roszak's next class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley is Cal Performances: Discovering Dance. The class meets on six Fridays, starting January 31, 2014, and provides a behind-the-scenes peek at the dance companies and leading artists scheduled 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 (this class includes discount tickets for associated performances).

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."

This is Ms. Roszak's fifth year as an instructor at OLLI, and her dance-oriented courses have proved popular. She recently taught Moving Pictures: Dance and Film for the Spring 2013 term. Films and documentaries discussed and analyzed included The Red Shoes, Pina, White Nights, La Danse, Ballet Russes, and Black Swan. There were several notable guest speakers.

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) 

Kathryn Roszak Choreographs Metal 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.

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

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Kathryn Roszak with Alexandra Damiani
of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

As the Cal Performances dance specialist, Kathryn Roszak hosts selected "Sightlines" pre-curtain talks.

Ms. Roszak's talks scheduled thus far for the Spring 2014 season include Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (February 22) and the Trey McIntyre Project (March 22).

"Sightlines" talks are open to ticket holders for that night's performance. Kathryn's 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.

Also of note: in October 2012 the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra performed Swan Lake at Zellerbach Hall. Many will remember the legendary Saint 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). Kathryn was invited to the final dress rehearsal, where she met and discussed with Ballet Director Yury Fateev the company and its fascinating history. Other notable interviews in 2012 included choreographer Bill T. Jones, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle, and choreographer Lucinda Childs for the re-staging of Einstein on the Beach.

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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