Images from Nutcracker 2012
Annual "Nutcracker" Recital, December 2013
Students from Kathryn Roszak's Dance Program for Children and Teens will perform their annual chamber recital version of "The Nutcracker" at 2:00pm Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Osher Studio in the Arts Passageway at Berkeley Central, 2055 Center Street in Downtown Berkeley. Always a fun and inventive performance, the kids will be joined by members of the Danse Lumière company.
Tickets available at the door; please arrive early. Suggested admission $10 for grown-ups; free for kids.
Registration Underway for Spring 2014 Classes
Our successful, high-quality Dance Program for Children & Teens is entering its 13th year of providing classes for girls and boys in Creative Movement as well as Beginning and Intermediate Ballet. 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".
Registration is underway for Spring 2014 classes, starting January 6, 2014 and ending in May (Session 1 of Creative Movement begins on January 13). Registration for all classes is ongoing until filled; please see the schedule page for classes and tuition.
Contact and Registration:
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.
New "Dance on Center" Series Begins in Downtown Berkeley, November 2013
"Schubertiana" from "Secrets on the Way"
Danse Lumière launched a new curated dance and performance series, DANCE ON CENTER, at Studio B on Center Street in downtown Berkeley. The series began on November 3 with an Open Rehearsal of new works by Kathryn Roszak and Lissa Resnick.
First on the program was "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 below).
Lissa Resnick 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 here: Vivien Leigh, at the 100th anniversary of her birth (November 5, 1913), and Jackie Kennedy, in remembrance of the assassination of JFK fifty years ago. Both were portrayed by actor Lorri Holt.
Finally, Ms. Roszak presented excerpts from About the Rite, 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!"
The series continues in May 2014; other performances and choreographers will be announced.
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).
A Modern "Schubertiade" at Goethe-Institut in San Francisco, November 2013
On November 10 Danse Lumière previewed a present-day "Schubertiade", an updated version of a salon originated by the composer Franz Schubert in the 1820s involving music, dance and poetry. The event took place at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco, and included an open rehearsal and presentation of the "Schubertiana" section from the new Danse Lumière work Secrets on the Way.
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).
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.
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).
Summer Dance Camp, July 2013
Our fifth annual Summer Dance Camp for Children and Teens (ages 4-13+) took place over two weeks, from July 15 to July 26, 2013. This is a very popular program that includes Creative Movement, Ballet, and Tap for girls and boys, as well as Dance/Science workshops.
This year our camp was held at Studio Haba Na Haba, a spacious dance studio with a park-like outdoor deck, located in a beautiful Berkeley neighborhood and setting near the top of Solano Ave. It was a wonderful performing arts experience for the kids, who worked on new shows each week, and presented them each Friday during a family open-house performance.
Banner from Summer Dance Camp 2013
April 2013: First Full Performances of "Secrets on the Way"
The Danse Lumière company, recognized for adapting great works of literature to the stage through a fusion of dance, music, and theater, presented in April 2013 the first full performances of Secrets on the Way, a Dance Noir inspired by the poetry of Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer, and choreographed by Kathryn Roszak.
Edgy, urban choreography combines with dances traveling through the numinous landscape of Tranströmer's poetry, on a journey into the wild within nature and ourselves.
The work was performed by dancers Blythe Berg, Ramzi Jneid, Nitipat Pholchai, Lissa Resnick, and Linnea Snyderman, with readings by actor Earll Kingston.
Secrets on the Way is supported in part by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
Ongoing: Kathryn Roszak's "Sightlines" Pre-Curtain Events at Cal Performances
Kathryn Roszak with Bill T. Jones
As the Cal Performances dance specialist, Kathryn Roszak hosts selected "Sightlines" pre-curtain talks.
"Sightlines" talks are open to ticket holders for that night's performance. Kathryn's scheduled talks and guests during the recent 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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