Women Ballet Choreographers Residency:
Choreographers and Composers
Djerassi Resident Artists Program
JUNE 12 -15, 2020!
Featuring open rehearsals, screenings, panel discussion, honors, brunch and refreshments.
We are excited to announce Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet, as a participant in next year's residency.
More details coming soon. Check back for updates!
Seating is limited. Accommodations available. Advanced reservations advised.
Reservations: (415) 729-9700
"Where are all the women choreographers?"
...asks Dance Magazine, as well as numerous other news and arts publications, dance companies and schools. Among choreographers in the ballet world, women are a minority group.
Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumière has addressed this, by developing the Women Ballet Choreographers Residency. The inaugural Residency was held at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program on May 15, 2016. The second Residency took place on May 7, 2017. During these successful events women choreographers screened their works and presented ballets in open rehearsal. The third Residency took place on Sunday, June 3, 2018, again at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
Kathryn Roszak says, "This residency program highlights choreographic and musical works by women. We plan to help women artists to further develop their choreography or musical work while giving them greater opportunity and visibility."
At the 2018 Residency, San Francisco Ballet Master Betsy Erickson accepted an honor on behalf of San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson who presented ballets by women this year. Erickson read: "On behalf of Helgi Tomasson I just want to thank you all for this wonderful honor. Helgi wishes he could be here today but he is on a well deserved vacation following our big Unbound Festival this Spring. Congratulations to Kathryn Roszak for establishing this important residency celebrating and supporting female Choreographers, now in its 3rd year. It’s a privilege to receive this distinction. Thank you."
Our mission is to continue the growing dialogue about women in leadership roles in the ballet community and this would not be possible without the generous support we receive each year.
With a donation of $50 or above, patrons are welcome to attend this year's Women Ballet Choreographers and Composers Residency.
General Admission: $50.00
Tickets available at https://wbcr.brownpapertickets.com/
Overnight accommodations available for $150.00. Email for more information.
Please visit http://djerassi.org/about/directions/ for directions.
1:00-1:30pm Dance Studio Showings
1:30-2:00pm Composer's Studio Showings
2:00-3:00pm Presentation to Honorees | Panel Discussion: "Women in the Arts"
3:15-4:00pm Choreographer's Studio Showings
4:00-5:00pm Sculpture Walk
5:00-6:00pm Closing Remarks
Press Coverage of WBCR
Moving Forward: Women Ballet Choreographers - by Kathryn Roszak at
Women Choreographers Soar at Djerassi Resident Artists Program - by
Kathryn Roszak at Theatre Bay Area.
Who Gets to Have a Voice? - an interview with Kathryn Roszak by Emmaly
Wiederholt at Stance on Dance.
Ballet Geek, 20 May 2016 - a review of the inaugural Residency by
attendee Carrie Gaiser Casey.
In Ballet, Women Rise by Stepping Out of Line - Story Exchange article
includes our Residency honoree Celia Fushille.
The June 2018 Residency
Participants included Lissa Resnick of No Strings Attached Dance Company, Dalia Rawson of The New Ballet, Kathryn Roszak of Danse Lumiere, and composers Carla Lucero and Audrey Vardanega.
The 2018 honorees were Julia Adam (Artistic Director of Julia Adam Dance), Dalia Rawson (Executive Director of The New Ballet) and Helgi Tomasson (Artistic Director of the San Francisco Ballet) accepted by Betsy Erickson (Ballet Master).
Collaborating artists joined Kathryn Roszak for a panel discussion about women in the arts including choreographers Jennifer Archibald (Artistic Director of Arch Dance Company), Lauren Jonas (Artistic Director of Diablo Ballet), Julia Adam (Julia Adams Dance) and composers Audrey Vardanega and Carla Lucero.
The May 2017 Residency
Invited participants included Dana Genshaft, formerly of San Francisco Ballet; Dalia Rawson, Executive Director of The New Ballet School and The New Ballet School Studio Company in San Jose; Lissa Resnick, Artistic Director of No Strings Attached Dance Company; Priya Shah from AileyCamp; and Kathryn Roszak of Danse Lumière.
Participating Women in Leadership included Cloey Hewlett, Executive Director of the Cal Alumni Association; Elkhanah Pulitzer, Artistic Curator of the SF Opera Lab; and Larissa Roesch, VP and Portfolio Manager at Dodge & Cox, and a Board member of the SF Ballet Endowment Foundation.
The 2017 honorees were choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Amy Seiwert (Artistic Director of Imagery ballet company).
Collaborating artists joined the choreographers for a panel discussion, including soprano Lisa Delan and pianist/composer Audrey Vardanega.
The May 2016 Residency
Participants included choreographers Julia Adam; Dalia Rawson, Executive Director of The New Ballet School and The New Ballet School Studio Company; Lissa Resnick, from No Strings Attached; Amy Seiwert, Artistic Director of Imagery; and Priya Shah from AileyCamp.
Collaborating artists and designers joined the above choreographers for a panel discussion. Panel participants included Katja Björner, formerly of Royal Swedish Ballet and star of "The Dancer"; Greta Schoenberg, Founder and Director of Programming for the San Francisco Dance Film Festival; film producer Kate Duhamel; visual artist Deborah O'Grady; and choreographer Myles Thatcher. There was also a video by Naomie Kremer.
Two dance companies and directors who present and promote works by women were recognized and honored. Mr. Thatcher, as ally ("I'm a feminist, and everyone should be"), made the presentations to Celia Fushille, Artistic Director of Smuin Ballet; and Lauren Jonas, Artistic Director of Diablo Ballet.
A residency preview took place at Djerassi in September 2015, with choreographers Rawson, Resnick, and Roszak. Following class with Ms. Rawson, dances were created in a beautiful dance studio and in the surrounding landscape at Woodside, CA. There was also a special fundraiser preview held in May, one week before the inaugural event.