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We Are Here (&) This Is Now
DZINE Gallery
San Francisco, CA
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We Are Here (&) This Is Now
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We Are Here (&) This Is Now is the latest collaboration between San Francisco choreographers Manuelito Biag, Tristan Ching Hartmann, Kara Davis, Nol Simonse, and Victor Talledos. As an immersive, evening-length dance installation for the 16,000 square foot DZINE furniture gallery, this project examines human connection and intimacy in various ways across diverse and staged living spaces  from bedrooms to bathrooms to outdoor settings. The audience can move freely within the gallery throughout the performance, curating a unique perspective and experience for themselves.

Manuelito Biag is the artistic director of SHIFT>>> Physical Theater, a contemporary dance company he co-founded in 1998. SHIFT>>> has been awarded grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Theater Bay Area-CA$H, among others. In 2007, his evening-length work, The Shape of Poison, was hailed as one of the years top dance events by the San Francisco Chronicle. Manuelito was recognized by Dance Magazine in 2009 as one of the Top 25 to Watch. Alongside his collaborators, he was awarded in 2011 by the Isadora Duncan/Bay Area Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.

Tristan Ching Hartmann received her training at the Westside School of Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet School.  She began studying modern dance with Diane Frank and Robert Moses at Stanford University, where she graduated with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Dance Education.  Tristan danced with Robert Moses Kin for eleven years before retiring from the company to pursue a range of performance experiences including work with the cast of Dream Girls, the San Francisco Symphony, the 2009 BRIT Awards, RAWdance, and Project B.  Until the schools closing in 2018, Tristan taught technique, choreography, and creative writing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.  Tristan recently presented her own work in collaboration with Red Light Lit at Piano Fight (SF) and Art Share/LA, and is currently working on projects with Kathryn Roszack and Sharp & Fine.  

Kara Davis, Co-Artistic Director of project agora, danced for Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Ballet, and Ballet J├Ârgen in Toronto, Ontario.  She is a founding member of KUNST-STOFF and Janice Garrett & Dancers both of whom she danced for ten years. Her choreography and dancing have received multiple Isadora Duncan awards and nominations.  Her choreography has been presented at the ACDA Nationals at the Kennedy Center, YBCA, SF MOMA, SF International Arts Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  She has taught and choreographed at LINES Dominican University and Training Program since 2005. She earned her MFA from Hollins University in 2013.

Nol Simonse is from Washington, D.C., and trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He moved to San Francisco in 1997, and helped form the punk rock dance company, KUNST STOFF. He has worked extensively in the Bay Area, with Stephen Pelton, Eric Kupers, Kara Davis, Christy Funsch, Janice Garrett, Charles Moulton, Sean Dorsey, Carey Perloff, and Val Caniparoli. Nol teaches modern at the Lines Dance Center and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. He has been awarded an Izzy, a GOLDIE, Luna Dance Institutes Choreofund prize, and was a CHIME artist in 2017 with mentor Margaret Jenkins

Victor Talledos is a Dancer, Teacher ,and Choreographer originally from Mexico City. He graduated in 2008 from Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey. Upon graduation he attended the Ailey school in NYC and in 2011 moved to SF bay area to join the dance community working for several local companies and creators. Victor has shown his work in various venues and festivals as well as being a guest choreographer for Mills College, SOTA and CCSF. Victor is currently faculty for all educational programs at AKLB and modern dance faculty at Berkeley Ballet Theater.


DZINE Gallery (View)
128 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States


Arts > Dance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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