Rosana Barragán is a dance and movement artist and educator from Colombia. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Social Studies from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and a Master’s degree in Dance from the Laban Centre/City University in London. She is also certified in Yoga, Participatory Arts and as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator. Rosana worked as a professor of dance and researcher at Universidad Javeriana and at Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota in her native country for five years before she moved to the United States in 2006 to work with the Latin Ballet of Virginia as the Educational Program Director. Rosana has been around dance since birth, inheriting the art form from her mother; Rosana comes from a family of dancers and her technique evolves from her life experience in movement, combining her European training in contemporary dance with her early training in classical ballet, her Latin American roots, Yoga and a high influence of the world of Somatics (Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body Mind Centering, Laban Movement Analysis and the Alexander Technique). As a choreographer, she questions and explores new approaches to the body in art practice and creates challenges for her work to be performed in unconventional sites. Her artistic interests move her along the territory of the socially conscious body through somatic movement exploration. Her site-specific works have received several awards and have been performed on sites such as: the Thames River beaches in London, parks, plazas, churches, roofs, glass cubes and art galleries. She has received various grants for choreography from the Government of Colombia and Mexico as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Latin Ballet of Virginia. In 2006 Rosana obtained the National Dance Research Award given by the Colombian Ministry of Culture. She has publications in Arts Journals and Dance books in Colombia and her artistic work has been shown in Central and South America, Europe and the United States. Rosana owns a dance school for children in San Francisco and has worked as a professor of dance at Saint Mary’s College since 2008.
Linda Baumgardner is a lighting designer, stage manager, and production manager who has worked in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Chicago, at venues including: The Kennedy Center, ODC Theatre, The Cowell Theatre, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, CounterPULSE, Dance Mission Theater, Pier39 Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Osher Studio, and The San Francisco Circus Center. Select lighting design credits include: Volver for The Latin Ballet of Virginia; the premiere of Wonderland for the San Francisco Circus Center’s Professional Aerial Program; the premieres of Time Sensitive and The Fortune Project: Complete Works for Ragged Wing Ensemble; A Wintery Mix and Six Questions for Davalos Dance Company; Beyond This Moment, Inside, Horsethief Lake, Coasting, Del Mar, Meet Me at the Shenanigan and Who is She? for Dana Lawton Dances; Okeanos Intimate and the premiere of The Perfect Flower for Capacitor. Select management credits include: the North American Premiere of Sextuor L’Origine des Especes at CalArts (stage manager); the world premiere of Richard Foreman’s What to Wear at REDCAT (assistant stage manager); the world premiere of That Untravelled World at CalArts (production manager); the world premiere of Open (producer) and the world premiere of Handless (production manager) for Ragged Wing Ensemble. She worked as Producer and Company Manager for foolsFURY where she produced the 2009 FURY Factory, an international ensemble theatre festival which featured works by 23 companies, including many San Francisco artists, and ensembles from as far as Afghanistan and the UK. Additionally, she worked as Managing Director and Producer for Ragged Wing Ensemble for their 2010-2011 season, transitioning to the position of Developing Board Chair for 2011-2013. She served on the California Institute of the Arts Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2006 to 2013, acting as Co-Chair for the San Francisco Chapter from 2010 to 2013. Ms. Baumgardner has been a member of the Saint Mary’s College Performing Arts Department faculty since 2008, teaching classes in production and design for theatre and dance and serving as the resident lighting designer for the Saint Mary’s College Dance Company. Currently she serves as the Chair of the Ragged Wing Ensemble Board of Directors and as a member of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Board of Directors. She holds an MFA in Theatre: Design and Production with a double emphasis in Stage Management and Production Management from California Institute of the Arts, and a BA in Performing Arts from Saint Mary’s College.
CatherineMarie Davalos is a Chicana choreographer. Her work emerges from her Mexican voice and the constant rediscovery of identity. She has been inspired by contemporary Chicano literature because of the thematic similarities between their words and her life. “We are all looking for a place to fit, a space to identify proudly with our heritage. Growing up in Southern California with brown skin makes you both invisible and the target.” Davalos makes dances that question heteronormativity using a feminist, Latina, and Chicana perspective. She utilizes a movement style that is rooted in breath and momentum. Her dances are often multilayered interweaving theatre with pure movement, humor with satire, and a political agenda with sexuality. Her passion is to cross many borders and delve into the coalescence and contradictions of being a Chicana and a Mexican American Princess.
The Davalos Dance Company has been presented at various venues since its inception in 1994. Ms. Davalos is currently working on a new duet with Rogelio Lopez; it is based on the Aztec dancing tradition and will be performed for Dia de Los Muertos with the Latin Ballet of Virginia in October 2013. Previously, she created a full evening work titled Volver with Ana Ines King and the Latin Ballet of Virginia, October 2012. They received numerous grants for this dance theatre piece including one from the National Endowment for the Arts. San Francisco dance space, CounterPulse, produced the Davalos Dance Company for A Wintry Mix in 2012. In addition to choreography by Davalos, this concert also featured the work of dance faculty members Rogelio Lopez and Shaunna Vella. In 2011, Ms. Davalos had the pleasure of a choreographic collaboration with dance faculty members Rosana Barragán, Dana Lawton, and Jia Wu. Who Is She? premiered at the San Francisco International Art Festival at the Southside Theater in May 2010. The Davalos Dance Company celebrated their 15th anniversary season in 2009 with Six Questions set to live music composed by Martin Rokeach. In 2008, Terrain, premiered in Port Townsend, WA, in a shared evening of dance with world-renowned choreographer and dance teacher Bill Evans. Borders, Spaces and Brown-Eyed Girls (a reconstruction of a 1995 group piece) premiered as a solo in August 2007 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, St. Paul, MN. Her trio Finding Equal, was performed at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco, CA with the Vision Series, December 2007. In 2006, Blue Monkeys was created after visiting Guadalajara, Mexico. It premiered at Raw and Uncut, Footloose Dance Studio, San Francisco, CA, was also performed at Centrum Center for the Arts, Port Townsend, WA, and Works in the Works, Berkeley, CA. The company was chosen for the Women on the Way Festival in January 2006 for the full evening work “Dreams Suite” which was created with the generous support of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Faculty Development Office of Saint Mary’s College of California. January 2005 marked the 10th anniversary of the Davalos Dance Company and they celebrated with a concert at ODC Theater in San Francisco. The concert, Sacral Queens, Latinas, and Dreams was praised by Rita Felciano in DanceViewTimes.com. In January they also performed in the Women of the World Festival at Dance Mission and at the Dance IS Festival 2005, at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, in Berkeley. In 2004, they were part of the Printz Dance Project’s performance, Encore 2, in San Rafael, CA and the Saint Mary’s College Dance Company spring concert, Mandala, Moraga, CA. In 2002 they were produced by ODC Theater for Rock, Paper, Song, as part of the series, Migrations. This honor was awarded after performing One Size Fits All in Pilot 33 and Moon Dance in Pilot 35. July of 1998 marked the company’s Northern California debut when they performed two new dances for Summerfest/Dance ’98. Later that year, the company performed at Saint Mary’s College with the CLAM series. In 1997 Ms. Davalos received a second multi-cultural grant to perform at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). The first grant was awarded in 1995 for Mixed Company. In 1996 she was presented by Highways (Santa Monica, California) for American But Hyphenated. Highways also presented her full-evening work Borders, Spaces, and Brown-Eyed Girls in 1995. The Davalos Dance Company has performed at Beyond Baroque (Venice, CA) with VIVA for Chicks and Salsa ‘95, the Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA) for the Children’s Cultural Festival; Highways for Fierce Tongues, A Celebration of Latina Art & Artists, produced by Luis Alfaro and Monica Palacios; and they performed with Voices In Motion V, at LACE (Hollywood, CA). Ms. Davalos performed at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) when her duet Doblez was chosen to represent the Southwest region at the National College Dance Festival in 1994. She was nominated for the Dance Magazine “Outstanding Choreographer” award for 1994 and the Los Angeles, Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, 1997. The Davalos Dance Company has been praised in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her work has been supported by the Zellerbach Family Fund and by the generous support of the Faculty Development Fund of Saint Mary’s College of California where she is also the Director of Dance and a Professor in the Performing Arts Department. She has been at Saint Mary’s since 1997 when she was hired to develop the dance program. In 2010, the Saint Mary’s College Dance Company received national recognition when they were invited through adjudication to perform at the Kennedy Center for the National College Dance Festival. Ms. Davalos received a BA in Philosophy and Dance and an MFA in Dance from CSU, Long Beach, where she was honored with the title “Most Outstanding Graduate for the College of the Arts.”
Dana Lawton has been dancing and choreographing for twenty five years, Dana is a founding member of Janice Garrett & Dancers, and has had the honor of performing works by Joe Goode (Joe Goode Performance Group), Randee Paufve (Paufve Dance), Nina Haft (Nina Haft & Company), Rebecca Salzer (Rebecca Salzer Dance Theater), and CatherineMarie Davalos (Davalos Dance Company), among others. In 2006, Dana was the Artist-in-Residence at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and founded her company Dana Lawton Dances. Her recent focus on collaboration with innovative composers has been very exciting. Dana created Coasting, in collaboration with Los Angeles-based composer, David Karagianis, was invited to perform at the Isadora Duncan Awards Ceremony at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, the Work Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and the Dallas Hub Theater in Dallas, Texas. Dana Lawton Dances co-produced, 18 Virgo Horses with CounterPulse in San Francisco. The evening garnered rave reviews from the San Francisco Bay Guardian calling Lawton's work "evocative", "delicious", and "fresh and rich." Who is She?, in collaboration with dance faculty Rosana Barragán, CatherineMarie Davalos, Jia Wu, and composer EJ Youngblood, premiered at the San Francisco International Arts Festival in 2010, and was praised as “mesmerizing.” Her present collaboration Beyond This Moment, with Sean McCue and Michelle Beauchesne marks the first time the Dana’s work uses live musical performance. Dana was awarded “Outstanding Performer” in the 2000 Vision Series, for her own solo choreographic performance, and nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award (Izzy) for her performance in Garrett’s Wayfarers in 2002. Dana Lawton Dances has been presented in the Women on the Way Festival, The Harvest Festival, Stage Dor Showcase, 2nd Sundays Series, the Vision Series, The Pilot and Flight Series at ODC, Summerfest Dance, and the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Dana holds an MFA in Choreography from Mills College and a BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts. She is an associate professor at Saint Mary's College , a faculty member at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and a certified yoga instructor.
Rogelio Lopez is a dance instructor, choreographer, costume, lighting, and scenic designer. He earned his MFA in dance at CSU Long Beach. Rogelio has danced professionally for Vox Theater, PTERO Dance Company, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Keith Johnson, Hope Mohr, Joe Goode, Ledges and bones, Nina Half, among others. He has set work for Copious Dance Company, Loyola Mary Mount University, Cerritos College, Fresno State, Modesto Jr. College, San Jose State University, Saint Mary’s college, Wild Wood Secondary School, Shawl- Anderson Youth Ensemble. His choreography has been presented by the American College Dance Festival Association, in Gala Performances and at National College Dance Festival at The Kennedy Center in Washingtion D.C. Rogelio has won three Lester Horton awards, two as a dancer and one as scenic designer and was also a winner at the United States Institute of Theater Technology for "Best Student Set Design" in Region VIII. Presently he is on faculty at Saint Mary’s College, San Jose State University and Shawl-Anderson Dance Studio.
Elizebeth Randall is a passionate and endlessly curious teaching artist who believes in dance education as a collaborative experience of growth, joy, and transformation. She teaches classes in ballet and modern technique, composition, improvisation, and embodied anatomy. Elizebeth earned her BA in Dance from SFSU and her MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied on full scholarship and was honored with the position of Graduate Student Assistant in Dance History. Elizebeth has worked with choreographers including Deborah Slater, Paco Gomes, CatherineMarie Davalos, Liss Fain, Jill Johnson, Deborah Jowitt, and Margot Parsons. She is currently choreographing and performing with Stranger Lover Dreamer, the Oakland-based company she co-founded in 2013. Elizebeth spent three years on faculty at Boston Ballet School and now teaches at SF State and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.
Jia Wu joined the Performing Arts Department in the fall of 2008. A native of China, she earned a BA in Choreography and Performance from Beijing Dance Academy and an MFA in Choreography from the University of California, Los Angles. As a choreographer, performer and dance filmmaker, her daring kinetics and provocative works apply Asian dance vocabularies and aesthetics to explore modern issues such as globalization, feminism, and multiculturalism. She has earned numerous honors, including an award for outstanding performance and choreography at the Chinese National Dance Competition in 2000 and a prix d'excellence for best performance at the 2004 Festival International de Musique Universitaire in Belfort, France. She is the recipient of the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Performing Arts Award, Edna & Yu-Shan Han Scholarship, and the Clifton Webb Scholarship from the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA. She received the "Jumping Frames 2008 Dance Video Award" in the Jumping Frames Dance International Video Competition in Hong Kong. Most recently, Jia’s dance film “Chicken Boy” was included into American Dance Festival -Screendance Festival Anthology DVDs.
Ms. Wu has performed both her contemporary choreography and traditional works on programs in China, France, Germany, Mexico and the United States. In 2012-2013, she accepted a Performing Diaspora residency invitation by CounterPULSE theater and created a one woman dance theater entitled “MAMA/MEDEA”, which has been performed at three national and international dance conferences and at the Performing Diapora Festival in San Francisco. In 2011, Between You and Me II was invited to the 3rd National Asian American Theater Festival, Los Angeles. In 2008, her work The Other Shore was included in the premiere performance of Los Angeles Movement Arts at the Nate Holden Theater, and also was selected by Pina Bausch for the NRW International Dance Festival in November 2008 in Essen, Germany. In 2007 Bird Cage was programmed on the Gala Concert of the American College Dance Festival at the University of San Francisco and subsequently performed in the Los Angeles Dance Invitation. Born to Search premiered in 2007 at the Dance in August Festival in Berlin. That same year Ms. Wu's solo piece, Situ-Asian, was selected for the Dancing in the Margins Festival at Electric Lodge and also the International Meeting on Research in Dance in Mexico. Ms. Wu has received commissions from Ren Min University, Peking University, Tsinghua University, and South China Normal University, and her dance works have been televised throughout China.
As a filmmaker, Ms. Wu's dance films have been presented at festivals in China, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, UK and the U.S.A.