Nicole Berger: Dancing with Dust
Nicole Berger is an award-winning choreographer for stage, film and television in Los Angeles, California. She is the Artistic Director for COMPANY RHOME, a Contemporary Ballet Theater Group that makes dances for the stage and screen; creating work based on familiar human stories that are inspired by images from iconic literature and classic art. Nicole started her career in New York as a soloist and assistant choreographer with Dendy Dance and Theater. With Mr. Dendy, she worked with the Radio City Rockettes and director Julie Taymor at The MET Opera. She has performed in major motion pictures, indie films, primetime television shows, and international stage productions. Nicole has choreographed for many TV shows, most notably VEEP, PARKS and RECREATION and HAPPY ENDINGS. She is currently choreographing for FOX’s hit comedy, BROOKLYN NINE NINE and NETFLIX's LOVE. Nicole has been commissioned to create dances by Santa Monica College, AMDA, The Joyce Theater Foundation, DanceNow, and The Djerassi Foundation. www.nicolebergerchoreography.com
Dancing with Dust is a collection of memories. On a morning bored by cartoons, Lilly, Nicole's three year old started playing with particles of dust in a beam of light shining through a door. Watching her child experience this for the first time, she realized it was a memory that they both now shared. The piece is about love, joy, heartbreak, and wonder…all the milestones in our lives that last for seconds and then disappear. Set in a stark industrial office, dancers slowly lose their bureaucratic and structured nature as they look back through their piles of memories instead of just filing them away.
Shirine Rehmani: Play Small Piece
Shirine Rehmani is from Orange County, California and has been dancing for over 18 years. She graduated from UC Irvine with a BFA in Dance Choreography and a BA in International Studies. She has five years of experience choreographing. While at UCI, she presented her own original works for department concerts and produced her own evening-length thesis concert. In August 2015, she was selected as one of four LA-based choreographers to present work at the Breaking Glass Project, an organization that supports emerging female choreographers. She works with the non-profit organization, Movement Exchange, traveling to Panama to teach dance at the university and orphanages as well as doing local dance outreach in her local community. Since graduating, she has been a dancer in Elke Calvert’s company, The Fyber Vision, and Josh Romero’s company, FUSE Company Inc. She presents her own work as the Artistic Director of her project-based dance company, Roots and Wings Dance Project. www.rootsandwingsdance.com
Play Small Piece explores human relationships like a puzzle. This piece investigates how human beings relate to one-another, their surroundings, and to themselves. The dancers embody the beauty, complexity, and often the pain of the relationships we encounter in our lives. Every puzzle piece matters to reveal the image.
Katerina Tomás: Romance Sonambulo
Katerina Tomás, Artistic Director of Mojácar Flamenco, has studied flamenco and modern dance since childhood, and is an award winning flamenco soloist, a popular dance teacher, and a choreographer in southern California. She performed flamenco most notably with Rosa Montoya’s Bailes Flamencos in San Francisco. As a modern dancer, she studied and performed with the legendary dance master Lucas Hoving in his professional dance company in San Francisco. She toured throughout the U.S., in Canada and in Spain as a flamenco soloist, and received numerous grants for her work as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and scholar of Spanish arts and culture. www.mojacarflamenco.com
Romance Sonambulo combines the power and passion of flamenco with the rich expressiveness of contemporary music and dance. Based on the Gypsy Ballad of Federico Garcia Lorca, the piece features composer/guitar virtuoso Stephen Dick, and exceptional artists drawn from flamenco, contemporary modern dance and opera.