PUSH Dance Company Announces the Inaugural Season of PUSHFEST, 9/19-21

PUSH Dance Company Announces the Inaugural Season of PUSHFEST, 9/19-21

PUSH Dance Company, under the direction of Raissa Simpson, announces the inaugural season of PUSHfest: a cross-genre (modern, ballet, hip-hop, ethnic, and multi-disciplinary) dance festival that situates 15 mid-career and emerging choreographers in two different programs at ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street, San Francisco, September 19-21, 2014. Tickets for the 2014 PUSHfest Dance Festival are priced $30 general admission, $28 advance, $25 SeniorStudent, $50 festival pass for both programs, and may be purchased at http://odcdance.org/buytickets.php or visit www.pushdance.org for more information.

The festival's intrigue is to mix a diverse and culturally relevant entity that is carefully curated by a professional panel made up of artists and presenters. Part of the success of PUSH is its commitment to building community and engaging diverse audiences from different walks of life. The lineup includes well-known Bay Area choreographers Randee Paufve and Hope Mohr; and traveling artists range from Los Angeles based Project 21 Dance to Kansas City based choreographer Chadi El-Khoury. Artistic Director Raissa Simpson will restage the audience favorite Point Shipyard Point, a dance installation which premiered this past spring at the Museum of the African Diaspora. PUSH will also premiere a new work by Resident Choreographer Katerina Wong, who will make her debut as choreographer for the company.

PUSH Dance Company's 2014 season is generously supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission,Zellerbach Family Foundation, and ODC Theaters Fleishhacker Opportunity Fund.

Program A: 8pm Fri Sept 19th & 4pm Sun Sept 21st

Raissa Simpson

Randee Paufe

Nkei Oruche (Friday only)

Anandha Ray

Natasha Adorlee Johnson

Martha Zepeda

Sarah Bush (Friday only)

RANDEE PAUFVE Known for creating exquisitely detailed, emotionally layered, movement-driven dances, Randee Paufve has established a unique choreography and performance voice in the Bay Area and beyond over the last 20 years. Paufve Dance works have been nominated for multiple Izzy Awards, supported by foundation grants and residencies in California, Oregon, Wyoming and Hawaii, and commissioned by numerous west coast universities and performance festivals including On the Boards/Seattle, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and San Francisco's West Wave Festival. Randee holds an MA in dance from SUNY Brockport and an MFA from UC Davis, and has taught at the University of San Francisco, Lewis & Clark College, and California State Universities East Bay and Sacramento. A popular master teacher and guest artist, she currently teaches at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Marin Academy and UC Davis, and has recently joined the faculty of the newly founded MFA program at Saint Mary's College of California.

NKEI ORUCHE (FRIDAY EVENING ONLY) D.Fuse is an Afro-urban performance group that uses high-energy contemporary and pop music from Africa and her Diaspora to rock crowds. Music such as Coupé Décalé (Ivory Coast), Dancehall/Reggae Fusion (Jamaica), Afro-Hip Hop & Afro-House (Nigeria, Ghana & London), and Soukous/N'dombolo (Congo), incorporated with Jazz, Traditional African and Afro-Modern combined with theater and spoken-word forms is their way. Directed by Nkeiruka Oruche with rotating guest choreographers and adult performers, members are highly encouraged to take on leadership roles by teaching others and themselves, facilitating practices and rehearsals, and being primarily involved in the creative & conceptual process of performance pieces.

ANANDHA RAY After an award-winning, 30-year career in modern dance, Anandha Ray is re-emerging as a fusion choreographer synthesizing the disparate worlds of ethnic forms into modern/contemporary dance. For Ray, the synthesis of contrasting forms provides a fresh forum for exploration and understanding of the unmistakable beauty of darkness and the honesty of our humanness. Ray has received standing ovations in seven countries, many from sold our crowds. For her contributions in dance she has been inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame and as an honorary Kentucky Colonel, and has received commendations from the US Senate and the CA Assembly, among many other awards and distinctions. www.tribalsecrets.net

NATASHA ADORLEE JOHNSON C-o4, founded and directed by Natasha Adorlee Johnson, aims to expose dance, movement, art, stories, and media that is relatable and accessible to all audiences. The group is infused with elements of everyday life, urban culture, technical dance precision, and most importantly, original content that can be accessed through mediums that can be enjoyed instantly most often through film and photography. Co4 aims to connect with people and share their perspective on what it is to be alive and surviving in the present day and do so through movement and the creation of art.

MARTHA ZEPEDA LV Dance Collective is a Contemporary Fusion performance company, located in the Bay Area under the Artistic Direction of KAO VEY SAEPHANH and MARTHA L. ZEPEDA. Recently, LVDC was awarded the 2014 ChoreoProject Award for Best Choreography by sfDANCEco for their work, "Quest For Truth." LVDC was founded in January 2013, with several projects, beginning in 2006, pre-dating the official launch.www.LVDanceCollective.com

SARAH BUSH (FRIDAY EVENING ONLY) A contemporary dance company, Sarah Bush Dance Project works at making the art of dance accessible by performing in locations as diverse as the company's style--from parks, nightclubs and churches to traditional theater environment. A constant through SBDP's work is the expression, emotion, and humanity in the dancers' performance quality. The company explores issues of identity, gender, and sexuality within the broader themes of love, relationships, loss, power and empowerment.

Program B: 8pm Sat Sept 20th & 7pm Sun Sept 21st

Katerina Wong

Hope Mohr (Sunday evening only)

Chadi El-Khoury

Tanya Chianese

Ashley Gayle

Maura Townsend

Jamie Wright

Jetta Martin

KATERINA WONG is a dancer and choreographer who relocated to the Bay Area by way of New Jersey, New York and Beijing. Katie graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in Anthropology, East Asian Studies and Dance. There she performed works by Camille A. Brown, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Marshall, Mark Morris and Twyla Tharp. After graduation, Katie moved to Beijing as a teaching fellow where she trained with Beijing LDTX/Modern Dance Company, choreographed for the Future Dance Ensemble of Peking University and launched a series of dance workshops for Migrant Children's Foundation. She has also choreographed for Brickabrack, which was awarded Best of SF Fringe Festival. She has danced with Bianca Cabrera, Cera Byer, Ronnie Reddick, Louis Acquisto, Anne-rene Petrarca, Philein/Ziru Productions, and Danse Lumiere. She currently dances with Printz Dance Project, Concept o4 and Dexandro Montalvo is so honored to be both a dancer and a resident choreographer with PUSH this season.