4 decades. 135 original works. Artistic research, social conscience, and an expertise in creating site-specific and museum work.
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"The work of Core Dance is always in process. That kind of artistic process is high-level faith and expertise in action. It is about digging in, work that is exhausting to the soul and body. And brain shaping…consuming…requiring realness.
The work that results from this kind of intense process is deep and still technical. The Dance Artists in Core Dance define its look and velocity. The resulting work is one that is ambitious but reaches its mark. It moves along and never loses focus because the whole ensemble has worked so deeply to be in that hour, completely in that hour.”
-letter of love to Core Dance from Leslie Scates, Choreographer/Core Dance Collaborator & Guest Artist
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"American Playground," choreographed by Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor and performed by Core Dance, investigates multiple themes including ‘body as resistance’, personal authenticity and the dialogue between public and private spaces. Approximately one hour in length...
As the Shadows Grow Longer
In the wake of the unexpected and sudden loss of his brother, choreographer D. Patton White was invited by Core artistic director Sue Schroeder to create a new work for the company as a way of working through the grieving process.
Heart of the Matter
Heart of the Matter is a narrated dance performance for elementary school children, grades 2-5, developed to bring awareness to Anti-bullying and to encourage self-awareness and positive body image. Inspired by the children’s book, Full Mouse/Empty Mouse...
“Human Landscapes” was choreographed and conceptualized by Germana Civera, with Sound Design by Didier Aschour. It is an embodied reflection on history, memory, travel, encounters, the migration of beings, gestures and stories. Choreographer Germana Civera draws on her family’s own years in exile during the...
"Manifolds” is a dance performance work about the interconnectedness of human movement, architecture, and dimensions in relation to our human existence. The word “manifold” can mean “a whole that unites or consists of many...
if... a memoir
Engaging questions of human freedom alongside human limitations and its direct link to the current crisis on our planet, if… a memoir is a love song written for humanity. if… a memoir is an evening-length, physical theater/choreo-poem, revealing a performance literature that is bold, straightforward, expressive and timeless.
No Time To Lose
Initiated in 2021, NTTL included Core Dance artists alongside guest artists, Stephen Earnhart, Keith Hennessy, Adam Larsen, Christian Meyer, Kristin Moeand, Marcus Montgomery. In June of 2022, Artistic Director Sue Schroeder and Core Dance Resident Artists will travel to Kraków, Poland in continuation of this work.
Life Interrupted, which was previously titled Gaman, is a richly-layered, full-length work of contemporary dance, art, and music that draws from the experiences of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were interned on American soil during World War II. While rooted in this specific story, the work ultimately creates a universal experience from historical events.
Global Water Dances
Global Water Dances (GWD) uses the art of dance to illuminate water issues on a global scale. Their work incites collaboration to address water issues through the universal language of dance, and encourages participants to take direct action aiding in the fight. Core Dance last participated in Global Water Dances in 2021 on the Big Island of Hawaii.
National Water Dance
National Water Dance is an artist-driven collective of dancers and educators confronting critical water issues facing the United States. Stretching from New York to Hawaii and from Alaska to Puerto Rico, simultaneous, site-specific dance performances are created and performed with movers of all ages and experience.
Core Dance in recognition of Anna & Daria Halprin and the Tamalpa Institute offer Planetary Dance to our communities. Planetary Dance is an annual dance of healing and community renewal. It brings people of all ages and abilities together in a beautiful setting to dance for a purpose.