This event was a part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2004
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Jon Sims Center For the Performing Arts presents
Best of AIRspace
STEAMROLLER presents Let x =3
Friday - Sunday, June 18 - 20,2004. 8:00 p.m
Jon Sims Center For the Performing Arts
1519 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Named by SF Focus as "one of the driving forces of SFs vital alternative dance movement", STEAMROLLER performs its signature witty and fearlessly athletic work in new dances by Jesselito Bie, Jennifer Chien and Vong Phrommala. It's HOT dancer-on-dancer action as three fiercely individual choreographic voices explore modern-day themes of love, family and the anxieties of the post 9/11 society. Produced by JSC's AIRspace.
MISSION STATEMENT - STEAMROLLER Dance Company creates physically articulate dances that examine how language and mass media shape ideas of race, sexuality and gender. The intersection of artistic and popular culture makes our dances more accessible and our messages more palpable.
COMPANY HISTORY - In 1993, a loosely knit group of artists came together to create guerrilla performances to address the spread of HIV and AIDS to other communities (women, people of color). The company has since restructured, under the direction of founding member, Jesselito Bie, to refine its streetwise athleticism. In addition to various SF parking lots, STEAMROLLER has also presented work in more formal venues such as the Bay Area Dance Festival, the 1996-200 In the Street Festivals, the 1996-2001 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Dance Festivals, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Festival of Bay Area Dance, Asian American Dance Performances and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.
INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS BIOGRAPHIES
Jesselito Bie - As an openly HIV positive artist, Jesselito Bie has danced for a number of other Bay Area companies including The High Risk Group, Hermesdorf and Wells, Kulintang Arts, and Stephen Pelton. Jesselito's athletic and quirky choreographic style was awarded a 1999 Goldie by the SF Bay Guardian for Outstanding Local Discovery in Dance.
Jennifer Chien - Jennifer attended SFUSD's School of the Arts with a concentration in Dance, and received her BA from Smith College. She has performed in the works of Kathleen Hermesdorf/Albert Mathias, Jin-Wen Yu, Scott Wells, Annie Rosenthal Parr and Jo Kreiter. She also currently dances with and the Erika Shuch Performance Project. She is also pursuing her MFA in Creative Inquiry/Interdisciplinary Arts at New College of California.
Vong Phrommala - Originally from Laos, Vong studied ballet and modern dance at Oberlin College and North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to San Francisco in 1993 where he has worked with Remy Charlip, Stephen Pelton, STEAMROLLER and the Joe Goode Performance Group. More recently, he participated in Dance Theater Workshop's Mekong Project and has traveled back to Laos and Thailand to speak and collaborate with arti
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