Founded in 2007, Christine Germain and Dancers produces original works of physical theatre specializing in exposing and exploring human rights inequities. Under the fiscal sponsorhip of CounterPULSE in San Francisco, this company has maintained it’s not-for-profit status through generous contributions of time, energy, and monies. It maintains a fluid status as a company, collaborating independantly with various artists throughout the world depending upon its current location and project. Below is a partial list of the many cast members who have contributed their time and energy to this company in its endeavors.
Originaly from Quebec, Canada, Christine is a movement explorer, dancer and choreographer. She earned earned an MFA in Dramatic Arts/Choreography from University of California in Davis and a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University in Montréal. She recently received the “Outstanding Choreographer” Award from BayAreaDanceWatch for her work about social issues from 2010-2014. Other awards include the UC Davis Humanities Graduate Research Award and the “Most Promising Choreographer” Award at the 2012 Montreal Fringe Festival. Her work has been performed In Canada, Germany, England, India, and the United States. As a dancer, Christine performed for Ellen Bromberg, Cathleen McCarthy, Iu-Hui Chua, Kim Epifano, Paco Gomes, Jesse Hewit, Alex Ketley, Diana Lara, Amy Lewis, Nita Little, and Sri Shashi Shankla among others.
Joyce is a Feldenkrais practioner and a member of Bodyweather Laboratory (BWL), directed by Oguri in Los Angeles. She has performed with BWL at the Getty and Guggenheim museums and also practices Balinese dance with Gadung Kasturi (Norcal) and Burat Wangi (Socal). She teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College.
Diana Lara is a choreographer, performer and teacher from Honduras. She graduated from the choreography program of the Center for Research and Choreography at the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts, and from the Somatic Research and Participatory Arts program at Moving-on-Center in Oakland. In 2011, she graduated from the Body-Mind Centering certification program on Developmental Movement in Berkeley. She has worked for 20 years in collective dance groups with inspiring choreographers and improvisers in Mexico, and Central America. Diana has collaborated in the San Francisco Bay Area with Rosemary Hannon, Bonner Odell, Liz Boubion, Maryann Brooks, Aya Chigusa, and the Dance Generators.
Joy Cosculluela (Collaborator, performer)
Joy is an interdisciplinary performance artist and collaborator. She is a somatic practitioner, cultural researcher, and educator. She moved from the Philippines to the Bay Area and explores movement that comes from one’s personal life experience and socio-cultural history. Joy has danced extensively with dance pioneer Anna Halprin. Performances include Seasons/Awaken Rodin, Spirit of Place, and the seminal work Parades and Changes. Joy founded Wayfinders Performance Group and directed Homing Devices, a dance theatre performance with multi-cultural artists exploring stories of home. Her current project weaves ecology, migration, and the multi-faceted body. Joy is a faculty member teaching movement and performance at Tamalpa Institute in Kentfield.
Slater Penney is an Emmy award winning physical theatre artist and teacher. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Theatre Arts, then furthered his professional training at the San Francisco Circus Center and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He currently has two of his own productions, The Submarine Show and Le Projet Migration, both of which continue to tour and win awards internationally. He has taught circus for the past 17 years, and is proud to be the Gym Director at Luna Gymnastics. Slater continues to teach group and private lessons in circus arts at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, and hopes to continue growing as a creative human being for the rest of his life.
Maria Candelaria is a San Francisco-based actor. She has worked on world premieres with such noted playwrights as Luis Valdez and Octavio Solis; in theatrical adaptations of groundbreaking literary works, like Junot Diaz’ Pulitzer Prize novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. She has also had the pleasure of working with some of San Francisco’s most dynamic and cutting-edge theater companies, such as: Intersection for the Arts, Thick Description, Word for Word, Aurora Theatre, Shotgun Players, San Diego Repertory Theatre and El Teatro Campesino. Candelaria holds an MFA in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Davis, where she was awarded the John Shields Award for ‘Excellence in Acting’. Most recently she acted in the world premiere of Luis Alfaro’s Alleluia, The Road produced by Campo Santo, Intersection for the Arts and California Shakespeare Theater. Candelaria performed in Le projet Migration at the 2012 Montreal Fringe Festival with Christine Germain and Slater Penney and is thrilled to able to continue to contribute.
Deirdre is an interdisciplinary performing and visual artist, director, educator and choreographer with over 20 years of experience. She believes that art is the means by which we transform our world. Deirdre has worked extensively in collaborative social justice based theatrical formats, with a focus on outdoor spectacle performance. She utilizes unique aerial apparatus, acrobatic stilts, live and recorded video, shadow puppetry and infused ritual and Butoh influenced movement in her works. Her choreographic and directing work has been seen at Art Basel’s Volta Basel, Switzerland, The Santa Fe Opera, Dia de Los Muertos with Diego Pinon in Tjlapalahua Mexico, Jacob’s Pillow, The Bioneer’s Conference, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Art Basel Miami and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami. Deirdre is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of California in Davis. Deirdrecmorris.com and theforgottenbody.com
Andrea Del Moral
I am a seeker and distiller of stories. Stories define the possible; my work composes those that declare and celebrate multiplicity, innovation, collectie power, and liberation from oppression.
My home domain for this work is in directing, devising, and teaching theatre. I also tell stories through written words, primarily in narrative nonfiction and poetry. I work with real life stories coaching personal and collective transformation with Generative Somatics. As a path of daily practice, Generative Somatics anchors healing and transformation in stories that declare our deepest human longings as possible. Often, theatre’s stories do the same thing.
I was born during the Carter administration in Seattle to California parents. My family is assimilated, working class and white (maternally) and immigrant, working class revolutionaries (paternally). The places, times, and events of these histories shape my experience of privilege and oppression, and my passion for justice.
I believe unshakably in the necessity and relevance of stories told live and through the body to teach, transform, and empower, and it is my purpose to make this happen in all my endeavors.
The pages on theatre, writing, teaching, and somatics elaborate on my goings-on in these areas. www.andreadelmoral.weebly.com
Many wonderful musicians have contributed to the various work presented by Christine Germain and Dancers:
Aharon Wheels Bolsta (Writhing Letters, Remembering)
Jaysi Chander (Remembering)
Frédéric Péloquin (Le Projet Migration)
Albert Mathias (Le Projet Migration, Nexus)
Gretchen Jude (Transmutation, Corps Étranger)
Ofir Uziel (Le Projet Migration)
And we also had the chance to have the talented Heather Basarab as lighting designer!!
Thank you to all the artists for sharing time, energy and creativity!