First Breath – Last Breath

News

Bad Unkl Sista has released its debut recording of the soundtrack from First Breath – Last Breath. Visit Bandcamp to listen and download (also available on iTunes). Also watch our documentary The Space Between: The Making of First Breath – Last Breath. We are currently editing a performance video of First Breath – Last Breath.

First Breath - Last Breath

Video (teaser)

Reviews

May 14, 2012 – Soaring in the Air, Writhing on the Ground (Larissa Archer, ZYZZYVA) READ REVIEW > April 28, 2012 – ‘A Review (of sorts) of Bad Unkl Sista’s Latest (kSea flux, CultureFlux Magazine) READ REVIEW > April 25, 2012 – ‘First Breath, Last Breath’: Butoh-inspired theater (Nirmala Nataraj, San Francisco Chronicle) READ REVIEW > April 22, 2012 – ‘Living, breathing butoh at Z Space’ (Andrea Pflaumer, The S.F. Examiner) READ REVIEW >

World Premiere

April 27-28, 2012 - Z Space, San Francisco

Overview

Imagine a grand procession of Life, flourishing and relentless. A grand pageant of Death, opulent and ruthless. Some believe we are at a crisis in our human existence—while others are afraid to believe. The experience of art is necessary in order to integrate the intensity of our present evolution. Founded and directed by American artist, dancer and designer Anastazia Louise, Bad Unkl Sista is a revolutionary physical theater ensemble whose performances defy categorization and move each witness to a state of extraordinary and memorable being. Come experience this Butoh-inspired fusion of dance, aerial, music, couture costuming and art installation—and check your expectations at the door.


Producers

Anastazia Louise, Artistic Director

Anastazia Louise, Artistic Director

Anastazia Louise, founder and artistic director of Bad Unkl Sista, offers a personally developed style that combines over twenty years of performance experience distilled from a vast array of teachers and collaborators. Her Butoh-based physical theater approach focuses on creative, proactive human development within our present-day social context.

Goyo Aranaga, Music Director

Goyo Aranaga, Music Director

Goyo is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer who weaves together acoustic and electronic instrumentation to create dynamic sonic tapestries of tones, textures, loops and beats. He also has more than twenty years of event management, advertising and digital/interactive production experience.

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Cast

Michael Curran

Michael Curran

Michael seeks movement in stillness and stillness in movement, simplifying life by slowing down conditioned responses. He started as an improviser, gathering deep access into the spirit of modern Japanese dance. He then began working with Antero Alli in Paratheatrical Laboratories, where he gained new insight into nature of spontaneous gesture, voice and movement as a task of sourcing energy. Michael is always inquiring and clarifying what the body is asking, needing and communicating. His current studies include Somatic Psychotherapy, Non-Dualism, and Hand-balancing Contortionism with Master Lu Yi.

Shannon Gray Collier

Shannon Gray Collier

Shannon spent her childhood and teenage years immersed in competitive athletics, resulting in an authentic love and passion for movement—dance, rock climbing, surfing and circus—while cultivating a deep relationship between the body, nature and music. She is intrigued by the connection between the physical and emotional selves, and is a strong believer in honest expression and connection. Shannon is dedicating her dance trapeze solo in First Breath, Last Breath to the life and energy of Caleb “Flip” Kors, a dear friend and child who recently passed away. Her intention is to explore what it means to take the last breath so close to the first…and how it feels to move as a child without the expectation of a final breath.

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Alvin Gaines-Molina

Alvin Gaines-Molina

Alvin is a Los Angeles native with extensive professional experience dancing with Lula Washington Dance Theater, Pasadena Civic Ballet, Louise Reichlin & Dancers, and Under Construction in New York City. He has graced the stage in musicals including The King and I, and film credits include Bataan Rescue for PBS and Torrance Rises with acclaimed director Spike Jonze. Alvin is a recipient of dance scholarships from Tremaine Dance Center and Alvin Ailey School of Dance, to name a few. He is also an accomplished chef.

Kristen Greco

Kristen Greco

Kristen Greco is a bay area based artist who investigates the subtle and poetic layers of the body and psyche through somatics, improvisational movement, contemporary dance and physical theater. From 2000-2009, she was an artistic director and performer with The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater, performing extensively at theaters, festivals and universities throughout the US, Europe and Latin America. Kristen teaches workshops in contemporary dance, contact improvisation and physical theater, and has been an artist-in-residence leading theatrical and dance-based projects for women in prison and special needs adults, youth, community members and performers.

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Brittany Berg

Brittany Berg

Brittany Berg is a San Francisco dancer and Pop Artist, performing as Glitterus in her band Hussyclub. Butoh found her in a haunted mansion in the Himalayas of India one moonlit evening; it just might have done something. Bad Unkl has inspired her depth and memory to be found in every performance, every intonation of the real.

Orchestra

Julia Hathaway

Julia Hathaway

Julia Hathaway, Soprano, is delighted to be singing in this unique production with Bad Unkl Sista. Aside from appearing with Berkeley Contemporary Players and premiering new works with the University of Chicago Orchestra, she has mostly performed traditional opera roles such as The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Marie in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, and Angelica in Handel’s Orlando.

Daniel Yasmin

Daniel Yasmin

Daniel Yasmin is a versatile and innovative drummer, percussionist and instrument designer with a deep passion for rhythms of any genre, and whose work with The Nocturnes and the bay area’s Gamelan X has captured the attention of both audiences and critics. While most of his time is spent experimenting with new concepts for metalurgical membranophones at The Crucible in Oakland, Daniel continues to search for that barely audible sound in the distance.

Surly

Surly

Surly (Laela Peterson-Stolen) is a polystylistic violist and composer who draws from a range of sources including the classical Turkish repertoire, downtempo electronica, European traditional, rock and roll, and funk. Her solo work focuses on an original set of avant-garde pieces for viola, an exploration of texture and breath. Her current collaborators include The Mutaytor, Brad Brooks, and Unwoman, and she has been a long time Bad Unkl Sista co-conspirator. General consensus suggests that, in all likelihood, she is up to no good.

F’kir Eldercake

F’kir Eldercake

F’kir Eldercake, a.k.a. Dream Shovel, is a DJ, self-taught musician and full-time music producer. F’kir has been an integral part of Bad Unkl Sista since its inception as a dancer, musician and collaborator. Inspired by Butoh and West Coast festival culture, he is releasing his first full-length album of electronic music in the spring of 2012.

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Connor Jon O’Sullivan

Connor Jon O’Sullivan

Connor is a multi-instrumentalist and producer living in San Francisco performing and recording with a number of bands and musicians as a sideman and as a leader. His current explorations include generating ambient soundscapes, straining his vocal chords in a punk band, and improving his bow skills on the upright bass.

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Crew

Frédéric Boulay

Frédéric Boulay

(Production Manager) Frédéric has been a Director of Production, Production Manager, and Technical Director for over 300 productions and his capacity to lead and manage time-sensitive projects and multi-disciplinary teams has facilitated many cutting-edge multi-media projects and world premières. Frédéric has also been the resident Director of Production for Ensemble Parallèle & Festival Opera for many years and has recently collaborated with companies such as San Francisco World Music Festival, Liss Fain Dance, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Cutting Ball Theatre and Diablo Theatre Company. A native of France, Frédéric holds both a Masters in Theatre Production and an Executive MBA. His company Oaktown Productions provides management, design, production, and construction services for performing arts organizations since 2005.

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Matthew Antaky

Matthew Antaky

(Lighting Design) For over 25 years, Mr. Antaky has created and collaborated on both scenic and lighting designs for the performing arts including, Dance, Opera, Theater and Music. His extensive designs in the world of dance include many works for companies such as Liss Fain Dance Company, ODC Dance Company, Robert Moses Kin, and Lines Ballet among many others. Mr. Antaky has designed for over 30 major opera and symphony orchestra productions with companies that include Ensemble Parallele, Dallas Symphony, Festival Opera, Oakland Symphony, Cabrillo Music Festival, SF World Music Festival and the St. Lukes Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Antaky is a Seven-time nominee and four-time recipient of the Isadora Duncan award for outstanding visual design.

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Karl Gillick

Karl Gillick

(Rigging Design) Karl is a rigging designer and technician for theater, circus and dance performances and art exhibits. His extensive background in forest canopy biology, rock climbing, aerial performance and theatrical rigging gives him a creative approach to dynamic and kinetic rigging applications. Karl is also a multi-faceted artist with extensive experience performing with various dance and theater companies.

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Shrine On

Shrine On

(Set Design) Shrine is a renowned and beloved self-taught artist whose giving spirit and conscious, eco-friendly creativity have touched countless people from all over the world. He has painted thousands of interactive murals, art installations, cars, furniture, shoes, and wood-framed glass windows—and is a master designer and builder of large-scale temples made entirely from trash.

Paolo Salvagione

Paolo Salvagione

(Sculpture) Paolo is a multi-faceted artist who works at the collision of engineering, physics, philosophy and anthropology. For over a decade, he has been the chief design engineer for The Clock of the Long Now—an all-mechanical, monument-scale clock designed to last 10,000 years. He also designs kinetic sculptures and experiential art installations.

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