Footloose presents some of the finest female performers in the Ninth Annual Women on the Way Festival continuing Thursdays-Sundays, January 22-February 1, 2009 at Shotwell Studios and The Garage in San Francisco. Each night a different combination of comedy, theater and dance artists share the bill.
Rita Felciano of the SF Bay Guardian reviewed opening night at The Garage: "...each had that spark of effervescence that makes one want to see where these artists are going." The full review is at: sfbg.com
Joan Mankin, world class clown, actress, teacher and director had this to say about Summer Shapiro, the sexy clown at Shotwell Studios: "Hold on to your seat, you won't know what's coming next! One surprise after another, and the most surprising thing of all -- it's all funny!!! Let go of your expectations and give your funny bones a work-out. Go to see this show."
Chloe Veltman wrote about shows at the Garage: "...a range of moods and styles, solos and group works. The strongest piece... Standard Procedure, which struck me as a hilarious satirical piece about the difficulties of living in a world of red tape, rules, regulations and other irritating forms of bureaucracy. ...Without rubbing our noses in the message, Myers and her cohorts entertained us and engaged our brains with a fresh take on environmental constraints." The full review is at: artsjournal.com/lies
Special guest Molissa Fenley brings a West Coast premiere: Cosmati Variations 1-4 with music by John Cage performed on CD by the Donald Knaack Performance Ensemble. This series choreographed by Fenley while in residence at the American Academy in Rome, premiered in June, 2008 and previewed in New York in October. Of her past work, Rita Felciano of the Bay Guardian said: "Fenley's ability to make us hear the music remains a wonder. She inhabited it completely; her choreography, though meticulously crafted, seemed to flow spontaneously out of the music."
Another funny woman, Samantha Chanse opens Sunday the 25th at Shotwell. Connie Hwong of Flavorpill said this about her past work: "Spiked with surreal celebrity trash-culture references, sardonic moral relativity, and Chanse's biting wit, LFV celebrates irreverent political incorrectness and the societal gray areas in all of us."
Another opening at Shotwell this weekend is "Come Home" with live music. “Jovelyn Richards is the kind of mesmerizing storyteller that can draw an audience's senses into the palm of her hand moments after she steps onstage.“ Megan Ma, SF Bay Guardian
“Ms. Richards has that magic! She is a conjure woman who weaves a fabulous tale of lust, love, death and desire.... it is so rare that black women get to share our love stories.... A storyteller of the first order!!!" Rhodessa Jones
Footloose is funded in part by grants from the Zellerbach Family Fund, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax. Corporate sponsors are Copy Central and SF Bay Guardian.
Women on the Way artists for January 2010:
THE GARAGE: 975 Howard Street, 5th/6th Streets, SF 94103:
Thursdays-Sundays, January 22-31, 2010; 6 more shows at 8:00 pm
Dance and movement theater by Dark Porch Theatre, Jessica Damon & Dancers, DOUBLE VISION/Pauline Jennings, Alyce Finwall Dance Theater, Dana Lawton Dances, Open Experiments Ensemble/Terre Unité Parker, and Miriam Wolodarski
ODC THEATER: 351 Shotwell Street, 17th/18th, San Francisco 94110
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, January 22 through January 31;
5 shows 8:00 pm; one matinee Sunday, January 31 at 5:00 pm
Live music by Amy X Neuburg with Solstice vocal ensemble;
Dance theater by Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers, Christine Cali & Dancers Aerial dance by Sonya Smith & Dancers, Stephanie & Valierie Koechlin
SHOTWELL STUDIOS: 3252-A 19th St., Folsom/So Van Ness SF 94110:
Thursdays-Sundays, January 22-31, 2010; 6 more shows at 8:00 pm;
one matinee Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 pm
Comic theater by Terry Baum/Carolyn Myers of Theater of the Crackpot Crones, Calypso, Cynthia Brinkman, Live music by Stephanie Teel, The T Sisters;
Plus the West Coast Premiere of the play, I Used to Write on Walls
by Bekah Brunstetter; directed by Allison Troup-Jensen with cast members: Alicia Blasingame, Tina D'Elia, Melvina Jones, Adrienne Krug, Katie Rubin and Cole Alexander Smith