for change dance collective
Founding Company Member
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for change dance collective (fcdc) grew out of a desire to make dance through a choreographic process that reflects the ideals of socially conscious art. With a uniquely democratic approach to art-making which embraces collaboration, shared ownership, and intimacy of all kinds, fcdc has been creating highly experiential and deeply felt dance theater since 2010. A sense of familial interconnectedness pervades the work, as many individual voices equally contribute to performance products that cast light on the aspects of humanity that connect us all. United under the core beliefs that great art is transformational art, and that great art should be accessible to all, for change dance collective hopes both to dance for changes big and small in our world, and to present performances at the cost of the spare change in your pocket.
Matthew Johns is a California-based lighting and media designer. While theatre and dance is Matthew’s primary creative outlet, he is also interested in developing new ways of integrating technology, both new and old, with movement and performance.
Matthew received his M.F.A. in Entertainment and Media Design at UCLA’s School of Theatre Film and Television, and currently freelances in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Previously, he was the technical director and a resident designer for the Cardboard Box Theatre Project, as well as the technical director for Peninsula Youth Theatre. In addition, he was a technical intern in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil, working lights for Zumanity and projections for The Beatles LOVE.
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ahdanco’s mission is to create innovative, profound, and kinesthetically satisfying modern dance that mines rich veins of that which is brilliant and dark within the human psyche. The overall choreographic goal is to create movement performed with athletic lushness and including captivating detail. As artistic director, my aim is a collaborative effort to bring together different art forms - collaborations, commissions, and shared space not only provide opportunities for individual artists but bolster the arts community as a whole – creating an integrated experience that can serve audience members with a new level of artistic awareness. To this end, my work has been described by Rita Feliciano as delivering “a well-chosen imaginative vocabulary which produce[s] choreographies with emotional resonance.” (Voice of Dance, March 2008) - Abigail Hosein, Artistic Director
Risa Jaroslow & Dancers
Company Member since 2009