Fall 2016 Classes Now Registering, "Dance on Center" Program for Children & Teens
Our successful, high-quality Dance Program for Children & Teens is now in its 15th year of providing classes for girls and boys in Beginning and Intermediate Ballet, as well as Creative Movement.
Fall 2016 registration is now underway. Registration for all classes is ongoing until filled; please call or e-mail to inquire.
Starting in 2016 classes are being taught at 1201 University Avenue at Curtis St. in Berkeley. This is at the new Shotgun Players Studios, and just a few blocks from North Berkeley BART.
We've been recommended in Berkeley Parents Network, and have been listed as one of the Best Dance Studios in the Bay Area by CBS5 (KPIX-TV) "Eye on the Bay". We're also pleased and grateful that all our youth dance programs have been supported in part by a grant from the Youth Arts and Education Fund of the Berkeley Association of Realtors.
A Successful Summer Dance Camp 2016
Our eighth annual Summer Dance Camp for Children and Teens (ages 4-13+) took place for two weeks in July 2016. This has been a very popular program that includes Creative Movement, Ballet, and Tap for girls and boys. Afternoon camp Dance workshop (ages 6-13+) are also available.
Each summer we offer a wonderful performing arts experience; children work on new shows each week, for a family open-house performance on each Friday.
This year's camp was held at the new Shotgun Players Studios on University Ave. in Berkeley, and is the same location for our regular Dance on Center program for children and teens.
Banner from Summer Dance Camp 2013
Dance Lumière performs at the new University Art Museum Grand Opening
Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumière was proud to perform as part of the Community Day grand opening of the new University Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) in Berkeley on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Our performers included children from our Dance on Center program. UC Berkeley has posted a short YouTube clip of the free day-long open house that includes a glimpse of our performance. Ms. Roszak was also briefly interviewed on camera in a KPIX-TV news report about the event.
"Movement to Music" Workshop for Adults and Seniors
The Next Step: Movement to Music is a series of fun and accessible dance workshops specially designed and taught by Kathryn Roszak for Adults and Seniors to move at their own pace.
The series was launched in January 2015. Our first series for 2016 took place on four Tuesdays in February at the new Shotgun Players Studios, just a few blocks from North Berkeley BART.
We also offer small group/individual sessions. For registration instructions and more information about future workshops and further program details, please contact Ms. Roszak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2015: Danse Lumière at Art in Nature Festival
"Five Stanzas to Thoreau"
Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumière was invited to perform at the Art in Nature festival on September 20, 2015 at Redwood Regional Park in Oakland. The entire event was free, and attended by over 4,000 people.
We created a site-specific setting of dances from our repertory, including Reverse Flow, inspired by the Xingu river of the Amazon basin, and Five Stanzas to Thoreau, an excerpt from Secrets on the Way, inspired by the poetry of the late Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer.
May 2015: Screening of "Secrets on the Way" at 92Y in New York City
Following its successful 2014 tour there (see further down), Secrets on the Way, Kathryn Roszak's Dance Noir inspired by the poetry of Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer, returned to New York City on May 8, 2015 when the 92nd Street Y presented a screening of the work's 2013 premiere performance, as part of their "Fridays at Noon" series in the Dance Lobby; Ms. Roszak appeared in person.
Members of the Swedish Consulate were also in attendance; the Friday screening was part of a larger 92Y program that weekend, The Nordic Body: Choreographers From the Land of the Midnight Sun. You may download the 92Y event announcement (PDF).
Danse Lumière noted with great sadness the passing of Tomas Tranströmer on 26 March 2015.
Kathryn Roszak's Classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Kathryn Roszak's latest class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley was Moving Pictures: Dance and Film, which met on six Fridays beginning in October 2015. This highly popular OLLI course had been taught by Ms. Roszak twice before.
Roszak (L) and Björner
The class drew from the 2015 San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and also featured leading film-makers and artists including Smuin Ballet's Amy Seiwert, and former Royal Swedish Ballet ballerina Katja Björner, star of "The Dancer". You can watch a course preview video on YouTube.
Ms. Roszak's previous class, in April 2015, was Feminism in the Bay Area Arts. Focusing on recent artistic explorations of women's issues, the course featured women who run dance and theater companies and orchestras. Guests included Sandra Gilbert, author of The Madwoman in the Attic, and Joana Carneiro of the Berkeley Symphony.
In her seven years as an instructor at OLLI, Ms. Roszak's dance-oriented courses have proved popular. Her other OLLI classes have included several tied-in to Cal Performances seasons at UC Berkeley, providing behind-the-scenes peeks at numerous dance companies and leading artists appearing at Cal Performances in recent years, including Martha Graham Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Russia's Mariinsky Ballet, among many others.
Said one student: "I don't want to wait until our next class to thank you for enabling me to so much enjoy and appreciate the Martha Graham performance last night. I truly felt as though I was experiencing first-hand a meaningful part of dance history. Your presentation in the morning was so important for me... I am much looking forward to the remainder of our term with you."
May/June 2015: Oakland Ballet Anniversary Festival, and LASER
Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumière was a participant in East Bay DANCES, a festival presented by the Oakland Ballet as part of their 50th Anniversary season. The event took place at Laney College’s Odell Johnson Theater on May 24, 2015. Danse Lumière performed Reverse Flow. The Oakland Ballet website still has further information about the event.
On June 10, 2015 Kathryn Roszak spoke at the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) series at UC Berkeley on "Dance and Science: Star Dances and the Higgs boson Ballet." Ms. Roszak discussed her collaborations with UC Berkeley scientists in the creation of dance/science works and educational outreach. The event was held at Soda Hall on campus.
April 2015: "Dance on Center" Series - New Works by Women Choreographers
Dance on Center
Dance on Center is a curated dance and performance series on Center Street in downtown Berkeley, launched in late 2013. The series continued on April 26, 2015 with a celebration of women choreographers, including Dalia Rawson (Director of the Ballet San Jose School), Lissa Resnick, Kathryn Roszak, and Shahrzad Khorsandi.
The event took place in the Osher Studio at 2055 Center Street (in the Arts Passageway at Berkeley Central). Danse Lumière is the first dance company to perform in the Osher Studio and Studio B at Berkeley Central. The Downtown Arts District has mainly featured theater and music. With this series (plus our other programs), the company has put professional dance on the downtown Berkeley map.
An Open Rehearsal Benefit for the series was held in October 2014 (see further down). Earlier last year the May 2014 program included works by Ms. Rawson as well as choreographers Lissa Resnick and Amy Seiwert, and also featured the first full performance of Kathryn Roszak's About the Rite.
October 2014: Danse Lumière Open Rehearsal Benefit in Downtown Berkeley
Romeo and Juliet rehearsal
The Danse Lumière company presented an Open Rehearsal Benefit on October 5, 2014 at Studio B on Center Street in downtown Berkeley (in the Arts Passageway at Berkeley Central).
The event featured new choreography by Kathryn Roszak, Lissa Resnick, and Dalia Rawson, including the first public presentation of Roszak's newest dance creation, Romeo and Juliet. Performers included Danse Lumière dancers Ryan DeAlexandro, Margo Hodenfield, Evan Johnston, Terrin Kelly, and Sophia Rumasuglia. Roszak also presented Reverse Flow/Xingu River and Danse Noir.
Dalia Rawson's choreography was performed by Ballet San Jose Trainees Molly Hanson and Austin Moholt-Siebert. Lissa Resnick presented her Mulholland Variations, performed by Blythe Berg and Patricia Rehn, and Mandela, performed by young dancers (from our Dance Program for Children & Teens) Luciana Castle, Eva Handlers, Stella Johnson, Ashley Resnick, and Ryan Thompson.
May 2014: "Dance on Center" Series Continues in Downtown Berkeley
"Golden Glow" by Lissa Resnick
Our new curated DANCE ON CENTER series continued on May 3, 2014 at the Osher Studio on Center Street in Berkeley. Featured choreographers were Dalia Rawson, Kathryn Roszak, and Lissa Resnick, with a film by Amy Seiwert. Also featured were student choreographers Sophia Parker and Nicholas Rio, both from the Berkeley High School Choreographers of the Future program.
Performances included Lissa Resnick's Mulholland Drive, and Golden Glow, a work that explores the spiritual landscape of our final days... a human's last expressive burst. Dalia Rawson presented an excerpt from No Longer Human, featuring dancers and trainees from Ballet San Jose. Any Seiwert screened Barn Dance, a pas de deux of light and shadow. Finally, Kathryn Roszak presented the first full performance of About the Rite, a work celebrating the 100th anniversary of "The Rite of Spring". Her version features dancers portraying Nijinsky, Stravinsky, and the audience members who rioted at the infamous 1913 premiere.
The series was launched in November 2013 with an Open Rehearsal of the aforementioned works by Kathryn Roszak and Lissa Resnick. Also included were the "Schubertiana" section from Danse Lumière's Secrets on the Way, and a preview of Roszak's play, Saddest Girl in the World, featuring four iconic women, two of whom took their turn: Vivien Leigh, at the 100th anniversary of her birth (November 5, 1913), and Jackie Kennedy, in remembrance of the assassination of JFK at its 50th anniversary. Both women were portrayed by actor Lorri Holt.
April 2014: Danse Lumière Company Performs "Secrets on the Way" in New York City
The Danse Lumière company, recognized for its adaptations of great works of literature to the stage through a fusion of dance, music, and theater, performed Secrets on the Way in New York on April 7, 2014. The event was presented by Scandinavia House at Victor Borge Hall in Manhattan, and was co-sponsored by Poets House.
"Schubertiana" from "Secrets on the Way"
Secrets on the Way is a Dance Noir inspired by the poetry of 2011 Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer and choreographed by Kathryn Roszak. The first full performances were presented in April 2013 at the Osher Studio in downtown Berkeley.
Poets House described Secrets on the Way as a "landmark piece". Bob Morris, senior producer at WNET-13, said after the New York performance, "Kathryn Roszak's Secrets on the Way is wonderful and unique, combining dance, poetry, and theater as seen through the eyes of a detective/writer character. There is a bit of the detective in all of us! I thoroughly enjoyed it."
Performers in New York included dancers Jaya Ananda, Blythe Berg, Evan Johnston, Amy McMurchie, Linnea Snyderman, and Nicole Wong, with readings of Tranströmer's poetry by actor Earll Kingston.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1931, Tranströmer is one of the most celebrated and influential poetic figures of his generation.
Sandra Gilbert, writing in Poetry Flash: "In Secrets on the Way, Kathryn Roszak's accomplished and spirited Danse Lumière has suavely and powerfully formulated interpretations of poems by the great Tomas Transtsrömer that beautifully capture the writer's lyric austerity, his severe vision."
Lou Fancher, MercuryNews.com: "Kathryn Roszak is an artist whose work defies the boundaries of a single genre... and torques preconceived notions into transportive beauty."
A video excerpt of the "Schubertiana" section from the Berkeley premiere can be viewed on.
In May 2015 a screening of the full premiere performance video will take place at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Further details to come.
Secrets on the Way is supported in part by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
April 2014: A Modern "Schubertiade" at Goethe-Institut San Francisco
Danse Lumière and the San Francisco Goethe-Institut presented a modern "Schubertiade", an updated version of a salon originated by the composer Franz Schubert in the 1820s involving music, dance and poetry. Performers included pianists Michael Seth Orland and Karen Rosenak; dancers Jaya Ananda, Blythe Berg, Evan Johnston, Amy McMurchie, Megan Simon, Linnea Snyderman, and Nicole Wong; and actor Earll Kingston reading the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer and Goethe.
The event took place on April 4, 2014 at Salle Pianos in San Francisco's Hayes Valley. In November 2013 Danse Lumière previewed the "Schubertiade" at the Goethe-Institut center, including an open rehearsal of the "Schubertiana" section from the Danse Lumière work Secrets on the Way.
Spring 2014: Kathryn Roszak's "Sightlines" Pre-Curtain Events at Cal Performances
Kathryn Roszak with Alexandra Damiani
of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Beginning in 2011, as dance specialist for Cal Performances, Kathryn Roszak hosted selected "Sightlines" pre-curtain talks.
"Sightlines" talks are open to ticket holders for that night's performance. Ms. Roszak's talks for the Spring 2014 season included Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and the Trey McIntyre Project. Her talks and guests during the previous Cal Performances season included Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton with Alonzo King; and Boris Eifman (Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia).
In March 2013 Ms. Roszak also led a private pre-performance talk, "Perspectives on Trisha Brown Dance Company", in the Zellerbach Lounge. In October 2012 the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra performed Swan Lake at Zellerbach Hall. Kathryn was invited to the final dress rehearsal, where she met and discussed with Ballet Director Yury Fateev the company and its fascinating history (many remember the legendary St. Petersburg-based Russian company by its former name, Leningrad-Kirov Ballet, from which emerged equally-legendary names in dance, including Balanchine, Ulanova, Nureyev, Makarova, and Baryshnikov).
Other notable interviews have included choreographer Bill T. Jones, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle, and choreographer Lucinda Childs for the re-staging of Einstein on the Beach.
September 2013: Kathryn Roszak Moderates Panel Presentations at Film Fest
On September 13, 2013 Kathryn Roszak moderated a series of interesting and informative panel presentations, held throughout the day at the Delancey Screening Room as part of the four-day San Francisco Dance Film Festival.
Topics pertaining to dance film included broadcasting, digital distribution, composing and music rights, and still photography as inspiration.
Young metal workers with Ranger Betty (Photo: Lana Husser)
August 2013: Kathryn Roszak Choreographs Music Video
In August 2013 Kathryn Roszak choreographed young dancers in The Story of Metal Music, a video produced by Lana Husser.
The video is a celebration of Richmond, CA history, and was shot locally at the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park; at the Craneway Pavilion, a renovated Ford Assembly Plant on the Richmond waterfront; in a welding classroom at John F. Kennedy High School; and on the deck of the Red Oak Victory, the last surviving WWII cargo ship built at the Richmond shipyard.
An enthusiastic crew of teen metal workers danced through these locations, and were joined at the Rosie the Riveter museum by 92-year old NPS ranger Betty Reid Soskin (pictured at right).
September 2012: Kathryn Roszak Receives Berkeley Honor
Kathryn Roszak was grateful to have been honored with a Proclamation by Mayor Tom Bates and the City of Berkeley, in September 2012, for her artistic and educational contributions, as well as for "broadening and enlarging our knowledge of the realities of other people's lives".
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