Nol Simonse, Jim Cave, and Christy Funsch will premiere a double feature of new works this September at CounterPulse
Nol Simonse and Jim Cave are sharing a devised theater piece that uses dreams, mythology, seances, paganism, kink, and ghost stories as inspiration, and circles around questions dealing with our death and mortality. What is the obsessive nature of death? What is the romanticized nature of death? How do we observe death? How do we experience death? How do we move through death, and the fear that comes with it? The anxiety of mortality, and the fascination of the unknown beyond are core themes.
Christy Funsch’s latest sextet, kid subjunctive, embodies collective futurism. Framed as a series of episodes in answer to the questions “what is desired?” and “what is possible?” kid subjunctive centers performer agency in a physical adventure of accountability. Each episode of the work holds several potential options for performers to enact in the moment, and each individual choice reverberates among the rest of the ensemble. kid subjunctive is accompanied by a score generated from live performer vocalizations and recorded sounds.
This project is funded by SF Grants for the Arts and Dancers Group.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Nol Simonse grew up in Washington, D.C., and trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He moved to San Francisco in 1997 and is a founding member of Kunst-Stoff, (artistic directors Tomi Paasonen and Yannis Adoniou) who he danced with for ten years. Nol has worked with Janice Garrett since the inception of her company, Janice Garrett and Dancers, in 2001, and continued with her and her partner, Charles Moulton, when they formed Garrett+Moulton Productions. He has danced, toured and taught with Sean Dorsey Dance since 2007. He is also a longtime collaborator/performer of Sue Roginski, Eric Kupers, Christy Funsch, Stephen Pelton, and Kara Davis. Nol has worked with many Bay Area artists, including Mark Foehringer, Mary Armentrout, Todd Courage, Della Davidson, ACT director Carey Perloff and choreographer Val Caniparoli. Nol was awarded an Isadora Duncan Bay Area Dance Award in 2011 for individual performance “for his entire season, including A.C.T.’s The Tosca Project”, and in 2009 Nol received a GOLDIE for dance (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery) from Rita Felciano, who has called Nol “an intense artist”, and “a marvel of a dancer”. Nol was the first person to win Luna Dance Institute’s Choreofund prize, and Dance Teacher Magazine published an interview with him in the September, 2016 issue. Nol currently teaches modern at the Alonzo King’s Lines Dance Center, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. He has taught choreography, repertory, and performance workshops for adults and teens, and has made dances for Diablo Ballet, the Lines summer program, students at USF, Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble, ODC’s Dance Jam, and Dance Mission Theater’s Grrrl Brigade. Nol produced eight seasons of ‘Shared Space’ with Todd Eckert at Dance Mission Theater from 2007-2016 and has had residencies at Dance Mission and Studio 210. Nol was one of the 25 nominated artists to create a dance for the 25th anniversary season of the West Wave Dance Festival, and was a mentee of Margaret Jenkins in 2017 for her CHIME Program.
Since forming Funsch Dance in 2002, Christy Funsch has had her work presented in Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Nebraska, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto, Virginia, and throughout California. Christy has self-produced thirteen full-length evenings of new work. Her choreographic trajectory has evolved over time from emotionally-driven narrative pieces (Daisy, 2002), to genre-blending theatrical works (Boy Blue, 2004; To Mifune, 2007), to somatic improvisation (Box Elder, 2009), to an emergent premise process wherein questions drive the creative process (This is the Girl, 2014; Dissolver, 2015). Christy continues to enjoy rich collaborative partnerships with Nol Simonse, Julie Mayo, and Peiling Kao. She has also worked with Susan Rethorst, Stephen Pelton, Katie Faulkner, Sue Roginski and many others. Christy holds an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University where she studied with Daniel Nagrin. She also holds a Movement Analysis Certification through New York’s Laban Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies. She has taught at colleges and studios around the Bay Area and the country, including at UC Berkeley, City College San Francisco, Hamilton College, James Madison University, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Virginia Commonwealth University, Slippery Rock University, and Wagner College. She has been awarded choreographic residencies at CounterPULSE, Djerassi, Shawl Anderson, the U Cross Foundation, Yaddo. Christy has choreographed for several theater productions, including Bootstrap’s Arctic Requiem and Word For Word’s Holiday Hijinx, and Lucia Berlin Stories. Christy has received five nominations for Outstanding Performance from San Francisco’s Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee, and she has been awarded a New Stages for Dance Award from Dancers’ Group and the MetLife Foundation, Individual Artist Commission Awards and Organizational Project Grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission, SF Grants for the Arts, and numerous grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and CA$H. In 2013, Christy was a participating member of ODC Theater’s Sandbox Series and also a mentee in CHIME Across Borders, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s cross-national CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) program with mentor Tere O’Connor. In 2014, she was presented in Yerba Buena’s Bay Area Now Series and named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” In 2015, she became the first woman to be granted permission to learn and perform Daniel Nagrin’s iconic solo from 1965, Path. She regularly hosts Wrecking sessions, based on Susan Rethorst’s model for re-imagining dance, and she teaches her 100 Days Score worldwide. She is currently on the certification faculty of the Laban Bartenieff Institute in New York, and she was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching and choreographing, in Lisbon Portugal in 2019. Visit www.funschdance.org
Header Photo of Jim Cave by Robbie Sweeny.
Image Description: A man with fair skin, gray hair, and a beard is facing the camera in this black and white photo. He is wearing a trench coat, black knit cap, dark sunglasses and has an egg in his mouth. His arms are reaching out in front of him with his hands together as if at communion.