About This Artist

About Liz Tenuto

In addition to making her own work with Dance and a Half, Liz choreographs for theater, nightlife and works collaboratively with artists from other mediums. She is the first recipient of FACT/SF’s JuMP Commission and is currently Artist-In-Residence at CounterPulse. Liz teaches dance technique with the ODC Teen Program. Liz is offering a new wellness workshop for professionals that teaches how to be embodied in the workplace. More info about the workshop at: http://www.danceandahalf.com/wellness/.


Collaborating Artists

Atosa Babaoff (performer) received her MFA from The American Conservatory Theater. She is a classically trained actor and has performed with Berkeley Rep, A.C.T., The Magic Theater, Marin Theater Co. and with smaller notable companies.

Esme Kundanis-Grow (performer) is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer and dance teacher. She has presented her choreography locally at ODC, Dance Mission Theatre, KUNST-STOFF Arts, and The Garage. She currently performs for Liz Tenuto/DanceandaHalf, Pearl Marill/Modern on Command, and Mix’d Ingrdnts. She teaches dance through San Francisco Arts Education Project, Brisbane Dance and Theatre Workshop, ODC, and Rhythm and Motion Dance Workout Program. (www.ekgrow.com)

Courtney Russell (performer) is a LINES BFA graduate who has danced professionally with Sierra Nevada Ballet and The Pittsburg Ballet Theater.

Rebecca Siegel (performer) studied at the Fundación Cristina Hereen in Sevilla, Spain and has performed in the Bay Area with Yaelisa’s Caminos Flamencos, Holly Shaw and Melissa Cruz. She is a member of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble. She has co-facilitated a theatre program at San Quentin and has a B.A. in theatre.

Ben Juodvalkis (composer) has composed more than 50 pieces for dance companies across the United States, and recently expanded into film scoring, interactive museum installations, and musical theater. Additionally, Ben has released 5 albums and toured extensively with his rock band Battlehooch.

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Archived Events

This Year Is Different: A Self-Help Musical

Liz Tenuto/Dance and a Half
NOV 13-15, 2015, FRI-SUN

Blog Roll

  • A colleague of mine, Katharine Hawthorne, came to our recent work-in-progress showing and asked me a few questions about the work. Below is our interview that discusses why I am making a musical and how working during CounterPulse’s construction has influenced the piece: Interview: Liz Tenuto/Dance and a Half This Year is Different: A Self-Help […]

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  • Focusing on wellness and self help during the process of creating “This Year Is Different…” has been both illuminating and challenging. This morning I read “The River” by Thich Nhat Hanh. I’m sharing it here because it describes a process of self understanding similar to my personal transformation instigated by creating this piece for the Artist-In-Residence […]

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  • In the studio we are researching the pathways through trauma. We are talking about suffering, grief and how and why people are motivated to move into a new state of being. One of the positive things about trauma is once we begin to climb out of it, I believe we become more open minded, more […]

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  • I have never met anyone before who wants to become a shittier person. Nobody has ever told me, “yea, I want to treat others worse.” or “I love making myself feel badly.” Here we are, all striving to be better. Maybe, like me, you feel like you make a million mistakes a day. And maybe, […]

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