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A voyage of sensual entwinement, in/divisible spins assumptions of duality, fortifying a journey from despair to empowerment via social change. Unraveling emotional side-swiping, trust-tumbling and free-falling, reveals the division between human instinct and social tyranny. With gravity free choreography by aerialist, Sonya Smith and gravity bound choreography by movement ornamentalist, Brittany Brown Ceres, in/divisible is a evening themed by choices which alter self knowledge and societal lore. Smith & Ceres navigate metaphors of intra- and interpersonal entanglement, hidden limitations, and visceral emotion, shaping an evening of fluid, curious and frenzied dance. Joined by San Diego choreographer, Sadie Weinberg, with vibrant and rebellious dancers, Cari Bellinghausen, Rebecca Gilbert, Kelly Kemp, Claudia Hubiak, Erin Okayama, Valerie Scott, Sarah Sandoval, and Vanessa Tipon, with cellist Hannah Addario-Berry and vocalists Susan Appe and Jamie Ben-Azay. Smith and Ceres direct a voyage of sensual entwinement as they navigate the queer experience in a community seeking alignment.   

Contact: brittany brown ceres: danceceres@hotmail.com / 415-794-0752 

in/divisible is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Stanford Dance Division and an artist residency at CounterPULSE

Biographies:

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Brittany Brown Ceres
Photo by Andy Mogg

Hailed by dance critic Allan Ulrich as a choreographer with ‘genuine craft & individual sensibility,’ Brittany Brown Ceres founded dance ceres in 2004 and was associate director of the WestWave Dance Festival from 2003-2007. After securing her BA from UCSD in 1995, Ceres was drawn to the Bay Area via Joe Goode and over the last decade has produced her own work all over the West Coast. Ceres was in the first graduating class securing her MFA in Choreography from SUNY, Purchase College (’00) and went on to finish her studies with an MA in Dance Education at Stanford (’01). A multi-year winner of the Mary Edith Clifford Award for Alumni Choreography, Ceres is regularly commissioned by the Stanford Dance Division, in conjunction with Lively Arts. Additionally, she teaches choreography at SF School of the Arts & Hatha yoga at City College. Ceres is currently the office manager and controller for the San Francisco based start-up: Widgetbox, Inc. (www.danceceres.org) 

It is the mission of dance Ceres is to realize subtlety through action, individuality through community, immediacy through timelessness, and equality through art. Founded in 2004 by Brittany Brown Ceres, dance ceres, is an ensemble of dancers who devour the performance arena. Ceres believes in weighted fluidity, extensions that reach through time and space, and a dynamically expressive commitment. Ceres creates work described by critics as, “swift and irresistible” (Allan Ulrich, Voiceofdance.com, July ’06) and “lucid and voluptuous” (Rita Felciano, SFBG, Dec ’07). The core inspiration of the work examines crisis and resilience through intricate and energetic dance. dance ceres is fiscally sponsored by Dance Art, Inc. (www.danceartsf.org) 

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Sonya Smith
Photo by Lydia Daniller

Sonya Smith is a dance artist entranced by the intensity of physically demanding choreography.  In 1997 Smith obtained a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Macalester College, with a minor in dance, and began dancing professionally in Minneapolis, Portland, and the Bay Area. Since arriving in San Francisco in 2001, she has danced with numerous companies including dance ceres, Zaccho Dance Theater, and Project Bandaloop. Since 2005 she has been a principle collaborator with Eat Cake Productions and Lizz Roman and Dancers. Her choreography and collaborations have been seen throughout San Francisco, as well as Portland and Kansas City.  From 2002-2005 Smith worked as the facilities manager and core member of the group managing 848 Community Space and CounterPULSE.  Sonya teaches aerial dance workshops, is a certified Pilates Instructor, and works with the Marsh Youth Theater Company. Sonya Smith is a fiscally sponsored project of CounterPULSE. (www.seesonya.net) 

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Photo by Joe Garbowski

Sadie Weinberg holds a BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and an MFA from UC Irvine.  She has danced professionally in San Diego with Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, Yolande Snaith TheaterDance, McCaleb Dance and other independent choreographers.  She has performed works by Doug Varone, Donald Byrd, David Parsons, William Forsythe, Bebe Miller and others.  As a choreographer, Sadie has presented her work in numerous self produced and collaborative concerts nationally and internationally.  She is currently on faculty at UC San Diego, Mira Costa and Palomar Community Colleges and Coronado High School of the Arts and is a certified Pilates Instructor.