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PAST LIVES

PAST LIVES  // an evening of repertory dance

AUGUST 3 & 4, 2018 // 8PM

N4TH ART CENTER // ABQ, NM

$20 GEN ADMIN // $10 STUDENTS + SENIORS

CAST:

Jacqueline M. García, Founder + Artistic Director

Ana Lopes Aréchiga, Kaitlin Innis, Elyse Fahey, Madrone Matysiak, Dalila Baied, Julianna Massa, Davonna Batt, and Isabelle Kessler

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In 2015, Jacqueline García launched J.GARCÍA DANCE CO as a vehicle to further investigate, create, and present her professional choreographic work. In PAST LIVES, J.GARCÍA DANCE CO presents a thoughtful collection of six distinct dance works, representing the stylistic range and artistic fluidity of our repertory. We invite you to share in this this evening of dance, as we celebrate three years of artistic investigation, exploration, and creation with the company.

 

 

 

 

PAST LIVES has offered the company an opportunity to re-visit, re-investigate, and re-discover the gems hidden in each work and to re-create the magic of bringing each work back to life. García creates movement and works of dance theater to contemplate and reflect on the full range of human experience, the sweet nature and suchness of life, the persistence of memory, and the great mysteries of living and dying.

 

 

 

- Our Mission -

J.GARCÍA DANCE CO is a modern/contemporary dance company based in Albuquerque. The company was created in 2015 by Founder + Artistic Director, Jacqueline García. We are continually working to engage our community through the ongoing creation of new choreographic works, regular performance seasons within Albuquerque and the region, thoughtful engagement and discourse with participants and audience members, community classes & outreach, and collaboration with the greater arts community. J.GARCÍA DANCE CO is fiercely committed to the collective advancement of modern/contemporary dance in Albuquerque and New Mexico by increasing awareness, accessibility and value for the art form. We seek to bring a fresh and enterprising energy to a largely underserved dance community throughout our region.

J.GARCÍA DANCE CO is comprised of a committed group of thinking dancers, in which our movement practice is as much philosophical as it is physical. By engaging in the practice, process, and presentation of crafted dance choreography, we seek to find a deeper understanding of the ineffable nature of the human experience, impermanence and time, mind and memory, and the transformative essences of birth, life, and death.

The ultimate goal of J.GARCÍA DANCE CO is to form an ongoing and sustainable resident contemporary dance theater company based in Albuquerque, NM that finds points of contact, collaboration and influence across regional, national, and international dance networks.

 

– The Company –

 
     Jacqueline M. García, Founder + Artistic Director

 Jacqueline M. García, Founder + Artistic Director

 

Jacqueline M. García is a proud native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a dance artist, she pursues a multi-faceted practice in choreography, performance, education, and arts administration. In 2015, she launched J.GARCÍA DANCE CO as a vehicle to further investigate, create, and present her professional choreographic work. García is also a Co-Founder and Co-Director of SHIFT | DANCE, promoting active and exploratory performance research through a vibrant and diverse performance and presenting platform in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

García has dedicated the last 20 years to the exploration and refinement of her craft through both professional practice and formal scholarly investigation. Since 2001, Jacqueline has earned a BA in Dance summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and dual Master's degrees with an MBA from the Carl H. Linder College of Business and MA in Arts Administration from the esteemed College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She most recently earned a terminal degree with an MFA in Dance, Choreography passing with distinction from UNM in 2013.

She has worked administratively for Contemporary Dance Theater (OH), Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (OH), Keshet Dance Company (NM), College of Fine Arts Research Office (University of NM), and the National Institute of Flamenco (NM).

She currently works full-time as the Chief Education and Programs Officer for the National Institute of Flamenco and serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of New Mexico. 

Since 2008, she has choreographed and directed five original evening-length productions, in addition to numerous works for various performances and showcases. García has completed artistic residencies at Alma College in 2016 and a two-month international artistic residency in Spain in 2015: Universidad Católica de Murcia, (Murcia), Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Maribel Gallardo (Cadiz), and Centro Párraga (Murcia). She has coached Repertory Études from the American Dance Legacy Initiative collection including: Rainbow Étude (Donald McKayle), Battleworks Étude (Robert Battle), and Ecce Homo (Danny Grossman). She is also proud to have served as Rehearsal Director for visiting artists in residence Takehiro Ueyama and Erika Pujič at the University of New Mexico. García is passionately and purposefully dedicated to the advancement of contemporary dance as vital to the Albuquerque arts community.

  Ana Lopes Aréchiga  , Founding Company Member   Ana is originally from Mexico and has a BA in dance and psychology, with honors Summa Cum Laude in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude in Dance from the University of New Mexico. She apprenticed for the Kamea Dance Company in Israel in 2014 and was a performing apprentice at Keshet Dance Company in 2013.  She has danced with Jewell and Company, lisa nevada dance, and Navarasa Dance Theater, among others. She is currently a dancer for Keshet Dance Company and J.Garcia dance company, having been one of the founding members of the latter. 

Ana Lopes Aréchiga, Founding Company Member

Ana is originally from Mexico and has a BA in dance and psychology, with honors Summa Cum Laude in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude in Dance from the University of New Mexico. She apprenticed for the Kamea Dance Company in Israel in 2014 and was a performing apprentice at Keshet Dance Company in 2013.  She has danced with Jewell and Company, lisa nevada dance, and Navarasa Dance Theater, among others. She is currently a dancer for Keshet Dance Company and J.Garcia dance company, having been one of the founding members of the latter. 

  Kaitlin Innis, Founding Company Member   A native of New Mexico and a member of J. García Dance Company since 2015, Kaitlin discovered her love for the art of dance at the age of 10 when she started her training at Moving People Dance of Santa Fe. She attended the University of New Mexico, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was very active in the dance department, performing works by Martha Graham, Erika Pujic, and many others. She also danced periodically for ARCOS Dance under the direction of Curtis Uhlemman and Erica Gionfreddo. Now a yoga and Pilates instructor and dance artist in Albuquerque, movement continues to be a large part of her life. She stays involved in the community by collaborating with choreographers and dancers such as lisa nevada, Kelsey Paschich, Jacqueline García, Esteban Garza, Donna Jewell, Ekalos Ume Reed, Ana Lopes Aréchiga, and Dalila Baied. She has enjoyed exploring dance theatre, site-specific dance, movement investigation, improvisation, choreography, and is particularly excited to continue her involvement with J.García Dance.

Kaitlin Innis, Founding Company Member

A native of New Mexico and a member of J. García Dance Company since 2015, Kaitlin discovered her love for the art of dance at the age of 10 when she started her training at Moving People Dance of Santa Fe. She attended the University of New Mexico, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was very active in the dance department, performing works by Martha Graham, Erika Pujic, and many others. She also danced periodically for ARCOS Dance under the direction of Curtis Uhlemman and Erica Gionfreddo. Now a yoga and Pilates instructor and dance artist in Albuquerque, movement continues to be a large part of her life. She stays involved in the community by collaborating with choreographers and dancers such as lisa nevada, Kelsey Paschich, Jacqueline García, Esteban Garza, Donna Jewell, Ekalos Ume Reed, Ana Lopes Aréchiga, and Dalila Baied. She has enjoyed exploring dance theatre, site-specific dance, movement investigation, improvisation, choreography, and is particularly excited to continue her involvement with J.García Dance.

  Elyse Fahey    Elyse Fahey is a contemporary dance artist based in Albuquerque. She has had extensive training in jazz, ballet, and modern techniques, as well as West African and Afro-Cuban Folkloric traditions. Her approach to movement has been influenced heavily by her career as a Pilates, GYROKINESIS ® , and GYROTONIC ®  instructor. Elyse became a certified Rolfer ™ in 2012 and has a private practice in Albuquerque. She is currently pursuing her BA in Dance from the University of New Mexico. Elyse has been dancing in Jacqueline García's choreographic works since 2009.

Elyse Fahey

Elyse Fahey is a contemporary dance artist based in Albuquerque. She has had extensive training in jazz, ballet, and modern techniques, as well as West African and Afro-Cuban Folkloric traditions. Her approach to movement has been influenced heavily by her career as a Pilates, GYROKINESIS®, and GYROTONIC® instructor. Elyse became a certified Rolfer™ in 2012 and has a private practice in Albuquerque. She is currently pursuing her BA in Dance from the University of New Mexico. Elyse has been dancing in Jacqueline García's choreographic works since 2009.

  Madrone Matysiak    Madrone is an alumna of The New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, where she first started taking modern classes. Working with companies such as BODYTRAFFIC, ARCOS, and choreographers from Alonzo King Lines Ballet, she was able to hone her craft. She is currently a Dance major at the University of New Mexico with a minor in Arts Leadership and Business. Madrone makes her debut with J.García Dance Company in 2018.

Madrone Matysiak

Madrone is an alumna of The New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, where she first started taking modern classes. Working with companies such as BODYTRAFFIC, ARCOS, and choreographers from Alonzo King Lines Ballet, she was able to hone her craft. She is currently a Dance major at the University of New Mexico with a minor in Arts Leadership and Business. Madrone makes her debut with J.García Dance Company in 2018.

  Dalila Baied   A native of Missoula, Montana, Dalila Baied's intrigue and spark for dance began at Bajo Jardin Estudio de Danza while she was living in Tucuman, Argentina. Her love and desire for movement continued when she moved back to Montana, at the Downtown Dance Collective and the University of Montana. Dalila became a New Mexican in 2010, and embarked on a solo adventure that led to her graduation from the University of New Mexico in 2014, with a BA in Dance and Psychology.   During her time at UNM, Dalila was fortunate to work with nationally renowned artists such as Denise Vale, Peggy Lyman, and Eric Newton from the Martha Graham Company; Takehiro Euyama; Erika Pujic; and Carla Maxwell from the Limon Company. Since then, Dalila has been performing and working with local artists such as lisa nevada, Esteban Garza, Kelsey Paschich, and Jacqueline García. Dalila is grateful for all of the enchanting and eye-opening opportunities to work alongside diverse artists and performers in her work with the Santa Fe Opera on  Benjamin Britten’s Noahs Flood  and the Lawine Torren Dance Theatre Company in their  Hannibal  production in Austria.     Currently, Dalila is living and dancing in Albuquerque as she completes her Masters in Social Work while practicing and teaching yoga in town.     

Dalila Baied

A native of Missoula, Montana, Dalila Baied's intrigue and spark for dance began at Bajo Jardin Estudio de Danza while she was living in Tucuman, Argentina. Her love and desire for movement continued when she moved back to Montana, at the Downtown Dance Collective and the University of Montana. Dalila became a New Mexican in 2010, and embarked on a solo adventure that led to her graduation from the University of New Mexico in 2014, with a BA in Dance and Psychology.  During her time at UNM, Dalila was fortunate to work with nationally renowned artists such as Denise Vale, Peggy Lyman, and Eric Newton from the Martha Graham Company; Takehiro Euyama; Erika Pujic; and Carla Maxwell from the Limon Company. Since then, Dalila has been performing and working with local artists such as lisa nevada, Esteban Garza, Kelsey Paschich, and Jacqueline García. Dalila is grateful for all of the enchanting and eye-opening opportunities to work alongside diverse artists and performers in her work with the Santa Fe Opera on Benjamin Britten’s Noahs Flood and the Lawine Torren Dance Theatre Company in their Hannibal production in Austria. Currently, Dalila is living and dancing in Albuquerque as she completes her Masters in Social Work while practicing and teaching yoga in town.

 

  Julianna Massa    Julianna Massa grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was a competitive gymnast until the age of 16. She discovered dance as a freshman at the University of New Mexico, and has performed in works choreographed by Amanda Hamp, Donna Jewell, and the AGA Collaborative. She also attended and performed at the American College Dance Association conference in 2017 and 2018. Julianna is currently pursuing a degree in Dance and Psychology, set to graduate in May of 2020 . 

Julianna Massa

Julianna Massa grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was a competitive gymnast until the age of 16. She discovered dance as a freshman at the University of New Mexico, and has performed in works choreographed by Amanda Hamp, Donna Jewell, and the AGA Collaborative. She also attended and performed at the American College Dance Association conference in 2017 and 2018. Julianna is currently pursuing a degree in Dance and Psychology, set to graduate in May of 2020

  Davonna Batt, Invited Guest Artist for Past Lives    Hailing from New Mexico, Davonna Batt has studied ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, acrobatics, and musical theater since falling in love with dance at the age of three. She received a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Business Management from the University of Arizona, graduating with Honors, Summa Cum Laude. In those years, she was able to study under many exceptional artists including Melissa Lowe, Amy Ernst, Robert Moses, and Loren Fletcher. Since moving to New York in 2014, she has worked closely with notable figures and performed in companies including ALMA NYC, Amanda + James, DAMAGEDANCE, Gotham Dance Theater, of bones dance, ACB Dance, and Sarah Berges Dance, among others. In addition to practice and performance, Davonna teaches around NYC for studios including Peridance and Martha Graham, and continues to explore new movement practices that are founded in functionality and focus on the innate possibilities of the human body.

Davonna Batt, Invited Guest Artist for Past Lives

Hailing from New Mexico, Davonna Batt has studied ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, acrobatics, and musical theater since falling in love with dance at the age of three. She received a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Business Management from the University of Arizona, graduating with Honors, Summa Cum Laude. In those years, she was able to study under many exceptional artists including Melissa Lowe, Amy Ernst, Robert Moses, and Loren Fletcher. Since moving to New York in 2014, she has worked closely with notable figures and performed in companies including ALMA NYC, Amanda + James, DAMAGEDANCE, Gotham Dance Theater, of bones dance, ACB Dance, and Sarah Berges Dance, among others. In addition to practice and performance, Davonna teaches around NYC for studios including Peridance and Martha Graham, and continues to explore new movement practices that are founded in functionality and focus on the innate possibilities of the human body.

  Isabelle Kessler, Invited Guest Artist for Past Lives   Isabelle Kessler is a French actress, director, and creator. She became an American citizen in 2011. Kessler has made around 45 plays during her 30 years in theater. She worked with numerous companies in her native France and throughout Europe, while managing Phenomene Tsé-Tsé with Francesca Sorgato. Her approach to theater evolved from traditional to all forms of spectacle, from creating a street show with 15 women in wedding dresses, to a play with 11 slide and movie projectors, to shows for infants and toddlers. Involved in the European Object Theater Movement since 1989, Kessler participated in numerous international theater festivals. She also taught Communication, Body Language, and Cultural Shock for students and engineers at Telecom Paris and for international corporations.

Isabelle Kessler, Invited Guest Artist for Past Lives

Isabelle Kessler is a French actress, director, and creator. She became an American citizen in 2011. Kessler has made around 45 plays during her 30 years in theater. She worked with numerous companies in her native France and throughout Europe, while managing Phenomene Tsé-Tsé with Francesca Sorgato. Her approach to theater evolved from traditional to all forms of spectacle, from creating a street show with 15 women in wedding dresses, to a play with 11 slide and movie projectors, to shows for infants and toddlers. Involved in the European Object Theater Movement since 1989, Kessler participated in numerous international theater festivals. She also taught Communication, Body Language, and Cultural Shock for students and engineers at Telecom Paris and for international corporations.