Janus and Other Dances of
Beginnings, Transitions, and Endings

Friday, January 20, 8pm
Saturday, January 21, 7pm
Sunday, January 22, 2:30pm

Saville Theatre, San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
At the corner of C Street and 14th Street

  • Artistic Director Jean Isaacs chooses theme “Janus” after Roman god for which January is named.  Like San Diego Dance Theater, Janus’ perspective is equally forward and backward.  This concert honors the past and provides a platform for the choreographers of the future.   
  • Jean Isaacs will present critically acclaimed repertory including her ground breaking Romeos and Juliets, “Elegy” an homage to an artist that passed during the AIDS crisis, and new material honoring her parents and working class immigrants.
  • NEW work to be created on the SDDT Company Dancers by 15-year soloist of the Limon Company, Juilliard Graduate and San Diego/Tijuana native, Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba.
  • Isaacs selects LOCAL choreographers Kyle and Gina Sorensen for a chance to set a world premiere on her fully professional SDDT Company Dancers.
Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater returns to the Saville Theatre for another weekend of January Repertory Concert, for its 19th consecutive year. Entitled, this year, "Janus and Other Dances of Beginnings, Transitions, and Endings," Isaacs contributes roughly two-thirds of the program in a series of duets, both classics from the company's repertory and new choreography. Rounding out the program are two world-premiere full-company works created by Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba and by next-generation choreographers Kyle and Gina Sorensen.

Isaacs' new "Janus," for which the evening is named, features Minaqua McPherson and Desiree Cuizon-Fejeran handcuffed together back-to-back, one looking to the future, the other to the past. The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus, who presided over the beginnings and endings of conflict and hence war and peace. So this couple must choose whether to struggle with their relationship (war) or to work together while intricately bound, striving for the mutual goal of peace. A new sound score by SDDT company composer Steve Baker accompanies this dance.
"This is a highlight of our year to give our beautiful dancers the chance to thrive in a theater setting. The Saville Theatre is a little gem and the perfect venue to support "Janus"," says Isaacs, "In addition, it boasts one of the city's finest resident lighting designer in Robert Norberg, so we are thrilled to be back there and to present this exciting concert.
Also new for Isaacs is "Raldo and Maxine" named after the choreographer's parents, Raldo Baldini and Maxine Kewer, and danced by Erica Ruse and John Diaz. This couple raised six children in a small Massachusetts factory-town whose history is characterized by generations of working-class immigrants starting with the English/Scotch, Irish, Italians, Portuguese and currently accommodating Indonesians and Muslim families.
Other, earlier, duets by Isaacs included her groundbreaking Romeos and Juliets (1997) in which three different couples offer three stages in Shakespeare's classic play to the music of Sergei Prokofiev: 1- The ballroom scene (Trystan Loucado and Blythe Barton), 2- The balcony scene á la cirque, in which foolish first love is depicted by clowns (Zaquia Mahler Salinas and Jeremy Zapanta), 3- The double suicide scene as a punk couple (Jessica Curiel and Angel Acuña). And lastly, from Isaacs, "Elegy" was created to honor Tom Cochran, company director who died of AIDS in 1987. Danced by Liv Isaacs-Nollet and Cecily Holcombe to the music of Antonio Vivaldi.
And finally and perhaps the most anticipated are two world-premieres by choreographers selected by Isaacs for their emerging artistry: Kyle and Gina Sorensen and Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba. The Sorensen's as-yet-untitled work brings the SDDT company dancers into the creative process by asking them to physically translate images and directions into a dynamic movement vocabulary. Dance critic Janice Steinberg said of the Sorensen's work. "... each movement originates deep in the body and spreads through every cell, which sounds yummy and oozy, but can also produce speed and attack - whip turns, frantic pivots, sudden percussive bursts." (SanDiegoStory.com)
Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba is creating a new dance for the SDDT dancers between Christmas and New Year's. Although he has conducted several workshops in San Diego in José Limón Technique and repertory, this will be the first local viewing of Ruvalcaba's own choreography. He is likely to bring a 20-year history as the leading male soloist for the Limón Company into play as he creates. Ruvalcaba is a Mexican male, born and raised in Tijuana and San Diego, who started dancing at age eighteen a the Casa de la Cultura because a cute girl was in the class and he wanted to see her in tights. He transferred to Southwestern College and met Baroque dance expert, Shirley Wynne, whom he credits as his mentor, along with Ricardo Peralta and Jean Isaacs. After graduating from Julliard, he was fortunate to work with luminaries and perform José Limon's solos for years.

$35 - General
$25 - Senior/Military
$15 - Students with ID

Dancers Include: Angel Acuña, Blythe Barton, Annie Boyer, Desiree Cuizon-Fejeran, John Diaz, Cecily Holcombe, Liv Isaacs-Nollet, Trystan Loucado, Mario Jaimes, Minaqua McPherson, Erica Ruse, Jeremy Zapanta


Saville Theatre, San Diego City College
14th Street & C Street, San Diego, California 92101

Choroegrapher Biographies:
Jean Isaacs, Artistic Director, is a critically‐acclaimed, award‐winning choreographer whose work has been presented in Switzerland, Germany, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and Poland, as well as on both coasts of the U.S. In 2002, the Village Voice called her “a warm, witty, and wise choreographer,” and The New York Times said of her dances, “They were intelligent dances danced by sharp, speedy dancers.” Jean is the originator of several evening length repertory shows including “Cabaret Dances,” the site‐specific project “Trolley Dances,” frequent cross-border dance projects, and the co‐founder of the San Diego Dance Alliance, Three's Company and Dancers, and Isaacs/McCaleb & Dancers. Recent awards have included the Craig Noel San Diego Theater Critics Award, the Bay Area Theater Critics Award, two California Arts Council Choreography Fellowships, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Distinguished Teaching Award at UC San Diego, the California Dance Educators Associate Artistic Award, and DanceUSA/Irvine Choreography Fellowship. She was recently awarded the Bravo San Diego 2015 Theatre Icon Award. Known throughout the world as an advocate for and distinguished educator in modern dance, Jean taught technique, choreography, and improvisation at the UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance for 25 years, before bringing San Diego Dance Theater to Dance Place San Diego at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station.
Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba is a native of San Diego, a Juilliard School graduate, and a 20yr Limón Dance Company veteran. Mr. Ruvalcaba first joined the Limón Dance Company in 1996 where he was quickly cast in prominent roles and featured solos. During his tenure with The Limón Company, Mr. Ruvalcaba originated roles by noted guest choreographers such as Doug Varone, Donald McKayle, Adam Hougland, Murray Louis, Lar Lubovitch among others. He has performed José Limón's roles in revivals of Missa Brevis, The Traitor, There is a Time, Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejías and The Moor's Pavane, as well as featured roles in commissioned reconstructions by Anna Sokolow, Antony Tudor, Pauline Kohner, among many others. He has lectured on the themes and choreographic works of José Limón, has been an invited artist at the Jacob's and has recently guested for the American Ballet Theater. He is Co-Founding Director of The Higher Ground Festival of Collaborative Arts in New York City. Mr. Ruvalcaba teaches the Limón technique and it's repertory extensively nationally and internationally.
Kyle Sorensen was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study contemporary dance and choreographic processes in Israel for 2013-14. In the Fall of 2013, he was commissioned to choreograph a piece for the 15th annual Trolley Dances produced by San Diego Dance Theater. Kyle has performed in works by Tere O’Connor, Susan Marshall, and Gabe Masson. Kyle has studied the Gaga technique developed by Ohad Naharin of the Batsheva Dance Company, as well as choreographic practices with Bebe Miller, K.J. Holmes, and Nina Martin, and dance-for-the-camera with Ellen Bromberg. Kyle has a MFA in Dance Theatre from the University of California San Diego, where he was awarded the Achievement Award in Teaching, and a BA in Dance at the University of Oregon, where he was recognized with the Dance Achievement Award in Recognition of Undergraduate Excellence as a Developing Artist. Kyle is currently on faculty at the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, San Diego City College, Southwestern College, and Grossmont College.
Gina Bolles Sorensen's choreography has been produced in festivals and concert programs throughout the United States and abroad. She has taught dance, composition, dance history, and world dance forms at festivals and institutions including the American College Dance Festival (Missoula, MT), the University of California San Diego (La Jolla, CA), the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), San Diego State University (San Diego, CA), Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX), Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC), Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, NC), and the Interlochen Arts Camp (Interlochen, MI). In 2007, Gina was awarded a Gary E. Smith Summer Research Grant and a Center for Study of Women in Society Research Grant to study the classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam in Bangalore, India. In 2008, she was awarded the Georgianne Teller Singer Dean’s Fellowship in recognition of her work as a graduate student and teacher in Dance at the University of Oregon. An excerpt of her thesis entitled “Imagery Ability, Imagery Use, and Learning Style: An Exploratory Study” was published by the Journal of Dance Education in Spring 2009. Most recently, Gina was the recipient of a 2013 National Artist Teacher Fellowship from the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy. She has a MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon and a BA in Mass Media Communication Studies and Political Science from UCLA. Gina and Kyle Sorensen are co-directors of somebodies dance theater.