Bandelion is Eric Kupers’ ensemble within Dandelion Dancetheater,
We are a tribe. We are a found family. We are committed to pushing and being pushed by each other, past familiar edges.
Rodney Bell, Maori cultural activist with disabilities, dancer, teacher, harmonica player, homeless activist—he builds bridges between cultures & communities. DDT since 2008. Bandelion since 2013.
Chris Evans, classically trained professional cellist, experimental musician, blossoming dancer, active in Bay Area visual arts scene—she wants art in every aspect of her life. Bandelion since 2013.
Chris Gallegos, enthusiastic dancer, computer scientist, visual artist, video artist, clarinet player, singer, dyslexic improviser—he becomes a voracious velociraptor onstage. Bandelion since 2010.
Dawn Frank Holtan, dancer & choreographer, versatile improviser, writer of stories & grants, actress, unschooling mother of three—she wants to create raw, honest work. DDT since 1996. Bandelion since 2012.
Reese Johnson, dancer & singer, hip hop & jazz teacher, choreographer, budding drummer—she seeks healing & mending through dance. Bandelion since 2010
Eric Kupers, Director/Choreographer who loves putting aside his “in-charge” hat and being guided by Bandelions to dance, sing, play music and experiment.
Keith Penney, multi-instrumentalist, ardent rebel, anti-authoritarian, physicist, runs his own band, plays accordion, guitar, percussion, bass, piano—he’s driven by fierce passion. Bandelion since 2008.
Anne-Lise Reusswig, deeply dedicated dancer with Cunningham roots & ballet shoots, choreographer, singer, cellist—she needs art in her life as a way to connect, to feel alive. DDT since 1999. Bandelion since 2007.
Belgica Rodriguez, evolving actress/dancer, costume artist, native Mexican, youngest Bandelion—she’s interested in sharing stories that matter. Bandelion since 2013.
Frances Sedayao, fluid dancer, choreographer, playful actress, expert improviser, black belt in Tae Kwon Do, singer, flutist, Pilipino native—she’s tiny but tough & captivating. DDT since 2001. Bandelion since 2014.
Bandelion collaborates. All ensemble members develop movement, sound, theatrical & design elements. We are inspired by Physically Integrated Dance, in which people with and without disabilities figure out how to move together, create together, and set up accessible structures for performance.
Our work includes different ability levels due to disabilities & devotion to different artistic disciplines. We each come with unique skills & unique difficulties, & we communicate rigorously so that we can effectively train, support each other, & create art we’re all invested in.
We need regular rehearsal in order to be honest, to be fully real—so we rehearse all year long, whether or not we’re preparing for a particular project.. We need to perform, to be so present that every second feels spacious. We need to not be controlled. We need to give, and feel lucky enough to be given something in return. We need a community of people that we can trust, love and depend upon. We are that community.
We want to explore how individuals can become greater than their individual parts—like starlings flocking. We want to have an impact on how other people see themselves and the world. We want to be free of fear, free of frustration, free of capitalism, free of racism, free of binary thinking. We want to contribute wisdom through the stories we share. We want to bring forth our deepest truths. We want all the insights of post-modern identity politics to be infused with ancestral needs for live art, in concentric circles of relations. We want the unexpected.
Bandelion began in 2006 when Kupers called together dance, music and theater artists to spend a year of intensive interdisciplinary investigation which culminated in the evening-length work Drop.
Go to: Bandelion’s Ensemble Members
Photos by Faye Chao