Bandelion creates collaboratively. 5591139104_lEric Kupers directs the process, and all ensemble members contribute important movement, sound, theatrical and design elements.

Sometimes individual ensemble members will take over the direction/choreography of certain sections if they have an idea they are inspired by, and/or so that Eric can spend focused time on his own performance roles. Sometimes ensemble members bring in a song they’ve written that they’d like the full ensemble to evolve into a piece.

While we have lots of plans and ideas, we are most excited by the material that arises mysteriously and spontaneously through in-depth exploration processes.

Bandelion is:

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Bandelion Eric Doodle Abe

Eric Kupers (Director)  is the Director of Bandelion and the Co-Artistic Director of Dandelion Dancetheater. See his full bio here. In this photo are two of Eric’s primary directing assistants: Doodle and Abe, who accompany Eric to select rehearsals, classes and performances. Eric recently acquired a third assistant, Bubbles, who now is the security guard for all Bandelion rehearsals.  photo

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Bruce DancingBruce Bierman, Bandelion’s newest member is a grounded and playful Jewish dance specialist, interweaving theater, dance, and ritual Jewish performance for decades. Bandelion since 2015.

 

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Chris Evans

Chris Evans was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, California. Her musictraining began in Oakland public schools and after a very long break resumed at San Francisco State while Chris was working on a Master’s in comparative literature. Her comp lit focus on the relationship between literature and music was the formalized beginning of her exploring the overlapping and blurring of lines between disciplines. This exploration moved from the theoretical to practice when Chris dropped out of Comparative Literature PhD program and moved to France to study cello, chamber music and dance. Coming back to the Bay Area enabled her to deepen and expand her interdisciplinary exploration through studies with Roscoe Mitchell, Alex Kelly, Shelly Senter, Abigail Hosein, and Randee Paufve and collaborations with choreographers Byb Chanel Bibene, Sheena Johnson, Lizz Roman, musicians from WaterSaw and Ark of Bones, and visual artists Ernest Jolly and Nick Dong. She is deeply excited to continue the exploration of all of these interests in the beautiful, expansive Bandelion/Dandelion community.

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Bandelion_Christopher_lights Chris Gallegos bounces back and forth between dance/theater, visual art and computer programming and is seeking a fusion of all three. He has performed with Bandelion/Dandelion since 2010 and will be graduating from CSU East Bay with a BA in Art and Computer Science in 2014.

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Bandelion Dawn CSUEBDawn Frank Holtan was born in a tiny cabin in the middle of a snowstorm in rural Vermont. She was raised in Oakland, where she improvised with the redwoods, choreographed on her friends and siblings, and studied ballet in the studio. Dawn discovered modern dance at UC Berkeley and went on to graduate from Bard College with a degree in Dance Choreography and Creative Writing. She began working with Kimiko Guthrie and Eric Kupers in 1994 and has enjoyed being a Dandelion on and off ever since. Co-founder of the now defunct Frank and Bryan Dance, Dawn’s choreography has been described as “poignant” and “unpretentious” with “strength, versatility, and a sense of humor.”  Dawn plays with dance, words, music, her food, her voice, her body, her friends, her husband, and her three incredible kids.

 

 

 

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Bandelion Reese Dorine CounterpulseCorissa “Reese” Johnson is a 2008 graduate from California State University East Bay where she obtained a B.A in Theatre Arts-Dance. She has been teaching and studying dance for over 14 years and currently teaches in the Bay Area in Danville for Lori Buffalow’s The Next Step Dance Studio and for the City of Oakland at Studio One Arts Center as a recreation specialist, as well as runs her own dance program as part of OFASS (Oakland Fine Arts Summer School).

Reese is also a member of MEnD Dance-Theater company for going on 3 years and performs with the company throughout the bay area promoting healing and mending through dance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8w_imVCRIY

Reese is excited to be an up and coming drummer for Bandelion and feels blessed and honored to be a part of the Dandelion Dancetheater family!

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NILS
Nils Jorgensen
, a regular Dandelion/Bandelion guest artist since 2008 has recently joined Bandelion fully. He is a disability activist, athlete born with spinal cord injury, advocate for the marginalized and bass-voiced actor and singer.

 

 

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 Keith Penney is a musician desperately trying to learn to dance.  He has been performing with Dandelion/Bandelion since 2008.  His music projects can be found here:

Karate Mountain and The World’s Finest Apples

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FRANCES

 

Frances Sedayao has worked on and off with Dandelion/Bandelion since 2001, joining Bandelion fully in 2014. She is a fluid dancer, choreographer, expert improviser, Tae Kwon Do black belt, singer, flutist, Pilipino native.

 

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BANDELION ENSEMBLE MEMBERS TAKING A BREAK FROM REGULAR REHEARSALS, BUT SOMETIMES SHOWING UP ONSTAGE ANYWAY: 

Bandelion Eric Cristina Road Closed OaklandCristina Carrasquillo was born and raised in the caribbean and came to San Francisco in the summer of 2001. She studied jazz, folkloric and modern dance from a very young age in her native country, Puerto Rico. She has been an apprentice with AXIS Dance Company and has worked with David Dorfman, Jess Curtis/Gravity and Shinichi Iova-Koga/inkBoat. She joined Dandelion Dancetheater in January of 2011 and has a deep admiration for Eric Kupers’ experimental creativity process. She has performed in Friend, The Dislocation Express, Arthur In Underland and other works. Cristina  feels extremely lucky to be working with such a diversely talented and loving group of artists.

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Dorine Hoeksema  danced her way from the Netherlands to San Francisco in 2005. She enjoys many forms of dance including dance theatre, butoh — she loves moving about in general. Dorine has worked with Bandelion/Dandelion since 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bandelion_Anne_CelloAnne-Lise Reusswig
 
started dancing in high school and went on to graduate from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Theater Arts. She then moved to New York, where she was a scholarship student at the Cunningham Studio and performed with many different choreographers. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Anne has appeared in works by Element Dance Theater, Lisa Townsend Company, Company Mecanique performing the works of Sara Shelton Mann, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Schweiker, Nancy Karp + Dancers, and Shift  >>>Physical Theater.   She has been teaching at California State University East Bay since 2007 and working with Bandelion/Dandelion since 2001.

 

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BelgicaBelgica Rodriguez, evolving actress/dancer, costume artist, native Mexican, youngest Bandelion—she’s interested in sharing stories that matter. Bandelion since 2013.

 

 

 

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Bandelion Stacz Yosemite WaterfallStacz Sadowski  has been dancing since 1993.. you do the math.He plans to dance many more years and from beyond the grave if possible. In addition to working with Bandelion/Dandelion he has performed with Element Dance Theater, Impact Theater and Nina Haft, and has worked as a technician at the CSU East Bay Theatre and Dance Department.

 

 

 

 

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Bandelion thrives on collaborations with a diverse array of contemporary artists, including: Kimiko Guthrie, Kristin Heavey, Trina Nahm-Mijo, Ysaye M. Barnwell, Shira Cion, Navarette x Kajiyama Dance Theater, AXIS Dance Company, Bob Webb, Paufve Dance, Patrick Cress, Karate Mountain, Tara Brandel & Croi Glan Physically Integrated Dance Company, Adam Caldwell, Mickey Kay, Heather Lukens, T-Bird Luv, Suki O’Kane, Paufve Dance, Matt Payne, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Sue Roginski, Rajendra Serber, Lucia August, David Ryther and the CSU East Bay Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble.

All of our work is informed and deepened by the invaluable contributions of previous ensemble members: Eric Andler, Rodney Bell, Julie Brown, UE Chua, Patrick Cress, Dana DeGuzman, Julia Hollas, Debby Kajiyama, Julie Kane, Edmer Lazaro, Heather Lukens, Flo Nakamura, Mantra Plonsey, David Ryther, and Benjamin Wright.

 

Photos by (in descending order from top of page) Dana Ulman, Luiza Silva, James Wagner, Faye Chao, Luiza Silva, Ben Ailes, Ben Ailes, Dana Ulman, Ben Ailes, Faye Chao, Faye Chao, Faye Chao, Faye Chao