Choreographer Stephanie Martinez reflects on her creation process for SKETCH 9
“The most valuable lesson I learned this year was that I can do hard things. I thought I knew this, but early in the season I undertook the biggest creative challenge of my career, a full-length Nutcracker. It was the first moment I felt like I had been training my whole life for this job.”
- Amy Seiwert reflects on her first season with Sacramento Ballet in Dancers' Group's monthly "In Dance":
On July 19th SKETCH 9 will feature a Live Audio Description and Haptic Access Tour by Gravity Access Services for visually impaired audience members. Imagery is the first contemporary ballet company in the Bay Area to offer this service.
We are thrilled to share with you that we have been recommended to receive our first NEA grant. The Arts Work funding of $10,000 will be supporting the innovative use of video projection and multimedia for SKETCH 9 | Perspective. For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
There is one catch though! We need to match this $10,000 award dollar for dollar. Will you help us reach our goal?
Amy Seiwert: Ballet’s Mad Scientist.
On December 18th PBS Articulate broadcasted a documentary on Amy Seiwert and how she is constantly pushing against boundaries—seen and unseen.
Watch the documentary here.
Imagery first Artistic Fellow Ben Needham-Wood officially started his position and is eager to dive in.
On June 30th we held our sold-out performances of SKETCH 8 at ODC Theater and three days later I moved to Sacramento. I have officially started my role as Artistic Director with the Sacramento Ballet, which has been thrilling and overwhelming and an absolute joy. We will build on Sacramento Ballet's artistic roots and take flight in new directions with my first season, Roots and Wings. If you can, I would be honored if you join me there. Our first series, Telling Stories, has some Imagery favorites set on the beautiful artists of Sacramento Ballet, including my own Instructions (SKETCH 6) and Adam Houghland's Cigarettes (SKETCH New Works & SKETCH 6).
"Find the environment where you can thrive, and if it can't be found, build it."- Amy Seiwert
Amy Seiwert was interviewed for Pointe Magazine on how female dancers need to be empowered to find their voice.
By Aimee Ts'oa for The Mercury News
“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation — experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.” ― Paul Theroux
Choreographers are like chefs in more ways than you might imagine. Their ingredients aren’t fruits, vegetables, meat, herbs and spices, but bodies, movement, music, fabric and light. Balance and proportion are the keys to success for both. While it might take all day to put together a delectable repast, it can take several weeks to create a half-hour moving feast of dance.
To see the results from a local “choreographic kitchen,” check out the Sketch 8 dance festival presented by Amy Seiwert’s Imagery company, June 28-30 at ODC Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District. This year’s theme is “Origin Stories.”
“You need an experience where you can break out of these default habits. I can honestly say this experience allowed for that, which is important.” – Jennifer Archibald on creating a new ballet during SKETCH 8 for Imagery
Just in! Christen Lien will play live for Amy Seiwert’s new ballet for SKETCH 8
We are thrilled to announce today the beginning of a new Artistic Fellowship program for the SKETCH series beginning in 2019.
Jackie Nash was named one of Pointe Magazine's Standouts of 2017 for her performance with Amy Seiwert's Imagery this summer.