SKETCH 3 |Expectations


David DeSilva © 2013 in Seiwert's %22The Devil Ties My Tongue%22 SKETCH Series 2013.jpg

July 25-28th, 2013
ODC Theater

World Première ballets by: Amy Seiwert, Marc Brew and Val Caniparoli

For SKETCH 3, Imagery engaged acclaimed choreographers Marc Brew and Val Caniparoli who, along with the Artistic Director, Amy Seiwert, created a new work on the theme of challenging expectations. Both Brew and Caniparoli are dancers celebrating bodies that defy traditional expectations, and choreographers who challenge ballet’s traditional parameters. Brew trained as a classical ballet dancer and experienced a horrific car accident at age 20 that left him paralyzed. Determined to continue his career in dance, his work is influenced by his experience as a dancer using a wheelchair. As a choreographer he strives to redefine expectations of physicality for both performers and audiences. Caniparoli, at age 61, has made a 30-year contribution to choreography in classical ballet that is international in scope and still growing, and he is also still performing, almost 40 years into his tenure with San Francisco Ballet. He turned to true-life stories of inspiration through physical challenge as a genesis for his work in SKETCH. in 2013 Seiwert worked on a commission with AXIS Dance Company, a Bay Area company of dancers with and without disabilities, and this experience  expanded her methods of creating. For SKETCH 3 she was eager to reinvestigate the roots of her own vocabulary using this information with her own dancers.



“intriguingly plotted and thrillingly danced” - Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle


Amy Seiwert
Marc Brew
Val Caniparoli


Annali Rose
Brandon “Private” Freeman
Rachel Furst
James Gilmer
Sarah Cecilia Griffin
Weston Krukow
Ben Needham-Wood
Katherine Wells

Jim French

Christine Darch


Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Music by John Tavener, Alexander Balanescu
("Tryptich" continued to be performed nationally and  internationally)

Awkward Beauty
Choreography by Marc Brew
Music by Dan Wool

The Devil Ties My Tongue
Choreography by Amy Seiwert
Music by Ólafur Arnalds