Enter the land of Collective Attention, and allow your mind to sway between realms of the atemporal and unknown. The Bazantar will guide you on a ritualistic journey that will introduce the characters of the evening and establish a transcending atmosphere.
5:30pm - Doors and bar open
6:00pm - Performance begins
7:30pm - Performance ends
8:00pm - SHACK15 closes
Sit back and relax for the film screening, and feel free to move in the space as the evening continues.
If you wish to take a seat for the performances, you are welcome to move a chair as the space gets infused with movement.
We wish you a pleasant journey where different forces are at play and where you have to decide their intent and purpose. Each interpretation is reflective of your own experiences. We hope this event sparks curiosity and gives a sense of hope in humanity and beyond.
Photos without flash are allowed, but if you post, please mention and tag Collective Attention. Please note the performance is being recorded.
Enjoy the show!
Alysia Chang is a dance artist, designer and educator from the San Francisco Bay area. With over a decade of professional experience, Alysia has danced with the Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Radiocity Christmas Spectacular, The Metropolitan Opera, Smuin Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery and is in the resident corps of San Francisco Opera Ballet. She holds a BFA in Dance (Minor Arts Management) from SUNY Purchase and is a Presidential Scholar at Academy of Art University graduating with an MFA in Fashion Design Spring 2024. Alysia is excited and honored be working with Collective Attention and the many inspiring artists involved.
Livanna Maislen received her BFA in Dance at NYU. She has performed aerial-installations for Microsoft, Clinique, Verizon, Nestle and various artists. In 2013, Maislen became a performer with the Off-Broadway show Sleep No More, where she played eight different roles over 7 years with Punchdrunk. Maislen was Dancer and Rehearsal Assistant for The Francesca Harper Project (FHP), where she assisted in projects such as Nick Cave's Bessie-Award Winning show “The Let Go”, Nona Hendryx & Carrie Mae Weem's "Refrigerated Dreams" and Austria’s Bregenzer Fruehling’s Tanzfestival. Maislen has performed internationally and has worked with Nicole von Arx, Yin Yue, Karole Armitage, the San Francisco Opera and the Seattle Opera. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychotherapy at CIIS.
Abigail is an impulsive movement explorer based in San-Francisco. Her approach to dance focuses on community, connection, and storytelling. Abigail received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of South Florida, then relocated to the Bay Area to continue her career in dance as an artist, teacher, and choreographer.
Benjamin is a multi hyphenate creative based in San Francisco. He is a regular ballet teacher at various Bay Area dance institutions and serves as the Community Engagement Manager and Rehearsal Assistant for Smuin Contemporary Ballet. He is thrilled to be sharing the space with such talented and invested artists as a part of Collective Action.
Erik Wagner is an artist, director, choreographer, educator and movement consultant. He is the founding artistic director of BEHOLDER, a platform for dance, physical theater, film and education. An early performing career with the San Francisco Ballet, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and the Stadttheater Bern lay the eclectic foundation upon which his artistic practices and inquiries have grown. He has taught nationally and internationally for over 15 years, including Stanford University and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
Jamielyn is a multidisciplinary native San Franciscan artist rooted in contemporary performance and visual design. Creatively spanning a twenty five year career, she shares her experience in varied forms as a performing artist, fashion designer, stylist, director, choreographer, model, and actress thru the mediums of live performance, experiences, photography, film and production. After training on full scholarship with San Francisco Ballet and professional development through Jacob's Pillow, Alonzo King's LINES ballet, and SF Conservatory of Dance, her performing highlights include Liss Fain Dance, Oakland Ballet, Amy Seiwert's Imagery and MFDP/SF. She was a founding member of Dance Theatre of San Francisco and the Milissa Payne Project and her guest artist engagements include: Diablo ballet, San Diego Opera, La Grandes ballet de Canadians, and West Edge Opera. Jamielyn is currently a tenured dancer with the San Francisco Opera and creative director of Eimaj Design. She is grateful to expand her artistic practices through inspired, collaborative action with amazing humans at this pivotal time.
Carolina (Carro) Czechowska was born in Stockholm and received her education at the Royal Swedish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Boston Ballet, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Training Program. In San Francisco, she has danced with RAWdance, Capacitor, James Graham Dance Theatre, and Garrett & Moulton Productions (2011-19). Internationally, she has been part of installations by Tino Seghal and worked with Johannes Wieland at the 2015 “One Small Step” festival.
Carro has taught classical Pilates for twelve years and is the owner of Body Bottega. In 2017 Carro was awarded an “Izzie,”; The Isadora Duncan Dance Award, for outstanding individual performance. During the pandemic, she was a company member of Moving Isolation, an award-winning online international collaboration led by Swedish Choreographer Anna Holter. In 2021, Carro was appointed the Director of Community Research and Engagement at the International Museum of Dance. Since 2019, Carro has been a member of the distinguished Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.
A professional musician since the age of twelve, Mark is a visionary artist with a background in nonlinear mathematics, sacred systems, and cosmology. As a classically trained bassist and sitar player, he gained extensive experience in orchestral and world music ensembles, jazz combos, and solo sitar performance. While studying North Indian classical music with the legendary sitar and surbahar master Ustad Imrat Khan (younger brother of Ustad Vilayat Khan), Mark began delving deeper into the universal fundamentals of music and its underlying frequency structures. This in turn led him to his quest to develop an instrument that could reproduce his findings. This work culminated in 1999 with Mark being awarded a US patent for his groundbreaking new instrument: Bazantar – a six-string acoustic bass fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. The result is a remarkable instrument that weaves a mesmerizing soundscape of resonance, and evokes all the power of Western classical music with the depth and nuance of Eastern traditions.
Selected films from various festival screenings in 2023
Director: Alexia Oldini, Steven Gray
Choreographer: Ouncie Mitchell
(United States, 2022) 1:54 minutes
Director: Cuiying Li
Choreographer: Cuiying Li
(China, 2022) 4:34 minutes
Director: Phillip Kaminiak
Choreographer: Qiaoqiao Zhang
(United States, 2022) 6:10 minutes
Director: RJ Muna
Choreographer: Carolina Czechowska, Jamielyn Duggan
(United States, 2022) 5:33 minutes
RJ Muna for collaborating with us on the dance film Atemporal Duel, which sparked the idea for a live performance and helped develop Sounding from Space to Screen.
Michelle Medici and Nick Brentley for always having our back and supporting us emotionally and practically.
SHACK15, for generously hosting us and providing a beautiful rehearsal and performance space.
If you feel moved by tonight's performance and would like to contribute to our future work, find us on Venmo @CollectiveAttention
Program for Sounding for Space to Screen
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