2023 PRESIDIO HOME SEASON: DIGITAL PROGRAM
Choreography - Robert Moses
Lighting Design - Allen Willner
Text - Archival interviews by permission Pacifica Radio archives with participants
James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Emile Capouya and Alfred Kazin
Dancers - The Company
Can I Keep Just One? (2023)
Writer and Director - Monica C. Moses, MSW
Movement Collaboration - Crystaldawn Bell and Robert Moses
Lighting Design - Allen Willner
Dancer - Crystaldawn Bell
Writer and Director - Monica C. Moses, MSW
Starring - Lena
Director of Photography - Benjamin B. Neate
Production Assistant - Lil Sawyer
"Can I Keep Just One?" is an excerpt of Cora which was featured in Monica’s Urban Noir Project “From Slavery to the White House". “From Slavery to the White House” chronicles the journey of African American Folks from the shores of the slave ships to the fight for freedom, to the civil rights movement onto the election of the first African American President.
Fugitive Literacies (2023)
*Titled after “Fugitive Pedagogies” by Jarvis R Givens
Conception/Choreography/Text - Robert Moses
Lighting Design - Allen Willner
Video Design - Sean McLeod: the New York Institute of Dance & Education
Music - Blood and Strings ft. Cicely Parnas Z, Young Rich Pixies, Kyle Preston, Kristian Sensini, Funkadelic, My Attitude, and Robert Moses
Dancers - The Company
ABOUT The Artists
About Robert Moses' KIN
Founded in 1995, RMK uses movement as the medium through which race, class, culture, and gender are used to voice the existence of our greater potential and unfulfilled possibilities. The diverse company is known for its eclectic movement vocabulary, demanding choreography, ferocious dancing, and provocative themes. Moses' focus on the expressiveness of the human body and his desire to speak with the voices of his African American heritage has produced works with regional, national, and international recognition. Moses has collaborated with prominent dancers, musicians, composers, sculptors, authors, poets, and designers to realize the concept of dance as a unifying art form. RMK has presented an annual home season in San Francisco since 1995 as well as international touring to New York's City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, OPEN LOOK St. Petersburg International Dance Festival (Russia), Serendipity Arts Festival (Kolkata, India), Jacob's Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, Dance Center at Columbia College, University of South Florida, Dance Umbrella, ProArts Collective, Maine Festival, and more.
Robert Moses (Founder/Artistic Director)
Choreographer, Writer, and Composer Robert Moses has created numerous works of varying styles for his highly praised dance company, as well as composing many of the sound and narrative scores for those works. Moses has choreographed for dance, opera, and theater companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, San Francisco Opera, and Lorraine Hansberry Theater. He has taught at festivals and on college campuses throughout the US and internationally, including OPEN LOOK St. Petersburg International Dance Festival, Serendipity Arts Festival (Kolkata, India), Bates Dance Festival, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University.
Monica C. Moses (Writer/Director of Can I Keep Just One?)
Monica C. Moses holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a current PhD candidate of Cultural Studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her undergraduate work is also in Social Work with minor in Film Studies. She is founder, producer and director at Urban Noir Productions. Urban Noir Productions is known for the short film “That Loving Feeling” and the stage production of Urban Noir Project “From Slavery to the White House”. She is founder and director of Sankofa Cultural Center in Las Vegas, NV. There she created and facilitated workshops and classes to empower and support spiritual development. She currently works full time as a Medical Social Worker as she continues to PhD work and collaborate in the Arts.
Monica feels that the struggle for equality will always reinvent itself and so will that of the “People”.
Monica is very humble to collaborate with Robert Moses’ KIN on this beautiful project.
Allen Willner (Lighting Designer)
Award winning lighting designer specializing in theater, dance, opera & musical productions. Collaborators include: The Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, Shinichi Iova Koga and inkBoat, Rinde Eckert, Axis Dance Company, Kitka, Michael John Garces, Aaron Davidman, Anne Kaufman, Joanna Haigood and Zaccho Dance Company, Scott Wells and Dancers, The Jewish Theater, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Intersection for the Arts, Kate Weare, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, ODC Dance, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, The Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Z-Space, Margo Hall and Marcus Shelby, Dan Wolf, Carla Kihlstedt, The Douglas Morrison Theater, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Wayne Vitale, The Shotgun Players, Anne Bleuthenthal and Nanos Operetta.
Crystaldawn Bell (Dancer)
Crystaldawn Bell is from Somis, California and graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Dance, Composition, and Performance. She has danced with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, ODC, Labayen Dance/SF, Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, Stranger Lover Dreamer, ahdanco, Paufve Dance, Todd Eckert, and Post:ballet. Crystaldawn joined RMK in 2010.
Vincent Chavez (Dancer)
Vincent Chavez hails from Albuquerque, NM. He trained at LINES Ballet Training Program, Ballet Hispanico, Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre Southwest. He has danced with Nevada Ballet Theatre, Oakland Ballet Company, ZiRu Dance, Zikr Dance Ensemble, New Mexico Ballet Company, as well as, National and International touring as an independent Creative. Vincent joined RMK in 2012.
Iva Dixson (Dancer)
Iva Dixson originates from San Francisco, CA. She trained at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of The Arts with Elvia Marta and Andrea Hinman, as well as the Rome International Dance Academy, directed by Andrea Palombi and Sara Lourenco. Iva has danced with Vangelis Dance Company. She joined RMK in 2023.
Jenelle Gaerlan (they/she) (Dancer)
Jenelle Gaerlan is a multi-disciplined movement artist hailing from Portland, OR. They trained with Tracey Durbin (Luigi’s apprentice) as well as BodyVox's Junior Artist Generator (JAG) program. Jenelle has danced for BodyVox Dance Company under Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, DarVejon Jones Dance Ensemble, Nike Inc., SOULSKIN Dance, CandyBomber Productions at Stanford LIVE, and Concept o4. Along with her concert dance experiences, Jenelle proudly represents Assassins Crew, an international hip-hop collective dedicated to shedding light on community, loyalty and solidarity. Jenelle joined RMK in 2021.
Z Jackson (they/them/theirs) (Dancer)
Zaria Jackson, native to Hoover, Alabama, started their Classical Ballet training at Alabama Dance Academy. After attending the Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Training Program, Z joined SALT2, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they performed works by Amy Gunter-Lolofie and Ching Ching Wong. They worked closely with Sidra Bell as a Fellow in her Summer MODULE; inspiring deep gratitude for movement, play, and composition. They hope to continue exploring this art form and breaking down societal expectations and stigmas that affect black - trans humans in dance. Z joined RMK in 2022.
Kaia Makihara (Dancer)
Kaia Makihara is a Los Angeles-based professional dancer from Sonoma County. After receiving his BFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach, he performed with SF-based companies Robert Moses’ KIN, Kristen Damrow & Company, and GERALDCASELDANCE. Since relocating to LA, he began working with Micaela Taylor’s The TL Collective and has performed across the US and at international venues. Kaia has collaborated with artists such as JA Collective, Jessie Lee Thorne, Dolly Sfeir, Whyteberg, Kevin Williamson, Yayoi Kambara, Keith Johnson, and others. Kaia originally joined RMK in 2019 and is returning in 2023 as a guest artist.
Elena Martins (Dancer)
Elena Martins grew up in Massachusetts and received her early training at Donna Miceli Dance Center and The Academy of Ballet Arts. She went on to graduate from SUNY Buffalo with a BA in dance and a minor in speech and hearing science. She has performed extensively with companies on the east and west coast, including Prometheus Dance, Lorraine Chapman The Company, Axis Dance Company, RAWdance, CALI&CO dance, Bellwether Dance Project, and West Edge Opera among others. Elena Joined RMK in 2018.
Whitney Ross (Dancer)
Whitney Ross hails from Mountain View, CA and went on to graduate from UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in Dance and a BS in Biology. She has trained with and performed in works by prolific choreographers Ephrat Asherie, Cindy Salgado, and Sidra Bell, among others. Whitney joined RMK in 2023.
Nick Wagner (Dancer)
Nick Wagner is a contemporary/tap dancer and somatic healer from Kirkland, WA. He graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in dance performance and a minor in kinesiology. Nick is a certified massage therapist (CMT) and a level one Responsive Body practitioner. He has performed works by RAWdance, ZiRu Dance, and Marika Brussel. Nick joined RMK in 2022.
Juliann Witt (Dancer)
Juliann Witt grew up in the Bay Area and began her training at the California Academy of Performing Arts. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. Since returning to San Francisco she has had the pleasure of dancing with many great artists including DTSF, Nol Simonse, Bellwether Dance Project, Fullstop Dance, Concept o4, RAWdance, Garrett + Moulton Productions and the San Francisco Symphony. Juliann first performed with RMK in 2015 and rejoined in 2020.
Robert Moses’ KIN Staff:
Artistic Director: Robert Moses
Programs & Communications Director: Mary Carbonara
Managing Director: Elena Martins
Educational Program Coordinator: Christine Joy Ferrer
Administrative Coordinator: Mallory Markham
Social Media/Marketing Manager: Jenelle Gaerlan
Graphic Designer: Katherine Disenhof
Technical Director/Stage Manager: Francesca Muscolo
Video Engineer: Kevin Spinner
Crystaldawn Bell, Vincent Chavez, Iva Dixson, Jenelle Gaerlan, Z Jackson, Kaia Makihara, Elena Martins, Whitney Ross, Nick Wagner, Juliann Witt
Activities of Robert Moses’ KIN have been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, SF Human Rights Commission, The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council, the RMK Board of Directors, generous individuals and Friends of San Francisco.
A very special thanks to the Presidio Theatre for making these performances possible.
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Learn More About RMK’s Bootstraps: Lyric Legacies Outreach Program
Robert Moses' KIN has reconstructed a collaborative educational and explorative outreach program called "Bootstraps: Lyric Legacies." Working with the Performing Arts Department of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Booker T. Washington Community Service Center, and The Boys and Girls Club of SF to craft and implement an intergenerational curriculum that allows elders, high schoolers, middle and elementary school students, of all ability levels, to explore multiple artistic disciplines in order to foster connection to their authentic selves and to their community. The purpose of the workshops and curriculum is to uplift the voices and stories of all, with a focus on Black students of the diaspora and indigenous to this land and their stories.
This program is funded by the "Storytelling and Narrative Shift for the Black Community in San Francisco" grant through the Human Rights Commission's new Dream Keeper Initiative (DKI).
For more info, or if you're interested in having "Bootstraps" Workshops held at your SF community space or school, click here.
JOIN THE RMK TEAM
Robert Moses’ KIN is in search of an Executive Director to oversee and expand its operations, personnel, fundraising and relationship-building efforts. This position is expected to build on the progress made by the 28-year-old organization and result in laying the foundation for greater organizational sustainability and ambitious artistic growth. The ED will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to help plan and implement the next phase of growth for the company.
BECOME A BOARD MEMBER
Robert Moses’ KIN is looking for new members to join our Board of Directors! Our board members play an important role in governing the organization and helping us achieve our mission. There are a variety of opportunities for board members to support Robert Moses’ KIN. Board service is adapted for the individual and board participation looks different for every member. Our board members are diverse in identity, background, and professional skillsets. Our board members have varying degrees of familiarity with Robert Moses’ work, with the field of dance, and with the performing arts scene at large.
ABOUT THE PRESIDIO THEATRE
The historic Presidio Theatre was built in 1939 by the U.S. Army with funding from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The Theatre is located next to the Parade Grounds on the Main Post of the Presidio of San Francisco in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In 2017, after lying vacant for 25 years, the Theatre underwent a $44 million renovation transforming it into a contemporary performing arts center through the vision and generosity of the Margaret E. Haas Fund. The Theatre is now a home for a growing number of beloved San Francisco Bay Area artists and events including the Children’s Theatre Association of San Francisco and a new annual holiday show called Panto in the Presidio. In addition to presenting public performances and films, the Theatre offers free events for 7000+ public school children and teachers each year, hosts community meetings, provides classes and serves as a rental venue.
PRESIDIO THEATRE STAFF
Jono Clay, Box Office Manager
Patty Ann Farrell, Production Manager
Jeff Gregory, Technical Director
Max Gustafson, Marketing and Programs Manager
Matthew Keefe, Director of Development and Communications
Robert Martin, Executive Director
Damon Pierson, Facilities Manager
Jennifer Tait, Director of Operations and Community Relations
Alessandra Waste, Production Assistant