"This ambitious dance theater project sounds like something San Diego's culture crowd should be excited about." - Kinsee Moran, Voice of San Diego
Though It May Shift is a dance and theatre work constructed of interwoven solos, simultaneous actions, and chance meetings. The piece is built collaboratively with a team of playwrights, musicians, and performers as it explores the coinciding intimacy and duality of solo structures in performance. Though It May Shift investigates the intrinsic tension between the contrasting forces in language and movement, linear and nonlinear, simultaneous and singular.
Featuring performers Dina Apple, Issa Hourani, Nicole Javier, Rachel Torres, and Erin Tracy and musicians Kyle Adam Blair, Kristopher Apple, and Hillary Jean Young
Director / Choreographer: Erin Tracy
Playwrights: Kristin Idaszak and Lily Padilla
Scenic Designer: Charlie Jicha
Costume and Projection Designer: Jaymee Ngernwichit
Lighting Designer: Chao-Yu Tsai
Production Stage Manager: Mandisa Reed
February 2-4 at 7:30pm, February 5 at 2pm
For additional information, visit: http://theatre.ucsd.edu/season/ThoughItMayShift/index.htm
All photos by Jim Carmody
Measuring the Dream is a multimedia dance collaboration that draws on "The Dream", by the 17th Century Mexican nun Sor Juana Inez De La Cruz. Artistic direction Yolande Snaith, production design Victoria Petrovich, composer Ryan Welsh, lighting design Jose Lopez, dancers Erin Tracy, Aurora Lagattuta, Heather Glabe and Veronica Santiago Moniello. Choreographic scores by Yolande Snaith, Erin Tracy, Anne Gehman and Veronica santiago Moniello. Costumes designed and created by Yolande Snaith.
This project embraced a creative process of cross pollination of artistic ideas and practices, blurring the distinctions between the artists respective disciplines and conventional roles. The choreographic process was a collective endeavor, bringing together several scores created by Yolande Snaith and the dancers in response to the text of ‘The Dream’ and research into the life of Sor Juana Innes de la Cruz. This work does not attempt to convey a linear narrative, but aims to bring the space to life through a collective response to ‘The Dream’ and evoke an essence of Sor Juana’s thoughts and vision.
Photos by Jim Carmondy
The audience has arrived at the theatre to see a show about the Chicago slaughterhouses - only to find that the play has been canceled. Instead, the writer is there to give a slideshow presentation about the history of the stockyards. In trying to explore her family's Polish identity and the exploitation of stockyard workers, the writer unintentionally exposes a trauma from her own past. Inspired by Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, ANOTHER JUNGLE (Lovelier Lovelies) explores the misuse of power, the way narratives get co-opted, and the way identity accretes over the course of generations.
This staged reading of the new play by Kristin Idaszak was performed at the Drama League on Saturday, July 16 2016.
Directed by Sarah Wansley
Featuring Walker Hare, Ren Jackson, Rebeca Rad, and Erin Tracy
Dramaturgy by Melissa Ng
Special thanks to Courtney Knysch
" Precipitate is an emotionally powerful performance to witness, with imagery and emotional vignettes within it that are brave, poignant, and relevant. As an audience member, I left feeling charged to acknowledge and reflect on the pressures of female-gendered performance and the female body, and our complicity/expectations thereof." - Jon Reimer (San Diego Reader)
Precipitate is a performance installation comprised of two interwoven solo works: Pleasant Beast & Knot Knowing. Pleasant Beast explores our animal nature, our supposed civilized being and the modern mythologies that live somewhere in between. Knot Knowing navigates the territory of the body and the act of gazing. Can we dispel the mystery of the human body while maintaining reverence for it?
Performers Anne Gehman and Erin Tracy forge space together in a world where women supporting each other is a surprising and subversive act.
Precipitate premiered at Live Arts Fest 2016 and was shown at UCSD Molli and Arthur Wagner Studio 3.
Choreography & Performance by
Anne Gehman & Erin Tracy
Text Kristin Idaszak
Sound Design Steven Leffue
Scenic Design Anna Robinson & Mathew Herman
Lighting Design Chao-Yu Tsai
Photos by Jim Carmody
By Anton Checkov
Directed by Emilie Whelan
Choreographed by Erin Tracy
November 29- December 5, 2015
The Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
La Jolla Playhouse
Why do we maintain memories when they have nothing in common with the present? And what is that awful feeling inside our heads when the lights come up at the end of an all night party we'll never forget? In Chekhov's final play The Cherry Orchard, written only months before his impending death at 44 years old, an estate and its memory stands vulnerable to progress. Heartsick love slings like mud, the drink pours strong, and music hides everywhere as the party just. keeps. trying. to. storm.
Photos by Jim Carmondy
A Play With Songs
Conceived and Created by Stein | Holum Projects
In collaboration with MFA Students from UCSD Theatre & Dance
Book by Deborah Stein
Music by James Sugg and Daniel Kluger
Lyrics by Deborah Stein and James Sugg
Directed by Suli Holum
Choreographed by Erin Tracy
February 13 - 21, 2016
Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre
About the Play
MOVERS + SHAKERS uses song and farce to explore the virtual mating habits of our 21st Century political elite, inspired by Anthony Weiner’s problems with texting and Sarah Palin’s aggressively unapologetic retrograde femininity. During a routine campaign stop in small town Wisconsin, Congressman Darren Finn and his hardworking campaign staff tangle with the local community as they try to do damage control on an out-of-control dick pic. This new play explores at how technology has melted borders between good behavior and bad, and how that same technology has encouraged exhibitionism in our most private behaviors.
Photos by Jim Carmondy
"Smart, funny, and on point... Tracy's timing was impeccable and her witty, sometimes sardonic deliveries propelled Idaszak's brilliant script..." - Rebecca Romani, Vanguard Culture
Better Metaphors is a funny not-funny piece about graham crackers. It is dance theatre work written by Kristin Idaszak and choreographed and performed by Erin Tracy. It started from a question surrounding the banning of the words “bossy” and “feminist” and grew in to an exploration about what it is to be a sexy woman, no matter what kind of woman you are. Better Metaphors was created as part of The Third Thing, a collaborative process between playwrights and choreographers, it premiered at Blurred Borders Dance Festival #16, and it was shown at Creating Collaborative Communities at San Diego Dance Theatre.
Commence is a new site-responsive performance proposition for libraries inspired by the ten beginnings in Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler. Created by director and performer Erin Tracy in collaboration with playwright Kristin Idaszak and composer Ryan Welsh, Commence continually poses the question how do you begin? The answers are told through archetypal beginnings found in literature and it is revealed how each informs the creation of theatre, dance, and music. Through all of this, the performance tells a larger narrative of relationship between performer and accompanist. They strive together, fall apart, woo, fail, abandon, and threaten one another as they continuously attempt the problematic task of starting anew.
Commence premiered at Salon Dances No. 6 at the Encinitas Library and was presented by the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective.
All photos by Jim Carmody.
The Third Thing is a collaborative work between playwrights Kristin Idaszak and Will Snider and choreographers Dina Apple, Emily Aust, Anne Gehman, and Erin Tracy. The Third Thing premeired at the Arthur Wagner Theatre at UCSD on January 10, 2015.
The pieces shown were:
Put Him in the Ground by Will Snider choreographed and performed by Dina Apple, Emily Aust, Anne Gehman, and Erin Tracy
Better Metaphors by Kristin Idaszak choreographed and performed by Erin Tracy
Before Breakfast by Kristin Idaszak choreographed and performed by Dina Apple, Emily Aust, Anne Gehman, and Erin Tracy
All photos by Jim Carmody
"Perhaps the area’s most celebrated young dancer, Tracy literally stretched the horizon of her ambitions through this ambitious new multimedia showcase." - David Z. Morris, Creative Loafing Tampa
Foreign / Familiar Cities is a film and live dance hybrid created through a grant from the Project GenYes! arts incubator program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This project was also funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign-- a huge thanks to all the supporters!
Foreign / Familiar Cities was based on Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and shot in the Tampa Bay area and around the world in China, India, Greece, and Indonesia. The work premeired at the Studio@620 in St Petersburg, FL on August 22, 2014.
Performed by Kurt Krynski and Erin Tracy with original music and voice-over by Matt roi Berger
Verbo premiered on September 14, 2013 at the HCC Mainstage in Ybor City and was funded in part by a Hillsborough County Individual Artist Grant awarded to Erin Tracy.
Verbo is a dance theatre piece for which there are no words, literally. The piece explores how differences in language lead to disparities in experience and thought across cultures. Constructed in sections, each movement of the piece is dedicated to a different word from a foreign language for which we have no English translation. For example:
* L’appel du vide (French)- “The call of the void”, the inherent urge to leap from high places
* Razbliuto (Russian)- the sentimental feeling you have about someone you once loved but now no longer love
Performed by Marion Baldeon, Kurt Krynski, Nooie Lee, Tina Tidwell, Megan Smith, and Erin Tracy with original music by Matt Roi Berger
Verbo photos by Kevin Tighe, Todd Bates, and Nikki Devereaux
Fran, Alone is a five minute solo work choreographed and performed by Erin Tracy. The piece began with the imaginary character Fran and a question about what she might do-- and what we all might do-- while completely alone. It interrogates the idea of private space in a performance setting.
Fran, Alone premiered at Fertile Ground at Green Space in Long Island City, NY on February 10, 2013 and has also been shown at Four Days of Dance at HCC in Ybor City, FL.
All photos by Candace Kaw
"There is much passion and talent residing in these two women, and their dedication bodes well for the future success of Spec Performance." - Katie Mulford, ARTiculate
"In addition to winning a Think Small to Think Big microgrant, SPEC was also named a finalist in Creative Loafing and Creative Tampa Bay's 10/100/1000 Challenge. The outpouring of local support provided enough momentum to launch their first show, SPEC Performance Series: Identity on June 2 at The Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City." - Matt Spencer, 83 Degrees
Spec Performance Series was a laboratory of live original performance artwork that invited performers and audiences to invent a local culture of collaboration in the Tampa Bay area. The series hosts regular evenings of short works in progress curated by Artistic Directors Erin Tracy and Tina Tidwell. Each event has a unique feedback session that gives audience members the rare chance to partake in the creative process.
The following shows and artists were part of Spec Performance Series:
- Identity at The Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City, FL on June 2, 2012: Geoff Sheil (Composer), Casey Hicks (Dancer), Erica Lessner (Choreographer), Cole Wheat (Composer), Caitlin Casson (Dancer), Patrick Doyle (Singer), Tina Tidwell (Dancer), and Erin Tracy (Choreographer).
- Second at The Studio@620 in St Petersburg, FL on December 8, 2012: Andee Scott (Choreographer), Brian D Fidalgo II (Choreographer), Jesse Thelonious Vance (Composer), John Allen Gibel (Director), Paula Brett (Director), Megan and Nooie Hochheimer (Choreographers), Tina Tidwell (Choreographer) and Erin Tracy (Choreographer).
- Dimensions at The Studio@620 in St Petersburg, FL on April 6, 2013: Shana Perkins (Choreographer), Christina Acosta (Choreographer), Candace Kaw (Director), John Fuentes (Director), Michael Finkelstein (Artist), hunter (Thing-Maker), Joshua Mazur (Composer), Tina Tidwell (Choreographer) and Erin Tracy (Choreographer).
- Compass at The Studio@620 in St Petersburg, FL on July 27, 2013: Erin Cardinal Wright (Director / Choreographer), Vincent Stalba (Actor), Melissa Torres (Choreographer), Jennifer Hilton (Dancer), James Crumbly (Composer), Bob Devin Jones (Monologist), Tina Tidwell (Choreographer), and Erin Tracy (Choreographer / Director).
*On spec: made, built, or done with hopes of but no assurance of payment or a sale; without commitment by a client or buyer: ad illustrations done on spec; luxury homes.
Dunamis Novem photo by Jim Carmody
Erin Tracy is a 200hr Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher based in San Diego, California.
Erin received her 200-hr training from OM Yoga in New York City in 2012 and then began her advanced training with and Asheville Yoga Center. She has advanced training in Yin, restorative, anatomy, therapeutic yoga, meditation, and the Yoga Sutras.
She specializes in private yoga instruction and group classes focused on vinyasa flow, Yin, meditation, power, and beginner yoga.
Erin applies the knowledge she gained from dance about mindful moving and joy to her yoga practice. She is interested in offering her students tools to help them cultivate awareness and approach embodiment with playfulness.
“Erin does an excellent job of covering the foundational poses, while always bringing something new to class. Her knowledge of body mechanics is evident, but she makes the class so comfortable and welcoming that there is never a need to feel at all self-conscious about any corrections that she offers. Additionally, she is so sweet and kind that it is impossible not to adore her. In short, I am thankful to be able to learn from her.” – Rebecca, Tampa, FL
“I practiced with Erin Tracy and wanted to say how much I loved her class. Her sequence was so intelligent and she was really amazing.” – Nicole, New York City, NY
“ I should also give Erin Tracy a shout out for her wonderful beginners’ class; it’s a delightful first step." – Eddie, Tampa, FL
“(Erin is) a wonderful, patient teacher… I really didn’t think I could have come to appreciate yoga the way that I do without her. I am thankful for her as a coach and cheerleader.” – Private client, Tampa, FL