LEVYdance 17th Annual Celebration

Celebrating 17 years of vision, innovation, and risk taking with LEVYdance with a special DJ Set by Photay.

VIPs and Supporters:
Benefactor $250 (Open bar)
Patron $150 (4 drink tickets)
Friend $75 (2 drink tickets)
General Admission $20-35

$20 from every general admission ticket helps LEVYdance reach their fundraising goals.
All but $15 is tax-deductible from each ticket.
This is a 21+ event.
7-11pm

Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and performances followed by a dance party with Photay as LEVYdance celebrates their 17th anniversary. This night will be more than a fundraiser, and more than a dance party.

Experience LEVYdance performances and interactive Art & Tech devices being created by Gray Area artists, in advance of the collaborative production, An Immersive Preview of “Rush | This Is How I Know I’m Alive” coming up in June at the Grand Theater.

Headliner Photay will fly in from NYC for the night to bring an unforgettable audiovisual performance and DJ set. A musician well-versed in polyrhythmic percussion and years of experimenting with sampling and field recordings, Photay seamlessly combines audio sources and techniques in a balancing act of analog and digital, of natural and synthetic.

Hosts:
Daniel Harvey (Chair)
Rio Dluzak, Victoria Irwin, Ivana Maldonado, Garance Marneur, Josette Melchor, Ravi Mistri, Stefanie Schwemlein, Niki Selken, Lauren White.

This night will be more than a fundraiser, and more than a dance party, so we're inviting you to dress for the part. What would you wear on a night out dancing and partying? Casual wear, fun costumes, posh cocktail outfits and drag-a-licious attire are invited.

Dancers + Company

Garance Marneur

Garance Marneur, LEVYdance's first Executive Artistic Director, has directed, designed and curated more than 60 productions in the UK and internationally for theatre, dance, opera, and film, including works for Trafalgar Studios in London, National Theatre in London, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Company, Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Exploratorium, and NBC Universal. Marneur won the Linbury Prize for Stage Design in 2007, and was nominated for Best Scenic design at the Broadway World UK Awards in 2014. She relocated to the United states to take over the reins of LEVYdance in 2015.

LEVYdance

LEVYdance – through its dance company, artist-in-residence programs, and studio space in SoMa – is dedicated to creating art that ignites awareness of our shared human experience. At the core of LEVYdance is an internationally-touring dance company recognized for innovative, interdisciplinary, interactive works that explore the nuances of being human. Beyond performing in traditional venues, LEVYdance creates innovative multi-media, site-specific and installation works that explore new relationships between performer and audience.

Media Artists

Ashwath Anand

Ashwath is a Creative Technologist from India who lives and works in San Francisco. His varied background and interests has enabled him to pursue projects that involve design, engineering, human interaction and experiential technology. Technology, good food and the great outdoors fascinate him endlessly and he tries to immerse myself in all of these things through his work and hobbies. Ashwath pursues projects that involve physical computing, Augmented Reality, LEDs and music.

Rachel Rose Ulgado

Rachel Rose Ulgado is an artist, technologist, and researcher. She uses code as an artistic medium to explore new ways of interacting and engaging with the world. Her most recent work focuses on creating 3D interactive experiences for VR and the web. She is a resident of the incubator program at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, where she also teaches and mentors students in learning creative coding and media arts. She holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and informatics (with a specialization in human-computer interaction) from the UC Irvine, where she started a campus makerspace and designed educational tools for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds a master’s degree in human-centered design and engineering from the University of Washington, where she researched feminist hackerspace communities. She was a student at the School for Poetic Computation in New York in 2014. She has worn many hats - worked as a UX researcher and designer, a developer, and creative technologist at a variety of tech and design companies, including IBM, Intel, Schema Design, and most recently, Xerox PARC.

Marc Schroeder

Marc Schroeder is a San Francisco-based multimedia technologist working with creative code, electronic music, written word, and data systems. His background is in radio, live DJing, and Computer Science. In all mediums, Marc is most interested in finding the thoughtful, introspective spaces hidden between identifiable styles by digging deeply for unexpected connections.

Sean Stillwell

Sean lives and works in San Francisco, CA. He works in the local maker and burner scenes where he continues to expand his tool set from conceptual art, bronze casting, and mix media sculpture to 3D parametric modeling, interactive LED programming, mapped projection & animation, and immersive experience design. With 6 years under his belt as an architectural designer at both an international corporate firm and a local high end residential firm, he has a great deal of experience delivering large, complex projects on time and on budget. He has a passion for sustainable, integrated design, and his ongoing art explorations often source salvaged material and/or champion home, planet earth, through education and activism.

Music

Photay

Photay is the solo musical endeavor of Evan Shornstein, hailing from the lush and peaceful evergreen valley of Woodstock, NY. Having been introduced to Aphex Twin at the tender age of 9, he quickly began to embrace music in all of its forms. This early inspiration provided a foundation for his musical growth in drumming, turntablism and eventually composition. Years later, after an eye-opening trip to Guinea, West Africa, Photay was born. Combining his newly acquired knowledge of polyrhythmic percussion and years of experimenting with sampling and field recordings, he went on to create and self-release his first project under the alias. Seamlessly combining a variety of audio sources and techniques, Photay’s sound is a balancing act of analog and digital, of natural and synthetic.