School of Theatre & Dance

DanceUSF Guest Artists in Residence

Kara Davis
on Tuesday afternoon..
Spring 2017

Kara Davis danced for BalletMet, Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Ballet and Ballet Jörgen before moving to San Francisco 1998. She is a founding member of KUNST-STOFF and Janice Garrett & Dancers. She has performed with the San Francisco Opera as well as works by Alex Ketley / The Foundry, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Pearl Ubungen Dancers & Musicians, Amy Raymond, Val Caniparoli (ACT), Robert Moses, and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She has received numerous Isadora Duncan nominations for her ensemble work and choreography.  She co-founded project agora with Bliss Kohlmyer Dowman in 2006; their duet work has been shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2016), and Bates Dance Festival (2015). Ms Davis' own work has been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Kennedy Center (ACDF Nationals), Z Space, ODC Theater, Dance Mission, Headlands Center for The Arts, SF MOMA, Arizona State University, and the Cowell Theater. In 2009 Ms. Davis was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and was mentored by choreographer Alex Ketley in Margaret Jenkins' CHIME residency. She has received commissions from sjDANCEco, Scottsdale Community College, and San Jose State University.  She has been a faculty member at Alonzo King's LINES Ballet Pre-Professional & BFA programs since 2005 where she choreographed over 20 works. She received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University in 2013 and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mills College.

Alonzo King
Koto Excerpts
Spring 2015

Alonzo King has been called a visionary choreographer, who is altering the way we look at ballet. King calls his works ‘thought structures’ created by the manipulation of energies that exist in matter through laws, which govern the shapes and movement directions of everything that exists.

King has works in the repertories of the Swedish Royal Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet Bejart, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Hong Kong Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Renowned for his skill as a teacher, King has been guest ballet master for dance companies around the globe. In 2012 King was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Corps de Ballet International Teacher Conference.

King is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the 2008 Jacob's Pillow Creativity Award, in recognition of his contribution to "moving ballet in a very 21st-century direction”, and the 2006 US Artists Award. In October 2012 the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society named Alonzo King a "San Francisco Treasure" in recognition of the significant contributions he has made to the historic fabric of San Francisco over the last 30 years.

Susan Douglas Roberts
feasting uncertainty/ríos invisibles
Fall 2015

Susan Douglas Roberts is the artistic director of wild goose chase dance. Her work has been presented across the US and in Mexico, Central and South America, Taiwan, Japan, and Europe - most recently, at the Centre National de la Danse Contemporainein Angers (France).

As a dance-maker, she is curious about the details that bridge choreographed and lived experience, and frame the choices that performing artists make on stage. Dance writers have called her work “elegant,” “mysterious,” and “witty and winsome.” Honors include Fulbright Specialist Awards to Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan) and Centro de Danza e Investigación del Movimiento at the Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala). In 2014, she served as an adjudicator for the Northwest Conference of ACDA.

Susan is on faculty in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU (Fort Worth, TX) where she teaches technique, composition, teaching methods, and Pilates.

Yaniv Abraham
the “Echad Mi Yodea” section of Ohad Naharin’s work Minus 16
Spring 2014

Hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin, (Artistic Director of the Israeli Batsheva Dance Company) has captivated audiences with his extraordinarily physical movement vocabulary. Naharin is also the originator of Gaga, an innovative movement language that has enriched his movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers. The rousing "Echad Mi Yodea" section from Naharin's signature dance, Minus 16 was restaged by former Batsheva Company member and Holloway Guest Artist, Yaniv Abraham, who also introduced the Gaga technique to USF dancers during his residency.

Maurice Causey
Fall 2014

Maurice Causey is an American born European based artist. His training includes School of the American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre school, and the Joffery Ballet School in New York City.

Maurice Causey has been Ballet Master for both the Royal Swedish Ballet (2002-2003) and The Netherlands Dance Theatre 1 (2004-2010). He has choreographed original works for numerous companies including The Netherlands Dance Theatre 1, Northwestern Dance Project, Hubbard Street 2, and Milwaukee Ballet. Maurice as well stages Ballets by William Forsythe and gives workshops in Forsythe's Improvisational Technologies around the world and is currently a patron for the Austinmer Dance Theater in Australia directed by Michelle Forte.

Donna Mejia
As We Began Walking East
Fall 2014

Work commissioned by Art2Action Inc., and presented in partnership with the USF School of Theatre and Dance, as a part of “THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists” Series.

As a transnational fusion dance artist, Donna Mejia's distinctive aesthetic dialogs the secular dances of North Africa and the Arab World with American Hip Hop dance and sub-genres of electronic dance. In October of 2011 she was selected by the Fulbright Association to present the 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen Endowed lecture for International Scholarship in Dance.  Donna has been guest artist in residence fifteen colleges, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Smith College on full fellowship. She joined the University of Colorado at Boulder’s dance department in 2012 as the first Assistant Professor of transnational fusion dance globally.

 “THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists” series is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.  Visit:

Robert Moses
Cause Redux
Spring 2016

Speaking Ill of the Dead
Spring 2015

Lucifer’s Prance
Spring 2014

Founded in 1995, San Francisco based Robert Moses' Kin is considered by many to be one of the most prolific and exciting new contemporary dance companies to emerge nationally in the past decade. The company's mission is to produce work which speaks to what is specific and unique in human nature. Robert Moses' Kin 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.

An ambitious and diverse company, Robert Moses' Kin has received tremendous national media coverage in such publications as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Dance Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, The Village Voice, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, as well as on radio, television and the Internet. Bliss Kohlmyer, (USF Dance faculty member and former Robert Moses' KIN company member) restaged Moses' hyper-physical tour-de-force, Lucifer's Prance, which the San Francisco Examiner called "a truly devilish, almost ritualistic whirlwind."

Rosie Herrera
Pity Party
premiered at USF in February 2013

Easily one of contemporary dance’s hottest young choreographers working today, Rosie Herrera's performances at NYC's Joyce Theater wowed audiences with her quirky and unexpected blend of modern dance and theatrical antics.  She staged excerpts from her celebrated work, Pity Party, at USF which featured over 150 balloons on stage. 

Doug Varone
Le Sacre du printemps
Spring 2011

Since its founding in 1986, Doug Varone and Dancers has commanded attention for its expansive vision, versatility, and technical prowess. On the concert stage, in opera, theater and on the screen, Varone's kinetically thrilling dances make essential connections and mine the complexity of the human spirit.  Members of Doug Varone and Dancers were guest artists in residence in March of 2011, setting the brilliantly compelling piece Le Sacre du printemps on USF's student dancers.  USF Dance also produced an evening with Doug Varone and Dancers featuring Doug's 2011 masterwork, Chapters from a Broken Novel.

Jennifer Archibald

premiered at USF in November, 2011
From Within
premiered at USF in October 2007

Jennifer Archibald is the founder and artistic director of the Arch Dance Company.  She is riding the wave of a new generation of choreographers bridging the gap between hip-hop and concert dance.  She has quickly made a name for herself as one her generations’ most interesting choreographic voices having presented her work throughout the U.S. Canada, Russia and Europe.  She is also one of the most in-demand teachers of hip-hop and contemporary jazz working today, including a major new commission from Ailey II.  Jennifer is a long-time guest of the USF Dance Program, and her two original works, From Within and Reflex, marked big, creative departure points for this talented choreographer.

Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company
Serenade / The Proposition
Spring 2010

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is an American dance company based out of Harlem in New York City.  Founded in 1983 by Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane the company made its debut performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  The company has since drawn international acclaim, performing in more than 200 cities in 30 countries. Set on DanceUSF students, Serenade/The Proposition, directed by acclaimed director and choreographer Bill T. Jones, marked the first time that this work had been reconstructed for a university program.  Featuring video projections, an original score blending classical and folk music, and a diverse cast of actors and dancers, Serenade/The Proposition is a tour de force that refracts and reflects on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

Trisha Brown
Set and Reset / Reset
Spring 2007

Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for over 40 years. Founded in 1970 when Trisha Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, TBDC offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s SoHo. Today, the Company is regularly seen in the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, London, and many other theaters around the world.  In the Spring of 2007, the USF Dance Program was host to guest artists from TBDC who restaged Brown's signature masterpiece, Set and Reset, on the USF Dance majors.  USF also hosted an evening of the Trisha Brown Dance Co. in concert on campus.

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