Epiphany Dance Theater was founded in 1997 by choreographer Kim Epifano to aid her work in sonic dance theater, a genre-bending blend of dance, theater and vocalization in which dancers, musicians, aerialists and actors work together to weave a story on stage.
“In Kim Epifano’s hands the abstract becomes personal and the intellectual, physical… The passion – which sometimes approaches ecstasy – sets her works soaring.”
Epiphany Dance Theater’s programs include year-round performances and collaborations; San Francisco Trolley Dances (SFTD), a free annual festival presented since 2004 along the City’s Muni lines, which features new site-specific works by Bay Area choreographers; and educational outreach activities in the Bay Area and around the world. The company’s artistic focus is on large-scale multi-disciplinary collaborations, and since its inception, Epiphany Dance Theater has produced well over 20 major large-scale works of this nature.
The company’s work has been seen all over the world, including a U.S. State Department-supported tour to Tunisia, North Africa in March 2010 to be the featured performers at an international dance festival hosted by Mad’Art Carthage. Epiphany Dance work has been recognized by several Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (IZZIES) and nominations, received the SF Weekly’s Black Box Award for Best Dance Ensemble, and placed first in Mexico’s Bi-National Competition. Epiphany Dance Theater has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Rainin Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Creative Work Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, California Arts Council, and others.
Cross-cultural collaboration has been an important factor in many of the 20 major works that Epiphany Dance Theater has created over the years. Examples include Speaking Chinese, which brought together a team of internationally-renowned Chinese and American artists, developed in Shanghai, Beijing, and San Francisco, and premiered in the San Francisco International Arts Festival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; and Fears of Your Life, a two-year collaboration with the developmentally disabled community and Creativity Explored, author Michael Bernard Loggins, and the physically integrated AXIS Dance Company, which was supported by the Irvine Foundation and Dance/USA’s Dance: Creation to Performance program and a prestigious Creative Work Fund grant.