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"In Kim Epifano's hands the abstract becomes personal and the intellectual, physical...The passion - which sometimes approaches ecstasy - sets her works soaring."
- SF Bay Guardian

Past Performances

Trolley Dances 2011
SF Trolley Dances
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8th Annual
San Francisco Trolley Dances

San Francisco, CA
October 15-16, 2011


This October 15 and 16, the 8th Annual San Francisco TROLLEY DANCES took audiences from the Civic Center's San Francisco Public Library to the storied West Portal Muni Station. Winner of SF Weekly's award for Best Transit Ballet, TROLLEY DANCES 2011 featured an extraordinary lineup of Bay Area dance luminaries performing outdoor, site-specific work.

Program from Trolley Dances 2011

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Home Season 2011



Home Season 2011
ODC Theater , San Francisco, CA
June 17-19, 2011



with Refugee Transitions
A profound experience - audience member

Photo credits: Top: Caitlin Hafer. Bottom: Elazar Harel

Trolley Dances 2010



7th Annual
San Francisco Trolley Dances

San Francisco, CA
October 15-17, 2010



WINNER OF A 2010 SF WEEKLY BEST OF AWARD FOR BEST PUBLIC TRANSIT BALLET

Audiences climbed aboard the N-Judah Muni Metro to discover San Francisco's diverse dance community and hidden architecture with San Francisco Trolley Dances 2010! This years sites and sounds was brought to you by:

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Tunisia, North Africa
March 2-9, 2010


Epiphany Productions participated in an international dance festival presented by Mad'Art Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia in early March. EPSDT performed "Kim Epifano's Epiphany Productions: An Evening of Sonic Dance Theater," a collection of the company's works. In addition to being the featured company performing on the final evening, Epiphany Productions taught workshops with disfranchised teens and adults inside and outside Tunis.

Performers Christine Bonansea and Antoine Hunter. Photographer for Alonesome/Twosome slide show:
Elazar Harel

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2010 performances

6th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances
San Francisco, CA
October 16-18, 2009


Audiences climbed aboard the J-Church Muni Metro to discover San Francisco's diverse dance community and hidden architecture with San Francisco Trolley Dances 2009! This years sites and sounds was brought to you by

  • Deborah Slater Dance Theater
  • Deep Waters Dance Theater
  • SF Merionettes Sychronized Swim Club
  • Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater
  • Kathleen Hermesdorf
  • Tina Banchero and Ramon Ramos Alayo
  • Rosamaria Garcia and Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos
The SF Chronicle noted, Trolley takes fans to alfresco performances and Trolley Dances - a very San Francisco experience.

Read the SFGate.com Review Here!

Photographers for Trolley Dances 2009 slide show:
Brenda Marie, Kegan Marling, Ralph Baumer

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Epiphany Productions

CHULA
San Diego Trolley Dances
A Parking Lot in Palomar Chula Vista
Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 3 & 4 2009


San Diego.com commented, Together they have chemistry and remarkable timing. Soaring lifts... and the sound score is a fiesta.

Photographers for Chula slide show: Brenda Marie, Kim Epifano

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Epiphany Productions

FLASH REAL
West Wave Dance Festival

Cowell Theatre, San Francisco CA
July, 2009
Performed and created by KIm Epifano, Musician Stephen Kent and Rigger Richard Kittle.

5th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances
San Francisco, CA
October 17-19, 2008


The 5th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances took a step into the present and traveled along 3rd Street on the T-Line for 3 exciting days of modern dance in the streets of San Francisco.

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LONG . ing
The Firkin Crane, Cork, Ireland
June 27 and 28, 2008


Commissioned by Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company
Choreography and Direction: Kim Epifano
Dancers: Rhona Coughlan, Tara Brandel
Music: Italian Tenores and Tarantellas
Lighting: Paul McCarthy

Epiphany Productions

Epiphany Productions

Speaking Chinese
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, San Francisco, CA
May 22, 23, 24 2008


Speaking Chinese, a new cross-cultural, multidisciplinary sonic dance theater based on the writings of Chinese American author Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang). A collaborative project of Director/Choreographer Kim Epifano with renowned Chinese composer Zhu Jian'er, Chinese ballerina Hou Honglan, American dancer/actor C. Derrick Jones, and producer Barry Plews of the Creative Futures cultural exchange program, among others. Speaking Chinese was presented at the San Francisco International Arts Festival in May 2008 and premiered in Shanghai at the Lyceum Theatre in June 2008.

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Epiphany Productions

The Red Thread
Chinese Culture Center on the China Town
Bridge over Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA
May 9, 2008


Site-Specific Laboratory & Advanced Contact Improvisation
Stephen Kent w/ Kim Epifano - Sonic Dance Theatre

Los Angeles, CA
January 15-21, 2008


A week of movement workshops, performances, and jams in sunny Los Angeles, California. The festival is an exploration and celebration of the variety of improvisational movement styles and alternative dance techniques; featuring Contact Improvisation, Site Specific Laboratory, Improv Partnering, Improvisational Performance Structure, Ensemble Movement, and integrating sound, voice, theatre, sets and structures into performance.

Epiphany Productions

4th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances
San Francisco, CA
October 19, 20, 21, 2007


The 4th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances - a freewheeling festival of site specific dances performed along San Francisco's F-Line and N-Judah trolley routes was another great success with sold out performances and wonderful weather! Don't miss next year!

Five original dance performances in unexpected places were performed by:
Jo Kreiter's Flyaway Productions
Paco Gomes and Dancers
Rosie and the Radiators
Run For Your Life!...it's a dance company!
Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater

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Fears of Your LIfe

Fears of Your Life
World Premiere!
Buena Center for the Arts Forum, San Francisco, CA
February 23, 24, and 25, 2007


Time bombs, monsters, speeding bus drivers, getting hugged by someone you don't like - these are some of the more than 150 fears that stalk the stage in choreographer Kim Epifano's extraordinary multimedia performance "Fears of Your Life." Based on a book of the same name written by Michael Bernard Loggins, an artist with developmental disabilities at San Francisco's Creativity Explored, Epifano's new work explores our relationship with the sometimes serious and often humorous things that scare each of us. AXIS Dance Company, a critically-acclaimed company that integrates dancers with and without disabilities, performs the work on a stage that is transformed by Loggins' distinctive drawings into a vibrant and interactive world of art and animation, puppetry and poetry.

3rd Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances
San Francisco, CA
October 20, 21, 22, 2006


The 3rd Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances - a freewheeling festival of site specific dances performed along San Francisco's N-Judah trolley route was another great success with sold out performances and wonderful weather! Don't miss next year!

Four original dance performances in unexpected places were performed by:
Kunst-Stoff
Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton
Facing East Dance and Music
Kim Epifano's Epiphany Productions

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Lotta's Opera
San Francisco, CA
Saturday and Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2006
An outdoor dance performance by Kim Epifano's Epiphany Productions to commemorate the centennial of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco

Read the SFGate.com Review Here!

Read the Epoch Times Review Here! (PDF)

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Lotta's Opera
Fears of Your Life, Study One



Fears of Your Life, Study One
Studio Theater, Modavi Center at UC Davis, CA
February 16-18, 24-26 2006
Book by Michael Bernard Loggins from Creativity Explored
With Axis Dance Company and Lloyd Ford

2nd Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances
San Francisco, CA
October 22 and 23, 2005


The 2nd Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances - a freewheeling festival of site specific dances performed along San Francisco's F-line trolley route was another great success with sold out performances and wonderful weather! Don't miss next year!

Four original dance performances in unexpected places were performed by:

Amelia Rudolph's Project Bandaloop
Krissy Keefer's Dance Brigade
Robert Moses' Robert Moses' Kin
Kim Epifano's Epiphany Productions

Aerial Dance Festival Now What Am I Going To Do With You?
San Francisco International Arts Festival
San Francisco International Arts Festival 2005

Project Artaud Theater
May 20, 21, and 22, 2005
  • Kim Epifano's Epiphany Productions
  • Erica Shuch's Performance Project
  • Krissy Keefer's Dance Brigade
Also at the Aerial Dance Festival
Presented by Frequent Flyers Productions
Dairy Center for the Arts Performance Space
August 5, 6, 7, 2005

Aerial Dance Festival
Fears Are Like This, Attempt #1
Main Stage Dance/Theatre Festival
Main Theatre
Kim Epifano sets new work at University of California, Davis
April 13-17, 2005
Info: www.theatredance.ucdavis.edu

NonniNonno
Sushi Peformance and Visual Arts
December 10-12, 2004
San Diego, CA

Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions (San Francisco, CA) and Magpie Music and Dance Company (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Kim Epifano and Jeff Morrison perform their new duet, NonniNonno

1st Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances
October 23 and 24, 2004
San Francisco, CA

Our first annual San Francisco Trolley Dances was a great time for all and a tremendous success! Trolley Dances consisted of two electrifying days of modern dance in the streets along Muni's historic F-line trolley route in downtown San Francisco.

Four original dance performances in unexpected places were performed by:

Kim Epifano's Epiphany Productions
Joanna Haigood's Zaccho Dance Theatre
Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theater
Jesselito Bie's Steamroller Dance Company

IMPULSE Summer Dance Festival
June 5-20, 2004

Kim set a piece on the Dance Company, aTreck Dance Collective at the IMPULSE Summer Dance Festival, St. Louis, Missouri. She also performed a work in progress with Jeff Morrison, called NonniNonno, June 11, 12 2004 and taught a workshop June 5-9 and a master class on Saturday, June 19.

Gather
April 17 and 18, 2004
Dance Mission Theater

An Evening of New Dance Works by Epiphany Productions' Kim Epifano in conjunction with the UC Santa Barbara Dance Company. Potrero Hill dance legend Kim Epifano returns to the stage with her latest works-in-progress. This time she uses her innovative blend of sonic dance theater to explore her own Italian American roots and one of humanity's most defining dramas - the odyssey of immigration.

Cawville
Atrek Dance Collective
Feb 4,5 and 10,11, 2005
Emerson Performance Center
St. Louis, Missouri

"Cawville" is a place of evolution and extinction, where culture begins, ends, and begins again. Set high in the hills of a village, it could be anywhere, anytime. This is a place where humans become birds and birds become humans. These creatures sing and dance into the sky and down to the earth. Folklore speaks of black birds as humans, and from here our story begins...

In this Sonic Dance Theater piece, performers will sing, dance, play music, and tell stories. With sophisticated choreography and high velocity partnering, the stage will take flight in "Cawville. "

SCUBA program at Velocity Theater Space
February 2004
Seattle, Washington

Special performance by Kim of "EINSTEIN'S CABARET AND OTHER EXCERPTS" as part of the Scuba Festival

San Diego Trolley Dances 2003
September and October
San Diego Dance Theater
Various Locations, San Diego, CA

Kim was commissioned to be the Artistic Director of "GROUP", a site-specific piece performed during San Diego Trolley Dances 2003.


Einstein's Daughter
2003
Cowell Theater, San Francisco
Sushi Performance Space, San Diego, CA

A multi-media performance piece (featuring a live sound score, dancing, special effects and aerial performances) that found its inspiration in the controversial life story of Mileva Maric Einstein, Albert Einstein's first wife, who was a gifted mathematician. Kim uses Mileva's story to literally jump off into a gravity-defying investigation of her own theories of space, time and matters of the heart. Einstein's Daughters is the electrodynamics of moving bodies at their best.


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Below Zero
2001
Theater Artaud, San Francisco

Based on Ernest Shackleton's courageous journey into the Antarctic, Below Zero combines powerful choreography and singing by an all-male cast with, actual text and tales from the Shackleton journal, brilliant set and lighting.


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Deseos Desnudos
"Naked Wish"
2000
Mexico
California

An intricate portrayal of exile, inspired by the music of Yuncheng Lhama, the struggles of the Tibetan people, and experiences of women in Latino cultures. Directed by Kim Epifano, performed by Mexican Modern Dance company, Paralelo 32.


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Lonely Cowboys
2000
Koln, Germany

Commissioned by German-based company, Resistdance, Lonely Cowboys explores the American mythology of the cowboy and themes of individual dreams, power and isolation.
The Great Divide
1999
Dancers' Group, San Francisco

The Great Divide investigates lines of difference, whether gender, sex, class or race specific. With a great sense of humor, the performers use partnering movement, personal stories and vocal expression to delve into this complex content.


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Calida Fornax
1998
Mexico
California

* winner of 2nd place, Mexico Bi-Nationals Competition
* 1997-98 Bay Area Isadora Duncan award (San Francisco, CA) –for text and soundscore

Discovering the meaning of crossing borders, Epifano teamed with Mexican dance company, Paralelo 32, to express their experiences as women, with placement, land, and roots.


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Sonic Luminescence
1997-99
Dancers' Group Studio Theater, San Francisco CA
SUSHI performance space, San Diego CA

*winner of SF Weekly Black Box Award- for Ensemble performance

Inspired by the story of Hildegard von Bingen, this piece explores the energetic relationship between sound and body, through moving, singing, and ritualizing by an all-female cast, while revealing the power and secrets of Hildegard's life.

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