Leandro Glory Damasco, Jr. is a dancer, choreographer, photographer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. He started his professional dance career with Nicholas Leichter in New York City. He trained with Bay Area companies such as Joe Goode Performance, Axis Dance, Project Bandaloop, and Pauvfe Dance. Leandro later joined the LA based company, DIAVOLO, in 2012 and became the company’s first resident choreographer with his choreography highlighted in the trilogy L’espace Du Temps, which first premiered at the Movimentos Festival in Wulfsburg Germany.
Leandro’s teaching residencies include CSU Sacramento, Marin Academy, Scottsdale Community College, Utah Valley University, CSU Los Angeles, CALArts, University of Central Oklahoma, and UC Irvine. After completing DIAVOLO’s latest repertoire L.O.S.T. and appearing in America’s Got Talent Leandro earned his MFA in Dance from the UC Irvine where he developed his movement philosophy and technique called Ebb and Floorwork, a movement methodology aimed to harmonize the body with the floor by entering a flow state through mental and physical challenges. Leandro currently teaches contemporary/modern dance at Santa Clara University and is a sought after Director of Photography in dance film, with recent works appearing internationally in the Nabla Festivals in Italy.
Amelia Nommensen is a choreographer, dance filmmaker, and performer based in San Francisco, CA. Her current work Upwelling is a multi year project weaving underwater recordings, poetry, and dance. She holds a bachelors degree in marine biology with a dance minor from UC Santa Cruz. Her work has been featured at the Jack Straw Cultural Center Seattle, Dance Mission and LEVYdance San Francisco, Wild Cat Studios Berkeley, and Vetiver Oakland. As a freelance artist, she has worked with Tandy Beal & Company, Cat Call Choir, Modern Collective Dance Company, and various independent artists. Additionally, with seven years of experience as a kayak guide she maintains a deep connection with oceanic systems creating art based on science. Her creative work aims to integrate movement into ocean conservation and vice versa sparking compassion and inspiring action.
Lauren Baines is a choreographer, performer, and curator. She received her MFA in Dance/Choreography from Mills College, and BA and BS degrees from Santa Clara University where she triple majored in Theatre Arts (Dance Emphasis), Art History, and Psychology. She is passionate about interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, and strives to bring dance into conversations around community engagement and creative placemaking. She was named an inaugural recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards and her work has been recognized by Content Magazine among other publications. She has shown her choreography throughout the Bay Area including Dance Mission Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center, Theatre on San Pedro Square, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and has presented at several national and international dance conferences. Currently, Baines is the Artistic Director of Lauren Baines Dance/Theatre, the Assistant Director of the de Saisset Museum, and in the process of launching Convergence Arts Center.
Claire Long is a current Dance Emphasis student at Santa Clara University and also is biology major.
Emma grew up in the Denver area receiving her 10+ years of dance training from Littleton Ballet Academy. During her time at Littleton Ballet Academy, she had the opportunity of performing the roles of Clara in The Nutcracker, the Mad Hatter in Alice and Wonderland, and Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. She has studied ballet extensively and trained in modern, jazz, and tap. Emma has received additional training from Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Ballet Austin. She has studied under Marcia Dale Weary, Darla Hoover, Devon Carney, and Stephan Mills. She now continues her dance education and professional development at Santa Clara University as a full-time student studying Neuroscience and Theater Arts with Emphasis on Dance.
Anne Yumi Kobori
Anne Yumi Kobori is a Japanese-American theatre artist with a passion for immersive storytelling and reimagined mythology. Select performance credits: title role in Hamlet (SVS), Celia in As You Like It the musical (SF Shakes), Masha in Three Sisters immersive (Utopia Theatre Project), and Peggy Maruyama in Allegiance (CCCT). Anne has written multiple short plays for production: The Art of Suffrage (Best of PlayGround 25), Coward’s Flame and Give Me the Sky (MondayNightPlayGround), Simulation (Pear Theatre), and The Disappearance of Betty La Rose (Neighborhood Stories). Her full-length plays Seeds and Every Day Alice have premiered with Utopia Theatre Project. Currently, Anne is a co-writer for Braided, in development with Theatre of Yugen. She recently joined the Board of Directors for Marin Shakespeare Company, and is now a fulltime member of the Pear Playwrights’ Guild. BA Theatre Arts, summa cum laude, Santa Clara University.
San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir
The San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir was founded in 1997 and since its origin, the choir has been highly acclaimed for its sensitive and exciting performances of extremely varied and demanding literature. Initially founded by Dr. Harry Carter, then Director of Choral Activities at California State University Hayward, he led the choir until his retirement in 2003. Since then Dr. David Stein, Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthony Pasqua have served as Music Directors of SFBACC.
The choir continues to specialize in a cappella works of masters of the past and significant modern composers. The group has also performed large-scale works with orchestra and a variety of other works including American folk songs and spirituals. The choir’s repertoire has ranged from Renaissance and Baroque choral works to the lush Romanticism of Brahms and Bruckner, to the 20th century works of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Penderecki, and to works of local composers such as Kirk Mechem, Donald Aird, David Conte, and Frank La Rocca. In addition to regular performances in the San Francisco Bay Area, the choir has made 12 European concert tours with performances in 18 countries including participation in 6 EUROPA CANTAT festivals and the 1992 Zimriya International Choral Festival in Jerusalem.
A very special thanks to the following dancers who contributed to the creation of The Water Project in earlier rehearsal periods in 2019
Abby Nairn, Kevin Gayton, Wednesday Manners, Alessandra Yrure, Kim Tran and Frankie Rivera