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Photo Credit Robert Schultze

Incorporating movement and spoken word to explore the dynamics of power, this new evening-length piece utilizes chairs as an extended metaphor representing both the sources of power and the social obstacles to accessing power.




Dancers: Lauren Baines, Claire Calalo, Julia Canavese, and Jessica de Leon.

Something About Chairs

   ...a seat at the table

          ...a seat of one's own

Saturday, June 3, 2017

8pm Something About Chairs

7pm      Doors Open

7:30pm Pre-show: Special solo 

             performance by ContainHer


Theatre on San Pedro Square

29 N. San Pedro Street

San Jose, CA 95110

Tickets: $15-20 available here

Recommended to purchase tickets early

About the Performers

Claire Calalo is a Bay Area dancer, choreographer and teacher. The founder and Artistic Director of for change dance collective (, Claire graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in Dance and Biology, and holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California at Irvine. She has cultivated a choreographic method she refers to as “democratic dance-making,” which attempts to explore deeply collaborative practices within the context of professional concert dance. Claire is an Adjunct Lecturer in modern dance at Santa Clara University and the Cultural Arts Program Director at East Oakland Sports Center. Her professional performance credits include works by Angela Demmel, Sue Li Jue, Nina Haft, Nhan Ho, and Lauren Baines, and she has taught and performed in Nicaragua, Belize, and throughout California. Claire also proudly serves as the Project Director for Works in the Works, the longest running low-tech performance series in the Bay Area.

Photograph by Robert Schultze

Julia Canavese has been an active member of the Silicon Valley arts scene for over 20 years. Graduating from Santa Clara University with a BA in Theatre Arts with a Dance Emphasis, Julia studied primarily Horton technique, although she also has training in Graham, Cunningham, and Lewitzky, as well as jazz, tap, ballroom, and folk dance. In 2012 and 2016, Julia participated in a two-week dance intensive at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London where she studied a mix of contemporary technique, contact improvisation, choreography, and Flying Low technique. She is honored to dance with Lauren Baines Dance/Theatre, Kusanovich Dance, Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, and High Release Dance Company. In addition to dance performance, Julia is a passionate arts administrator. She works for SVCreates as Communications & Brand Manager, focusing on web content editing for Content Magazine. Volunteer activities include: Steering Committee Member of genARTS Silicon Valley; Department 2nd of Fanime Black & White Ball; and Board Member of PUSH Dance Company. Julia enjoys every opportunity she can to engage in meaningful expression through the arts and is committed to the growth of the arts sector as a whole.

Photograph by Robert Schultze

Jessica de Leon is a Bay Area dance artist that is passionate about making art with people who value the process as much as the product. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in Theatre, Dance Emphasis and a B.S. in Political Science and received her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University, School of Law. Jessica has had the honor of performing works by esteemed choreographers such as Angela Demmel, David Popalisky, Joe Goode, and Rebecca Gilbert and Lauren Baines. She currently dances with ahdanco (Abigail Hosein Dance Company), Lauren Baines Dance /Theatre and is the Executive Director of for change dance collective. Jessica thrives in an environment where collaborators can freely share ideas, inspirations, and opinions so that all participating feel invested and engaged. She feels privileged to dance for and collaborate with her good friend Lauren on this project. Jessica loves teaching dance, watching dance, talking about dance, and finding ways to incorporate dance and art into all aspects of her life and work.

Photograph by Robert Schultze

Directions & Parking

Directions -

29 N. San Pedro St., Suite 200, San Jose

From 101 and the North:
Take 87 south to the Julian St. exit. Turn left and go three blocks to N. San Pedro St. Turn right onto San Pedro for one and a half blocks. The parking garage is on the left and the theatre is on the right.


From 280 and the South:
Take 87 north to the W. Santa Clara St. exit. Turn right onto Santa Clara. In three blocks turn left onto N. San Pedro St. The parking garage is on the right and the theatre is on the left.

Parking -

There is street parking, but it might be hard to find on a Saturday night. Our recommendation is to park in the multi-story City parking garage located directly across the street from Peggy Sues / the theatre-- there are entrances to this lot on San Pedro St and Market St.  The theatre is able to provide parking validation if there is not a special parking rate that evening (luckily, it looks like there will not be a special pre-pay requirement on June 3 so you should be able to receive validation.)


From the Parking Garage to the Theatre:
Exit the garage and cross San Pedro St. If you are standing in front of Peggy Sue's (the restaurant) there is a sign to the right and a walkway leading to the theatre entrance. 

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