Lauren Baines Dance/Theatre utilizes movement as a point of departure to examine universal and personal truths, questions, and stories. We are storytellers, but we avoid direct narrative in favor of abstraction and nuance. Authenticity is key to our practice as we strive to create works that resonate with us as individuals. Dances originate from research and discussion, developing in an environment that values movement invention and individual expression in a technically challenging landscape that navigates between precision and rawness. Invested in collaborative and interdisciplinary processes, we create works of modern dance that incorporate diverse artistic disciplines and emerge through rich investigations between artists. Issues of communication, loss, memory, perception, and identity guide our body of work as we explore, reflect, and question multiple aspects of the human experience in pieces ranging from pure dance to dance theatre and site dance.

STORYTELLERS

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As the World Escapes Us, still from footage by Bette Linderman

artistic director

The catalyst who leads

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Our multi-talented performers

Collaborators

Our partners who add  creative spark and genius

PROCEss

 Our mission, guiding values, and ideas

 

Photograph by Robert Schultze

Artistic Director

Lauren Baines

Artistic Director Lauren Baines has immersed herself in creating and producing theatre and dance throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond since 2009. Her work has been seen in theatres, museums, and alternative sites including Dance Mission Theatre, the ZERO1 Garage, Montalvo Arts Center, the de Saisset Museum, the subZERO Festival, sjDANCEco's ChoreoProjects, and several festivals in New York.

 

In 2013, Baines was named an inaugural recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards by the San Jose Rotary Club. Since then she has enjoyed residences at the Milkbar Projects Room in Oakland, Gullkistan in Iceland, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and upcoming at Montalvo Arts Center. She has also received funding from the Center of Cultural Innovation and other grants.

 

In addition to her own choreographic work, Baines dances with several Bay Area dance companies and has worked with several theatre companies, including being a founding member and later Managing Director for Cardboard Box Theatre Project and a founding member of, and continuing dancer with, for change dance collective.

 

She occasionally teaches at local schools and studios, most recently serving as an Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University. Her dance scholarship has been presented at the Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance joint conference (organizations have now merged to form DSA, Dance Studies Assocation) and as part of the LASER talks series organized by Piero Scaruffi.

 

Baines holds a MFA in Dance (Choreography & Performance) from Mills College and earned BA and BS degrees from Santa Clara University where she triple majored in Theatre Arts with a Dance Emphasis, Art History, and Psychology.  

 

You can learn more about Lauren and her work as an artist, scholar, arts catalyst, and curator at www.laurenbaines.com

 

Claire Calalo is a Bay Area dancer, choreographer and teacher. The founder and Artistic Director of for change dance collective (forchangedance.org), 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.

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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.

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Claire Calalo is a Bay Area dancer, choreographer and teacher. The founder and Artistic Director of for change dance collective (forchangedance.org), 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.

 

Collaborators

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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

for Something About Chairs

Photograph by Robert Schultze

for Something About Chairs

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

for Something About Chairs

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.

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LBD/T

Learn more about our amazing performers and their many talents, interests, and contributions to the LBD/T and beyond

our collaborators

Our collaborators come from all disciplines and bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and energies to our process.

 

We look forward to sharing more information on these amazing individuals but until then, just trust us, we have the best collaborators!

PROCESS

Mission: To create authentic works of performance that resonate with diverse audiences on a visceral level.

Guiding Values

Guiding Values: Collaboration, authenticity, curiosity

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