Co-Artistic Directors

 

Janice Garrett is an internationally active choreographer and dance educator who began her career as a dancer with Dan Wagoner and Dancers. Honored in 2004 as one of Dance Magazine’s top “25 to Watch,” she has received commissions from companies throughout the US and Europe. Her choreographic grants include awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, James Irvine Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts. Honors include a 2010 Isadora Duncan Dance Award (“Izzie”) for “Best Company Performance” for her collaboration with Charles Moulton on “The Illustrated Book of Invisible Stories,” three 2011 Izzies for “The Experience of Flight in Dreams,” and recognition by the San Francisco Chronicle for “StringWreck” (2008) and “The Luminous Edge” (2014) as one of the “Top 10 Dance Performances of the Year.”

 

Guggenheim Award winner Charles Moulton began his career dancing with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1973-1976. He has created works for the Joffrey Ballet, Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project and many other dance companies in the US and abroad. He is the winner of a 1989 Dorothy Chandler Arts Achievement Award and has received support for his work from the NEA, NYSCA, The Jerome Foundation, and Meet the Composer/Choreographer. Moulton has directed theater and opera and has created works for film and television including choreography for 1,000 dancers in the Matrix Reloaded. He is a founding co-director of Performance Space 122 in downtown Manhattan and is widely regarded for his signature work Precision Ball Passing in which large groups work together to solve a living puzzle. He has most recently completed a new version of this work, 72-Person Ball Passing, for the Fall for Dance North festival in Toronto. Moulton has been active as a visual artist for 12 years. His work has been featured at the Pro-Arts Gallery, Oakopolis, and Terminus Gallery in downtown Oakland.

 

Company Dancers

 

Carolina Czechowska was born in Stockholm and received her education at the Royal Swedish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Boston Ballet and at Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. In San Francisco, she has danced with RAWdance, Capacitor, James Graham Dance Theatre and internationally, she has been part of installations by Tino Seghal as well as working with Johannes Wieland at the 2015 One Small Step festival. In 2017 Carolina was awarded an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (“Izzie”) for outstanding individual performance. She has been a member of Garrett + Moulton Productions since 2011.

 

Gretchen LaWall is a professional dancer and an advanced Pilates teacher based in San Francisco. In addition to dancing with Garrett + Moulton Productions, recent appearances in the Bay Area include The Move Messenger(s), West Edge Opera, Urban Jazz Dance Company and SARAH BERGES Dance. Gretchen earned a BFA from the University of Arizona School of Dance on scholarship in 2012. While dancing with UofA, Gretchen toured throughout China with Art.if.Act Dance Project, performed at The Joyce Theatre in NYC and danced within Martha Graham Dance Company’s, “Dance is a Weapon.” Prior to moving to San Francisco, Gretchen danced with River North Dance Chicago for three years touring Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and throughout the US. Gretchen is thrilled to be in her second full season with Garrett + Moulton Productions. New movement challenges, opportunities to perform, and passionate expression energize her. She is eager to share these experiences with the public.

 

Nol Simonse grew up in Washington, D.C., and trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He moved to San Francisco in 1997 and is a founding member of Kunst-Stoff, Janice Garrett & Dancers, Garrett + Moulton Productions, and Sean Dorsey Dance. He produced his own work at Dance Mission Theater for eight home seasons from 2007-16 in the “Shared Space” series and has had residencies at Dance Mission and Studio 210. He has set work on the LINES Ballet summer program, ODC’s Dance Jam, Dance Brigade’s Grrrl Brigade, students at USF, and the Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble. Nol teaches at Alonzo King LINES Ballet Dance Center and Shawl-Anderson. In 2009 he received a “Goldie” (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery) in dance, and in 2011 an Isadora Duncan Bay Area Dance Award (“Izzie”) for individual performance. He was the first to win Luna Dance Institute’s Choreofund prize and is a 2017  CHIME awardee with mentor Margaret Jenkins.

 

Haiou Wang was born in Jilin, China, and studied dance in Beijing at Minzu University from age 11. He received his undergraduate degree in Dance from Minzu (2008) and his Masters in Korean Traditional Dance from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul (2012). Haiou was a member of the Korea National Dance Company and choreographed with Kim Mae-ja’s ChangMu Company in Seoul. His solo work includes creating and performing in his dance film Beauty, which was screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai. He created and performed his Tai Chi dance A Song from Yue in Seouland Singapore and his Islamic culture dance work In Memory of Grandfather in Seoul. He won first prize for his contemporary Chinese dance solo Dragon Soul at the 8th Seoul International Dance Competition. Haiou has a deep interest in Buddhist and Taoist Tai Chi culture, as well as Chinese, Korean and other east Asian traditional folk cultures and dance. Through his work and teaching, he seeks to meld traditional dance and arts with contemporary expression.

 

A native Bay Area dancer, Miche Wong is performing in her second season with Garrett + Moulton Productions. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from UC Santa Barbara, she began performing in San Francisco as a dancer and multi-mover with companies such as Capacitor, Flyaway Productions and ZiRu Dance. In 2013, Miche began working with The Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GMDC), Mainland China’s premiere modern dance company founded by Willy Tsao in 1992. She performed GMDC’s globally acclaimed repertory throughout Europe, Australia, the Middle East and China. Her own choreographic works have been presented for Chinese and Bay Area audiences through international dance festivals and local San Francisco venues. Miche teaches for the LINES Ballet training program and other studios throughout California.