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

 

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.