cast & crew
SARAHJEEN FRANÇOIS: SISTER, BRAID MY HAIR
Written by Sarahjeen François
With Movement Direction by Adzua Ayana Asha Amoa
Performed by Eboni Alexander, Dionne Robinson, Adzua Ayana Asha Amoa, Sarahjeen François, and E. E. Williams
Music by Justin Bardales
Lighting Design by Chu-Hsuan Chang
Special thanks to Sam Paul Salman, Amrita Ramanan, Bill Ballou, Milton Turner, Jayshun Mathews
SARA LYONS: THIS EMANCIPATION THING
Produced by Sara Lyons Projects
Conceived and Directed by Sara Lyons
Co-Created by the Ensemble
Text Adapted by Sara Lyons from archival documents by Vivian Gornick for The New York Times Magazine, Shulamith Firestone, New York Radical Feminists, New York Radical Women, Redstockings, and the performers
Performed by Alanna Blair, Ginna Diaz, Patty Gone, Jennifer Jonassen, Chenoa Rae
Media and Sound Design by Joseph Amodei
Scenic Design by Emily MacDonald
Lighting Design by Chu-Hsuan Chang
Assistant Direction by Claire Edmonds
Supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Sara Lyons Projects is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas
Special thanks to Wesleigh Gates and Jamison Edgar, Chatham University Immersive Media Program, Thymele Arts, Cheri Gaulke, Gina Young, Nicole Kelly, Heather Hewko, Lex Ryan, Edgar Miramontes, Jonathan Snipes, Yuval Zehavi, Kfir Lapid-Mashall, Daniel J. Hirsch, Kap Taylor, and Cindy Lopez
THE ROCK COLLECTION: FAULT | LINES
Choreography and performance by Members of The Rock Collection: Arletta Anderson, Jamar Morris, Finn Murphy, Nguyễn Nguyên, Sarri Sanchez, Erik Speth
Text by Jamar Morris
Music and Sound Design by Eric Mason, George Malek
Lighting Design by Erik Speth
The Rock Collection would like to thank Renaissance Arts Academy, Joseph Kraft and Talia Moreta for their creative contribution to this work
about the artists
Sarahjeen François is an LA based Haitian-American performer and playwright from Miami, Fl. Her creative work is an exploration of the Afro-mythic and participates in the rich practice of creating new myths derived from traditional and contemporary Afro-Caribbean folklore; through this folkloric lens, her stories highlight the complexities of Black femme personification. An MFA Acting graduate from the CalArts School of Theater, her artistic endeavors have led her to work with The Playwrights’ Center, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Castello San Basilio, Emory University, Netflix, QCODE Media, Atlanta Fringe Festival, Hollywood Fringe Festival, SheLA Arts, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, CalArts Center for New Performance, Teatro Línea de Sombra, Horizon Theatre Company, Peach State Opera, and others.
Sara Lyons is an LA-based director creating critically embodied new feminist theatre works. Previous work with REDCAT includes This Emancipation Thing (2022 Studio Residency), and BigBlackOctoberSurprise (2020) and BBC (Big Black Cockroach) (2019) with Paul Outlaw. Their work has also been presented by The Kitchen, The Wattis Institute, Los Angeles Performance Practice, OUTsider, SFX Festival at The Wild Project, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, LaMaMa, Edinburgh Fringe, and more. Sara has received residencies from REDCAT, Ucross Foundation, Thymele Arts, PAM Residencies, and Los Angeles Performance Practice/ Automata. They hold an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University and are an alum of the Hemispheric Institute’s EMERGENYC program for artists working at intersections of performance and politics at NYU. They have taught at UCLA and Sarah Lawrence College, and their writing is published by ContemporaryPerformance.com and Riting.org. Thank you to activists past, present, and future. | sara-lyons.com
The Rock Collection
Arletta Anderson is a Los Angeles-based movement artist and performance maker. As a performer she has worked closely with various artists including Gerald Casel, Catherine Galasso, Lauren Simpson & Jenny Stulberg, Aura Fishbeck, and Detour Dance. She has guest taught at University of San Francisco, City College of San Francisco, Scripps College, Bowling Green University, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and Renaissance Arts Academy. Under the moniker Andersmith, Arletta makes work in collaboration with theater artist/writer Adam Smith. Their work lives at the intersection of movement, theater, and live sound and has been presented nationally.
A native son of the San Francisco-Bay Area, Jamar Morris is an educator by trade, a spoken word poet by craft, and a Hip Hop head at heart. Jamar co-founded Vocal ARTillery in 2013, a spoken word showcase collective, to create spaces in the San Fernando Valley centered around a shared culture for artists to present work and fellowship. In collaboration with colleges, universities, and nonprofits across California, he has performed original compositions and presented “spacing-making” and writing workshops. Alongside Percussionist Kevin Yokota, he is one half of the jazz duo, Little Seeds. Jamar’s work is often concerned with story that reconnects ancestral wisdom lost to the peoples throughout the African diaspora and other peoples of similar experiences. To that wisdom, rhythm is always essential in his work. Jamar is currently a faculty member at Renaissance Arts Academy.
Finn Murphy is an LA-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. He began his dance training at Renaissance Arts Academy and went on to receive a B.A. in Dance and Literature from Bennington College, Vermont. Soon after graduation, he relocated to Barcelona to start the Three Planes Collective alongside Kaya Lovestrand and Emma Villavecchia. Together they staged works by Elena Demyanenko and Isabel Lopez both in Spain and the US, in addition to their own choreography. While in Los Angeles, Finn has had the honor of working on projects with No)One Art House, Lindsey Red-tail, Jay Carlon, as wel as The Rock Collection. He now teaches full-time at Renaissance Arts Academy in the humanities and dance departments.
Nguyễn Nguyên is a dance maker based in Los Angeles. He was born in Vietnam and came to the United States as a refugee. Nguyên makes works that are layered autobiographical narrative to express the complexity of identity by looking at public versus private memory, collective versus personal, and the universal versus the particular. His explorations are not meant to merely reveal binaries, but rather to express simultaneity, an integration of all the parts to make the whole. He has worked with The Rock Collection since 2011. Nguyên will be sharing his new endeavor, to get there from here, with Maria Gillespie and Kevin Williamson at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, August 24-October 9, 2022. The premiere performance as a part of the gallery installation will be September 17, 2022.
Sarri Sanchez is a Los Angeles-based dancer, choreographer and educator, and a founding member of The Rock Collection. Sarri has performed with artists including Liz Hoefner Adamis, Robin Conrad, Mike Kelley, Dance Aegis, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Invertigo Dance Theatre and as a founding member of Holly Johnston’s Ledges and Bones. She is also a co-founder of the movement collectives, Tales Between Our Legs and IN/EX Dance Project. Sarri holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival and a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from UCLA. Sarri’s teaching practice is rooted at Renaissance Arts Academy, where she has helped cultivate the dance program since 2006.
Erik Speth is an LA-based choreographer, performer, multimedia artist and educator. He holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, emphasizing Dance & Technology and Dance pedagogy; in addition, he holds a BFA in Choreography & Performance from California Institute of the Arts. He is a founding member of Ledges and Bones Dance Project under the artistic direction of Holly Johnston. Erik was selected to partake in the Music and Dance Exchange (MADE) 2006 at Darting Arts College in England. He has worked with Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Los Angeles Movement Arts Oni Dance and project-to-project with other US artists: Maria Gelespie, Maggie Lee, Liz Hoefner, Kate Hutter-Mason, Lisa K Lock, Nguyen Nguyen, Kevin Williamson, Abby Zbikowski, IN/EX Dance Project, Oni Dance and Tales Between Our Legs. In addition, Erik is the co-founder of the dance department at Renaissance Arts Academy, as well as The Rock Collection.