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EDT 2020 Annual Report

DANCE LOVERS
Antoine Hunter and Kim Epifano
Photography: Robbie Sweeny
Epiphany
Dance
Theater
SF BAY AREA
2020
Annual
Report
SF BAY AREA | WINTER | VOLUME 2
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EQUITY STATEMENT
We weave cultural advisors and community ambassadors into our dance-making
process, celebrating the vibrant tapestry of our intergenerational, multi-lingual, and
varied socio-economic audience in the Bay Area. Our success is inextricably linked to
the communities we serve. We’re committed to offering artists opportunities to share
the unique breadth of their lived experiences; with equity as one of our core
organizational values. We strive to grow ever more competent in navigating and
honoring race, age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, identity and ability.
We acknowledge that there have existed institutional and structural hurdles
preventing equity and racial justice in this country, causing historically marginalized
communities to navigate systemic and systematic violence, prejudice, and intolerance.
We resolve to do our part in dismantling these systems of subjugation, working to
repair and renew our relationships through the performing arts.
We have developed numerous infrastructures to aid in community self-determination,
creating lasting traditions for celebration, inspiration, and empowerment, but
continue to be in frequent evaluation of our values, privileges, implicit biases and
practices in internal and external engagements. We aim to model the inclusive and
equitable practices we wish to see in the world. We uphold clear accountability metrics
in our journey of understanding in order to achieve these goals:
• A diverse internal board and staff that reflects the communities we serve
• Increased access to our performance and educational programming for those
facing systemic challenges, providing events free-of-charge and on-site
engagement for houseless and those without access to technology
• Transparency and cultural consultation in collaborative decision-making.
• Refine and re-evaluate internal and external policies, procedures, goals, and
conduct contributing to Company Culture
• Language justice in all promotion and programming
• Strategic partnerships and equitable relationships with community benefit
districts, minority-owned businesses, and non-profit organizations
Epiphany Dance Theater creates
thought-provoking, accessible
dance performances and
educational programs, building
understanding across cultures
and ages.
On the stage and in the street,
we illuminate the ordinary and
the extraordinary, inspiring
social change using art as a
vehicle.
OUR MISSION
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DANCE LOVERS
Antoine Hunter and Kim Epifano
Photography: Robbie Sweeny
CONTENTS
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02 - Epiphany Equity Statement
03 - Epiphany Mission Statement
04 - Contents
06 - 07 From Our Board
08 - Art In Action 2020
09 - Company Profile
10 - Board of Directors
11 - Performance Programming
12 - Dance Lovers
14 - Swaying In Stone
18 - San Francsico Trolley Dances
25 - Community Engagement
26 - Social Media
28 - Education and Outreach
32 - Kids On Track 2020
34 - Coming up in 2021
35 - Sponsors and Donors
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Hien Huynh & Gama Hsu
Photo by: TD McCoy Photography
In addition to an annual production I’m even more proud of the work the company has been
doing for students. With shelter in place there was a lack of outlets for children to play, exercise,
and release their energy. EDT focused on motion-based curriculum to address this need in a fun,
easy, and entertaining approach for the health and well-being of these children. I’m proud of
how the company responded to challenges that 2020 brought, embraced our new reality, and
delivered a new approach to accomplish our mission statement.
Arleen Vatuvei
Board Treasurer
As we come to the close of an atypical year, we reflect on the nature of site-specific dance. The
practice itself approaches obstacles as opportunities, challenging movers to navigate social, cultural,
and physical landscapes in thoughtful ways. Epiphany entered its 23rd season awakened to how
natural disaster, pandemic, civil unrest, and political disruption affects our global community. During
this historic time, we’ve found inspiration in the ways we’ve grown more united. We are grateful for
the support of our contributors, community partners, audience, schools, and artists who have given
us the gift of remaining deeply embedded in San Francisco and beyond. We look forward to nurturing
these connections as we enter the new year and dance our way toward our 25th year!
Jes DeVille
Managing Director
As President of the Board of Epiphany Dance Theater I am proud of the work of our creative team of
artists that were able to quickly pivot in the first quarter of the year to reframe the experience of
dance making and performance viewing. Our 23rd Season allowed us to continue to provide
community outreach and entertainment by making our work available online through social media
and virtual platforms. We thank our continued list of funders, especially those who have been with
us for many years, and those new to the Epiphany Dance Theater family. As our strong mission to
serve a diverse audience base while providing socially relevant and thought provoking material
continues, we hope to remain at the forefront of our funding partners missions. We also thank the
many individual donors that support the work that has touched their hearts, expanded their minds,
brought joy to their lives, and enhanced their experience of community. We remain financially viable
in these challenging times, and with this support, we intend to continue to provide creative work
that employs dance professionals, artists, and others as we build a social network of inclusiveness.
Our staff and board, our dancers, musicians, and performers, as well as our teachers, students, and
audiences, reflect the hope and vision we have for a world where all people are treated with dignity
and respect. Thank you for being a part of the Epiphany Dance Theater community.
James Hunter
President of the Board
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FROM OUR BOARD
Even in a year when everything seemed impossible, the team at Epiphany Dance Theater rose to
the occasion to promote, produce, and educate throughout the SF Bay Area. We have innovated
new ways of providing with our online KOT program and debut of the first ever online streamed
San Francisco Trolley Dances. With 2020's call for more virtual experiences, we've been in
collaboration and communication more than ever. For me, it has been rewarding to stay present
in performance, teaching, and creating opportunities for other artists. I recognize this time for
continued questioning and change within myself as a performer, choreographer, director,
curator, producer, educator and community arts organizer who has been a member of the Bay
Area’s dance community since 1981. As the world around me evolves Epiphany is envisioning and
striving towards more equitable work practices for the artists and the greater good of art all
making.
Kim Epifano
Artistic Execturive Director
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FROM OUR BOARD
Did you see it? I hope you did, it was a rare moment of soul nourishing inspiration in a year of
great intensity, instability and stress. Our family watched SF Trolley Dances together with our
“pod”, young and old and were thrilled with the level of dance, music, narration, backstory and
production that Epiphany achieved. It is why I donate my time as a board member to this small,
efficient and fiercely creative dance company. Epiphany connects people and communities in
such unique and lasting ways through local programs like SF Trolley Dances and internationally
with dance performance and stellar children's education. I encourage you to give them a
donation. If you want to know more head to their website to get inspired. Thank you.
Todd Laby
Board Member
Kim Epifano
Photo by: Jes DeVille
It is not news to any dancer or expressive artist that history lives within the body.
In 2020, communities across the globe have been forced to reckon with the pain,
rage, and upset that over 400 years of such history has conjured up. The stories
that live in our bodies are an essential part of our physical beings, and as such
inform the ways we show up in the world each and every day.
Epiphany Dance Theater, an organization that promotes social change through
artistic expression, stands in solidarity with the Black Community. We cannot stay
silent another day and allow Black lives to be treated any less than the rest of
society. The time has come to acknowledge all people of color and heal the race
divide in this country. Ask yourself what Jane Elliot asks:
"You know what’s happening, you know you don’t want it for you, I wanna know
why you’re so willing to accept it or allow it to happen for others?"
In this critical time of social distancing, we are committed to continuing our work,
meeting our mission in new ways. We’re hopeful that our new platforms will
continue to foster thought-provoking moments of togetherness. Dance
programming is accessible now more than ever - and we look forward to sharing
space with you from our gardens, yards, and homes - through your screens. We're
celebrating our community’s resilience, creativity, and compassion, and are
looking forward to reuniting in person soon.
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Photos by: Kim Epifano
ART IN ACTION 2020
COMPANY PROFILE
Epiphany Dance Theater extends a heartfelt thanks to the passion, dedication and hard work
of the individuals who make up our staff and board. We couldn’t do it without you.
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Kim Epifano - Executive Artistic Director/ Board member
Kim Epifano is a long-time award winning choreographer,
director, performer, vocalist, educator and collaborator.
Erasing the boundaries between dance, theater and music,
she is acclaimed for her interdisciplinary, site-specific works
that welcome new and diverse audiences to the world of
dance, creating bridges of cross-cultural understanding. Kim's
curation of SF Trolley Dances and nine year teaching artist
residency at Bessie Carmichael Elementary through
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts continues to thrive.
Jes DeVille - Managing Director
Jes DeVille is an Afro-Latinx choreographer and conceptual
artist from NYC. Using dance-theater as a means of community
building for sixteen years, their work explores the
relationships we have with ourselves, the environment, and
each other through modern day myth. Jes joined EDT in 2019
after working as a corporate team building facilitator with
urban adventure group The Go Game, a production lead for SF
City Hall's Centennial Gala, and MPI's World Education
Congress among others.
Kayla May Paz Suarez - Company Coordinator
Kayla May Paz Suarez is a Bay Area based 1st generation
Pilipinx American. An actor and youth educator, she is
passionate about igniting the imaginations of audiences
everywhere through theatre, dance, and song. Joining EDT in
2019, her previous arts-admin experience includes Red
Ladder Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, and New Conservatory
Theater.Kayla May currently spearheads Epiphany's Kids on
Track coordination, digital archiving, and social media
marketing.
Photo by: Kim Epifano
and TD McCoy Photography
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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James Hunter - Board President, CEO
James has served on Epiphany’s Board since the
organization was founded in 1997, and is currently the
President of the Board and CEO. James is a Design Principal
with The Wiseman Group in San Francisco. James received
a Masters of Science in Art Education (magna cum laude)
from the State University College of Buffalo, New York.
Arleen Santos - Board Treasurer
Arleen joined Epiphany’s Board in 2017. Arlene is a Wealth
Management Client Associate at US Bank and holds several
licenses and professional memberships. Arlene graduated
from San Francisco State University with a BS in Business
Administration, with a concentration in Finance.
Richard Kittle - Board Member
Richard is an aerial design artist and rigger, who has
worked in the Bay Area Dance world for 25 years, with many
outstanding choreographers including Kim Epifano, Amelia
Rudolph, Suzanne Gallow, Jo Krieter, Jody Lomask and
companies like Bandaloop and UpSwing. Richard has 45
years of experience in the building trades—from bridges to
boats, cars, homes and art pieces.
Todd Laby - Board Member
Todd joined Epiphany’s Board in 2016. He is a visual artist
and has a background in art direction, product, set,
furniture and digital design. He holds a BS in Business
Economics, BA in Advertising Design and a BFA in Furniture,
Sculpture and Product Design.
Epiphany Dance Theater’s repertoire blends
dance, music, theater and spoken word in a
multi-textured experience of community, culture
and place. Its body of work reflects the artistic
director’s exposure to different perspectives on
community art-making and diverse cultural
norms from her experiences around the world
from Latin America, South East Asia, Europe and
Africa. Kim Epifano’s work is known for its bold
and imaginative outdoor explorations that
resonate with all ages and backgrounds,
newcomers to dance-veterans. Epiphany is
equally celebrated for its development and
curation of new choreographers, dancers and
ongoing contribution to the vibrancy of the Bay
Area dance community.
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Hien Huynh & Gama Hsu
Photo by: Kim Epifano
An annual performance event held
in San Francisco around
Valentine’s Day. James Graham
Dance Theatre produces and
curates DANCE LOVERS. Graham
invites artists to present duets in
various styles/genres with diverse
pairings (friends, lovers, family
members). The event began in
2011 at what was then called
Kunst-Stoff Arts in San Francisco,
presented at Joe Goode Annex in
2020.
DANCE LOVERS
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DANCE LOVERS
Antoine Hunter and Kim Epifano
Photography: Robbie Sweeny
"We Hear It Here"
A duet by Kim Epifano and Deaf dance-artist Antoine Hunter featuring ASL storytelling-dance and
vocalization as part of James Graham DANCE LOVERS 9, a showcase inviting diverse pairings of
friends, lovers, and family members to present various dance styles/genres.
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SWAYING IN STONE
August 5, 2020
Telluride Transfer Warehouse
SWAYING IN STONE was an
intimate evening with Valerie
Madonia and Kim Epifano for the
reveal of a site-specific dance
theater piece created through a
month long artist residency at
Telluride Transfer Warehouse. The
project was made possible by
Telluride Arts Fund, a program of
Telluride Arts, Colorado.
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Swaying In Stone
Photos by Amy Levek
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STAFF & PRODUCTION TEAM
Artistic Executive Director & Curator Kim Epifano
Managing Director, Tech. & Production Manager Jes DeVille
Company Coordinator, Editor & Graphic Designer Kayla May Paz Suarez
Photographer, Videographer & Editor Andy Mogg
Production Associate Janesta Edmonds
SFMTA Campaign Design Kevin Clarke
Publicist John Hill
Interactive Map Design Zachary Sweet
SFTD Theme Song Essie Thomas (essiethomas.com)
in collaboration with Kim Epifano
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SFTD 2020 Promo shoot
Zaccho Dance Theatre t=
Photos by: Andy Mogg
THE MUNIVERSE:
SFTD FEATURES
We collaborated with local artist Zachary Sweet who illustrated a map of this year's
route along SF's Phantom Coast from Dogpatch to the Bayview. Other features
include a look back into SFTD of the years, historical clips from both neighborhoods,
and site specific infor pages!
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Interactive map found on Epiphanydance.org
Trolley Dances is a registered
Trademark of Jean Isaacs'
San Diego Dance Theater and is used
with permission.
San Francisco Trolley Dances is
brought to you with support of
long-time sponsor MUNI
SFMTA.
Melicio Estrella and Andrew Ward
Artistic Directors of Fog Beast
Photos by: Kim Epifano
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SFTD 2020 Promo shoot
Fog Beast
Photo by: Andy Mogg
EBONY THE NIGHT
Zaccho Dance Theatre
Photo by: Kim Epifano
BLOCKHEADS BIRTHDAY
13th Floor Dance Theater
Photo by: Jes DeVille
UNKNOWN TOGETHER
Epiphany Dance Theater
Photo by: Kim Epifano
RESICTENCIA
Arenas Dance Company
Photo by: Kim Epifano
SFTD 2020 Promo shoot
Kim Epifano
Photo by: Andy Mogg
SFTD 2020 Promo shoot
Post:Ballet
Photo by: Andy Mogg
"Fantastic job! Love the cinematography,
the costumes. location, dancers, music,
masks. One of our favorite Trolley
Dances. We are missing being there.
Thank you so much for this amazing
work. We are sending the link to all our
friends and all the way to France.
Thank you. Absolutely loved it.
Amazing work!"
UNWIND
Fog Beast
Photo by: Andy Mogg
SFTD IN THE PRESS!
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Thanks to our amazing
publicist John Hill,
SFTD 2020 was a huge
success reaching an
audience far and wide!
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2020 SFTD Production
meet via Zoom about
17th Annual San
Francisco Trolley
Dances
Arenas Dance Company
Photo by: Andy Mogg
Essie Thomas
Photo by: KMPS
Kim Epifano
Photo by: KMPS
Zaccho Dance Theatre
Photo by: KMPS
Susana Arenas Pedroso
Photo by: Kim Epifano
Kayla May Paz Suarez
Photo by: Jes DeVille
I grew up in the Bayview district of San
Francisco from 1948 until 1960. It looks very
different today. It was wonderful seeing such
creative dance in settings that were "familiar"
and "new" at the same time. I especially loved
the photo of the 1953 All Hallows First
Communion students, since I attended All
Hallows from grades K through 8.
This was just great! So creative, the dancers were
wonderful. I love that some of the companies have
dancers with (sort of) 'real people' bodies. I'm so
impressed by what you managed to put together
artistically and technically to pull this off. I enjoyed
the historic tour of Bayview and seeing the gorgeous
murals! Sad to say I lived in SF for 15 years and
never knew they were there. Worth a trip back to
visit them. THANK YOU for your efforts to bring us
Trolley Dances again this year, despite all the
challenges.
AUDIENCE REFLECTIONS
Trolley Dances is always a touchstone for
me this time of the year. Thank you for
continuing the tradition despite all the
craziness in 2020!
I hope everyone heard me clapping. As
usual, a great variety of dancing, music, and
places I have never been in the city (also
enjoyed seeing the old pictures of S.F.). We
are missing so many things this year, so it
is wonderful that we are able to enjoy the
Trolley Dances. Thank you all for the time
and energy used to make our lives more
beautiful.
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The interactivity was great! This
is the first I’ve seen of 360 dance
in this way. I loved the history
and wish there was more. Thank
you! So beautiful.
BRAVO!! What a delight to watch, Kim.
Fantastic job pivoting to meet the
needs of 2020. Thank you so much for
following through with this project
with us. I love all of the extra behind-
the-scenes and digital geographical
and historical information.
Everything just looks so great!
Photos by: Andy Mogg
WHO'S TUNING IN?
SFTD EXTENDS IT'S REACH!
This year's SFTD 2020
Content received over
5,300 views from around
the world!
This year's SFTD premiered on our
website and social media platforms. The
full length film and special features are
available year-round!
As of 12/19/20 our SFTD
2020 Channel received
4,638 views
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Our Youtube
Views reached
138 views
Social
Media
views
reached
518 views
BUILDING OUR
ONLINE AUDIENCE
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687 FOLLOWERS
1,064 LIKES
201 FOLLOWERS
Our audience continues to
grow! Visit the SFTD page for
more details about how we
produced our first ever virtual
San Francisco Trolley Dances!
At the beginning of the California Stay At
Home Order in March, Kim and Billy
brought some joy with the Monkey & Billy
series!
SOCIAL
DIST(DANCE)ING
"Feelings awaken every part of me."
"These moments shaped so much of my internal world and
sense of self as a creative."
We asked our audience to share a moment where
dance changed their life. The responses were used a
prompts and compiled into collage videos.
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Photo/video collages by:
Paz Productions
"I was transfixed by the beautiful blend of voice and human body."
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Epiphany Dance Theater serves a
wide range of students, engaging
youth of all socio-economic
backgrounds, as well as
collegiate and professional
dancers. We provide enrichment
and educational programs that
employ interdisciplinary
performance arts as tools for
learning, inquiry, skill building,
community engagement and
cultural collaborations.
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Photos by: Baharak Khaleghi
Kim teaches a Storytelling dance,
theater and visual arts residency
through YBCA at the Bessie
Carmichael Elementary School.
She celebrates collaboration with
the students and stories from
around the world! 2020 will be her
9th year!
Kim directed a new 3-week
program featuring drama,
movement, music improv,
and historic site-specific
exploration for students of
Thunder Theater in Telluride,
CO. The series culminated in
two performances of "Hold
on to your Masks: A Peak into
the Past" on August 1st.
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Photos by: Rohanna Mertens
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Photos by: Rohanna Mertens
This year's programming took place
online. A curriculum was developed
with this in mind. It was Epiphany's
mission to cultivate the same
energy from our in person
workshops and transfer that to a
virtual world. We were able to
present historical information, a
new curriculum, and dance theater
exercises and games for all ages.
We truly had a blast!
KIDS ON TRACK
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"Kim's fearless ness and ability
to push them out of their
comfort zone and into new
movement territory. The class
gave them tools to really stretch
their perceptions on where
dance movement comes from."
- Megan Nicely, USF
Photos of: Students of El Cerrito High School
Background photo: KOT workshop 2018
The 2020 virtual KOT Program was completed on
October 15th totaling 16 workshops!
The Epiphany Team served 407 students ages 6 - 24
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Managing Director Jes DeVille warms up the students
of Thomas Edison Charter School
LAUNCH online curriculum and children's summer workshops
DEVELOP Native Land, Native Hands with Antoine Hunter
SUSTAIN fundraising and performance efforts for our 25th year!
PREMIERE San Francisco Trolley Dances
CONTRIBUTE TO ANOTHER YEAR OF EPIPHANY EXCELLENCE
donate via PayPal at Epiphanydance.org/donate
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COMING UP IN 2021
Parangal Dance Company , Jes
DeVille, and Kayla May Paz Suarez
Photo by: TD McCoy Photography
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR
2020 SPONSORS
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2020 Annual Report
Designed by: Paz Productions
Edited by: Jes DeVille & Kim Epifano