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Beyond (2024) (work-in-process)

Director & Choreographer: Chuck Wilt

Contributing Director & Dramaturg: Eric Garcia

in collaboration with the performers

Dance Performers: Matt Barry, Kira Fargas, Hadassah Perry, Brooke Terry, Gabby Wei

Drag Performers: Cheetah Biscotti, Lisa Frankenstein,

Mudd the Two Spirit, Churro Nomi, Fuchsia

Full length: 75 minutes with intermission

Available in semi-round and full-round settings and can be adapted for proscenium

About:

Act one will be a 30-minute work referencing cinematic iconography and the grandiosity of 1930’s-50’s theatrical sets, and is an exaggerated ode to Queer love through the expansive and healing acts of time-travel, overt joy, and reclamation.

Act two will be a Queering of the musical composition Rite of Spring, by Igor Stravinsky. We are interested in breaking apart associations and themes with this famous composition, creating a work that is a celebration of prismatic Queerness through drag and dance.

Beyond will be a show that isn’t tied to gender binaries, and that is an empowering reclamation of joy, and strength for a cast of Queer, gender non-conforming and trans performers. We are interested in utilizing drag as a regenerative and transformative force, and interweaving the dance and drag performers to represent one multiplicitous community.

The development of Beyond
is made possible with support from:
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World Premiere:

December 5-8, 2024

Z Space, San Francisco

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GRASS IS GREEN
Grass is Green (2022)

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt

in collaboration with the performers

Performers: Kira Fargas, Tushrik Fredericks, Dominica Greene, Dasol Kim, Rebecca Margolick, Hadassah Perry, Chuck Wilt

Drag queen & live cellist/pianist: Rose Nylons

Costumes by Caitlin Taylor and Idel Dorleans and Rose Nylons

Rehearsal Directors: Jennifer Payan and Rebecca Margolick

Full length: 60 minutes

Available in proscenium, semi-round and full-round settings

About:

Grass is Green is an evening-length work for eight dancers and drag queen/live cellist/live pianist, Rose Nylons. Grass is Green considers cycles of destruction and rebirth both within humanity and the land we are a part of. The work embodies a cycle of rebirth, representations of Queer intimacy, and moments of communal joy, grief and connectivity. The work also embodies the connections between the shared reality of our Queer history - including the AIDS crisis of the 80s/90s- and the ongoing reality of wildfires throughout the world. These particular devastations are considered within Grass is Green in order to further understand what connects us to each other and the land we are a part of, as well as how to honor the continuous cycles of rebirth.

​Grass is Green was co-commissioned by The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for its world premiere. Grass is Green was created with support as an Artist in Residence at the 92nd St. Y's Harkness Dance Center, as an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn College through the CUNY Dance Initiative and as an Artist in Residence at Berkeley Ballet Theatre. The work received additional support from Marta Miller's Certain Bird Residency in Vermont, KT Nelson's RoundAntennae Residency in San Francisco, LITVAKdance in San Diego, and Evolution Dance Center in San Diego. The Canadian premiere was made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

Grass is Green was developed with the vital contributions of performers Tushrik Fredericks, Dominica Greene, Dasol Kim, Rebecca Margolick, Courtney Mazeika, Alisya Razman Adam, Kyle Filley, Maxi Canion, Jamal Abrams, Babatunji Johnson, Jennifer Payán and Haley Williams.

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"GRASS IS GREEN BURSTS WITH JOY..."
- SF CHRONICLE
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"(GRASS IS GREEN) IS A RICH WORK, ACCESSIBLE IN MOVEMENT STYLE, SOPHISTICATED IN DELIVERY WITH LOTS OF STAND OUT MOMENTS. IT'S UNPREDICTABLE, BUT ALL THE PIECES FIT AND ECHO THROUGHOUT..."
- JEN NORRIS, SF
Recent:

April 20-22, 2023

ODC Theater - San Francisco

April 25, 2023

Chutzpah! Festival -  Vancouver

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International in partnership with
the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
www.midatlanticarts.org

April 27-May 2, 2023

BC Movement Arts Society - Sointula, Port Hardy, and Campbell River, British Columbia

NYC Premiere:

September 22, 2022

The 92nd St. Y, Harkness Mainstage Series - NYC

World Premiere:

March 10 & 11, 2022

The Clarice-Smith Performing Arts Center - MD

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MIRRORS
M. (2022)
Full length: 18 minutes

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt

in collaboration with the performers

Performed by: Styles Alexander, Jobel Medina & Chuck Wilt

Costumes by: Kat Sauma

 
Seasonal (2022)
Full length: 12 minutes

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt

in collaboration with the performers

Performed by: Kira Fargas and Hadassah Perry

Costumes by: Kat Sauma

 

 

If I were, would you still
(work-in-process) (2021-2023)
Full length: 30 minutes

Choreographed/Directed by Chuck Wilt

in collaboration with the performers

Performed by: Styles Alexander, Kira Fargas, Dominica Greene, Dasol Kim, Rebecca Margolick, Jobel Medina, Hadassah Perry & Chuck Wilt

Costumes by Chuck Wilt in collaboration with the individual performers

About:

Mirrors is a collection of new works by UNA Productions. Mirrors asks questions to intentionally deepen themes of Queer intimacy, experiences within the gender spectrum, and what it means to uncover our authenticity and experience life outside societal norms.

Mirrors currently includes M., Seasonal and If I were, would you still, which can be performed in any combination or as a full collection. The evening will also include fourth work Fans, a duet for two drag queens.

The works in Mirrors were created as an Artist in Residence of  RoundAntennae 2021, Resident choreographer of Springboard Danse Montreal, with additional support from the Westlake School for Performing Arts, the California Arts Council and the Gibney Company ILLUME Award.

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World Premiere:

November 11-12, 2022

Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center Theater

With support from Gibney Company x Springboard Danse Montreal's Illume Award

Past ​Showings of Excerpts: 

October 9, 2022

AIR Showing, RoundAntennae at Zaccho Dance Theater, CA

June, 2022

Witness Showing:Springboard Danse , Montreal Canada

December 19, 2021

AIR Showing, RoundAntennae at Berkeley Ballet Theater, CA

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COLORING
COLORING (beginning/ending with Melanie Charles)

​Premiere: 

March 8-9, 2019 

ODC Theater, San Francisco

 

Past Performances: 

October 4-5, 2019

Dig Dance Series at 92nd St. Y, NYC

 

November 10-17, 2019

Chutzpah! Festival, BC Islands and Vancouver

"The mood (of COLORING) is one of

radical vulnerability,” “Eloquent sincerity”

-DANCE ENTHUSIAST

COLORING (2019)

​Length: 60 minutes

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt

in collaboration with the performers

Performed by: Maximillion Canion, Kyle Filley, Dasol Kim Rebecca Margolick, Jennifer Payán, Courtney Mazeika Alisya Razman Adam, and Chuck Wilt

Drag queen & live cellist: Rose Nylons

Live vocalist & flutist: Melanie Charles

About: COLORING is an evening-length work for seven dancers and one guest drag queen/live cellist. Inspired by themes of identity and unity, COLORING asks the question “What do we have in common?” and draws inspiration from personal narratives, interviews and bodies of artwork from LGBTQ people.

 

Motivated by a sense of urgency to find commonality at this time in history, the work includes research on the lives and work of queer people and is intended to bring awareness to commonalities of humans, regardless of identity or background. COLORING is structured as episodic dances, which become more colorful over time.

The premiere of COLORING was made possible in part by the Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater supported by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Created with support as a choreographic fellow for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab, made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation, created (in part) during the Tisch Summer Residency Festival at New York University, with support from KT Nelson's RoundAntennae Residencies and Marta Miller’s Certain Bird Residency. Wilt created COLORING, with additional support, while an Artist in Residence at the Launchpad through Dance Initiative (CO) and as an Artist in Residence at the 92nd St. Y’s Harkness Dance Center. Excerpts of COLORING have been performed for Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Spectrum Dance Festival (CO), Create : Art (NYC), and for 92nd St. Y's AIRS during APAP.

DESERTS
Deserts (2017) 

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt

Performed by 5 company dancers & 6 guest dancers*

Length: 75 minutes (with intermission)

4 Dances: Atacama, Bronco, Cadet, and Fatima

 

Atacama: 11 minutes

Originally performed by Daniel Alwell, Kyle Filley, Rebecca Margolick, Jennifer Payán, Maximilion Canion*, Mitchell Christie*, Sarah Esser*, William Noling*, Holly Sass*, and Sherah Shipman* 

 

Bronco: (two duets) 20 minutes

Originally performed by Kyle Filley & Chuck Wilt, Rebecca Margolick & Jennifer Payán

Cadet: 10 minutes

Originally performed by Chuck Wilt

 

Fatima: 30 minutes

Originally performed by Daniel Alwell, Kyle Filley, Rebecca Margolick, Jennifer Payán, and Chuck Wilt

Works can be performed individually or consecutively as an evening-length performance

World Premiere: July 14-15, 2017 Jack Crystal Theater, NYC

About:

Deserts is an evening of dances reflecting on human connection. The four works included in Deserts are chapters of a whole and were made within two years.

 

Atacama is an ensemble work: six guest performers alongside the company. The work was inspired by the Atacama desert, the driest in the world. 

 

Bronco consists of two duets. Each journeys through the development of connection between two people while questioning masculinity and femininity.

 

Cadet is a solo performed by Wilt that was inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe’s book ‘Polaroids’, and is an exercise for the self on acceptance. Cadet is considered an introduction to Fatima.

 

Fatima is a work for five dancers that is inspired by Paulo Coelho’s book 'The Alchemist.' The work invites the audience through scenes of play, peace, defeat and power.

"UNA’s Deserts is a unique mode of dance presentation...it reads as an EP, or a collection of essays – each segment at once complete and limitless in potential."

-EYE ON THE ARTS

A GIRL
A GIRL (Restaged in 2018)

Length: 20 minutes 

Choreographed by Roy Assaf

with Rehearsal Assistant Ariel Freedman

Solo performed by: Rebecca Margolick, Jennifer Payán and/or Chuck Wilt

Premiere: October 2018, Presented by Dance Initiative at the Launchpad

Soloists may perform consecutively for a 40-60 minute version

Available for proscenium

Can be adapted for gallery or museum settings

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SELECT COMMISSIONS // FILM

still be here (2023

Created with Post Ballet / Berkeley Ballet Theater / Kronos Quartet

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt,

in collaboration the performers

have we met (2022) 

Created with the Springboard Danse Montreal Participants

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt,

in collaboration with Rehearsal Assistants Dominica Greene, Dasol Kim & Courtney Mazeika

as well as the performers

Created as a Resident Company at Springboard Danse Montreal, 20th Anniversary

Undertow (2021) 

Created for the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt

in collaboration with the performers

Ebb (2020) 

Created (virtually) for NYU Tisch Second Avenue Dance Company

2021 Senior Class (NYC)

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt,

in collaboration with Artistic Associates Jennifer Payán & Kyle Filley

as well as the performers

Belong Not (Rightfully Ours) (2020) 

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt,

in collaboration with the performers

Rehearsal Assistant: Kyle Filley

Performed by Post Ballet/Berkeley Ballet Theater & the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Music composed by Aviya Kopelman

Premiere: YBCA as a part of the Rightfully Ours Concert, for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Commissioned by the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Israel Institute

Mural (2019) 

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt

in collaboration with the dancers

Performed by the Alvin Ailey Fordham BFA Seniors (Class of 2020)

Commissioned by The Alvin Ailey School

GRASS IS GREEN
Radiant (2019) 

Choreographed by Chuck Wilt

in collaboration with the dancers

Performed by LITVAKdance Company (CA)

Commissioned by LITVAKdance

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