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Kim Epifano (San Francisco) collaborating with Creativity Explored (San Francisco)

Award: $35,000 Performing Arts Grant awarded 2005

Premiered: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis (2006); San Francisco Premiere, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2007)

Choreographer Kim Epifano collaborated with Michael Bernard Loggins and Creativity Explored to transform Loggins’ book Fears of Your Life into a multidisciplinary theater performance.  The finished performance featured dance and movement on a stage where performers interacted with movable painted sets, giant sculptural puppet-masks, and animated video projections.  Also collaborating were AXIS Dance Company, visual artist Michael Stasiuk, and animator Todd Herman.

Creativity Explored provides artists who have developmental disabilities with opportunities to create, market, and sell their art. Michael Bernard Loggins has participated in Creativity Explored’s workshops since its inception in 1983 and has exhibited work in the Bay Area, nationally, and internationally. In Fears of Your Life, Loggins wrote down nearly 200 of his fears in a numbered and self-illustrated list. He recorded more fears during the development of the dance performance.

Kim Epifano has a long history in the Bay Area as a teacher, performer, vocalist, choreographer, and collaborator.  She is a pioneer of sonic dance theater, a multidisciplinary method of performance storytelling integrating dance, sound, music, and theater.  This collaboration and the staged version of Fears of Your Life was Creativity Explored’s first foray into the performing arts.