Creative Team

  Janet Koike   Janet is the Founder of Rhythmix and Artistic Director of Maze Daiko. Island City Waterways is Janet’s vision to create art for and about the community of Alameda, utilizing a cast of incredible Bay Area artists who all share their “art” as gift to the audience. Presenting ICW 2018 in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District at Crab Cove is an opportunity for audiences and artists to spend time in a beautiful park to experience both the joy and concerns for our waterways.

Janet Koike

Janet is the Founder of Rhythmix and Artistic Director of Maze Daiko. Island City Waterways is Janet’s vision to create art for and about the community of Alameda, utilizing a cast of incredible Bay Area artists who all share their “art” as gift to the audience. Presenting ICW 2018 in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District at Crab Cove is an opportunity for audiences and artists to spend time in a beautiful park to experience both the joy and concerns for our waterways.

Janet Koike

Creative/ Music Director

  Jeff Raz   Jeff Raz has starred in many plays and circuses, from  Comedy of Errors  on Broadway to  Corteo with  Cirque du Soleil. He is a graduate of Dell’Arte International, has written 17 plays, and directed dozens of circus and theater productions. His first book, "The Secret Life of Clowns: A backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil and The Clown Conservatory" ( secretlifeofclowns.com ) was launched nationally at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on July 4, 2017.   http://www.jeffraz.com

Jeff Raz

Jeff Raz has starred in many plays and circuses, from Comedy of Errors on Broadway to Corteo with Cirque du Soleil. He is a graduate of Dell’Arte International, has written 17 plays, and directed dozens of circus and theater productions. His first book, "The Secret Life of Clowns: A backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil and The Clown Conservatory" (secretlifeofclowns.com) was launched nationally at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on July 4, 2017.

http://www.jeffraz.com

Jeff Raz

Director

  Kim Epifano   Kim Epifano is a choreographer, director, performer, vocalist and the Artistic-Executive Director of Epiphany Dance Theater (founded 1997), with whom she has presented work locally/internationally, including a recent YBCA commission and was co-envisioner/creator with ODC Theater on Mission Street Dances Festival, Brava! Theater on Baile en la Calle/The Mural Dances, and Rhythmix Cultural Works on the first Island City Waterways. Receiving multiple IZZIE awards/nominations, Gerbode’s Choreographer Commissioning Award, a CHIME mentorship, among others, Epifano curates/produces SF Trolley Dances, celebrating 15 years October 20–21.  epiphanydance.org    

Kim Epifano

Kim Epifano is a choreographer, director, performer, vocalist and the Artistic-Executive Director of Epiphany Dance Theater (founded 1997), with whom she has presented work locally/internationally, including a recent YBCA commission and was co-envisioner/creator with ODC Theater on Mission Street Dances Festival, Brava! Theater on Baile en la Calle/The Mural Dances, and Rhythmix Cultural Works on the first Island City Waterways. Receiving multiple IZZIE awards/nominations, Gerbode’s Choreographer Commissioning Award, a CHIME mentorship, among others, Epifano curates/produces SF Trolley Dances, celebrating 15 years October 20–21. epiphanydance.org

 

Kim Epifano

Site Specific Choreographer

  Ed Holmes   Ed has been a performer and teacher of physical comedy in the bay area for 45 years. He has worked with the SF opera, Oakland Symphony, Antenna Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe as well as performing his solo show “Subhuman-Tales Beneath the Sea.” He is the instigator of the annual Saint Stupid’s Day Parade on April first. Ed has worked with local historians to craft the story for Island City Waterways 2018.

Ed Holmes

Ed has been a performer and teacher of physical comedy in the bay area for 45 years. He has worked with the SF opera, Oakland Symphony, Antenna Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe as well as performing his solo show “Subhuman-Tales Beneath the Sea.” He is the instigator of the annual Saint Stupid’s Day Parade on April first. Ed has worked with local historians to craft the story for Island City Waterways 2018.

Ed Holmes

Writer/Actor

  Bob Ernst   I was born on a pig farm; then the following happened—I went on staff at The University of Iowa as a co-founder of The Iowa Theatre Lab/American Growtowski,--next I became co-founder of The Blake St. Hawkeyes in Berkeley, CA., then I directed TOKENS,   a 65 person musical at Theatre Artaud, then comes Endgame & The Late Henry Moss at The Magic Theatre, Time Of Your Life at Seattle Rep. & ACT, Road at The Eureka, Glenn Garry, Glenn Ross at Arizona Theatre Co., then a solo marathon in 1987 for 24 hours and 12 minutes, The Band Smooth Toad, Red State & The Soledad Prison Project at The S.F. Mime Troupe, People’s Temple at Berkeley Rep, Towards/Away at The S.F. International Arts Festival, The Blue Couch at YBCA—Original Works include 12 solo pieces, 3 pocket operas, 2 plays, a theatrical musical episodic(The Buck & Bill Show) in development—and, of course, many awards too numerous to mention.   

Bob Ernst

I was born on a pig farm; then the following happened—I went on staff at The University of Iowa as a co-founder of The Iowa Theatre Lab/American Growtowski,--next I became co-founder of The Blake St. Hawkeyes in Berkeley, CA., then I directed TOKENS, a 65 person musical at Theatre Artaud, then comes Endgame & The Late Henry Moss at The Magic Theatre, Time Of Your Life at Seattle Rep. & ACT, Road at The Eureka, Glenn Garry, Glenn Ross at Arizona Theatre Co., then a solo marathon in 1987 for 24 hours and 12 minutes, The Band Smooth Toad, Red State & The Soledad Prison Project at The S.F. Mime Troupe, People’s Temple at Berkeley Rep, Towards/Away at The S.F. International Arts Festival, The Blue Couch at YBCA—Original Works include 12 solo pieces, 3 pocket operas, 2 plays, a theatrical musical episodic(The Buck & Bill Show) in development—and, of course, many awards too numerous to mention.

 

Bob Ernst

Actor

  Maze Daiko   In Japanese, the word mazeru means “to mix,” daiko the word for drum.  Maze Daiko  is a world music ensemble that creates original music with a unique cultural style. Seiichi Tanka, the father of North American taiko, has described Maze as pioneers of the art form. Ensemble members  Janet Koike ,  Kathryn Cabunoc ,  Tina Blaine ,  Carolyn West ,  Elaine Fong  and  Jeannie Mckenzie , combine their musical voices to create the site-specific music for Island City Waterways 2018.

Maze Daiko

In Japanese, the word mazeru means “to mix,” daiko the word for drum. Maze Daiko is a world music ensemble that creates original music with a unique cultural style. Seiichi Tanka, the father of North American taiko, has described Maze as pioneers of the art form. Ensemble members Janet Koike, Kathryn Cabunoc, Tina Blaine, Carolyn West, Elaine Fong and Jeannie Mckenzie, combine their musical voices to create the site-specific music for Island City Waterways 2018.

Maze Daiko

Music Ensemble

  Gamelan Sekar Jaya   Gamelan Sekar Jaya is a sixty-five member company of musicians and dancers based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in the performing arts of Bali. Formed in 1979, the company has performed in hundreds of venues around the world ranging from village squares in Bali to the famed Hollywood Bowl. GSJ is renowned for its exploration of traditional and contemporary forms through long-term residencies with Bali's finest artists, and is the first foreign group to receive the Dharma Kusuma, Bali's highest award for artistic achievement. GSJ also hosts an extensive educational program, offering valuable opportunities for the Bay Area community to engage in the study of Balinese arts.   http://www.gsj.org

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya is a sixty-five member company of musicians and dancers based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in the performing arts of Bali. Formed in 1979, the company has performed in hundreds of venues around the world ranging from village squares in Bali to the famed Hollywood Bowl. GSJ is renowned for its exploration of traditional and contemporary forms through long-term residencies with Bali's finest artists, and is the first foreign group to receive the Dharma Kusuma, Bali's highest award for artistic achievement. GSJ also hosts an extensive educational program, offering valuable opportunities for the Bay Area community to engage in the study of Balinese arts.

http://www.gsj.org

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Music and Dance Ensemble

  First Voice    Brenda Wong Aoki , writer/performer, creates work for symphony, dance, theater, multi-media and art installation. Her work has been awarded Hollywood Drama-logue Awards, Critic Circle Awards and is included in the Library of Congress. Aoki is America’s first Asian storyteller.   Mark Izu  composes for film, live music concerts and theater. Izu won an Emmy® Award for his score in  Bolinao 52 . His film scores include Steven Okazaki’s Academy® award-winning Days of Waiting; Emmy-winning documentary,    Return to the Valley.  He received a Hollywood Drama-logue Award for  The Queen’s Garden .

First Voice

Brenda Wong Aoki, writer/performer, creates work for symphony, dance, theater, multi-media and art installation. Her work has been awarded Hollywood Drama-logue Awards, Critic Circle Awards and is included in the Library of Congress. Aoki is America’s first Asian storyteller.

Mark Izu composes for film, live music concerts and theater. Izu won an Emmy® Award for his score in Bolinao 52. His film scores include Steven Okazaki’s Academy® award-winning Days of Waiting; Emmy-winning documentary, Return to the Valley. He received a Hollywood Drama-logue Award for The Queen’s Garden.

First Voice

Special Guest Artists

  Maria Chenut   A visual artist by training, she loves the work process: the collective brainstorming and research, the gathering and use of unusual materials in surprising ways, and the 3D thinking, all leading to a very hands-on approach to costuming. She collaborates in diverse mediums with visual and performing artists worldwide. At The Sewing Room here in Alameda she helps others get creative, as well as teaching and engaging in creative play with the Upcycle Alameda collective.   http://mariachenut.wordpress.com     

Maria Chenut

A visual artist by training, she loves the work process: the collective brainstorming and research, the gathering and use of unusual materials in surprising ways, and the 3D thinking, all leading to a very hands-on approach to costuming. She collaborates in diverse mediums with visual and performing artists worldwide. At The Sewing Room here in Alameda she helps others get creative, as well as teaching and engaging in creative play with the Upcycle Alameda collective.

http://mariachenut.wordpress.com 

 

Maria Chenut

Costume Designer

  Ginny  Parsons   Ginny Parsons is an Alameda environmental artist who paints with leftovers, everything from laundry detergent to peanut butter. Recent projects have included trash balls salvaged from the bay and paintings using cyanotypes of local seaweed. Parsons is a self-taught artist who has been painting for 40 years and runs an Art Camp for kids out of her studio. She shows at Rhythmix K Gallery and Gray Loft.

Ginny  Parsons

Ginny Parsons is an Alameda environmental artist who paints with leftovers, everything from laundry detergent to peanut butter. Recent projects have included trash balls salvaged from the bay and paintings using cyanotypes of local seaweed. Parsons is a self-taught artist who has been painting for 40 years and runs an Art Camp for kids out of her studio. She shows at Rhythmix K Gallery and Gray Loft.

Ginny Parsons

Visual Artist

 
 

Dancers

  Nuria Bowart   Nuria Bowart is a movement artist. A teacher of improvisation both partner and solo. She is a Contramestra of Capoeira and a teacher of dynamic movement through the lens of the Axis Syllabus. Nuria teaches regularly in Berkeley on Mondays and Wednesdays. She also sees private clients for Rolfing and movement assistance.  For more info visit,  nuriabowart.com

Nuria Bowart

Nuria Bowart is a movement artist. A teacher of improvisation both partner and solo. She is a Contramestra of Capoeira and a teacher of dynamic movement through the lens of the Axis Syllabus. Nuria teaches regularly in Berkeley on Mondays and Wednesdays. She also sees private clients for Rolfing and movement assistance.

For more info visit, nuriabowart.com

Nuria Bowart

  Colin Epstein   Colin Epstein is a dancer and acrobat who calls Oakland home, and teaches parkour and acrobatics at Athletic Playground and Kinetic Arts Center. The rest of his time is divided between dancing on the ground & in the air for Bay Area companies including 13th Floor, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Tara Pilbrow Dance, and Deborah Slater Dance Theater; directing Twisted Oak Dance Theater; and producing a yearly event (Constants & Variables) showcasing the amazing talent in the Bay Area dance and circus communities.

Colin Epstein

Colin Epstein is a dancer and acrobat who calls Oakland home, and teaches parkour and acrobatics at Athletic Playground and Kinetic Arts Center. The rest of his time is divided between dancing on the ground & in the air for Bay Area companies including 13th Floor, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Tara Pilbrow Dance, and Deborah Slater Dance Theater; directing Twisted Oak Dance Theater; and producing a yearly event (Constants & Variables) showcasing the amazing talent in the Bay Area dance and circus communities.

Colin Epstein

  Lynda Gutierrez   Lynda Zepeta Gutierrez received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance at UC Santa Barbara. She has trained and performed with Bay Area choreographers in modern dance, as well as Colombian Folklore. With seven years of working in fitness and health, Lynda created and runs LG FIT - Dance | Fitness | Joy - dance fitness / body conditioning classes, and online fitness coaching where fitness goes from being a simple workout to becoming a journey of SELF LOVE, SELF EMPOWERMENT, with the SUPPORT of each other, and CELEBRATION of each others' achievements. The amazing journey of being a performer, instructor, wife, and mother has been possible to the teachings and practice of love, empathy, respect.    

Lynda Gutierrez

Lynda Zepeta Gutierrez received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance at UC Santa Barbara. She has trained and performed with Bay Area choreographers in modern dance, as well as Colombian Folklore. With seven years of working in fitness and health, Lynda created and runs LG FIT - Dance | Fitness | Joy - dance fitness / body conditioning classes, and online fitness coaching where fitness goes from being a simple workout to becoming a journey of SELF LOVE, SELF EMPOWERMENT, with the SUPPORT of each other, and CELEBRATION of each others' achievements. The amazing journey of being a performer, instructor, wife, and mother has been possible to the teachings and practice of love, empathy, respect. 

 

Lynda Gutierrez

  Zahna Simon   A San Francisco native and Deaf from birth, Ms Zahna is a professional dancer, chemist, avid health nutritionist, researcher, ASL performance consultant, Deaf advocate and Deaf interpreter. She is a former chemist by day at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and dancer by night at various Dance companies in San Diego including being featured in KPBS TV and Radio special "Deaf Dancer Performs in Trolley Dances. Ms Zahna is now the Assistant Director for both Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival under Antoine Hunter,  Founder and Director and a full time office manager at a small Fiduciary Office in San Francisco.   www.realurbanjazzdance.com

Zahna Simon

A San Francisco native and Deaf from birth, Ms Zahna is a professional dancer, chemist, avid health nutritionist, researcher, ASL performance consultant, Deaf advocate and Deaf interpreter. She is a former chemist by day at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and dancer by night at various Dance companies in San Diego including being featured in KPBS TV and Radio special "Deaf Dancer Performs in Trolley Dances. Ms Zahna is now the Assistant Director for both Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival under Antoine Hunter,  Founder and Director and a full time office manager at a small Fiduciary Office in San Francisco.

www.realurbanjazzdance.com

Zahna Simon

  Priscilla Park   Priscilla Park is a dancer, who holds a MFA in Dance from University of California Irvine, and has performed both nationally and internationally.  She has worked with Kim Epifano for several years, and previously have worked with Daiane Lopes/Kinetech, Sue Li-Jue/FEDM, Labayan Dance/SF, Keith Hennessey/Guerrilla performances, Krissy Keifer/Dance Brigade, Popcorn Anti-Theatre, Stephanie Nelson/NYC, Nancy Meehan/NYC, Amanda Selwyn Dance/NYC, Desert Dance Theatre/AZ,  Rita Vilhena /Rotterdam, Lara Kugelmann/Berlin,  Christoph Winkler /Berlin, and Ambra Pittoni/Berlin.    

Priscilla Park

Priscilla Park is a dancer, who holds a MFA in Dance from University of California Irvine, and has performed both nationally and internationally.  She has worked with Kim Epifano for several years, and previously have worked with Daiane Lopes/Kinetech, Sue Li-Jue/FEDM, Labayan Dance/SF, Keith Hennessey/Guerrilla performances, Krissy Keifer/Dance Brigade, Popcorn Anti-Theatre, Stephanie Nelson/NYC, Nancy Meehan/NYC, Amanda Selwyn Dance/NYC, Desert Dance Theatre/AZ, Rita Vilhena/Rotterdam, Lara Kugelmann/Berlin, Christoph Winkler/Berlin, and Ambra Pittoni/Berlin. 

 

Priscilla Park

  Antoine Hunter   A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning Internationally known African-American Deaf choreographer, dancer, instructor, speaker and Deaf advocate who has taught/performed throughout the world including Harvard University, Europe, Africa and South America. Crowned King of SF Carnaval 2017 and keynote speaker for Kennedy Center’s VSA 2017 Intersection conference on Arts and  Special Education, Hunter has been featured on the front cover of  Deaf Life , in  Dance Spirit  ,   Dance Magazine  and in Oakland North, 48Hills, CNN's Great Big Story and KQED Arts. He is former president of Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Urban Jazz Dance Company and produces the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival since 2013.    www.realurbanjazzdance.com

Antoine Hunter

A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning Internationally known African-American Deaf choreographer, dancer, instructor, speaker and Deaf advocate who has taught/performed throughout the world including Harvard University, Europe, Africa and South America. Crowned King of SF Carnaval 2017 and keynote speaker for Kennedy Center’s VSA 2017 Intersection conference on Arts and  Special Education, Hunter has been featured on the front cover of Deaf Life, in Dance Spirit, Dance Magazine and in Oakland North, 48Hills, CNN's Great Big Story and KQED Arts. He is former president of Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Urban Jazz Dance Company and produces the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival since 2013. 

www.realurbanjazzdance.com

Antoine Hunter

  Hien Huynh   Hien Huynh was born in Da Nang, Vietnam. He navigates as a movement explorer with influences from breakdance, popping, parkour, Laban, contemporary, and somatics. From UC Davis he has double B.A. degrees in Dance and Communication. Hien has performed professionally with Kim Epifano, Robert Moses’ Kin, Raissa Simpson, Lenora Lee, Kinetech Arts and theMoveMessenger(s). Through kinetic frequency, Hien is in search of the human to human, heart to heart connection.

Hien Huynh

Hien Huynh was born in Da Nang, Vietnam. He navigates as a movement explorer with influences from breakdance, popping, parkour, Laban, contemporary, and somatics. From UC Davis he has double B.A. degrees in Dance and Communication. Hien has performed professionally with Kim Epifano, Robert Moses’ Kin, Raissa Simpson, Lenora Lee, Kinetech Arts and theMoveMessenger(s). Through kinetic frequency, Hien is in search of the human to human, heart to heart connection.

Hien Huynh

  Marria Grace   Marria Grace started her journey into movement with an interest in hula hooping in 2005 and she moved to Oakland, California in July of 2010 and re-established herself with her partner, Zach and their project, Ninja Hoops. They are a martial-arts, acrobatic, juggling, hula hoop duo. Ninja Hoops have performed and taught in 12 countries over the last 6 years. When local, Marria teaches Acrobatics, Parkour and Movement Games classes at the Athletic Playground. 

Marria Grace

Marria Grace started her journey into movement with an interest in hula hooping in 2005 and she moved to Oakland, California in July of 2010 and re-established herself with her partner, Zach and their project, Ninja Hoops. They are a martial-arts, acrobatic, juggling, hula hoop duo. Ninja Hoops have performed and taught in 12 countries over the last 6 years. When local, Marria teaches Acrobatics, Parkour and Movement Games classes at the Athletic Playground. 

Marria Grace

  Zach Fish   Zach Fish comes from a versatile movement background that includes martial arts, acrobatics, parkour, and street dance. He dances with movement theater company 13th Floor, and teaches classes at Athletic Playground in acrobatics and parkour. Since 2013 he has taught over 1,000 classes, and performed in more than a dozen countries. He is best known for his work as ½ of Ninja Hoops, an acrobatic comedy martial arts hula hoop duo. He is excited to explore a new collaboration with ICW.

Zach Fish

Zach Fish comes from a versatile movement background that includes martial arts, acrobatics, parkour, and street dance. He dances with movement theater company 13th Floor, and teaches classes at Athletic Playground in acrobatics and parkour. Since 2013 he has taught over 1,000 classes, and performed in more than a dozen countries. He is best known for his work as ½ of Ninja Hoops, an acrobatic comedy martial arts hula hoop duo. He is excited to explore a new collaboration with ICW.

Zach Fish

  Jenny McAllister   Jenny McAllister is a movement artist, actor, and writer. She is the Artistic Director of 13th Floor, and also performs with Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Twisted Oak, and Lizz Roman and Dancers. In the past she’s had the pleasure of performing with local luminaries Keith Hennessey, detour dance, emspace dance, and Chris Black among others. She’s thrilled to be working with Epiphany Productions for the first time.   13thfloortheater.org

Jenny McAllister

Jenny McAllister is a movement artist, actor, and writer. She is the Artistic Director of 13th Floor, and also performs with Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Twisted Oak, and Lizz Roman and Dancers. In the past she’s had the pleasure of performing with local luminaries Keith Hennessey, detour dance, emspace dance, and Chris Black among others. She’s thrilled to be working with Epiphany Productions for the first time.

13thfloortheater.org

Jenny McAllister

  Brianna Anthony   Brianna holds a degree in dance from CSU, Long Beach. She is a long-time member of SF-based requitedance and this is her second time working with Kim Epifano and Rhythmix Cultural Works. She currently teaches dance in both San Francisco and Pacifica, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in English Literature at San Francisco State University.

Brianna Anthony

Brianna holds a degree in dance from CSU, Long Beach. She is a long-time member of SF-based requitedance and this is her second time working with Kim Epifano and Rhythmix Cultural Works. She currently teaches dance in both San Francisco and Pacifica, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in English Literature at San Francisco State University.

Brianna Anthony

 
 

Guest Taiko Musicians

 
  PJ Hirabayashi   PJ Hirabayashi is the Artistic Director Emeritus/founding member of San Jose Taiko. She has made taiko her principal musical instrument to explore and unfold artistic possibilities. “TaikoPeace” is her current initiative to amplify positive social change and personal transformation, spark new connections, and heal the human spirit through the dynamic energy of taiko. She received the 2011 National Heritage Fellowship for Traditional and Folk Arts from NEA.   http://pjhirabayashi.com

PJ Hirabayashi

PJ Hirabayashi is the Artistic Director Emeritus/founding member of San Jose Taiko. She has made taiko her principal musical instrument to explore and unfold artistic possibilities. “TaikoPeace” is her current initiative to amplify positive social change and personal transformation, spark new connections, and heal the human spirit through the dynamic energy of taiko. She received the 2011 National Heritage Fellowship for Traditional and Folk Arts from NEA.

http://pjhirabayashi.com

PJ Hirabayashi

  Meri  Mitsuyoshi   Meri Mitsuyoshi began studying taiko over 30 years ago while still a Silicon Valley engineer. As a member of San Jose Taiko, she toured in Japan and performed at The Geary Theater, Carnegie Hall and Candlestick Park. She also drummed in productions by TheatreWorks and Theatre of Yugen. Meri is grateful for the ongoing presence of taiko’s connective role in her life, most recently in her training as a psychotherapist and, with ICW 2018, integrating her journeys to Ubud and Sado Island.

Meri  Mitsuyoshi

Meri Mitsuyoshi began studying taiko over 30 years ago while still a Silicon Valley engineer. As a member of San Jose Taiko, she toured in Japan and performed at The Geary Theater, Carnegie Hall and Candlestick Park. She also drummed in productions by TheatreWorks and Theatre of Yugen. Meri is grateful for the ongoing presence of taiko’s connective role in her life, most recently in her training as a psychotherapist and, with ICW 2018, integrating her journeys to Ubud and Sado Island.

Meri Mitsuyoshi

 
 

Prescott Circus

  Prescott Circus

Prescott Circus