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shine brightSYNOPSIS: The age-old story: boy (musical-prodigy Orpheus) meets girl (oak-nymph Eurydice). They fall in love, they marry, she is bit by a snake and dies. Devastated, Orpheus manipulates his way to the Underworld where Hades allows him bring her back to life as long as he does not look back. But as in all classic tragedies, Orpheus inevitably looks back and Eurydice is returned to Hades for eternity. Hades is triumphant. Orpheus is anguished. But what of Eurydice?

LYCEUM THEATRE: 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

June 23: 10:30 – 11:30 pm
June 25: 11:30  am – 12:30 pm
June 28: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
June 30: 9:00 – 10:00 pm
July 3: 6:00 – 7:00 pm



CHOREOGRAPHY: Elyssa Dru Rosenberg, parts adapted from Isadora Duncan’s Cherubim, Bacchanal, Blessed Spirits, and Furies
COSTUMES: Kathryn McGaughey
DANCERS: Traci McKnight, Emily Miller, Elyssa Dru Rosenberg, Kevin Truitt
MUSIC EDITING: Elyssa Dru Rosenberg
MUSIC: Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Eurydice, Ballet Act III, no. 31; Gluck: Ballet Suite I: Air gai from “Iphigenie en Aulide;” Sicilienne from “Armide” (performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra); Yann Tiersen: Comptine d’un autre ete (performed by Jeroen van Veen); Tiersen: La Piece Vide (performed by Jeroen van Veen); Gluck: Orfeo ed Eurydice, Act III, no. 29, Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Flute Solo (performed by Helene Grimaud); Gluck: Orfeo ed Eurydice, Act III, no. 29, Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Main Theme; Spoken words: sections of poems by Margaret Atwood and Elyssa Dru Rosenberg


COSTUMES: Shauna Tyser
DANCERS: Cecily Holcombe, Traci McKnight, Elease Sgarbossa
MUSIC: Zoe Keating, Fern; Spoken words: Bond and Free by Robert Frost


COSTUMES: Emily Miller
DANCERS: Cathlin Houle, Emily Miller, Danielle Muckle, Brianna Pilkinton, Elyssa Dru Rosenberg, Laura Williams
MUSIC: Philip Glass, Lauryn Hill, Lavinia Meijer, Radiohead

PROGRAM NOTE: This is not about women. This is not about hair. This is not about ritual. This is not about abundance. This is not about our skin. This is not about sorrow. This is not about your breath. This is not about water. This is not about artists. This is not about Philip Glass. This is not about silence. This is not about neck pain. This is not a challenge. This is not about our bodies. This is not about bodies. This is bodies. This is. This.


ElyssaDruRosenberg copyElyssa Dru Rosenberg, MA, BA, founder and director of isadoraNOW, is a choreographer, dancer, and educator who has taught master classes and workshops at schools and universities throughout t he United States including New York University, Tufts University, SUNY Purchase, and the University of California, S an Diego. Elyssa holds a Masters in Dance and Dance Education from New York University and a Bachelors in Political Science from Tufts University. She has presented at conferences for the National Dance Education Organization and the Society of Dance History Scholars. Elyssa’s choreography and Isadora Duncan reconstructions have been presented at numerous venues in New York and California.

emily_faceEmily Miller received her BFA in Dancemaking from Columbia College Chicago in 2008. In addition to dancing for numerous Chicago companies and national choreographers, she has produced several evening length works, collaborative projects, designed sound professionally, and has been a collaborator and member of Kate Corby and Dancers ( She is the Artistic Director of the GET DOWN/PICK UP Company ( formed in 2008 which has performed in festivals, venues, and split bills in Chicago, New York, and San Diego. Emily was the Marketing and Development Associate for David Dorfman Dance ( from 2010-2013. Emily currently dances for isadoraNOW with Elyssa Dru Rosenberg.


Traci McKnight is a dance artist informed by 18+ years of dance training. She has studied intensively in ballet, modern, and contemporary styles of dance, and has furthered her understanding of the body through yoga, andsomatic and authentic movement practices. Her teachings are drawn from a wide array of sources and styles, but always cover these necessary elements: technique (using the body safely and effectively), mental attitude (the psychological and physiological relationship), exploration (finding a unique artistic view), and enjoyment (finding joy in movement). Traci’s most recent choreography has been chosen to present at the American College Dance Association’s 2014 and 2015 conferences. Her prior work has received the “Outstanding Student Choreographer” Award at MiraCosta College, and various awards at competition.

Kevin TrKevinTruittuitt is originally from Maryland where he began dancing in middle school with training in modern, jazz and ballet. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in Media & Communication Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2013. Kevin has danced professionally with Jane Franklin Dance, Full Circle Dance Company, Baltimore Dance Project and The Collective. Since moving to San Diego, Kevin has been dancing with isadoraNOW and  The PGK Dance Project.

6127FramedShauna Tyser graduated Magna Cum Laude, with her BFA in dance performance and choreography from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and was the 2007 recipient of the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities for excellence in dance.  She also holds a certificate from the Teaching Artist Institute of San Diego, and a grant writing certificate from San Diego State University.  Currently, she is performing and choreographing with isadoraNOW.  In the past she has performed with Philadanco II (Philadelphia), Contempra Dance Theater (Philadelphia), Opera Company of Philadelphia, Colette Harding Contemporary Dance Company (San Diego), Mojalet Dance Collective (San Diego), and in “Trolley Dances” with Jean Isaac’s San Diego Dance Theater. Shauna has taught both on the East and West Coast in both private studios and school programs, as well as, internationally in Mumbai, India.  She will be continuing her education in the fall of 2016 at University of San Diego, working towards her MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.


cecilyCecily Holcombe discovered dance while attending UCSD, taking her first dance class with Jean Isaacs. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco, where she performed with Liss Fain Dance and Kersti Grunditz. Since returning to San Diego, she has danced for Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, Allyson Greene, Terry Wilson, Monica Bill Barnes, Dorn Dance Company, Anne Gehman, and Lavina Rich. She has performed in Trolley Dances, YouTurn Contemporary Arts Exhibition, Young Choreographers Showcase, and Voices of San Diego Dance Theater. She is currently a company member of Blythe Barton Dance and San Diego Dance Theater.

CaPicture1 (2)thlin Houle grew up in the world of ballet, training with Erin Duclos at To The Pointe Ballet, and performing lead roles in many classical works. At the age of 16 she had the fortune to travel to Scotland with the Burklyn Ballet to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She attended UCLA where she was exposed to many contemporary works from international dance companies and continued her classical training at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. She has developed a great interest in contemporary dance and is excited to perform in this style for the first time with Emily Miller.

photoDanielle Muckle, originally from San Diego, first discovered and fell in love with dance at the local YMCA. Later Danielle lived, trained and danced professionally in New York City for eight years. While on scholarship at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, Danielle trained under Peter Schabel (ballet), Slam (jazz) and  Nina Buisson (modern), among others. Professional credits and venues include the West Village Bank Street Theatre, The Bollywood Music Awards at the Taj Mahal Atlantic City under the direction of Nina Buisson Contemporary Movement, and the Off Broadway venue at Studio 54 and the Kirk Theater on 42nd St. Zvi Gotheiner, David Parsons and Stephen Petronio all out of City Center, provided her professional training and influence. Danielle currently dances at Performing Arts Workshop with Emily Miller, Elyssa Dru Rosenberg and Beth Guerrette.


Brianna (sounds like banana) Pilkinton can be described by the following titles: Wife, Mom, Senior Environmental Scientist, Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Self-Made Thousandaire, and Epic Multitasker. She earned a BS in General Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology from San Diego State University in 2003. In addition to working full-time in the field of environmental consulting, she continues to explore her passion for dance and has performed professionally with GetDown/PickUp company, Tamara Saari Dance, Malashock Dance, Bottled Light Dance Theater, Ion Theatre Co. (Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret, and A Midsummer Night’s Fever), San Diego Dance Theater (Trolley Dances), and for many independent choreographers in San Diego (too numerous to list, but all awesome). She is currently premiering her first full-length interactive work #TheScreensBetweenUs , June 25, 2016 as part of Malashock Dance’s Engagement Ring Series.  

 eleaseElease Sgarbossa’s love of movement of any kind began early, at the age of three in her first ballet class, and continued through many years of training including musical theater, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and her love, hip-hop. Born and raised in North County San Diego she has trained, choreographed and performed professionally in her hometown since an early age. Her many credits include fitness video productions, co mmercials and live music performances. Elease has been teaching dance, movement and fitness since 1995. She developed the Magdalena Ecke YMCA’s dance program as well as the dance and cheer camp program. In 1998 she had the pleasure of growing the Frog’s Athletic Club Youth Fitness program as Director, where she found her true love of bringing fitness, dance and nutrition to kids as young as three. Using Pilates as a foundation,  Finding a way to teach integrated movement became her passion and injury prevention was paramount where she has developed a technique-based, safe anatomical alignment method in teaching both d ance and fitness. “Living an active, honest life is the best gift we can give ourselves and our families”. “I want to dance and move my body until I’m 100yrs old and beyond.”


Laura Williams, raised in Peachtree City, Georgia, began her ballet training at the age of three under the direction of Magdalena Maury at the Georgia Youth Ballet in Fayetteville, Georgia. She has  attended various summer programs such as American Ballet Theatre, American Academy of Ballet,  and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance . She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from Winthrop University in South Carolina in 2009. She dance professionally with The Wanda Project based in North Carolina during the 2009-2010 season. After graduating with her Doctorate in Audiology from East Tennessee State University in 2014, she moved to San Diego, California where she began dancing with Performing Arts Workshop in Encinitas.



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