Post:Ballet was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Robert Dekkers, named “25 to Watch” by DANCE Magazine, with a vision to experiment with eclectic artists, using dance as a means for creative expression that takes chances, pushes boundaries, and challenges social norms.
Dekkers’ and Resident Choreographer Vanessa Thiessen’s collaborative approach to dance making gives all of the artists involved the opportunity to share in the investigation and contribute to the development of a new work, resulting in productions that are “decidedly daring and always beautifully performed” (SF Arts Monthly). Integrating the company’s classically trained dancers with diverse artists including composers, animators, architects, cinematographers, fashion designers, and sculptors, Post:Ballet’s collaborations range from intensely intimate to wildly conceptual. Critical Dance exclaimed that Post:Ballet’s “choreography and artistic collaborations are risky and challenging, yet they still cling to traditional technique in a very unique and genuine way.”
In 2010, after the company's premiere season, 7×7 Magazine named Post:Ballet ‘Best New Dance’ in San Francisco. Now approaching its 10th Season, Post:Ballet has developed a reputation for being “a company that not only lives dangerously- it thrives on it” (SF Chronicle). The company’s work has been presented at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Festival, Seattle’s Against the Grain Festival, SF Frameline Film Festival, and SF Dance Film Festival. From the company's 2016 evening-length collaboration with electro-acoustic ensemble The Living Earth Show to its 2017 full-length production featuring America's first openly queer country music band Lavender Country, Post:Ballet's collaborations are consistently “inventive, focused, sophisticated, and anything but risk averse” (SF Chronicle). Post:Ballet’s dancers have been nominated for three Isadora Duncan Awards in “Outstanding Performance,” and the company’s artists have developed a reputation for being “among the finest on the West Coast” (SF Chronicle).
Post:Ballet’s 10th Season features an encore performance of Lavender Country, an original collaboration with Star Amerasu and Magik*Magik Orchestra, and several intimate previews of our 2020 evening-length co-production with The Living Earth Show featuring acclaimed composer Samuel Adams.
Photo by Natalia Perez