maria gillespie      artistic director / choreographer


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Ginormous is the music of L.A. artist, Bryan Konietzko who uses the medium as an attempt to tap a direct conduit in his biggest, most potent and varied emotions. In this way, the creation of his music acts as a sort of self-help therapy. In the spirit of this, Mr. Konietzko keeps this music like a daily journal, as an undertaking of personal and emotional anthropology. 




Andre Andreev, Photographer.



Kristy Tully, Director of Photography, graduated from SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory with a BFA in Film Making. She received the Tara Wymes Princess Trust and the Technicolor Student Award. After graduating she began working as a set electrician. She worked her way up through the ranks to Gaffer and Lighting Designer on many commercials, music videos and documentaries and feature films, including Yvonne Rainer's murder and MURDER. She currently works as a Director of Photography in Los Angeles on commercials and documentaries. One of her recent projects was Robert Greenwald's 2005 documentary "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price".


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Robbie Shaw

A native of Southern California, Robbie Shaw is a dance and media artist who has been performing, creating, and teaching over the past 20 years. In the San Francisco Bay Area and the Mid-West, she performed in works by Kristina Isabelle, BCQ Dance, Victoria Uris, Jessica Adams, Rebecca Salzer, Dance Brigade, Project Bandaloop, Leslie Sieters, Klopp Dance and many others, and has also choreographed and performed numerous works of her own. Her collaborations in dance and film include projects with Bebe Miller, David Rousseve, Victoria Uris, Sara Wookey, FECHE -Dancing in Senegal, and others. She taught in several Community Colleges in the Bay Area in the late 90's, and held a full-time position at Ohio State University between 1999 and 2003, where she taught courses in dance & technology, and modern dance. In 2003, she relocated to LA and has primarily been working as a Video Editor. This fall she will be teaching dance at Pasadena City College. Robbie holds an MFA in Dance from Ohio State University (2006).



David Karagianis composed and recorded the original music for Flux. He has performed and recorded the music for Peak, as well as creating sound scores, musical direction, and editing for several Oni Dance projects.David Karagianis, composer, sound designer and musician performs all these roles as Senior Musician for the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures. His work spans many genres. A recipient of several awards and grants for musical collaborations with choreographers, including a Lester Horton Award, David has composed over seventy scores for dance.


Kim Palma, Lighting Designer, is from Honolulu, Hawaii and holds a bachelor's degree in theater from Wesleyan University. She toured with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as Lighting Supervisor from 1995 - 1998, and taught lighting design at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Southern California from 2000 - 2004. Kim volunteers as a designer with Dancers Responding to AIDS, and directed the Mo’olelo to Joyce program, providing Southern California teenagers an opportunity to intern backstage in New York City. Her lighting designs for dance include works for DanceBrazil, Helios Dance Theater, Onidance, Keith Johnson/Dancers, the Southern California Dance Theater, and Winifred Harris/Between Lines Dance Company. Theater designs include "Angels in America", "The Food Chain", and "Inspecting Carol" (AXIS Theatre, Baltimore, MD), "Shakespearience" (Theater Education Group, Los Angeles, CA) "Remains" and "A Piece of My Heart" (Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, California, co-founded by Seema Sueko and Kim Palma).


String Theory has created original music for Gillespie’s latest work, Imperfection/Unsung as well as creating sound scores, musical direction, and editing for several Oni Dance projects. String Theory is a performance ensemble is dedicated to creating innovative and collaborative work. Their performances are a hybrid of movement, music and sonic sculpture. Their signature sound is based on long string Harp installations, which provide the landscape and sonic bed for their performances. Each performance installation is site specific. They performed for the opening festivities of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the 25th Anniversary for MOCA, Barnsdall Art Park and at many other events and venues. They also compose for film, dance & theater.


Photos by: Andre Andreev, Carol Petersen, and Robert Salas.



"The Splendor of Gretel"… does resemble Gillespie’s amazing work with the body in motion—a relaxed, intricate, luscious movement that blows itself across the stage in an almost vicious attack of space. It’s purely evocative and ephemeral…glimpses of emotion seen in a certain bend of the elbow as the body collapses to the ground."

(Kelly Hargraves, Eye Spy LA)




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