Maker Destroyer Program

Subjectively Real.
Ambiguous Honesty.
An Unending Process
of Renegotiated Agreements
Choreography and Performance by Talli Jackson

Just in Time, Unstoppable.
What We Leave Behind
Is What Goes On.
Performance by Clarissa Dyas, Emily Hansel, Helen Wicks
Choreography by Talli Jackson, with the performers

Iconophile Part 1.3
A Solo, Not a Slipshod, Selfless Sacrifice.
Invade, Decorate, Worship, Destroy.
Tamed by Bianca Cabrera/Director
Caught by Sam Stone
Dressed by Krystal Hartfert/Costume Design
Decorated by Roel Seeber/Set Design

Artist Bios

Bianca Cabrera (Director) Driven by the bias Bacchus before Buddha, Bianca Cabrera’s work is informed by a vibrant amalgamation of baton twirling, go-go dancing, cabaret, camp and burlesque as well as her professional contemporary dance education. Cabrera received early training at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and later studied at the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham Center and Point Park College, before receiving her BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Her performance career includes work with many celebrated dance artists and companies, most notably Amii LeGendre, Kristen Tsiastios, Kim Epifano, LevyDance, Erika Tsimbrovsky/AvyK, The Fossettes and Sonya Smith. Bianca spent a decade as a company member of KT Niehoff’s Lingo Dance (Seattle) and is currently a company member with Flyaway Productions (SF), Cielo Vertical Arts (OAK) and she is a second company member with BANDALOOP (OAK). 

In 2012, Cabrera founded the SF Bay Area performance company, Blind Tiger Society, creating 8 new full length works and many more short works between 2012 – 2018, with performances and commissions for The Garage, ODC Theater, ODC Youth Company, CounterPULSE, vîv dance collective, SAFEhouse Arts, the Seattle Inter|National Dance Festival, Links Hall/Midwest Nexus, Yerba Buena Gardens, Concept Series, Sheridan College, Mendocino Dance Project, Ann Schnake/Mobile InTent and Kate Mitchell Creative. Cabrera is a two-time participant of ODC’s Pilot program in San Francisco and has been awarded residencies from Bandaloop Studio, LEVYstudio, The Garage, SAFEhouse Arts and 10 Degrees. Bianca’s work has been nominated for a 2014 Soul of Oakland award and has been supported through the Fleishhacker and Rainin Foundations.  

Cabrera is dedicated to dance education, having developed her weekly technique classes, master classes and workshops for over 15 years at arts centers, studios and universities across the United States.

Clarissa Dyas (Performer) is from Berkeley, CA and graduated from San Francisco State University in 2017 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Health Education. Clarissa is a company member of Flyaway Productions and ka·nei·see | collective along with being a collaborating member of bananrama. Additionally, she was a company member of Robert Moses’ Kin from 2017-2018 and has performed/will perform in works by Joanna Haigood, Raissa Simpson, Sarah Bush and many others. 

Emily Hansel (Performer), originally from Rochester, Minnesota, received her BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida in 2016. In college, she performed in works by Ohad Naharin, Alonzo King, Robert Moses, Katie Faulkner, Maurice Causey, Bliss Kohlmyer, Carl Flink, Paula Nunez, and Andrew Carroll, among others. Since then, Emily has performed with several Bay Area companies including The Anata Project, Robert Moses’ KIN, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Marika Brussel, Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Kristin Damrow Company, Brannigan Dance Works, and SOULSKIN Dance.

Talli Jackson (Choreographer/Performer/Producer) was born and raised in Liberty, NY. For all the good that he is able to offer, he owes a deep debt of gratitude to his parents and brothers, his first dance teachers, Livia Vanaver, Susan Slotnick, Julie Lyon Rose, and Nina Jirka; the staff and teachers at the American Dance Festival and the Ailey School; Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong, and the current and former members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and many, many more important and unnamed people.

Talli was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2009 to 2017. During that time he originated roles in ten evening-length works and was involved with the re-staging and extensive touring of some of Jones’ and Zane’s pioneering duets, including Monkey Run Road (1979), Blauvelt Mountain (1980) and Valley Cottage (1981). In addition to his work with the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Co., he has had the pleasure of working as a freelance artist with The Francesca Harper Project, Paul Matteson, Erick Montes, Joseph Poulson, and The Vanaver Caravan. Talli’s work has been shown at various small and personable venues in New York City and the Bay Area.

Sam Stone (Performer) is a dance performance artist, teacher, community organizer and creator in the Bay Area. She has studied a range of focuses in the dance field, coming away with a technical modern dance training from the University of Michigan, then rebelling and obscuring that training with healthy doses of release technique, improvisation, biomechanics research with the Axis Syllabus community, and a many wanders through travel and nature. Sam has presented work in theaters in and outside of the US, but prefers enchanting the homes and found spaces that she passes with art and design. Sam is responsible for directing and conceiving six full length evening productions, dozens of shorter pieces, and more than 50 children’s dance works.

She is also a creator of music, clothing, found object formations and discretely performs in plays. Ms. Sam teaches creative dance to children with the San Francisco Arts Education Project and Luna Dance, while Sam facilitates Axis Syllabus workgroups on her way to becoming a teacher. As a dance advocate, Sam participates in the collective vîv, who offers space (“Free Up the Space”), class (“Peer Practices”) and opportunities to underserved local choreographers, disrupting the status quo of what it means to be a dancer in the US and challenging certain static tendencies of the scene. As a performer, Sam has worked with Kathleen Hermesdorf, Bianca Cabrera, Rosemary Hannon, Ashley Trottier, Aura Fischbeck and Leyya Tawil. Sam loves to dance in the studio, on the stage, in the club, and in her kitchen…. She values the expression, freedom and play that dance offers and always pushes for arts awareness and opportunity for all.

Helen Wicks (Performer) is a San Francisco based performing artist and educator. Her training began in elite gymnastics where she was a member of the US National Team 2001-2004. She performs with Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre, El Circo Dia, Talli Jackson, and in her own work. Helen’s choreography has been presented at SAFEhouse Arts, Project Artaud’s Studio 124, Circus Center, SF Aerial Arts Festival, ODC, and Triskelion Arts. Helen has been in residence with Deborah Hay, Cielo Vertical Arts, and performed work by Karen Fuhrman’s GroundedAerial. Helen performed works by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Merce Cunningham, Paul Matteson, and Leah Cox while earning a BA in Dance and Psychology from Bard College. Helen teaches embodiment to youth through creative movement, acrobatics, and circus arts at ODC, The Nueva School, Mission Montessori, La Scuola, and The Urban School. 

Special Thanks To…
Temescal Art Center for stewarding Space
Drakes Brewing Co. for bringing good spirits
The Nookery for providing a bit of cushion
Reba Hsu for helping us remember and share
Jose Abad for inspiring movement
Volunteers: Malia, Mike, and Kaitlyn for helping to make the whole thing work
The many unknown and unseen beings and forces without which this would be impossible