photo (l-r): Lydia Daniller + Kegan Marling

photo (l-r): Lydia Daniller + Kegan Marling

After a sold-out run last winter, detour dance and EmSpace Dance come together again in Shotgun’s BLAST theatre festival. This time, we bring you a double bill of dance theater full of enlightened monkeys, estranged starlets, and underneath it all, our need for connection.

The Ashby Stage
1901 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703


Saturday February 11, 2017 at 8pm
Sunday February 12, 2017 at 5pm



monkey gone to heaven


detour dance brings back our 2014 work Filaments, a grotesque reverie of attention-starved characters vying for validation.  Filaments shines a light on isolation within community and the lengths we will go to feel seen and heard. We're ready for our close up.

Directed by: Kat Cole + Eric Garcia
Music: El Beh + Josh Pollock
Lighting Design: Del Medoff
Performers: Liane Burns, Alex Carrington, Jana Griffin, Scott Marlowe, Angela Mazziotta, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Wiley Naman Strasser

Special thanks to original cast who helped to develop this piece: Michaela Burns, Colin Epstein, Melissa Lewis, Jenny McAllister, Olive Mitra, and Travis Judd. Filaments is supported by Zellerbach Family Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Dancers' Group Lighting Artists in Dance Grant, and generous individual donors.

Read more about detour dance.


EmSpace Dance reimagines Monkey Gone to Heaven, our 2013 work about primates and prayer, and how we use both to understand being human. In this streamlined version, we've torn some things apart and put them back together again. There's still plenty of stories, song, and dancing about doubt and faith and our primate ancestors. 

Conceived and directed by: Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
Music: Erik Pearson
Costumes: Sonsheree Giles
Performers: El Beh, Liane Burns, Michaela Burns, Natalie Greene, Suzette Sagisi, Wiley Naman Strasser, Christopher W. White

Special thanks to original cast and workshop performers who helped to develop this piece: Jennifer Chien, Kat Cole, Michael Mohammed, Rowena Richie, Courtney Moreno

Read more about EmSpace Dance.

BLAST is Shotgun Players' new annual celebration of difference - a month-long festival of new ideas, visions, and possibilities. BLAST aims to explode the boundaries of theater with performances by local and national theatre artists. We think life is dynamic, changing, ephemeral, strange, and beautiful.Theatre should be too.