La Jolla Playhouse named its 2011-12 season resident company — Eveoke Dance Theatre — making it the first time dancers have been chosen for the four-year-old program. Eveoke has produced more than 30 original, socially conscious works throughout San Diego since it was founded in 1994.
“We are incredibly jazzed and grateful about the amazing opportunity we have to learn from the wisdom of the La Jolla Playhouse staff and organizational best practices,” said Eveoke Artistic Director Erika Malone. “This is a rich opening for our organization to expand, stretch, and deepen the roots that will sustain us as a passionate and activist dance theatre company for years to come.”
Spearheaded by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program aims to encourage the artistic development of up-and-coming performing arts organizations, while advancing and contributing to the San Diego theater scene as a whole.
Eveoke will be in residence Sept. 8–25 in the Playhouse’s Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre with a production of “Las Mariposas.” On Nov. 25, 1960, three sisters known as “the butterflies” were brutally murdered for their participation in the resistance movement against Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. A fourth sister survived and shared their story of courage, conviction and compassion. Adapted from the Julia Alvarez novel “In the Time of the Butterflies,” “Las Mariposas” allows audiences to experience key moments in the sisters’ lives and witness the circumstances and choices that led them to participate in their country’s revolution.
The company returns to the Playhouse May 31–June 24, 2012 with “Refuge,” in which emerging choreographers Becky Hurt and Myriam Lucas tackle issues of gender, sexuality, and cycles of violence through hip-hop dance and spoken word.
Previous resident theater appointees include Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company (2008), Moxie Theatre (2009) and the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater (2010).