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February Performing Arts Portal

Article By: Marc Emmelmann
Photo By: Manuel Rotenberg

Behind every wave of cultural renaissance, visionaries and trailblazers are directly responsible for most of the desired effects. In San Diego, our future is bright because of determined artists working tirelessly to collaborate, reach out, and build bridges for community to happen – beautiful, timeless, and stirring moments of appreciation, introspection, and awe-filled inspiration. One such artist influencing the artistic landscape of San Diego is Executive/Artistic Director Peter G. Kalivas of The PGK Project. Peter values community and collaboration as much as he does creativity, and has the experience to back it up. Busy as can be, he has been stepping it up in arts education, nightlife, community centers, and on stages locally and nationally.  Here is a recap and some forecasting:

Community– Since 2009, Peter has mounted and produced “San Diego Dances”, a biannual festival that moves to a new, alternative, donated space within the county each fall and spring, which features professional, local and regional dance companies of all styles.  Previous sold out performances have included Mojalet Dance Collective, Jennifer Curry with dancers from The California Ballet, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Somebodies Dance Theater, DK Dance, and La Diego Dance Theater among others.

Nightlife– In North Park, Peter produces “The Movement” at Queen Bee’s Arts & Cultural Center, and “4 x 4 x Floor” at the Bluefoot Bar & Lounge. I recently had some Blue Moons with a couple of friends while we enjoyed the variety of works presented at the Bluefoot Bar & Lounge, which featured both established and emerging choreographers and performers. –There was an array of modern, contemporary, flamenco, and burlesque. Previous nights featured Afro-Cuban, Tap, Body Percussion, Circus Dance, Tribal and much more.  The most recent “San Diego Dances” took place in Mission Hills at 57 Degrees (a wine warehouse & bar), and featured Natasha Ridley & Dancers, Heather Dale of Opus Mixtus Post Jazz, City Ballet of San Diego, and The PGK Project. Performances roved around various locations in the enormous building while onlookers sipped wine and kept up. The people I bring to these performances are always blown away by the pockets of arts & culture lurking in their own backyard.

Collaboration– In University Heights, Peter annually directs “Dance/Theatre”, which features new dances inspired by theater, created by local choreographers, and produced by the Diversionary Theatre. This past year he was also the Associate Producer of the 14th Annual Celebrate Dance Festival in Balboa Park, which often features up to 70 different national, regional and local companies, and independent artists.  –Over three days, about 15,000 people attend this free event in August.  As an “outside the box” kind of guy, Peter is well-known for producing dance performances in galleries, museums, storefronts, lobbies, hair salons and other spaces in an effort to make dance more inviting, fun, and accessible while promoting the very businesses and organizations who support the arts.

“Collaborating with businesses who donate their spaces to us for our performances has benefited everyone.  Through this process, we are able to offer high quality art that is affordable to audiences because we have reduced its cost, and at the same time, we’re able to promote our partner’s spaces and services they donate to the festival.  Since initiating this course of action, our audiences have doubled our partner organization’s traffic, increasing their clientele; and the appreciation and awareness of the diverse, quality dance in San Diego has improved.” – Peter G. Kalivas

Arts Education– In 2010, Peter was invited to become the new dance lecturer for The La Jolla Music Society.  In this role, he will offer a history, and conduct interviews with artistic directors and choreographers before each of the performances from the various, respected dance companies invited to perform in San Diego at The Birch North Park Theatre and Civic Theatre.

Stages across the Country– Already in 2011, his critically acclaimed, award-winning dance company, The PGK Project, has performed at the famous Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC; and this past October, it gave sold out performances in 5 cities throughout Florida.  This April, The PGK Project returns to Florida with additional stops in Georgia, Alabama, Virginia and Philadelphia.

Coming Soon: “4 x 4 x Floor” at the Bluefoot Bar & Lounge on February 9th; “San Diego Dances” in Kearny Mesa at the Infinity Dance Sport Center featuring Omo Aché Afro-Cuban Dance & Music Co., Sabor Mexico Theatrical Dance Co., Infinity Ballroom and The PGK Project on March 18th & 19th; “Three’s A Crowd” featuring duets by Michael Mizerany of Malashock Dance and Peter G. Kalivas of The PGK Project with special guest performers on May 20th & 21st at The Wood Room.

Visit www.ThePGKProject.com for more on
Peter Kalivas, The PGK Project and their
upcoming performances.

Steve

Author: Steve

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