Samsara, by Nicole Zvarik and Bill Wolter
Premiered 7 pm. Thursday, April 18, 2013
Nicole Zvarik, Co-founder of Deep Root Dance Collective, is an independent choreographer and performance artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has an MFA in Choreography from Mills College, where she studied with Molissa Fenley, Kathleen McClintock, Sonia Delwaide-Nichols, and Anne Westwick. Originally from the East Coast, Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Sociology from Wilson College. She has danced with Chambersburg Ballet Theatre, performed and choreographed for Wilson’s Modern Dance Ensemble including performing for Italia Dance Festival in Cesena, Italy. She has taught dance on the East and West Coast including summer intensives at Amherst College and is currently the Dance Department Head at Bayside STEM Academy. Nicole’s choreography has been presented throughout the Bay Area through various events including at the Culture Catch Salon: Macworld Expo, ArtSFest’s Spectra Ball, Yelp Holiday Party at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Oakland Museum . She is a collaborator with DOUBLE VISION and is currently producing her own work throughout the Bay Area.
Bill Wolter is a composer, multimedia artist, sound engineer and musician, focused on electric guitar. His music hovers around experimental rock, jazz, noise, new music, and all areas in between. Bill performs or collaborates frequently throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with a wide range of musicians and artists. He plays guitar in Bay Area bands Slydini, Innerear Brigade, Tribalgenes, and as a hired gun in other ensembles and bands (SF Sound, Moe!kestra, jobbing bands, etc.). Bill also creates audio/visual live performance instruments, working in a mixture of intermedia, performance art, theatre, and installation. He frequently works with Oakland multimedia group Double Vision and has been commissioned to do original scores for local dancer Amy Lewis and Alyssa Lee’s group A dance company.
Bill has worked for almost five years as the music lab coordinator at Diablo Valley College, and also serves as a part–time faculty member in the music department teaching digital audio. Bill also has a solid background in professional audio production and education. Most recently, Bill is diligently working for Activision on the music, sound, and game design for the next version of the wildly popular Guitar Hero video game.