DANCE GENERATORS

About

Dance Generators is an intergenerational performance company whose work shatters stereotypes about aging. Our dancers range in age from their teens through their 80's and come together through a shared commitment to innovative theater making. Dance Generators promote the gifts, strengths, and life histories of elder and younger dancers while making compelling and dynamic performance work. Through their creative process, the company reclaims dance as an art form for diverse bodies. Through performance and community engagement, our work redefines audiences' expectations of dance.

Dance Generators are available for performances, workshops or interactive demonstrations at theaters, schools, colleges, senior centers, community events and other venues.

History

Dance Generators was founded in Massachusetts in 1997 by Amie Dowling, a former member of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Under Ms. Dowling's direction, the company established a strong reputation in the Pioneer Valley and held residencies in schools, senior centers, universities, art spaces, and youth programs across Massachusetts. For ten years, Dance Generators was a company-in-residence at Available Potential Enterprises (A.P.E.) in Thornes Marketplace, Northhampton, MA.

From 2006 - 2015, Dance Generators existed as a bi-coastal company. Amie Dowling relocated to San Francisco and started a new branch of the group (DG West) with director Natalie Greene, featuring Bay Area community members, including elders and students from University of San Francisco. From 2006 to 2014, former company member Kristin Horrigan directed the original company (DG East). Maureen Shea, also a former company member, directed DG East from 2014 - 2015. The DG East company has ended after an exciting 18 years in residence in western Massachusetts.

Currently, Dance Generators is an active company on the west coast. Directed by Amie Dowling and Natalie Greene from 2007-2010, the company welcomed Kristen Greco as co-artistic director in 2010. Now, Greene and Greco co-direct the annual home season at the University of San Francisco, and Dance Generators continue to perform in schools, senior centers, festivals and community events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DG West has an exciting season of performances and workshops coming up this fall, stay tuned for more details coming soon! We are currently in the process of revamping our website.

CONTACT

Please contact Director Natalie Greene at njgreene@usfca.edu