Hailed as a “contemporary performance powerhouse with limitless potential”(Critical Dance), Post:Ballet has been turning heads with its daring creations since its first San Francisco performances in 2010. Conceived and developed by choreographer Robert Dekkers, Post: is dedicated to collaborating with diverse artists to develop original works that use dance as a means, and not an end, to creative expression. SF Examiner observed “Post:Ballet is moving the form into the 21st century,” and SF Arts Monthly pronounced the company’s work “decidedly daring and anything but risk averse.”
This season, Post: combined forces with The Living Earth Show, a “fantastically distorted perpetual motion of awesome” (I Care If You Listen) featuring guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andrew Meyerson, to create an entirely original evening-length production, ‘Do Be.’ The company’s most in-depth collaboration to date, ‘Do Be’ was met with standing ovations, filled houses, and critical acclaim: SF Chronicle declared “Post:Ballet’s Dekkers proves ‘Do Be’ project worth doing… an audacious and engaging piece,” and KQED Arts described the co-production as “a surreal, madcap adventure with universal appeal, notwithstanding its adult level of sophistication.”
Post: is passionate about connecting with exceptional artists to create entirely original performance experiences for the community. The company has collaborated with eclectic artists including: cinematographers Alexander du Prel and Amir Jaffer; illustrator Enrique Quintero; architects Robby Gilson and Catherine Caldwell; photographers Natalia Perez, Tricia Cronin, David DeSilva, David Jouris, and Daniel O’Neill; sculptor Jeffrey Zygmunt; animators Yas Opisso and Stephen Goldblatt; costume designers Marlowe Bassett, Susan Roemer, Christian Squires, and Christine Darch; lighting designers Jack Carpenter, David Robertson, and Jim French; and composers Samuel Adams, Daniel Berkman, Nicole Lizée, Anna Meredith, Jonathan Pfeffer, Matthew Pierce, Jacob Wolkenhauer, Jacob Cooper, Sharmi Basu, Danny Clay, and Chris Cerrone. The imaginative and unpredictable results sparked SF Chronicle to conclude: “This is a company that not only lives dangerously– it thrives on it.”
Post:Ballet, named “Best New Dance” of San Francisco by 7×7 Magazine, has received funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Wattis Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Moca Foundation, and the In Performance Series, funded through Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Post:Ballet is a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group, a non-profit corporation, and is grateful for the generosity of its Patrons, whose tax-deductible contributions have enabled the company to collaborate with artists across disciplines and cultures since 2010.
Fall 2016. For the company’s seventh annual free fall event at 111 Minna Gallery, Post: premiered Warped Fare, an original collaboration featuring composer Sharmi Basu and dance artists/co-choreographers Robert Dekkers, Patrick Kilbane, and Vanessa Thiessen.
Summer 2016. Do Be, the company’s first evening-length co-production with another arts organization (The Living Earth Show), is premiered at Z Space and marked the culmination of nearly three years of collaborative development between Post: and TLES. The production featured original scores by Chris Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Nicole Lizée, Anna Meredith, and Jonathan Pfeffer; costume/scenic design by Christian Squires; lighting design by Jim French; and culinary design by Brenden Darby.
Fall 2015. At Oasis in San Francisco, Post: premiered the fifth installment of the ‘Do Be’ saga, titled “Pasturing I,” featuring Jacob Cooper’s original score for the production.
Summer 2015. Six Pack, the company’s sixth annual summer season production, premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ YBCA Theater. The program of six short works featured Pitch Pause Please, a premiere collaboration featuring composer Samuel Adams and percussionist Andy Meyerson. Also highlighted on the program was Do Be: Family, the fourth installment of the company’s ‘Do Be’ collaboration with The Living Earth Show set to an original score by Nicole Lizée. The program also included the West Coast premiere of Reason does not know (originally created for Kansas City Ballet), Yours is Mine (first created on Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi), ourevolution, and Flutter.
Fall 2014. Hi-5, the company’s debut fall program, is presented at Z Space, featuring the premiere of Do Be: Tassel. The first installment of a year-long collaboration between Post: and The Living Earth Show, the work features an original score by Anna Meredith and costume/scenic design by Christian Squires. Also on the program was Yours is Mine, Flutter, and Sixes and Seven. David Wiegand of SF Chronicle exclaimed “This is a company that not only lives dangerously– it thrives on it.”
Summer 2014. Five High premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ YBCA Theater, featuring ourevolution with illustrations by Enrique Quintero, animation by Yas Opisso and Stephen Goldblatt, lighting by David Roberstson, and costumes by Christian Squires and Susan Roemer. Also on the program was Mine is Yours and field the present shifts. Allan Ulrich of SF Chronicle declared: “Every dance company should be lucky enough to have a Robert Dekkers at the helm. In a mere five years, he has brought his Post:Ballet to the attention of audiences looking for substantial summertime dance fare and held their interest…. The nine dancers, drawn prominently from the local ballet world, are among the finest on the West Coast.”
Fall 2013. Post: premiered Redhood’s End at the WestWave Dance Festival in San Francisco. Dekkers’ first narrative work for the company, based on the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood, “set the stage on fire in a surreal time warp” (Carla Escoda, Bachtrack).
Summer 2013. Four Plays premieres at San Francisco’s YBCA Theater. Critical Dance praises Dekkers’ world premiere, field the present shifts, “a gorgeous piece of art – stunning choreography, incredible visuals, inventive lighting and brilliant dancing” (Heather Desaulniers). The piece brought together Bay Area architects Robert Gilson and Catherine Caldwell, compsoer Matthew Pierce, costume designer Christine Darch, technical designer Ian Winters, and lighting designer David Robertson. Also on the program was Sixes and Seven, When in Doubt, and Colouring.
Fall 2012. Dekkers’ duet Interference Pattern, with original cinematography by Amir Jaffer, was featured at the 2012 Against the Grain Festival in Seattle. Dance artist Christian Squires performed Dekkers’ solo work Sixes and Seven, which won the 2012 Director’s Choice Award at sjDANCEco’s 10th Annual ChoreoProject showcase at San Jose State University. This critically-acclaimed solo was also performed by Dekkers at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco as part of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Artery Project.
Summer 2012. Triads premiered at the Herbst Theatre. The SF Chronicle stated that Post:Ballet “argues to become a permanent fixture on the local dance scene. We need more companies like this – inventive, focused, sophisticated and anything but risk averse” (Allan Ulrich). The program featured the world premiere of When in Doubt, Dekkers’ fourth collaboration with composer Jacob Wolkenhauer.
Winter/Spring 2012. Dekkers’ fourth collaboration with composer Daniel Berkman, Mine is Yours, premiered at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The company was also presented at the APAP Conference in New York City for the first time.
Summer 2011. Post:Ballet’s sophomore program, Seconds, featured the world premiere of Colouring. The collaboration, commissioned by the San Francisco Foundation, brought visual artist Enrique Quintero, photographer Natalia Perez, composer Daniel Berkman, and the Post:Ballet dancers together onstage for a unique expression of the creative process.
Spring 2011. Dekkers was honored as a “25 to Watch” artist by DANCE Magazine.
Summer 2010. Post:Ballet presented its inaugural program, Concert One, which included Milieu, Dekkers’ first collaboration with composer Daniel Berkman, and Happiness of Pursuit, his first with composer Jacob Wolkenhauer. Dekkers premiered his first documentary short film, Ours, at the Frameline Festival in San Francisco’s Castro Theater as part of the HIV Story Project’s full-length film “Still Around.” Post:Ballet was named ‘Best New Dance’ of San Francisco by 7×7 Magazine.
Christian Squires in Yours is Mine, photo by David DeSilva