“Gold&Skin” Premiere by Au Collective: September 10-12

Posted on August 04, 2015, 11:26 am
5 mins


Join the Au Collective from September 10 to 12 at 7:30 PM to view the premiere of Gold&Skin, a “dance concert featuring work by local up-and-coming contemporary choreographers and UW graduates.” Gold&Skin features a diverse array of dancers and artists. Au Collective states, “Proud to be people of color, women and queer artists, the collective creates dance in celebration of community, family and alternative artistic upbringings.” 

The show with be presented at the 12th Avenue Arts Theater (1620 12th Ave, Seattle, 98122). Gold&Skin will feature the ensemble work, Closer by Artistic Director Cheryl Delostrinos—originally presented for the CHIN Project, under the international acclaimed choreographer Doug Varone. Au Collective states, “Closer (the second of a three-part piece) is a duet inspired by past relationships that now exists only through memories. Blending dynamic contemporary movement with sharp static gestures, the piece explores how our memories color the past with a different shade of truth.”

Tickets will be $15.


About the artists:

Cheryl Delostrinos (Artistic Director) 

is a Filipino American and a Seattle Native. She trained with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Washington Dance program.  Delostrinos spent summers attending dance intensives with the American Ballet Theater, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, the American Dance Festival, Doug Varone and Dancers, and the Alvin Ailey School in New York. In 2013, she graduated with a B.A in Dance from the UW and was awarded the Evelyn H. Green endowed scholarship for artistic merit and promise. In September of 2014, Delostrinos presented her duet Closer at the CHIN Project at the 92 street Y under the direction of Doug Varone. In Seattle, she has been commissioned to choreograph for Relay Dance Company, The Contemporary Jazz Dance Festival, and for Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. Delostrinos is the Artistic Director of Au Collective and is currently working with Pat Graney on her premiere of Girl Gods presented by On the Boards.
Michael O’Neal Jr.  (Choreographer/Dancer) 

is a self-taught Hip-Hop influenced dancer from Tacoma, WA. Now a UW graduate, he has also trained in ballet and modern techniques, O’Neal believes that to be the best dancer he can be, he should be versatile  and push his own comfort zone. Since being in Seattle, o’Neal has danced for Chamber Dance Company, Jennifer Salk, JÜrg Koch, Bruce McCormick, Erin Cardinal, and is currently dancing for Seattle choreographer Amy O’Neal in her latest work Opposing Forces. Michael O’Neal is a dance instructor at University of Washington’s IMA. he will Also be subbing at Amy O’Neal’s Street Style class from August through the Fall at Velocity Dance Center.  Along with Au, Michael O’Neal is also a member of Chapter1NE and The Beat Hippies dance crews. you can look him up under the moniker Choreomike on Youtube. “Always a student, never a master.”

Fausto Rivera (Choreographer/Dancer)

is a Chicano dance artist from the NW. He graduated with a BA in Dance and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Washington (UW), where he was awarded the Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship for artistic merit and promise. He grew up training in Mexican Folk Dance with Joyas Mestizas, and discovered ballet and modern dance in college. While at the UW, Rivera danced with the Chamber Dance Company under the direction of Hannah C. Wiley, performing work by Lar Lubovitch, Danny Shapiro/Joanie Smith, Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone. He has also trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Northwest Dance Project’s Launch: 10, and a semester abroad at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. Other credits include performing original work by Bennyroyce Royon, creating work with Cheryl Delostrinos, that has been presented in Seattle & New York City, and performing in Seattle Theater Group’s 2011 production of Black Nativity and the 5th Avenue Theater/Spectrum Dance Theater’s production of Carousel, both with choreography by Donald Byrd. Rivera has also been a company member of Spectrum Dance Theater since January, 2015.

Claire Reiner is a writer, artist and recent graduate from the University of Washington’s School of Art with a major in Art History. She is interested in recent art movements and subcultures (1950s, 60s, 70s) and how they have shaped present perceptions and practices of art. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2010. She is quite influenced by the unique geography of both places and enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Reiner covers visual art exhibits in Seattle and seeks to contribute to a profound and positive artistic community, as well as encourage people to come out and experience art moments for themselves. Reiner is also the Executive Assistant for VanguardSeattle and handles any press related needs.