“As they say in British Films, The Game is Afoot, and for Ms. Liviakis, that’s so true because she’s coming…here comes that New Kid in Town with her cohorts of movement artists.” (BayAreaDanceWatch)
As an organization, the Caroline Liviakis Dance Company (CLDC) propels dance into the future through the development, performance, and education of an innovative and bold movement-performance aesthetic that:
- Unifies commercial and concert dance styles and performance attitudes: commercial styles belong on a concert stage and concert styles can expand their audience and avenues of presentation
- Integrates theatricality of performance with the athleticism of technical, full-bodied movement: technical sophistication and entertaining presentation can fruitfully coexist in the same performance
- Acknowledges the face to be a powerful tool to convey meaning and character while also being a canvas for choreography: the face can be choreographed just the same as the body and add technical and stylistic design
- Recognizes that dance, as a tool of communication, should be held to the same standards in effectiveness as writing and speaking: pieces should have logical structure (both thematically and aesthetically) and every component of the performance should support that structure
What We’ve Been Up To
The Caroline Liviakis Dance Company (CLDC) was founded in September 2017 by the Executive-Artistic Director, Caroline Liviakis. CLDC has since then made its mark as a bold, innovative, and modern vision, offering the public self-produced, evening length dance performances, dance films, guest artist appearances, and offering workshops and classes open to the public for all levels. The company currently operates out of San Francisco, California.
In September 2017, CLDC presented its first half-evening of work, Six Works-In-Progress. In May 2018, CLDC debuted its full evening-length debut, There’s A New Kid In Town, with an encore performance following in October 2018. All were performed to sold out audiences.
In July 2019, CLDC’s debut short film, Better Than You Doin You (don’t be mad), screened its world premiere at the Berlin Short Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Since then, the film has been an official selection for: New Filmmakers Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA), Hollywood New Directors Film Festival (Hollywood, CA), San Francisco Short Independent Film Festival (San Francisco, CA), LadyFilmmakers Film Festival (Beverly Hills, CA), The Yonkers Film Festival (Yonkers, NY), and Zensa Media International Film Festival (Montreal, Canada).
CLDC has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal, Skyline View, The Ark, BayAreaDanceWatch, SF/ARTS Magazine, and MovieMaker Magazine. There’s A New Kid In Town was selected as a ‘critic’s pick’ by the San Francisco Chronicle and in July 2018, CLDC was chosen by Backstage Casting Networks as the #1 recommended out-of-town dance company for L.A. dancers to audition for.
CLDC has held residencies with LEVYdance and SAFEhouse Arts and has performed as a guest artist for College of San Mateo, Skyline College, and Napa Valley College.
Currently, the company is in the production process for two dance films, INeasyOUTbreezy and Boys and Girls which will premiere in 2020. The company’s second evening-length work, The Potential, will likely premiere in fall of 2020…details coming soon!