“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)
The Caroline Liviakis Dance Company brings a new vision to concert dance: one filled with vivid facial expressions, audience engagement, and humor. The performers employ thoughtful and precise movement in philosophical exploration and artistic commentary—often with an edge of playfulness and irony. They acknowledge their own power to control message and emotion, while recognizing the audience’s ability to do the same.
The company was founded on four principles:
- The face has astounding movement capabilities and should not be ignored. Facial choreography can project meaning and enhance aesthetic design
- Commercial dance and concert dance can coexist. Integrating commercial styles expands audience accessibility and entertainment value in concert dance
- Theater and concert dance are an exciting marriage. It combines the technical precision of concert dance with the audience connectivity of theatricality
- Dance is a tool of communication. It should be held to the same standards in effectiveness as writing and speaking. Pieces should have logical structure thematically and physically. Every component should support that structure
What We’ve Been Up To
The Caroline Liviakis Dance Company (CLDC), has been invited to present work at festivals and showcases across California and New York including: Dances at MuCCC: a contemporary dance festival (Rochester, NY), Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize (San Diego, CA), Emergence A festival of new works (Napa, CA), Choreographers Showcase: Dance Mission Theater (San Francisco, CA), Emerging Artists’ Collaborative (San Diego, CA), FREEdom DANCEfest (San Francisco, CA), and Movement Arts Festival (San Francisco, CA). The company has been a performance guest artist at Skyline College, Napa Valley College, and College of San Mateo. The company has held residencies at LEVYdance and SAFEhouse Arts.
In May 2018 the CLDC presented the world premier of its evening length debut work: There’s A New Kid In Town to completely sold out audiences. The performance received featured coverage by the Skyline View, The Ark, BayAreaDanceWatch, and the Marin IJ and was chosen as a ‘critics pick’ for the San Francisco Chronicle. CLDC will present an encore performance of There’s A New Kid In Town this coming October at LEVYdance Studio. The company is currently working on its first dance film and second evening-length work: The Potential; both will premier in early 2019.