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Jill Homan Randall
San Francisco Bay Area
Professional modern dancer, writer, and arts administrator
Interests: Intersection of language and movement, dance education and pedagogy, creative based dance, art in education, multimodal learning, educating future dance teachers, developing future professional modern dancers, teaching artists, networking in dance in the United States, arts administration, somatics
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This year is the 15th year for the KH FRESH Festival. It is an incredible feat to keep a project going and thriving over the years. Check out the full list of its exciting offerings here. This week I got to talk with Abby Crain, a longtime festival team member... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2024 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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"Touch of Red" (photo taken at MASS MoCA). Photographer credit: The Adeboye Brothers. Touch Of RED Touches Deeply By Garth Grimball On Saturday, January 13, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE presented Touch Of RED in a dance studio at NY Live Arts as part of the Live Artery festival; the festival... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2024 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Molly Rose-Williams. Photo: Chani Bockwinkel. Who’s your CRUSH? By Garth Grimball Molly Rose-Williams has a crush on you. CRUSH, an evening-length solo choreographed and performed by Rose-Williams, opened January 19 at NOHSpace. The work is an evolution of We Are All Friends that premiered in 2022. Both works are concerned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2024 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Molly Rose-Williams. Photo credit: Molly Laurano. This week, I got to catch up with Molly Rose-Williams as she prepares for her latest solo show, CRUSH, in the San Francisco Bay Area. CRUSH runs for 6 performances: Jan 19-21 & 25-27. Tickets are selling fast, so grab yours here (NOTA). ------------... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2024 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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The dance world lost a luminary on Sunday, January 7, 2024. Sarah Stackhouse, a beloved modern dance artist whose career spanned seven decades, passed away last Sunday in her home in New Paltz, New York. She was 87. Many folks have already posted memories and tributes via social media. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2024 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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MoToR/Dance performs "Water in the Kettle." Photo by Dean Bosche. Review+Response: 7 Performances in the SF Bay Area in 2023 From Blog Director Jill Randall: Thank you for another wonderful year on Life as a Modern Dancer. As the year comes to a close, I always enjoy looking back over... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Megan Lowe Dances presents "Gathering Pieces of a Peace." Dancers (far left, then clockwise): Melissa Lewis Wong, Malia Hatico-Byrne, Clarissa Rivera Dyas, and Megan Lowe. Photo by Hewitt Visuals. 2023 was a hopeful year with more and more live performances to experience. Today I repost about the 7 performances that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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One of my favorite posts each year is this one - a list of books on dance, arts education, arts administration, and somatics. Please add a Comment if there are titles missing here. I am always on the lookout, and got to read many of the titles below throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo by Camila Greenwell. “Jungle Book Reimagined” is of the Headlines By Garth Grimball Akram Khan’s “Jungle Book Reimagined” begins in catastrophe. A voice-over announces a litany of contemporary headlines taken to extremes: London is unlivable due to sea level rising; rationing, displacement and economic collapse are the new reality.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Conflict Resolution Within the Context of Dance: Resource Guide By Jill Randall Throughout the past 3 years, professionally and personally, I have wanted to learn more about conflict resolution. This also relates to the ideas of mediation, transformative justice, and repair. What does this look like within an arts organization?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Rogelio Lopez. Photo by Ryan Kwok. Rogelio Lopez Dreams Big By Garth Grimball Rogelio Lopez & Dancers remounted Entre Despierto y Dormido (premiere 2022) at the Joe Goode Annex, and thank goddess for it. The evening-length work is an excavation of Lopez’s subconscious and identity formation as a queer, Mexican... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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In Fall 2017, Life as a Modern Dancer launched a new concept for post-performance discussion and writing. The goals are multi-fold: What are new ways to invite post-performance writing (since so few publications now print dance reviews, and there are fewer and fewer dance critics in the United States)? How... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Rose Huey (left) and Jennifer Twilley Jerum (right). Photo by Hillary Goidell. The Spaces Between: A Preview with the Collaborators From Editor Jill Randall: This week I got to catch up with the 7 collaborators for The Spaces Between with Nina Haft & Company (SF Bay Area). You can experience... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Julie Crothers in "Holy Crap." Photo by Hans Holtan. Julie Crothers’ "Holy Crap": Blessed is the Skilled Performer June 23-24, 2023 at ODC Theater, San Francisco By Molly Rose-Williams Shortly after the lights come up, so does the music—and then we’re in church. Christian Megachurch, to be precise. The mega-vibes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Megan Lowe Dances presents "Gathering Pieces of a Peace." Dancers (far left, then clockwise): Melissa Lewis Wong, Malia Hatico-Byrne, Clarissa Rivera Dyas, and Megan Lowe. Photo by Hewitt Visuals. Containing Multitudes: Reflections on Megan Lowe Dances' Gathering Pieces of a Peace By Bhumi B Patel When I attended Megan Lowe... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Cities of the Interior (2021) Biba Bell Breathes Life into Art: Deviating from Traditional Structures of Performance By Camryn Eaglin Biba Bell morphs the shape of the artistic box that many of us feel expected to exist in. The standard forms of performance are nothing but a thing. As Biba... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Reflection on “Drifter” by Keith Johnson/Dancers By Molly Rose-Williams In the talkback after his newest show, “Drifter,” Keith Johnson said he hoped the work would provoke conversation. In my experience, it has. But I don’t think they are the conversations Johnson intended to provoke when he created the work. At... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Nancy Karp In December 2022, I had the opportunity to sit down with Bay Area choreographer Nancy Karp on Zoom. This fall Nancy celebrated a huge milestone - 40 years of Nancy Karp + Dancers. —---- Jill Randall (JR): Congrats on this major milestone! I hope you have been savoring... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Seated: Andrew Merrell. Standing dancers, left to right: Bahareh Ebrahimzadeh, Rogelio Lopez, and Tara McArthur. Dreaming/Preparing/Dancing: One Day Until Drifter with Keith Johnson/Dancers By Jill Randall Today I share Part 2 of my virtual interview with choreographer Keith Johnson and his collaborators. Check out Drifter Friday and Saturday night at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Rogelio Lopez, Andrew Merrell, and Bahareh Ebrahimzadeh Dreaming/Preparing/Dancing: Two Days Until Drifter with Keith Johnson/Dancers By Jill Randall Keith Johnson/Dancers comes to the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time this coming weekend with its production, Drifter, and a cast of eight. Drifter will be onstage at the Joe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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MoToR/Dance performs "Water in the Kettle." Photo by Dean Bosche. Reflections on “Water in the Kettle” by MoToR/dance By Molly Rose-Williams “Put the water on…Put the water in the kettle…” The performers’ voices swoop around the space, weaving in and out of one another as their bodies rock, walk, slap,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Left to right: Valerie Gutwirth, JJ Hansen, and Tammy Chang. Photo by Dean Bosche. Water in the Kettle: Five Questions with Evie Ladin By Jill Randall The other day I got to catch up with Bay Area artist Evie Ladin on Zoom about her upcoming evening length work with her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Molly Rose-Williams. Photo by Molly Rose-Williams. Photo by Chani Bockwinkel. Ruminations on We Are All Friends by Molly Rose-Williams By Melissa Hudson Bell Delightful. That is the word that continues to come to me as I ruminate on Molly Rose-Williams’ latest show, entitled We Are All Friends. And I mean... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2023 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Jill Randall. Photo by Tony Nguyen Photography. The 2022 Recap: 10 Posts and Projects on the Blog and Beyond By Jill Randall Thank you for another great year on the blog and for your support and engagement. Looking back at the posts from the year, I wanted to recap and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Rogelio Lopez in "Entre Despierto y Dormido." Photo by Ryan Kwok. Looking Back and Celebrating: Dance Performances in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2022 By Jill Randall I always love looking back at the posts from the past year. While this is only one snapshot of dance in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer