D. Riley Nicholson: “Resurrection” Album Release
Album Release and Live Performance: 7pm
Celebrate the release of D. Riley Nicholson’s latest album “Resurrection of Everyday People” in a special event benefiting Raices, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.
The music “Resurrection of Everyday People” was originally commissioned in 2019 by David Herrera Performance Company (DHPC) for a full-length dance work created to honor the human experience of devastating loss. The collaboration explored the ability of loss to provoke empathy, strength, and resilience. The evening will include an excerpt of the original production by dance artist Lacy Gandenberger.
Connecting with these themes of loss and empathy, profits from the evening will support Raices, in an effort to counteract the profoundly unjust practices of our current government and their inhumane treatment of everyday people who are just trying to survive – a small effort to find empathy and resurrect ourselves from our deeply unsettling present.
*Patron Tickets include a free album download, and the extra support goes to legal services for immigrants and refugees.
D. Riley Nicholson creates post-classical, metaphorically rich music that is viscerally satisfying and intellectually enriching. As a composer and performer, he creates ambitious and often collaborative new works that aim to inspire by embracing both aesthetics and innovation as means to emotional freedom and significance. Original commissioned work includes collaborations with Post:Ballet, Sarah Cahill and Regina Myers, David Herrera Performance Company, Amaranth Quartet, Switchboard Music, and Cello Street Quartet, as well as self-produced projects like One for large string orchestra which headlined Hot Air Music Festival in 2016, and Shimmer which toured nationally in 2018.
As an arts professional, Riley supports original and talented performing arts organizations to create artistic experiences of all kinds. He currently is Project Manager for Center for New Music, Marketing Consultant for Dance Film SF, and is on the Board of Directors for Post:Ballet and Berkeley Ballet Theater.
David Herrera Performance Company, one of San Francisco’s most culturally equitable companies, premiered Resurrection of Everyday People at Z Space in April of 2019. The audience immersive dance work is a healing exploration of life-altering loss and the empathy & strength one can develop through that experience. Brought to the stage by the lived experiences of our cast, Resurrection of Everyday People also queries, “Can empathy help mitigate the cultural & political divide currently affecting the nation?”
Founded in 2007, David Herrera Performance Company prides itself in providing visibility, agency, & exposure of a diverse Latinx American experience within an American context. Rich in theatricality and immersed in visceral physical movement, the company makes its statement by weaving dance, story telling, text, music, and media into a textured conversation between Latino cultures and a multicultural audience. The company is centered on equity and representation of Latinx peoples in modern dance arts as performers, choreographers, audience, curators, scholars, policy makers, teachers, and students. We hope to create a lineage and network from which other Latinx artists can learn from and work with.
Works by DHPCo. have been performed at Z Space (SF), Links Hall (Chicago), ODC Theater (SF), Little Theater (Seattle, WA), AustinVentures Studio Theater (Austin, Tx), Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (SF), San Jose State University (Ca), Orange County Community College (Ca), Miles Memorial Playhouse (Santa Monica, Ca), Spector Dance Studios (Marina, Ca), Dance Mission Theater (SF), The Garage (SF), The 418 Project (Santa Cruz, Ca), LEVYdance Studio (SF), Mint Plaza Downtown SF, Yerba Buena Gardens (SF), and United Nations Plaza (SF).