Categories: Arts Dance

SOULSKIN Dance takes on tech in ‘To Command’

Choreographer Adrianna Thompson, founder of the Bay Area troupe SOULSKIN Dance, is doing something new for her company’s fifth anniversary.

“To Command,” a world premiere onstage this weekend at Dance Mission in The City, has a dystopian theme — somewhat of a contrast to the group’s mission to “infuse a little lightheartedness into concert dance, creating a universal access point” stated on its website.

Describing the piece, which she created with returning guest artist Dylan Elmore (a London-based dancer-choreographer and former member of the acclaimed Israeli troupe Batsheva), Thompson says, “This new work brings together local artists from different disciplines to explore our changing world in an age of new and ever changing technology.”

Live music is by Noh (Noah Salomon), a keyboardist-composer who blends classical, ambient electronic and industrial sounds in the score; he will be accompanied by guitarist Andre Mateo. Costumes are by Jamielyn Duggan, who also is among the 10 dancers in the piece.

Thompson, a California native who danced with various New York companies for 15 years, is known for her collaborations. In “To Command,” she includes photography Andy Mogg, and lighting is by Delayne Medoff.

Keeping with the theme of expanded technology, Saturday’s performance of “To Command” will be live streamed, with a pre-show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the stream are $10 and can be purchased at

Where: Dance Mission Theatre, 3316 24th St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. March 9-10, 5:30 p.m. March 11
Tickets: $20 to $25
Contact: (800) 838-3006,

Leslie Katz

San Francisco Examiner’s arts and entertainment editor Leslie Katz has been assigning, editing and/or writing news stories about the Bay Area’s rich cultural scene since 1997. Reach her at (415) 359-2727 or

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