Tim Rubel (Artistic Director) is a San Francisco and Texas-based dance artist. He received his M.F.A. in Dance/Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside. He has been on the dance faculties of several institutions including San Francisco State University, Mt. San Jacinto College, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Dance Center and the Beijing Dance Festival in China. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. His professional dance performance credits have included work with Fusionworks Dance Company in Providence, Rhode Island, Windhover Dance Company in Rockport, Massachusetts, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, and in San Francisco with the David Herrera Performance Company, Leonora Lee Dance and Epiphany Dance Theatre to name a few. Additionally, his choreography has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Texas A&M International University, The Goethe Institut, the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation and has been presented on both U.S. coasts and abroad. In 2013 he became the first ever Artist-in-Residence at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, where Tim Rubel Human Shakes developed their evening-length work, Here and Then. His 2018 work ALIEN, in collaboration with Elisabeth Kindler-Abali of Germany, premiered in San Francisco and had subsequent performances at the Pfefferberg Theater in Berlin.
Photo: Luisa Duarte Milani
David Molina (Composer) is an award winning composer, musician, sound artist, sound designer, and studio/live sound engineer. He has created music and sound design for theatre, dance, film and video, multimedia installation, performance art, and radio for over 18 years. He also has been performing and writing all types of music in various bands or ensembles through out his life. Molina presented his first Gallery solo exhibit Transience: The Work of David Molina, at Asterisk Gallery SF (2013). It featured several instruments built by Molina, including Rusting Souls a restored and modified Cimbalom, as well as A Dividing Line: American Ashes, a 14 channel speaker installation about immigration, xenophobia, the Mexican/U.S.A. border, and the lives that cross it, claim to protect it, or are separated by it. For further information see: drmsound.com
Dalton Alexander (Dancer) Movement artist. Activist. Being. Dalton approaches contemporary dance performance work from an experiential practice, collaborating through improvisation to find subtlety and nuance and then embodying that with artistic concepts and direction. His training began at the University of New Mexico, continued at Tanzfabrik-Berlin, and landed in London at Trinity Laban where he performed works by Theo Clinkard, Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, and Dog Kennel Hill Project. Dalton has performed with punkkiCo, FACT/SF, and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco, CA amongst smaller projects and his own work. He is also a proud member of Dance Artists’ National Collective. This is Dalton’s first production with Human Shakes.
Derek DiMartini (Dancer) A Bay Area native, Derek DiMartini has recently returned west after a decade on the east coast. He likes to view dance as an extension of his passion as a creator and a performer. In New York, he performed with LEIMAY as an ensemble member, and was also a LUDUS teacher and practitioner. His work has been performed with Mare Nostrum Elements, as well as at LEIMAY SOAK festival, WAXworks and Marie-Christine Giordano Salon. Derek graduated from Yale University with a BA in Theater Studies, where he had the opportunity to perform the works of Merce Cunningham, Akram Khan, Reggie Wilson, and Trisha Brown. This is his first production with Human Shakes.
Hannah Westbrook (Dancer) is a dance artist based in Oakland, CA. She is proud to be a company dancer with Tim Rubel Human Shakes since 2015. She is the co-artistic director of The Phenomenal Anomalies, a dance-theater duo dedicated to creating quirky, vulnerable, and joyous dance, inside and outside traditional spaces. Beyond her performance work, Hannah teaches young dancers at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and Berkeley Playhouse, and was commissioned in 2018 to choreograph new work on SADC’s YouthCo. Hannah is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she was honored with the Departmental Citation for outstanding undergraduate accomplishment in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies and the Rosalind Schneider Eisner Prize for excellence in Dance. While at UC Berkeley, she performed in the ensemble of Anna Halprin’s Parades and Changes at the Berkeley Art Museum. Hannah has danced in works by Stephan Koplowitz / AXIS Dance Company, Rebecca Morris, Catherine Liu, Michael D. Lee, Sue Roginski, Julie Freeman, and was invited to participate in the first ever AXIS Choreo-Lab. www.westbrook.dance
Tayler Kinner (Dancer-On leave for 2021 season) Tayler Kinner grew up in the cornfields of Springfield, Illinois. She holds a BFA in Dance and a minor in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and has previously worked with Smashworks Dance Collective and Karlovsky & Company Dance in St. Louis. Since moving to SF, she has worked with Catherine Liu, Molly Matutat, RAWdance, Tim Rubel, and Alyssandra Wu. Tayler is currently a company member of Tim Rubel Human Shakes and Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, and teaches dance at Principal Creative & Performing Arts in San Mateo.
Sam Mitchell (Dancer-On leave for 2021 season) is a graduate of Webster University's BFA in Dance program with a concentration in Ballet Performance. Prior to joining Tim Rubel Human Shakes in San Francisco, Mr. Mitchell was a member of Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) in St. Louis, Missouri.
Chloe Rosen (Dancer-On leave for 2021 season) is a movement artist currently based in Oakland, CA. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2018, where she got her B.A. in psychology and minor in dance, studying with professors Gerald Casel and Cid Pearlman. She directed and choreographed several works at UC Santa Cruz, has danced professionally with Cid Pearlman Performance, and has also created her own works at SAFEhouse, Max10 Performance Lab (Santa Cruz), and her most recent evening-length residency, "you are held here," through Motion Pacific's Incubator Project. She has performed and trained internationally at Centre National de la Danse in Pantin, France, along with Berlin's b12 workshops. Chloe is fascinated with the exploration of queer identity, healing, and radical softness through movement.
Photo: Sara Lavalley
Previous Media and Production Designers:
Vanessa Freeman - Costume Design
Victor Talledos - Photography
Brittany Mellerson - Lighting Design
Lance Huntley - Photography
Ilana Pearlman - Costume Design
sondra J kazama - Media & Production Design