Frost Amphitheater

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

CandyBomber Productions Presents:

FRAY

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Friday, May 27, 2022
8:00 PM
Bing Studio


Artists


Kate Duhamel
Producer, Director, Writer 

James Jackson
Composer

PC Muñoz
Voice

Michael Straun
Lighting Design

Anjelo Alonte
Visual Design

Moon Moon Moon
Mark Benis and Mark Lohmann
Animation Artists

Max Pham
Video Game Choreographer

Babatunji
Story Collaborator

Herobeat Studios
FRAY Game for PCs

Ron Weaver
Project Manager, FRAY Jam Mobile Game

Jenelle Gaerlan
Costume Designer

Jenelle Gaerlan, Vincent Hwant, Jin Kim, KiLeigh Williams,
James Kho, Vi Vu, Ray Mora

Dancers

 

Choreography by Dancers, Directed by Kate Duhamel

 

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PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Please be considerate of others and turn off all phones, pagers, and watch alarms. Photography and recording of any kind are not permitted. Thank you.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Masks are no longer required for indoor performances but are strongly recommended.


Director's Note


The beating heart of FRAY is a story about the love between two brothers, and the younger brother, Tullio's struggle to confront the hard truth that no matter how hard he tries, there are no super powers that can control his older brother's free will. It is a story about Tullio's struggle to let go, and the equal truth that offering his own example of his journey toward self discovery is the most potent super power he has. In letting go, Tullio frees his spirit to soar, ultimately finding a place inside himself where there is no need to escape, offering proof to Ziya that he has this same possibility inside of himself. 

The story has been our guiding light over the past two pandemic years as FRAY has grown into a multifaceted project with an ever growing team of collaborators. As each new person or team has come into the FRAY world to be part of its making, I have witnessed a consistent moment of pause when the story sinks in and becomes theirs, each relating in their own way to their own experience of loving someone who is struggling. This has been deeply rewarding, and as the FRAY project makes its way into the world, I hope it will continue to illuminate that we are all fellow travelers in our shared and courageous adventures to love our loved ones. 

For me and for so many of you, dance and music are necessary instruments for fully expressing all that we are as humans. I am completely delighted to be presenting this music by James Jackson, the visual world overseen by Anjelo Alonte, and these amazing dancers who have given their all to this performance. They will be giving their all to convey the story of FRAY to you on stage. Enjoying your life's twisting, turning journey is a most worthy goal, and I believe the musical, hip hop artistry you will experience in FRAY is, at least for tonight, a guarantee. Dance on! 

—Kate


FRAY Game App


This unique performance coincides with the release of a mobile app, which audiences can play on their phones prior to the show. Step into the show by downloading the free FRAY Jam App available for both Apple and Android phones. The main character Tulio must learn choreography presented by “challenger rats”, and perform it to the beat of the music. See if you can keep up.


About CandyBomber Productions


CandyBomber is a production company based in San Francisco, creating innovative live performances that tell stories through collaborations among dancers, musicians, visual artists, and currently, it is adding video game developers to its interdisciplinary roster.     

After a successful launch in 2018 with the live show, FURY, CandyBomber is currently developing its second major production, FRAY. FRAY tells an original story through a live hip hop dance show about two humbly born brothers who discover an early video game that opens up their imaginations and becomes a deeply shared passion throughout their adolescence and teens. CandyBomber stepped forward to expand the project by developing its own video game for PC's and consoles based on the same story and characters. The game puts players in the brothers’ shoes, dancing their way through imaginary worlds to solve puzzles and dance battle enemies. CandyBomber is also developing a mobile game for fans to play as a companion to the live show. 

Kate Duhamel founded CandyBomber to produce FURY, a live dance show based on the hit movie Mad Max; Fury Road. Her aim was to present ballet's top performers to newer, younger and more diverse audiences in venues they enjoy and through contemporary stories they find relatable. FURY performed to sold-out crowds in music clubs, art festivals and a large museum in the Bay Area before Covid paused the company's plans to tour to New York.

Other projects make their way onto CandyBomber’s creative agenda too. “CandyBomber Commissions” was a program that paid artists to make new works from home during the Covid shut down. CandyBomber also made a short dance film, “Fly Me To The Moon” during the pandemic to celebrate the original Candy Bomber, Gail Halvorsen, who was 100 years old. In Kate’s words, “The meaning behind the CandyBomber name is important and was greatly inspiring to me. I’d love to share that with you, and invite you to read about the real Candy Bomber and his story here.”


About the Artists


Kate Duhamel 
Producer, Director, Writer

Kate is the Founder and Creative Director of CandyBomber Productions which is creating live concert events from genre-crossing artistic collaborations. FRAY is CandyBomber's second major production, and brings together musicians, dancers, video designers and video game developers to tell an original story through a live show, a video game and a mobile app. CandyBomber's first production, FURY premiered in 2018 and performed to sold out crowds in the Bay Area for a year before Covid caused a pause. FURY told a survivalist story inspired by the iconic movie, Mad Max: Fury Road through dance, music and immersive visuals. Previously, Kate wrote, directed and produced award winning independent films and created video designs for stage. Kate has served on the boards of San Francisco Ballet, SFJazz and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Stanford University.


Jenelle Gaerlan
Dancer & Costume Designer 

Jenelle Gaerlan is a multi-disciplined creative and freelance dancer from Portland, Oregon. Having trained in contemporary, jazz (Luigi technique, afro-jazz, industry), modern (Horton, Counter-technique), ballet, and improvisation under BodyVox's Junior Artist Generator (JAG) program, Jenelle has worked for Nike, DarVejon Jones Dance Ensemble, Soulskin Dance in the Bay Area, and BodyVox Dance Company under Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland. She also reps Portland’s street dance community, rooting her style in house dance, waacking, and breaking at cyphers and battles. Jenelle currently dances for Robert Moses’ KIN and is fascinated by the intersection of visual media and movement. With expertise in dance, choreography, video production, design and creative direction, she is now relocated in the Bay Area to build and connect with other multifaceted artists. 


Vincent Hwang 
Dancer 

Vincent Hwang is a hip hop dancer and videographer living in the Bay Area. He has been dancing for over 12 years and teaching dance for seven years. He is a full time hip hop dance instructor in multiple Bay Area studios, and his teams regularly participate in competitions such as WOD Bay, winning on multiple occasions. He has played Drosselmeyer, a lead role in Tribe Norcal’s Hip Hop Nutcracker, and has taken part in multiple productions across California. As an independent artist and entrepreneur of SelectedVizual and Creators University, Vincent is passionate about providing for his community and cultivating the youth.


Jin Kim
Dancer 

Jin Kim is a Hip Hop dancer based in San Francisco. Having danced on several competition teams in the Bay Area, including Project M and Groove Against The Machine, he currently works as captain of an NBA dance team. Jin teaches a weekly K-pop class focused on performance and choreography retention. 

 


KiLeigh Williams 
Dancer 

Ki'Leigh, a midwestern native from Indiana began her professional dance career at the age of 10 performing and touring with Tap Kids. Outside ofthe show, Ki'Leigh continued her dance training in her hometown studios, which allowed her to learn styles such as: jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip-hop. After graduating high school she attended Point Park University studying Forensic Science while teaching tap & hip-hop for their community classes and International Summer Dance Intensive. In 2014, Ki'Leigh decided to continue pursuing a dance career and moved to the West Coast. She continued her teaching career, sharing tap & hip-hop styles in spaces such as Movement Lifestyle, Millennium Dance Complex, Point Park University, and Motus The Company. In 2017, Ki'Leigh started an all female dance collective: The GentleLadies, which trains, educates, and produces events to help elevate the dance community. As a performer, Ki'Leigh has been seen and featured on projects with Usher, Adam Levine, Big Boi, Jesse McCartney, AlunaGeorge Disney + : Encore, Cirque Di Soleil, Syncopated Ladies, and the movie Spirited.


James Kho 
Dancer 

James Kho is a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor based in NYC. He has had the privilege to work with artists and productions such as BTS, Beyond Babel, P Nation, and FM Entertainment. He is a current member of SHINSA The Collective directed by Bo Park. 

 

 


Vi Vu 
Dancer 

Vi has been a dancer since she was 12, but started her hip hop journey in 2012 starting with choreography, and has been training rigorously in freestyle for the last 4 years. In the past, she has led her competitive team as artistic director, produced dance competitions such as Prelude NorCal, and taught classes and battled around the Bay Area. She is currently on Tribe Crew, dancing in innovative theatrical shows such as Hip Hop Nutcracker.


Ray Mora 
Assistant Producer & Movement Coach 

Ray aka “Nastyray” started breaking at 11, because he "He had no confidence” he’s a member of many crews, but the one of his best-known is The Squadron. He toured with Justin Bieber, LXD, and a variety of TV specials including Dancing With The Stars & So You Think You Can Dance. He currently is implementing his experience in a multitude of ongoing projects.


Babatunji
Story Collaborator

Babatunji Johnson was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii. Though never formally trained as a child, Babatunji was always moving his body to the beat. At the age of 15, he discovered the art of hip hop. Following over a decade of self-taught street performance, he has developed a unique approach to various styles of hip hop such as breakdance, popping, and krump. While cultivating his own movement language, Babatunji simultaneously trained in ballet, modern, and contemporary, going on to work and perform around the world with Alonzo King LINES Ballet for six years among other inspiring companies. In 2015 Babatunji was given a Princess Grace Award, as well as a Chris Hellman Award for his outstanding achievements and promise in the world of dance.


James Jackson 
Musical Director

James is an Emmy nominated producer, composer, and sound artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has spent the last ten years creating critically acclaimed content across musical genres and artistic disciplines.


PC Munoz
Voice 

PC Muñoz is a recording artist, producer, and writer based in San Francisco. His diverse body of work as a producer and composer includes GRAMMY-nominated contemporary classical music, acclaimed funk and avant-garde projects, and compositions for film, dance, and multimedia. He is the 2022 Quinteto Latino Composer-in-Residence, a current Mosaic America Artist Fellow, a former Board Governor for the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, and a former Equilibrium Fellow at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN.


Michael Straun
Lighting Design 

Michael is a two-time Knight of Illumination award-winning lighting designer with over 15 years of concert touring experience worldwide. Most recently working with James Blake, Jamie xx, The 1975, and Shania Twain. Last year Michael became creative lighting designer/director for Riot Games Valorant esports Championship events. Michael previously worked with CandyBomber on Fury and is very excited to be part of another multi-genre project.


Anjelo Alonte
Visual Design 

Anjelo Alonte is an award-winning creative director and founder of sustainable content innovation startup, Farmfluence. Working in the entertainment advertising and video game marketing industry for over 18 years, he has led creative on various winning campaigns for Oculus, SEGA, Netflix, Sony Pictures, and more. His experience ranges from motion and graphic design, cinematography and post-production to video game and film/streaming marketing. Apart from his production and advertising work, Anjelo is also a passionate composer and musician and has performed and traveled with top world musicians and artists in festivals across the U.S., Asia, France, and Spain.


Moon Moon Moon
Mark Benis and Mark Lohmann
Animation Artists

MMM is an independent studio developing video games, music videos, and original music which they perform live on tour. 


Max Pham 
Video Game Choreographer

Max is an all-ages dance instructor, motion entertainment choreographer, dancer, director, and professional dream catcher. Max has toured with Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake and currently teaches and performs around the world. Max is on the FRAY Video Game development team, lending his voice as a dancer and choreographer for the game characters.


Ron Weaver
Project Manager, FRAY Jam Mobile Game 

Ron is a game developer and lifelong dancer. He currently teaches at FIEA, which is UCF's #1 ranked grad school for games. Ron himself received his Masters from Carnegie Mellon following a Bachelors from Emory and favorite projects have included Walt Disney Imagineering, Electronic Arts, and the Orlando Magic.


Herobeat Studios
FRAY Game for PCs 

Herobeat Studios is an independent video game studio based in Barcelona (Spain) with a team of passionate former colleagues from many different nationalities, all of them eager to develop their own video game projects after previous experience in companies including Atari, King, Bee Square Games, Ubisoft, EA, Gameloft, Framestore and Axis.

 

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