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Artistic Director

Phone: (858) ***-****  HQ Phone
McCaleb Dance
8070 La Jolla Shores Drive #404
La Jolla, California 92037
United States

Company Description: The mission of McCaleb Dance is to "foster the arts. To that end, a recent company focus has been to support collaborative projects and professional and emerging...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • interdisciplinary MA , dance , music and the visual arts
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Web References
McCaleb Dance Archive - Selected Works & Reviews
www.mccalebdance.org, 27 April 2014 [cached]
"Multimedia collaboration was the name of the game for McCaleb. Teaming up with artist Andrea Bjeldanes and composer Miles Anderson, McCaleb created Zona Rio, a hilarious romp that lampooned cultural contrasts and crossed genders.
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McCaleb made clever use of the melting-pot metaphor, allowing her gliding designs and cross-cultural images to blur in a seamless flow of movement. The dancing was a hoot. . .The music mixed a myriad of sounds against a dizzying stream of multiple-language babble, enhancing the feeling of a busy cultural crossroads. Zona Rio was McCaleb at her most creative.
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"A fanciful, fantastic dance work. . . Zona Rio extends interests that McCaleb first explored in her startling 1993 'Serpent's Tongue' - the use of dancers' vocals; gender-neutral costuming, the wild, many-layered culture of Tijuana.
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video - Nancy McCaleb
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"Inspired by Mexican super-diva Dolores del Rio and the Spanish surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel, McCaleb has created a collage of images that float through the rational mind like an interrupted dream.
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The pervasive tone, as it often is in McCaleb's work, is slyly humorous.
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"Buddhafields, set to a score of found sounds that McCaleb recorded in Asia, provided a moving end to a rollicking program. Alternating languid (and sometimes prayerful) segments with explosive sequences that featured long, fluid lines and risky, airborn movements, McCaleb offers an engaging meditation on the relationship between the sacred and the profane."
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scenic design - Nancy McCaleb
"An Intense border dance, menacing and bubbling with babble, it transforms the contradictions and absurdities of the SanDiego-Tijuana border into dance theater. McCaleb created the collage of found sounds as well as the choreography and the ingenious design - two strings of red chili lights strung across the dance space to suggest both the barbed wire of the border fences and a kitschy fiesta. There's no narrative, just a kaleidoscopic shifting and layering of scenes, most deft, dark and edgy in their humor.
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text and voice - Nancy McCaleb
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"McCaleb's Swamp is the sure winner on the program - a trim company look and an enviable tenaciousness; these dancers really know how to dig in." - San Francisco Examiner "McCaleb's Swamp is like a collaboration between Martha Graham and Laurie Anderson. It's a zany zoological soap opera, giddy with postmodern sights, sounds and fertility rites (or is that virility rites?). Swamp oozes entertainment." - San Diego Union-Tribune
"The most satisfying collaboration of all these elements came in McCaleb's Swamp."
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"McCaleb's visually engrossing premiere, Vivat St. Petersburg, begged a second viewing, right then, for another dose of well-meshed choreography and highflying theatrics.
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"McCaleb's work tends to occupy a dense spiritual or political context, and it can soar with an inspired marriage of dance and meaning. . .Aelia Laelia Crispis was a duet of grave beauty that radiantly conveyed a medieval riddle of the divine androgyne - a delicious tension between the medieval flavor of the work and something absolutely contemporary and poignant in the dancers' movement... " High Performance Magazine "Aelia Laelia Crispis was the most rewarding dance work of the evening. McCaleb discovered a stunning contemporary vocabulary for the movement - full of androgynous lifts and exciting couplings."
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"McCaleb made a humdinger to close the program.
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McCaleb's emotion-packed performance was extremely moving. Dancing her own Sister of the Plague, McCaleb seemed possessed as she responded in twitchy spasms and frenzied gestures to the dark urgencies of the score.
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Nancy McCaleb is a multifaceted artist, who creates the visual and aural accouterments of her dances with as much sensitivity as she does the movement. - San Diego Union-Tribune
McCaleb is an accomplished actress as well as a talented dancer, and her appealing performance earned a chorus of bravos from the standing-room-only audience. - Los Angeles Times McCaleb's choreography was a revelation, with all three pieces inventive, well conceived and beautifully executed. - The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon Nancy McCaleb has made a career creating what Richard Wagner called the "gesamtkunstwerk," the total work of art. By and large, she has succeeded by being a talented choreographer, poet, composer and anthropologist.
Nancy McCaleb - APA Artist
www.apastudios.com, 9 May 2009 [cached]
Nancy McCaleb
NANCY McCALEB - Artistic Director of McCaleb Dance, hails from New Orleans.
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McCaleb is the recipient of a choreographic fellowship and several project grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Locals Program.
Five of her dances, videotaped as part of her company's collaboration with KPBS-TV, won five National Broadcasting awards including the coveted Cine Golden Eagle. Her dance video Swamp was awarded an "Emmy" by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Southwest Division. McCaleb is past President of the San Diego Area Dance Alliance and served three terms on the California Arts Council Dance Panel and on its Touring Panel.
Kudos & Pics | The Climb Starts Here!
basecamphawaii.com, 30 May 2013 [cached]
- Nancy McCaleb Artistic Director, McCaleb Dance
A wonderful gift to myself! I have lost 13 pounds and a lot of inches. I feel strong and always loving Life!
Nancy ...
www.mccalebdance.org, 21 Mar 2007 [cached]
Nancy McCaleb
Artistic Director
Nancy McCaleb founded McCaleb Dance in 1997 after serving as dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of Isaacs/McCaleb & Dancers for over a decade.She trained with Carol Soleau, Jancy Limpert, Betty Jones and other veterans of the Jose Limon Company.She holds an interdisciplinary MA in dance, music, and the visual arts and has created over sixty dances and fifteen sound scores.Recent commissions for choreography include the San Diego Museum of Art, the Contemporary Museum of Art, San Diego; Cultural Events, UC Riverside; InSITE 2000 - a cross-border Bi-national Exhibition in Mexico and USA; and 10th Street Dance Works for two dances with the Tucson Symphony String Quartet.
McCaleb was awarded the California Arts Council's Artist Fellowship in the Performing Arts.She is a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation DanceMaker Grant and the NEA Creativity grant.She received the GLADD Award for Excellence in Theater, and her dance video, Swamp, created in collaboration with KPBS-TV, was awarded an EMMY by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Southwestern Division.
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Anderson and violinist Erica Sharp, have performed his music live with McCaleb, and toured with her to Mexico, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
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KATHLEEN McHUGH, a California dancer, has been a long-time collaborator in dance and design with McCaleb.
Academy of Performing Arts - San Diego's Leading Theatre Arts Studio
www.apastudios.com, 2 April 2006 [cached]
Nancy McCaleb of McCaleb Dance
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