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Christy Funsch

San Francisco, CA            

Christy Funsch is a dance maker, teacher, improviser, and performer.  She presented her first full evening of choreography (Vinyl Garden) in 2001, and formed The Funsch Dance Experience in 2002.  She has produced full-length concerts at the ODC Theater, Live Worms Gallery in North Beach, at the EXIT Theater, at the Legion of Honor water fountain, and Z Space Theater Artaud, Dance Mission Theater, and Noh Space Theater. 

Christy has been presented in New York City as part of the Highway Series at Context Studios and at the Apex Art Gallery, at the Henny Jurens School in Amsterdam, at Zoomtopia in Portland, at Links Hall in Chicago, at the DeCompression Gallery in Phoenix, at the Mill Avenue Theater in Tempe, at the Toronto Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists, and throughout California.  Christy is currently a collaborative partner of Nol Simonse, and she was a ten-year member of Stephen Pelton Dance Theater. She has also worked with Susan Rethorst, Katie Faulkner, Sue Roginski, Dandelion Dancetheater, Maxine Moerman Dancetheatre, Leslie Seiters, Mary Armentrout, Nancy Karp, and Julie Mayo. 

Christy received her BA in Dance and English from Hamilton College, New York, where she was the  first student in Hamilton College history to be awarded a Senior Fellowship in Dance.  Christy later earned an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University where she co-founded, choreographed, and performed for the ESTRUS WORKS performance group.

Christy has taught and choreographed works for several universities including Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, City College San Francisco, Hamilton College, UC Berkeley, California State University East Bay, Cabrillo College, College of San Mateo, Skyline College, ODC Dance commons, the SF Dance Center, New Dance Studios in Amsterdam, and ImpulsDANZ. She traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, research Fado performance gesture for her Movement Analysis Certification through New York’s Laban Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies. She regularly facilitates Wrecking (based on Susan Rethorst’s model for re-imagining dance), and she teahces her 100 Days Score worldwide.

Christy has been awarded residencies at the Djerassi Ranch in Woodside, at U Cross in Wyoming, the Yaddo Foundation, and at CounterPULSE and ODC Theaters in San Francisco.  She has been nominated five times for Outstanding Performance Awards from the Isadora Duncan Dance Award Committee. She has received funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Theatre Bay Area’s CASH Award Program, from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Dancers’ Group and the MetLife foundation’s New Stages for Dance Award. Christy was a choreographer for ODC Theater’s Sandbox Series and a participating member of CHIME Across Borders, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s cross-national CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) program with mentor Tere O’Connor for 2013. In 2014, she was presented in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Bay Area Now 7 Festival, and was been named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. In 2014 she became the first woman to be granted permission to learn and perform Nagrin’s seminal work from 1965, Path. In 2018, FDE marked its 15th Anniversary with two full-length premieres: “Mother, Sister, Daughter, Marvel,” and “Golden Bull” (made with Nol Simonse). 

Most recently, Christy was a Fulbright Scholar at the Escola Superior de Danca in Lisbon, Portugal in 2019. She is currently a Visiting Instructor at Slippery Rock University for the 2020-21 academic year. 

le grand spectacle de l’effort et de l’artifice

Premiered: November 2-4, 2016
Choreography: Christy Funsch; Daniel Nagrin (Path, 1965)
Path Reconstruction and performance coach: Shane O’Hara
Performances by Christy Funsch, Nol Simonse; Arletta Anderson, Chinchin Hsu, Courtney Moreno, Karla Quintero; Yvette Niccolls, Desiree Rogers
Music by Daniel Steffey and Ryan Ross Smith, performed live by CTRL_Z: Steffey, Nick Wang
“le grand…”questions theatricality, formalism, and task. “Truly striking: its composition strikes, its content strikes and its concept strikes” Desaulniers, Nov 5, 2016

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Golden Bull

Premiered: November 2-4, 2018
Choreography by Christy Funsch and Nol Simonse
Performances by Hien Huynh, Rogelio Lopez, Andrew Merrell, Victor Talledos, Erik Wagner
Original score composed by Aaron Gold
Lighting design by Harry Rubeck
Golden Bull draws from Pagan rituals and ceremonies to dismantle male power through feminizations of spatial constructs, touch, and listening. “Rigorous intention, integrity and unapologetic originality are ever present.”
…Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, November 3, 2018.

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Mother, Sister, Daughter, Marvel

Premiered: April 5-7, 2018
Choreography by Christy Funsch
Performances by Christy Funsch; Chris Black, Laura Elaine Ellis, Aura Fischbeck, Nina Haft, Chinchin Hsu, Courtney Moreno
Music by Gretchen Jude, performed live by Jude, Kevin Corcoran, Amy Reed
Mother, Sister, Daughter, Marvel brings together pillars of the Bay Area dance ecology, all women, mostly over age 40, to explore what it means to take space as older women performers “keen keen intelligence, artistic integrity and fierce self-determination,” Bauer, SF Chronicle, April 2, 2018

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