About Flyaway Productions
1068 Bowdoin Street, San Francisco, CA 94134
WHAT WE DO
PERFORM off-the-ground dances that expose the range and power of female physicality. We experiment with height, speed and gravity, and dancing on steel objects that are both architectural and fabricated. We dance at the intersection of social justice and acrobatic spectacle. We dance anywhere from two feet to one hundred feet off the ground. We offer performance as a medium for social commentary and choose projects that advance female empowerment in the public realm. At its core, our work explores the female body–its tumultuous expressions of strength and fragility.
TEACH a signature style of apparatus-based dance. We offer year round classes to adults, teens and youth. We offer GIRLFLY, a Youth Art & Activism Program, integrating dance-making and activism. Our training with youth offers some remedy for the ways women and girls remain underserved in public culture as a whole. We also offer KIDFLY school residencies that link social justice content, school curriculum and movement innovation, where your young artists are our collaborators.
ADVOCATE and provide a bridge between women in the arts and civic life. We are constantly developing new forms for community engagement and coalition building with activists and non-arts partners.
WHERE WE PERFORM
On a three-story fire escape, a hanging umbrella, an oversized scale of justice, a circling merry-go-round, suspended containers of salt, a university library, a chandelier on fire, a live billboard, a bridge replica, and on 100 foot city walls. We have also made dances for rooftops, an active construction site and the last remaining hand-operated crane on San Francisco’s waterfront. Our work is typically free and engages a wide spectrum of the public who do not come into theaters.
Our work has been presented by:
- Cal Performances in Oakland, CA
- UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA
- Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco, CA
- The Women’s Building in San Francisco, CA
- San Francisco State University, CA
- The Aerial Festival by ZACCHO Dance Theatre in San Francisco, CA
- Dancers’ Group/ON SITE in San Francisco, CA
- Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA
- ODC Theater in San Francisco, CA
- The International Aerial Festival in Boston, MA
- The SkyDancers Festival in San Francisco, CA
- Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ
- The Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, CO
- Sushi Performance Space in San Diego, CA
- Duke University in Durham, NC
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT FLYAWAY
“as strong as they are beautiful to watch” – The San Francisco Bay Guardian
“substance trumps considerable spectacle” – The San Francisco Examiner
“intimidatingly creative” – The San Francisco Chronicle
“consistently inspired”– Bay Area New Group
“dancers of Flyaway are champions, demonstrating the heroic abilities of women”– Explore Dance
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JO KREITER
“a wonder of equilibrium” – The New York Times
Jo Kreiter is a San Francisco-based choreographer and site artist with a background in political science. Through dance she engages imagination, physical innovation and the political conflicts we live within. She founded her company, Flyaway Productions, in 1996. Flyaway Productions is an apparatus-based dance company that advances social issues in the public realm and explores the range and power of female physicality. Under Kreiter’s artistic direction, Flyaway creates dances on both architectural and fabricated steel objects, with dancers suspended anywhere from 2 to 100 feet in the air. The company creates a sense of spectacle to make a lasting impression with an audience, striving for the right balance of awe, provocation, and daring. Kreiter’s tools include community collaboration, a masterful use of place, a feminist lens and a body-based push against the constraints of gravity.
Over the past 21 years, she has developed a nationally recognized expertise in creating and presenting site-specific performance work. Since 1996, her company has presented or co-presented numerous large scale works, including the award winning trilogy Niagara Falling (2012), Multiple Mary and Invisible Jane (2014) and Needles to Thread: Dancing Along these Lines in Continuum Alley (2015).
Recent awards include a Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship (2017-2019); the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project Creation Grant (2017-2020); and the California Arts Council’s Creative California’s Communities Award (2017-2019).
Additionally, Kreiter/Flyaway is a recipient of five Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2010 to 2017); awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (2010-2017); the Rainin Foundation (2012-2019); the CA Arts Council (1996-2017); the SF Arts Commission(1997-2017): the SF Neighborhood Arts Collaborative ( 2015 and 2017); SF Grants for the Arts ( 1998-2018); the Wattis Foundation (2009 and 2015); New Music USA (2015); the Artist Investigator Project of the California Shakespeare Company(2015); CHIME ( 2009 & 2013); the Center for Cultural Innovation (2013); the Gerbode Foundation(2002 and 2012); Creative Work Fund(2006); the MAP Fund(2003); and the SF Bay Guardian GOLDIE Award (2000). Her articles have been published in Aerial Dance, Contact Quarterly, In Dance, STREET ART San Francisco, Site Dance — the first book written on contemporary site specific performance. In the 2015 book, “Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performances” by Victoria Hunter, Rutledge press, Jo Kreiter’s work is highlighted in the chapter, “Civic Interventions: Accessing Community” using her work as an example of “the politically-driven work of the experienced and prolific site dance artists”. Kreiter is one of a few women worldwide to have gained expertise in the art of Chinese pole acrobatics. From 1999-2015 she has taught in depth dance residencies at UC Berkeley, USF, Sonoma State, Arizona State an Ohio State Universities.
She is also the founder of GIRLFLY (founded 2006), an award-winning dance and activism program addressing the lack of arts training opportunities and gender-specific social pressures faced by low-income teen girls. She started GIRLFLY because she felt that her generation has failed to create a full state of equity for women and girls, and GIRLFLY is her way of addressing that challenge.
AWARDS AND HONORS
- National Dance Project Award 2017
- Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellow 2017
- Kenneth Rainin Foundation three year grant 2016-2018
- Wattis Grant Award 2016
- CA Arts Council Awards 1995-2016
- SF Art Commission Awards 2006-2017
- Gerbode Foundation Award for Choreography 2012, 2000
- Center for Cultural Innovation Award 2013
- Triangle Lab Award from Cal Shakespeare and Intersection for the Arts 2013
- Choreography Award from the Gerbode Foundation 2012
- CHIME Award to work with Elizabeth Streb 2012
- CA Arts Council Creative Public Value Awards 2008-2012
- NEA Awards for new work 2008-2014
- Special Recognition Award from TradesWomen, Inc. 2010
- Isadora Duncan Special Achievement 2010
- Hewlett Foundation 2008-2010
- CHIME Award 2008
- Creative Work Fund Grant 2006
- Meet the Composer Award 2006
- Arts Presenters Award 2005
- MAP Grant 2003
- San Francisco Arts Commission Public Art Commission 2003
- Wattis Residency at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 2002
- California Dancemakers Fellowship 2001
- San Francisco Bay Guardian GOLDIE Award 2000
- California Arts Council Artist-in Communities Residency 1995-2000