Gina Angelique is the arti-cultural director of dancefarm in Cave Junction, Oregon, where she pursues sustainability for art and agriculture on a 5 acre organic farm.
She also founded RiverStars Performing Arts, which provides arts integration, sequential arts, and performance opportunities around social justice issues, free to all Illinois Valley Youth. She regularly teaches pedagogy to academic and arts teachers focusing on sustainable arts integration.
In addition, Angelique teaches weekly community dance and theatre classes to a broad public, choreographing and
directing performances for her local rural community.
Ms. Angelique graduated Magna Cum Laude from UC Irvine with a degree in Theatre in 1994. During that time she
studied with Uta Hagen in New York City and Donald Mackayle in Irvine, California. She also taught at Saint
Joseph's Ballet where she worked with large classes of low income, inner city youth, teaching modern and jazz.
While at Irvine as an undergraduate, she created work for graduate student dance concerts, where she met her life
partner, lighting designer Christopher Hall. She also set major dance works for faculty members on large casts of
dancers. She acted in plays and developed herself choreographically by working with a group of dancers from her
hometown of San Diego, whom would later serve as company dancers for what was to become her critically acclaimed
dance and theatre company, Eveoke Dance Theatre.
In 2007, Angelique received a large grant from the Irvine Foundation/ Dance USA and traveled throughout California choreographing in nature around environmental justice issues. This seminal work, RISE: The California Earth Project, would be her last as Artistic Director of Eveoke. The performers danced in a 15 by 10 box of packing peanuts, emerging from under them and returning to them in a foreboding look at our future should the human race continue ignoring pressing environmental concerns. Creating the piece deeply changed Ms. Angelique, and she and her partner, Eveoke's producer Christopher Hall, decided to live their values with greater integrity, and set out to homestead and learn earth and life skills more in tune with the grave danger our planet faces. They began this journey by caretaking a 320 acre ranch in Shingletown, California. There she re-created her life's work into the container of dancefarm, believing that indigenous cultures who valued arts and agriculture deeply and put these at the center of their cultures sustained great harmony and longevity on planet earth. She believed that if we learned to farm through an artistic lens, and learned to create art through farming metaphors, we might better realize sustainability. She calls this pursuit art-iculture. While learning to farm, garden and homestead in Shingletown, she created a vibrant dance community around classes and shared performance, as well as an important piece in her repertoire called 'watershed.'
In 2012, Ms. Angelique and Mr. Hall finally found a piece of land where they could create their own homestead in Cave Junction, Oregon. They moved there with their two children fully expecting to further develop their ideas around art-iculture. After spending a year creating an acre and a half of perma-culture and annual raised garden beds, Ms. Angelique and Mr. Hall wrote a $270,000 grant to create a rural performing arts project in the Illinois Valley that would bring the performing arts to the children and families in their new isolated, rural community. The Oregon Community Foundation granted their request, and Ms. Angelique promptly built an art education team, pedagogy classes, and comprehensive programming using Eveoke technique and Anne Bogart's Viewpoint theory to impart social justice dance and theatre to the Illinois Valley. The program now thrives, performing 2 original works a year for the community, offering 8 hours of dance and theatre classes weekly, and educating local teachers with sustainable arts integration practices. During this time Ms. Angelique has also taught at the Oregon Conservatory for Performing Arts and Southern Oregon University's summer programs, as well as her own ongoing open community classes.
Today, Ms. Angelique remains focused on creating sustainable rural arts programs and providing professional development for educators in pedagogy and sustainable arts integration. She still creates original choreographies, bringing the joy of dance to inter-generational students and artists in rural communities. And, she remains committed to working with youth, engaging them in meaningful dance and theatre performance throughout rural Southern Oregon.
After graduating in 1994, Ms. Angelique and her partner Christopher Hall founded Eveoke Dance Theatre, a social justice centered dance theatre company whose mission was to cultivate compassionate social action through arts education and evocative performance. The company developed a thriving school which taught off-site community outreach classes throughout San Diego and San Ysidro's inner city, low-income communities as well as a downtown academy which taught more than 30 classes weekly. Ms. Angelique developed and articulated the Eveoke technique, which worked off a 6-part center and enabled dancers to perform in a detailed, deeply athletic style with minimum injuries. The technique used 'actualism' to create intention-based movement that, when woven with world dance idioms like butoh and balinese dance, created a unique and compelling dance theatre language.
The Eveoke professional company served as teachers for the education program while creating and performing more than 26 original dance theatre works around pivotal social issues. Many of these works received critical acclaim and contributed to Eveoke's reputation as the most prolific and artistically exciting company of its time. “What we are witnessing is the death of the dominant, cooly ironic post-modern aesthetic, and the ascendance of a new generation of theatre artists who believe in the necessity and power of art to awaken us to life in all its beauty and horror.” -Jennifer DePoyen, June 23, 2000, San Diego Union Tribune review of Angelique's Soul of a Young Girl. Ms. Angelique's choreography and work in her community made her the recipient of several important awards and honors, including the “Honor My Champion” changemaker award and she was the recipient of Dance USA's dancemaker grants twice.
Over the 13 years of Ms. Angelique's tenure as Artistic Director of Eveoke Dance Theatre, the company school developed a substantial arts integration program, bringing dance and theatre education into many local schools. She also led a pedagogy program in which new arts teachers were continually being developed and became a master teacher to arts and academic teachers throughout California. Eveoke also produced the annual 'Celebrate Dance Festival' in Balboa Park which built community around regional dance and theatre artists by offering week long performances and events throughout San Diego's historic park.
GINA ANGELIQUEprofessional development for teachers through sustainable arts integration & pedagogy