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Mendana Productions presents

In Remembrance Of


A multi-disciplinary performance about the women of World War II.


Fridays and Saturdays
Sept. 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2008 at 8pm

Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church 500 De Haro St. (@ Mariposa), SF



WHO: Mendana Productions
Choreographed & Directed by Elizabeth Mendana
Poetry written by Alison Luterman
Music by Amar Khalsa, Sahib-Amar Khalsa, and Suzanne “Shazam” Cimone
Performed by Jylian Cortez, Katharina Darvas, Zahra Garrett, Natta Haotzima, Elizabeth Mendana, Bonner Odell, Katharina Worthington

WHAT: In Remembrance Of — An original evening–length performance integrating dance, poetry, song and music.

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays, September 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2008 at 8pm

WHERE: Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro St. SF

TICKETS: $20 general admission / $10 students; Mendana Productions Box Office: 415-309-2969

In Remembrance Of explores the stories of the women who joined the military during World War II. Recruiting women into the military was a big step on the journey for gender equality in this nation. What was it like for these young women who were in the first tremors of what would become an earthquake of social change? How did these times affect the status of women now? Mendana Productions hopes to inspire with the specific and personal stories of the women who believed so strongly that they wanted to volunteer for the military in that difficult time. In Remembrance Of captures the innocence and tenacity of these women, rage at racial injustice and at the use of the atomic bomb, and a few regrets at missed opportunities.

Mendana Productions presents stories of human beauty and frailty, success and failure. The choreopoems paint vivid and poignant pictures both of the things that make us proud and the things that make us ashamed to be part of the human race. The performance builds a sound, text and movement collage around the exquisite poetry of award-winning poet Alison Luterman.

In Remembrance Of will be performed at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church ( This unique faith community places a strong emphasis on the arts and has been a frequent presenter of classical music concerts. In Remembrance Of is St. Gregory’s second year of presenting Mendana Productions. When the St. Gregory’s community built their new building, they designed it with a beautifully crafted, sprung-wood dance floor, perfect for this performance-in-the-round. Mendana Productions is honored to bring In Remembrance Of to this very special venue.

Elizabeth Mendana
has been working in the performing arts for over 25 years. Her unique background includes extensive experience in both the production and performance sides of dance and theatre. She completed a BA in Dance from the University of Colorado and a MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. Since 2002, she has been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area as a performer, choreographer, lighting designer, teacher, production manager and videographer.

Mendana’s artistic passion lies in the projects and productions that integrate multiple artistic arenas. Her work has been presented at ODC Theatre, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Dance Mission, the Jon Sims Center, Herbst Theatre, CounterPulse, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Studio 12, and the Oakland Metro Theatre. She has taught in residencies with the Illinois State Theatre Festival, Off the Deep End Performance Ensemble (Raleigh, NC), Quest for Global Healing Conference (Bali, Indonesia), Parliament of World Religions (Barcelona, Spain), and Orchesis Dance Company (Chicago, IL). She has performed for Kim Epifano and for Sue Li-Jue in San Francisco’s Trolley Dances 2003-2006. She is also currently in her sixth season as a performer with the Oakland based WING IT! Performance Ensemble, a multi-disciplinary company combining dance, storytelling, and music.

Alison Luterman is an award winning poet, playwright, and essay writer. She is a playwright-mentor to incarcerated youth, teaches writing workshops at the Writing Salon and at Esalen Institute, and was an MFA advisor at New College, SF. She has been published in Radiance, The Sun, the East Bay Express, SF Chronicle and Response. She performs with WING IT! Performance Ensemble and Dolphin Tales Story Theatre. Her play Saying Kaddish With My Sister received staged readings in San Francisco, Seattle and New York City, and was produced in West Bloomfield, Michigan by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. Her play Oasis was produced in San Francisco by No Nude Men Theatre. Among her more recent works for the stage, A Couple of Savages Up to their Eyeballs in Hot Water has received a staged reading in New York City, and A Night in Jail received a staged reading in San Francisco in April 2008.

Amar Khalsa has created music for the WING IT! Performance Ensemble for the past 15 years. In 2007 he created music for the Mendana Productions evening of See How We Almost Fly. His expertise in keyboard, percussion, and wind instruments, along with his incredible ability to craft his compositions, have impressed audiences around the globe.


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