The Drove is a twice-annual evening curated by Chlo & Co Dance. Courtney and Chloë invite artists from the Bay Area to create work in response to given prompts that address an overarching theme for the evening. The evening is curated to create a diverse community of artists by providing them a venue and visibility for their work without the need to produce their own platform.


Spring 2017: The Drove IIIJun 21 & 22, presented by The National Queer Arts Festival and SAFEhouse Arts

The Drove III examined mysticism and the inevitable.

Photo Courtesy of Chlo & Co Dance

Chlo & Co Dance premiered Illuminati, a new project shaped from airplanes, clouds and turning left. With an interest in how to challenge and inspect the ways that mysticism and the inevitable interact, the duo opened their process to allow the piece to shift and change with different spaces, times, and contexts. They also presented a new piece, 21 First Moves Feat Chloë.

Guest artists joined in the exploration, tackling space: big and little, orbits, sound, weight and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.



Collaborating Artists Eric Eich/Silk Worm and Brittany Newell are drag queens with IBS.

Someplace, else (work in progress)

Choreography by Edgar Mendez in collaboration with Dancers
Performance by Tashanay Spain and Jamie Lynne
Music by Shura and Dustin O’Halloran
Edgar Mendez is a San Francisco native and a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a split major in Dance and English. Over the course of his studies he found that dance was the only thing that fueled his soul and knew that this was what he wanted to experience in his life daily. He is currently a company member with Stranger Lover Dreamer and Davalos Dance company and has worked with choreographers Catherine Marie Davalos, Rogelio Lopez, Bliss Kohlmyer, Shaunna Vella, and Elizebeth Randall to name a few.

Gouda Gaze (is lazy gaze)

Choreography and Performance by Krimm (Kim Ip)
Music by Jlin
Kim Ip plopped into Oakland in 2010 and is not-so-freshly hatched from Mills College. When she’s not dancing, she works as a Pilates teacher and faux-mommy with the babies of SF. She completed a residency at SafeHouse Arts in 2016 and is an Artist in Residence at Shawl-Anderson. She currently dances for STEAMROLLER, Aisan Hoss, and her own project, Krimm’s Dance Party. She is honoured to be sharing the bill with such incredible bae area artists.


Choreography and Performance by Hanna Rose Stangebye, Katharine Gripp, and Natalie Marinkovich
Costumes by Rachel Levine
Music by Frankie Rose with mixing by Hanna Rose Stangebye
Hanna Rose Stangebye has a BFA in Dance From Western Michigan University and her primary forms of training include ballet, modern, and jazz. Since relocating to San Francisco Hanna Rose has performed as a freelance artist with various groups and as a soloist. She has been a resident artist with SAFEhouse on and off since 2014. Hanna Rose also teaches group fitness classes and has been the Managing Director at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts since 2016. In the fall, Hanna Rose will be attending the Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory here in San Francisco in the pursuit of all that is funny.

8, 767, 128

Choreography and Performance by Courtney Hope
Music by Quincy Vidal, Dr. James A. Moorer and Peggy Lee
Courtney Hope has collaborated with PUSH, David Herrera Performance Company, Sarah Bush Dance Project, Soulskin, and Bay Area Dance Collective lead by Khala Brannigan. She has performed at ODC Theatre, Z-space, Levy Salon and Dance Mission Theatre among others. Courtney has performed her own choreography at Levy Salon, SAFEhouse and The Hatch where she premiered her first production, CASUAL.

Fall 2016 Drove: Are You Having Fun Yet? at Little Boxes Theater, Dec 9 & 10

Are You Having Fun Yet? questioned the ways that the idea of “fun” manifests from a multitude of varying circumstances.

Photo by Aaron Simunovich

Chlo & Co Dance presented several vignettes and a new work, Grim Girls, Appearing Tonight As. Facing transition and challenged by the pace and expectations of the city, Courtney and Chloë continually found conversations reflecting on what fun is and how, why, and when it occurs. The vignettes and new work respond to their awareness that there may not be a single answer.

Guest artists responded to the concepts and prompts generated by Courtney and Chloë’s conversations, and the way that the notion of “fun” presents both challenge and joy: when it is fleeting, depletes, is physical, youthful, infinite, independent, stereotypical, or genuine…


Purse Party Tricks

Purse Party Tricks: Fun may seem effortless, but it’s is tucked in the seams of that girl at the party. She glitters, she glows, she’s the one everyone knows. Her words few, intentions true. Trinkets carried around, dazzle crowds. She sneaks you treats, adorns your hands with sparklers. You (both) feel alive in the night time.
Sophie Peoples is a queer artist, observer and coffee spiller living in San Francisco. She enjoys dancing and haribo gummy cherries. Her mind works by way of visual lists, which is reflected in her art. She enjoys monochromatic palettes and all things glitter. Find her: personally: @sophiehoney, professionally:, intimately:


We are infiltrated with imagery that tells us we are not good enough, skinny enough or pretty enough. I seek to make imagery that encourages rebellion to that ideal.
Julia Ballenger is a Ceramics artist and illustrator from Boise, Idaho. She works out of her studio in the mission. In addition to making work, she teaches sculpture and ceramics at Clay by the Bay studio. Find her work at and @Julia_ballenger

Not Forgotten

Choreography and Performance by Jessica de Leon, Samantha Nielsen, Rosalinda Ortega & Lindsay Wakayama
Music by The Head & The Heart
Rosie Ortega and her dancers are all graduates of Santa Clara University with dance training in both Modern & Ballet. They are all members of for change dance collective, a democratic dance company that has performed throughout the bay area using their stories to inspire social change and awareness. Learn more about them at

I made a world for you. it’s broken and I can’t fix it. is that too heavy?

Choreography and Performance by Aiano Nakagawa and Elizabeth Bressler
Music and text by Peter Sarstedt, Carter Heyward, and Kurt Vonnegut
Aiano Nakagawa and Elizabeth Bressler continue the nine year, never ending conversation.


Choreography and Performance by Garth Grimball
Music by Rhianna
Garth Grimball is a native of North Carolina where he received his BA in Anthropology and Dance at UNC Asheville. He danced with Asheville Ballet for five seasons performing new and repertory works. He received his MFA in choreography and performance from Mills College where he was the recipient of the Liatis Foundation Dance Scholarship award and performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Mel Wong, Sonya Delwaide, Sheldon Smith, Katie Faulkner, and Molissa Fenley. He currently dances with Dana Lawton Dances and Wax Poet(s).

A short study on the relationship between pressurization and tensile strength

Created by Arletta Anderson / Adam Smith
Performance by Adam Smith
Music by Ace of Base
Arletta Anderson / Adam Smith are a dance artist and a theater artist, respectively. Together they make multidisciplinary work that exists in real time: there are no characters, no fake sets, no suspension of disbelief. They are currently in residence at CounterPulse developing weather // body for April 2017.


Choreography by Fullstop Dance
Performance by Katie Florez (Fri), Natalie Grant (Sat), Rachel Laws and Katie Meyers
Music by Jacob Ter Velduis, Jeroen Van Veen, Nils Frahm and Powell
Fullstop Dance is an SF-based dance collective that creates and shares work through performances, movement workshops and video projects. This past year Fullstop had the opportunity to perform at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance as well as LEVYsalon. In January they’ll be collaborating with LinsDans, a Bay Area solo artist and are thrilled to be a part of this iteration of The Drove.

Spring 2016 Drove: Two Points at Little Boxes Theater, May 7

Two Points investigated the dynamics of distance. 

Photo by Caitlin Hurley

Chlo & Co Dance presented Non-Concentric Circlesbased entirely on material that was generated when Courtney and Chloë were separated by two state lines for a series of weeks. With a generative process structured around developing material each week and recording thoughts each day, the piece seeks to discover how two independent bodies of material can integrate and relate after experiencing distance.

Guests delved into their responses to the ways distance manifests: the state of the spiritual and physical body; relationships to home, to childhood, to the future; proximity and senses of security; encounters with other people; choice making.


I turned 5 riding an elephant

A series of photographs by Melissa Lewis. They were all taken on 35mm film in Kathmandu, Nepal. The images are a revisiting and a referencing to when her family lived in Kathmandu from 1996-1997. In 2013 she returned, yearning to capture her earliest memories—of the markets, the smells, the fear, the sacred, the otherness, and the home. I turned 5 riding an elephant. is an elegy to the foreign textures of her childhood. 
Melissa is an SF dancer, photographer, and coffee connoisseur. She is the Co-Artistic Director of hers & hers and dances with detour dance. Melissa shoots 35mm film and volunteers at the Harvey Milk Photography Center. Contact her for shoots and print purchases at:

“the struggle is real-
ly not.”

Choreography and Performance by Sienna Williams
Music by Lisa Stansfield: “All Around the World”; Pretty Taking All Fades: “Boss Ass Bitch”; Nancy Sinatra: “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise”
Sienna Williams graduated from USF last May and since then she has held about eleven different jobs all while convincing herself that she is in fact living the dream in her post-grad life. Recently, she has had the honor of working with hers & hers in ODC Pilot 67 and will reprise the work with them at SAFEhouse on May 11th and 12th. To her fellow millennials she bids,” keep up the faith and never stop listening to Lemonade.”


Choreography by Clarissa Ko and Melissa S. Mancini
Performance by Clarissa Ko, Nyla Leonardi, and Melissa Mancini
Music by Christine and the Queens: “Saint Claude”
Melissa Mancini and Clarissa Ko are graduating from the University of San Francisco with BAs in Performing Arts and Social Justice (dance). Trained in many styles of dance, their movement explores versatility and personal challenge. They dance together in the companies: Vitality Dance SF and VarCity SF, and have worked with choreographers such as Eli Nelson, Matt Montenegro, Dexandro “D” Montalvo, Jenny McAllister, and detour dance.


Choreography and Sound Composition by Sarah Bush
Performance by Nina Wu
Poem by Sarah Webster Fabio: “My Own Thing”
Sarah Bush Dance Project is an Oakland-based dance company, formed in 2007 to promote innovative artistry, community interaction, and feminist ideals through the creation and presentation of multimedia dance. Up next: This Land Oakland – Bringing The Outside In Sun May 22nd 8pm Laney College Theater Oakland. Visit for info.