PRESS RELEASE: Malashock Dance Offers a Unique Perspective at the San Diego Museum of Art

March 23, 2024

For immediate release:

Malashock Dance will create and perform a program of contemporary dance for SDMA’s patrons in the James S. Copley Auditorium at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Six professional dancers and one musician will perform three separate dance pieces, including a new choreographic work inspired by Arshile Gorky’s painting, CHILD’S COMPANION, on loan to SDMA, choreographed by Christopher K. Morgan. The performance features interactive conversation and a rare opportunity to experience two choreographic interpretations of the same work of art.

The program will include 4 works and an interactive component.

A POINTED CONVERSATION is a duet choreographed by John Malashock in response to a Henry Moore sculpture, performed in conjunction with the O’Keeffe/Moore exhibition. Live music is composed and played by Rann Golamco.

CONVERGENCE is a work co-choreographed by John Malashock and Jessica Rabanzo-Flores, also utilizing live music composed and played by Rann Golamco, the spouse of choreographer Jessica Rabanzo-Flores.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of this performance will be the process session and audience discussion. A fascinating compare and contrast and demonstration showing the process of creating choreography inspired by the Gorky painting, including how movement is created; examples of choreographic connections to the art work; and interactive engagement with the audience’s responses and questions. Each choreographer will illuminate how they interpret visual art as a dance work.

COMPANIONS (New work) will be choreographed by Christopher K. Morgan in response to Arshile Gorky’s CHILD’S COMPANION.

The entire program will run approximately 55 minutes

For media inquiries, photos, interviews, or additional information, please contact:

Molly Puryear, Malashock Dance

[email protected]



About Malashock Dance

Malashock Dance, founded by John Malashock in 1988, is one of California’s foremost dance companies known for its innovation, creativity, and commitment to educational and artistic excellence in the field of dance. With a rich history of successful collaborations, nationally recognized education programs, a thriving community at its dance school in ARTS DISTRICT:Liberty Station,  and a legacy of world-class performances, Malashock Dance continues to inspire audiences and enrich the community through the transformative power of dance. The mission of Malashock Dance is to illuminate the power of dance as an invaluable part of the human experience. It is a gathering place for artists to create new work, engage with the community, and provide unique educational opportunities. We believe dance belongs to everyone.

Show Times/Dates:

March 23, 2024

3: 00p.m.

Location: Copley Auditorium at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park

Tickets: $0-$50