Malashock Dance and SACRA/PROFANA Collaborate on World Premiere of ‘Snakeskin’

Malashock Dance and SACRA/PROFANA Collaborate on World Premiere of ‘Snakeskin’
March, 2015 Client News
SAN DIEGO – March 6, 2015—Choreographer John Malashock (Artistic Director of Malashock Dance) and composer Krishan Oberoi (Director of SACRA/PROFANA), team up to create “Snakeskin,” an original, evening-length dance drama, inspired by the plays and characters of Tennessee Williams. “Snakeskin” is a collaboration between Malashock Dance and SACRA/PROFANA, in partnership with UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance. The world premiere performances will take place at UCSD’s Forum Theater May 15 -17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

The story of “Snakeskin” will be told through song, instrumental music, and choreography. Eight of Malashock’s dancers will portray the characters, while eight musicians (doubling as vocalists) deliver Oberoi’s score, whose musical language will reflect a dark, earthy tone; fusing elements of folk/rock and classically-influenced instrumental music. Oberoi and Malashock will forge a drama that recasts a mythic story, set in a small, Southern town, where flawed and genuinely human characters struggle with themes of bigotry, isolation, class-warfare, eroticism and narrow-mindedness.

“’Snakeskin’ is a timeless tale,and the characters represent primal forces – not unlike those in a Greek tragedy, says Oberoi. “The musical language, likewise, will incorporate songs in a modern folk and rock style, set against the backdrop of a more sophisticated instrumental score.”

“Storytelling through dance and music is as primal as it gets,” adds Malashock. “I love creating characters that people can relate to and, by working with a story this atmospheric and haunting, I think Krishan and I will be able to take audiences on a journey like no other.”

Oberoi and Malashock hope that by incorporating contrasting social and artistic elements, this new work will encourage audiences to reflect on the conspicuous prejudices that still exist in our society.

La Jolla Playhouse
Forum Theater
2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

May 15-17, 2015
7:30 p.m.

$45 Preferred Seating
$35 General Admission
$25 UCSD Alumni, Faculty, & Staff; Military and Seniors 65+
$15 Students (must have valid student ID)
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John Malashock brings 35 years of experience in dance, theater and film to his current role as Artistic Director of Malashock Dance. He has created more than 75 choreographic works, dance/theater collaborations, theater and opera productions, and award-winning dance films. John founded Malashock Dance in 1988, after a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp’s company in New York, where he performed world-wide; appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus; was featured in numerous television specials; and performed in numerous concerts with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Under John’s leadership, Malashock Dance has become one of California’s premiere dance companies, and his work has been presented throughout the United States, Central America, Japan, and Central Europe. Malashock has many notable collaborative credits to his name: he has choreographed productions at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre; his work has been commissioned by the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Music Society, and San Diego Opera; and he has garnered six Emmy Awards for his dance films, which have aired on over 30 affiliate PBS stations nationwide.

John has served as guest faculty for the American Dance Festival, Cal State Long Beach, Dance Space New York, ADF/Tokyo, Connecticut College, and University of Utah, among many others. A leader within the local and national dance communities, Malashock currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance USA, and is proud to have taken the leadership role in conceiving, developing, and establishing Dance Place San Diego at Liberty Station, where he teaches classes and workshops throughout the year.

New York native Krishan Oberoi is a visionary conductor whose passion for unorthodox programming is bolstered by a firm grounding in musical tradition. Oberoi attended the Yale School of Music, earning his master’s degree in conducting in 2006. In 2009, Oberoi founded SACRA/PROFANA, a professional choral organization that has quickly risen to become “San Diego’s go-to choral ensemble” (U-T San Diego). SACRA/PROFANA regularly performs with the San Diego Symphony, and has also embarked on major collaborations with the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Dance Theater, and San Diego Museum of Art.

At the start of SACRA/PROFANA’s 5th Season, Oberoi initiated the Sound/Project High School Residency, bringing professional choristers from SACRA/PROFANA into the classroom for a year-long residency at Mira Mesa High School. This effort led to SACRA/PROFANA’s first annual Summer Choral Intensive, a week-long institute for high school choral singers at the University of San Diego. The 2014 Summer Choral Intensive brought together over 70 high school students from 23 different schools for a week of high-level choral activities, culminating in a performance of challenging choral repertoire under Oberoi’s direction.

Oberoi has consistently championed the music of living composers, conducting regional premieres of works by Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Nico Muhly and Joshua Shank. He has also directed performances of many 20th century choral masterpieces, including Arnold Schoenberg’s Friede Auf Erden, Gyory Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna, and Ernst Krenek’s Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae.

In 2014, Oberoi was personally invited by Disney Theatrical Productions in New York to develop a choral contingent for a new musical with an Oscar-nominated score by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the 1996 animated film, had its U.S. premiere in October of 2014 at the La Jolla Playhouse, with Oberoi serving as Choir Master on a creative team including the show’s authors, as well as Director Scott Schwartz and conductor B-A Huffman. In this capacity, Oberoi recruited and prepared 120 choristers, providing a 32-voice onstage choral ensemble for over 50 consecutive performances.

About Malashock Dance
Malashock Dance is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded by John Malashock in 1988. A high-quality, innovative modern dance company that has performed contemporary dance productions both nationally and internationally while serving as a local dance education and training leader for 27 years, Malashock Dance’s mission is to promote dance as a channel for personal expression through participation, education, and artistic collaboration. Malashock Dance and The Malashock Dance School are located in Dance Place San Diego, on the historic grounds of NTC Liberty Station, 2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 202, San Diego, Calif. 92106. Learn more at Connect on Facebook at and Twitter.