About Collaborators

Christine Bonansea — Performer, Louis Lumière

Christine Bonansea is a French dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker who has been living and performing in the Bay Area for 4 years. She studied in France at the University La Sorbonne, pursued her dance training with C.Diverres, Regine Chopinot (ENMD) and Mathilde Monnier (Exerce 99) and explored diverse visual arts as well as physical performing techniques. She’s been performing and collaborating internationally with various artists over the last 15 years. Her work has been shown in the US and in Europe. This is her second project with Catherine Galasso.


Marina Fukushima — Performer, Auguste Lumière

Marina Fukushima, is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in San Francisco. She has danced with Bay Area dance companies like Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, KUNST-STOFF, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, ODC and project agora. She has also worked with Christine Bonansea, Lenora Lee and Kim Epifano. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Marina received her BFA in Dance from Butler University in Indiana and continued her studies at the University of Iowa, where she received her MFA in Dance. Her work has been presented at the American College Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado, KUNST-STOFF arts, ODC Theater, Project Artaud Theater and 418 Dance Project, Santa Cruz, CA. This is her second project with Catherine Galasso.

Elaine Buckholtz — Lighting and Visual Design

Elaine’s most recent work utilizes video and light in relation to sculptural forms, digital prints, and preexisting sites in architecture and nature under the cover of darkness.  She has shown work at The Swiss Technorama Museum, Winterthur Switzerland, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, California, The Claremont Museum in Southern California, Pierogi Leipzig, Leipzig Germany, The Luggage Store in San Francisco,The San Francisco Arts Commission, California College of The Arts, Stanford University, The Wexner Center For The Arts, Sun Valley Center For The Arts, and Fusion Art Space, San Francisco, California.

Elaine attended The California College Of The Arts on a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from 2002-2004 and received her MFA from Stanford University in 2006. She currently teaches at Stanford University in the Art and Art History department as an adjunct faculty member. She has worked as a Lighting and Visual Designer in the bay area for 20 years and has also worked with Merce Cunningham and Meredith Monk recreating their visual environments internationally. She continues to tour with Meredith Monk as a Lighting Designer.  http://nighthouse.withtank.com

Michael Galasso — Music

Michael Galasso (1949-2009) was an American composer and violinist based in Paris, France. A musician of classical formation, Galasso experimented for 30 years with a melodic and rhythmic synthesis in which his affinities with Baroque music are entwined with his American heritage as well as with Iranian and central Asia traditions. His film scores include “In The Mood For Love,” “Tango Rashevski,” and “Seraphine” for which he was awarded a French Cesar for Best Original Music. He was a collaborator of theater director Robert Wilson for more than 30 years, writing music for “A Letter For Queen Victoria” (1974), “Les Fables de La Fontaine (2004), and “Quartett” (2006) starring Isabelle Huppert.  Galasso’s film scores include Wong Kar-Wai’s “Chunking Express” and “In the Mood for Love,” Martin Provost’s “Seraphine,” and Babak Payami’s Iranian film “Secret Ballot,” among others.  Galasso also made numerous sound/music installations, including the Giorgio Armani Retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2000 – the first sound installation in the New York Guggenheim’s history – and the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2001. Subsequently the exhibition has traveled to the Neue National Galerie in Berlin, followed by London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and Rome at the Terme Diocleziano. Galasso composed and performed music for choreographers Karole Armitage, Andy DeGroat, and Lucinda Childs. He has two albums on ECM Records, “Scenes” (1983) and “High Lines” (2005), and in 2008 performed a solo concert at the Teatro Romano in Spoleto Italy, described by New York Times critic Daniel Wakin as a “a tour de force of stamina and harmonic invention.”

Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough — Set Design

Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough is a visual artist, bassist and vocalist in T.I.T.S., and Exhibit Developer at the Exploratorium. She received her MFA in furniture design from CCA in 2002 and lives in San Francisco.