Based in Los Angeles, California, Samantha-Jane Gray, is a dancer, choreographer and instructor . She is passionate about movement as creative expression, through dance and art, and also as an experience of our health, physicality and spirituality. Born in South Africa , she graduated with a BA in Law & Organizational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg . She then moved to Vancouver where she trained at the well renowned Arts Umbrella Professional Dance Graduate Program.
Samantha is drawn to physicality in all art forms, and over the last 15 years has had the privilege of performing in ballet companies, contemporary projects, multi-faceted works . She has also partnered with lighting designers , musicians and film producers to create her own works in Canada, South Africa, Germany and most recently the USA.
For 2 years, she toured in the critically acclaimed ‘Ghost of Violence’ production by the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada . As part of this production, she and her outstanding international cast and crew, partnered with federal and non-profit organizations to promote awareness and address the issues surrounding domestic abuse . This was a” challenging and rewarding experience, and an incredible honor to portray the stories of these brave women. It was humbling to use the dance art form, as a platform to engage and promote discussion on pertinent issues. “
A unique sense of theatricality is a strong factor for Samantha in her projects. plastic orchid factory, with its original score, adventurous costume design and story-telling routed in somatic exploration, embodies this notion. Samantha was fortunate enough to have shared the stage with these talented artists, not only for the Dances for a Small Stage ,but also, the popular Dance in Vancouver Festival .
Events: Opening Ceremonies Vancouver Olympics 2010
Created collaborative works: IGNITE! Calgary Interplay Projects. Vancouver Kinetic Studios. Halifax
Photographic Collaborations: Jim Mneyneh. Ken Meyers. Peter Eastwood Photography.
Featured in Films: “ Beyond Boxes” aired in Sweden & Bumbershoot 2012 created by Sonia Segavu on a work by Henry Daniel for the opening of The Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
Collaborator : shared stages with musicians and actors – The Media Club , Vancouver City Dance Theatre, Rio Theatre.
Fashions shows – The Art Institute, Vancouver
Clairobscur Dance Company March 18th
@ The Nate Holden Theatre- Los Angeles “Dessicated Earth” and ” Girl Get Off”
Artist Collaboration with the incredible Beck&Col
@ Human Resources
Commercial Shoot for The Dance Store
Happy Place: in a tutu
Performing for the LA FOLLIES
Performing a classical and contemporary demonstration solo for the Applied Kinesiology Department at the Southern Californian University of Health Sciences, followed by a consultation on pointe work education and dance injury and prevention.
PERFORMING @ APAP IN NYC
Dress Rehearsal-January 2017
NBC UNIVERSAL HOLIDAY BASH
THE LA FOLLIES STRIKE AGAIN, AT BOULEVARD 3, HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL ORDER: POINTE SHOES AND EDM DECEMBER 2016
Collaboration with 16seventeen and Mallory Morrison Photography
“Embrace” , a piece from the ” Expansion” Collection on view @ 1617 Broadway, Suite C These works signify, the process of transformation, letting go, the re-birth that comes with change and balancing the masculine and feminine principles. http://www.mallorymorrison.com/ Curated by Katie Rayle Dancing with Leigh Wakeford
Teaching @ LMU
DANCING @ TARFEST – SEPTEMBER 24TH
THIS CAST! THIS CAST! Dancing with the coolest kids in the LA dance scene in the LA BREA TAR PITS! 5 min piece @ 5: 15 and 6:20. It’s going to be great event! Dancing with the dinosaurs Part 2
MOBIUS STRIP FILM @ ELETRIC LODGE SEPTEMBER 5TH 2016
Mobius Strip is an experimental short dance film made to raise and sustain environmental awareness on the impact of man’s existence on the planet. It is a visual expression of the inevitable destructive nature of man’s existence on Earth. SYNOPSIS: Inspired by and performed to ‘Sweet Love for Planet Earth’ by F. Buttons, Mobius Strip
ACADEMY OF CLASSICAL BALLET AND MODERN DANCES. SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE. AUGUST 2016
Thank you to the Academy of Classical Ballet and Modern Dances for hosting me in your 20th Anniversary Summer Dance Intensive in August. I’m excited to get groovy, long and strong in contemporary techniques and stretch and strength! LET’S DANCE 🙂 New Brunswick. Canada!
Wakabesque on set. LA FOLLIES & EVIDENCE FILM STUDIOS COLLABORATION
More coming soon.
“Moon” @ Electric Lodge. Venice. LA. May 2nd @ 7:30pm
Excited that our film “Moon” will be presented at the Electric Lodge in Venice , Los Angeles in the Max 10 Performance Series. Monday, May 2nd @ 7:30 pm. “Rock on to Electric Avenue 🎶” A radio Mandeep production©
Rolling with the punches on Tour. SAN FRANCISCO
We performed with LA- based Clairobscular Dance Company @ Fort Mason Theatre after rainy delays in LA, confused shuttles and antsy dance bodies wanting to be set free ! Dancer Love !
Dancing with Dinosaurs for the LA FOLLIES @ The Natural History Museum
A mash-up of Carmen, Swan Lake and Snow. I was reading about dinosaurs in a romantic tutu between numbers….
PERFORMANCE WITH HELADO NEGRO @ REDCAT
LA TMES ARTICLE YOUTUBE: HELADO NEGRO A dazzling night jamming with Helado Negro in the Experimental Pop Series collaboration between the The Broad Museum and RedCat Theatre.
PHOTOSHOOT FOR PHYSICALMIND CANADA AND MARTA HERNANDEZ STUDIO
PHOTOSHOOT FOR PHYSICALMIND CANADA & MARTA HERNANDEZ STUDIO. We shared a gorgeous summer afternoon in Malibu shooting some new material for PhysicalMind Canada Courses & Marta Hernandez Studio. We laughed and sweated and got Marta doing some dance moves again! A huge thank you to Scott Morgan for your talents , patience and the afternoon
Assisting on Rebellion & Johannesburg
Dynamic German-South African Choreographer, Jessica Nupen, invited me into her process of Romeo and Juliet. It is furious re-telling of this dangerous love-story, set to the backdrop of Johannesburg’s urban street culture. With a young man’s battle between his heritage and the city’s harsh demands, street mugging style- duets , funky rhythms and glorious movers,
Canada Council for the Arts
A special thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support that enabled me to be here in Cape Town and perform in this incredible project: Spartacus of Africa.
Spartacus of Africa
It is such an honour to be performing in the robust “Spartacus of Africa” : a production by the South African National Dance Trust Dates: May 29th -June 14th @Joburg Theatre This collaboration brings together classical choreographer :Veronica Paeper and contemporary choreographer: David Krugal in an exciting fusion of this Russian classic with the