FIRST THURSDAYS ART WALK Series
OCTOBER 5, 2023
Thursday, October 5, 2023
6:30 pm and 7:00 pm
425 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Entity Contemporary Dance presents new duet choreographed by Co-Director, Will Johnston and performed by Company Members Vickie Roan and Eugenia Rodriguez.
Entity Contemporary Dance was founded in 2009 by choreographers Will Johnston, Marissa Osato, and Elm Pizarro with the intent to forge connections between Southern California hip hop and contemporary dance communities. Based in Los Angeles and directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, Entity Contemporary Dance is a professional contemporary dance company that interweaves modern, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to explore the nuances of emotionality and intercultural connectivity. Comprised of working professionals in LA’s commercial dance industry, Entity creates live stage, site-specific, and film/TV work that prioritizes rhythm, dynamism, power, and vulnerability. Entity has performed and taught workshops across the U.S., Mexico, Asia, and Australia, and hosts bi-monthly Open Company Classes as well as annual Summer and Winter Intensives in Los Angeles and New York. Entity was a company-in-residence at Edge Performing Arts Center from 2016-2020, is currently a resident company at Stomping Ground L.A. and facilitates an ongoing partnership with JACCC- Japanese American Cultural & Community Center- located in DTLA.
Justin Pham is a dancer and choreographer originating from San Diego, California. He graduated from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance with a BFA in Dance and Minor in Cinematic Arts, where he had the opportunity to study under renowned artists and directors such as William Forsythe, Jodie Gates, and Desmond Richardson. During his time in school, he signed with Go 2 Talent Agency, performed in iLuminate’s Las Vegas show, and was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance.” In addition to setting pieces across the country, he has directed and produced multiple independent dance films and was a finalist at the 2017 McCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Desert and the 2020 Capezio A.C.E. Awards in Hollywood. Justin hopes to create a more cognitive and educational perspective on dance and choreography, specifically through the mediums of film and television, and works to become a multifaceted and interdisciplinary artist to innovate the dance industry for generations to come.