Eveoke Dance Theatre was founded in 1994 by Gina Angelique and Christopher Hall with an original Concert Company of 8 dancers. Programming out of a small studio on the 5th floor of the Ratner Arts Building in downtown San Diego, the organization produced three month long performance works per season and began operating a unique arts education program fueled by the mission to cultivate compassionate social action. In 1997, Eveoke moved to a large 5000 square foot building in the heart of downtown’s East Village and the programs grew exponentially to not only serve on-site students with this unique experience but to serve thousands of youth weekly in extensive outreach programs with city schools and community organizations while still producing evocative dance theatre with an ever-evolving group of talented artists. Eveoke’s access programs ensured a diverse and rich community of artists, students, and patrons. This all holds true today, in Eveoke’s 17th year, now programming out of a beautiful studio in the heart of North Park.
We continue to produce an annual season of original dance theatre works, operate an arts education program aimed at long-term, quality interactions between students and teachers, and provide unique experiences that increase visibility for dance and benefit our diverse San Diego community. We do all this through the lens of our core values: access, intention, and collaboration.
Access is achieved through Pay What You Can admission to over half of our annual performances (80 per year) as well as our Tuition Assistance, Work Trade, and scholarship programs which serve more than 60% of our student population. Anyone can dance at Eveoke regardless of ability to pay!
Intention translates into heart-opening dance theatre performances and effective, exemplary education projects based in social activism and compassionate perspectives.
Collaboration ensures connections made across age, gender and cultural gaps which improve the depth and quality of our artistic approach, outreach partnerships and community engagement work.