History

Company C Contemporary Ballet was founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Charles Anderson, a former member of the New York City Ballet, and Elizabeth Reed, who served as executive director until retiring in 2014. Company C’s mission is to offer a repertoire of contemporary choreography that is moving, provocative, beautiful and entertaining.

Company C has presented more than 40 world premieres by 29 choreographers. Throughout its history, the Company has performed works from such masters as Antony Tudor, Lar Lubovitch and Paul Taylor, including the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Armenia.

Numerous publications have chronicled Company C’s rising stature in the dance world. Dance Magazine was among the first to recognize the ballet Company’s growing national reputation, selecting it to its prestigious “2010 25 to Watch” list. Company C’s work has been nominated for seven Isadora Duncan Awards and recognized by Diablo Magazine as “Best Dance Troupe” five times.

In 2013, the Company was one of six ballet companies from across the United States invited to perform at New York’s prestigious Joyce Theater for the Ballet v6.0 Festival.

In 2014 the ballet Company reenvisioned its artistic goals and let go of its annual winter and spring seasons and began focusing on a full-length story ballet, Arcane: A Tale of All Hallows’ Eve. The company plans on having Arcane become an annual Halloween event.

In 2015, the Company premiered Arcane at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Accompanied by a ten-piece orchestra, the six performances broke attendance records and elicited cheers from audiences.

Arcane returned to the Cowell in October 2016, adding three new sections, new music and sets to heighten the ambience and add depth to Arcane’s story.

Photo by Rosalie O’Connor