Christine Germain - STEM

Founded in 2007, Christine Germain/STEM (formally known as Christine Germain and Dancers) uses somatics as a practice/process of inquiry to heighten social and environmental awareness. The performance actions are denunciations, manifestoes, political statements and questions. Each performance is an extension of the performers’ practice and rehearsal into the public sphere. A common theme running through all company’s creative work is “otherness” and the ways we deal with the foreign, the unfamiliar, and how the novel yields particular consequences. 

Christine Germain:

Originally from Quebec, Canada, Christine is a movement explorer, dancer and choreographer. She earned earned an MFA in Dramatic Arts/Choreography from University of California in Davis and a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University in Montréal. She recently received the “Outstanding Choreographer” Award from BayAreaDanceWatch for her work about social issues from 2010-2014. Other awards include the UC Davis Humanities Graduate Research Award and the “Most Promising Choreographer” Award at the 2012 Montreal Fringe Festival. Her work has been performed In Canada, Germany, England, India, and the United States. As a dancer, Christine performed for Ellen Bromberg, Cathleen McCarthy, Iu-Hui Chua, Kim Epifano, Paco Gomes, Jesse Hewit, Alex Ketley, Diana Lara, Amy Lewis, Nita Little, and Sri Shashi Shankla among others.

Sonsherée W Giles is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and costume designer. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. From 2005-2015, she was Associate Director and performing/teaching artist with AXIS Dance Company, a physically integrated, contemporary repertory company based in Oakland, California. She has taught contemporary dance in public school systems, institutions, dance festivals and universities and her work has been seen by audiences throughout the USA and internationally. She received her MFA in performance/choreography from Mills College located in Oakland, California. Sonsherée has received an Isadora Duncan Award for ensemble performance, and a Homer Avila Award for Excellence in the field of integrated dance.

Joyce Lu:

Joyce is a Feldenkrais practitioner and a member of Bodyweather Laboratory (BWL), directed by Oguri in Los Angeles. She has performed with BWL at the Getty and Guggenheim museums and also practices Balinese dance with Gadung Kasturi (Norcal) and Burat Wangi (Socal). She teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College.

Diana Lara:

Diana Lara is a choreographer, performer and teacher from Honduras. She graduated from the choreography program of the Center for Research and Choreography at the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts, and from the Somatic Research and Participatory Arts program at Moving-on-Center in Oakland. In 2011, she graduated from the Body-Mind Centering certification program on Developmental Movement in Berkeley. She has worked for 20 years in collective dance groups with inspiring choreographers and improvisers in Mexico, and Central America. Diana has collaborated in the San Francisco Bay Area with Rosemary Hannon, Bonner Odell, Liz Boubion, Maryann Brooks, Aya Chigusa, and the Dance Generators.

Slater Penney:
Slater Penney is an Emmy award winning physical theatre artist and teacher. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Theatre Arts, then furthered his professional training at the San Francisco Circus Center and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He currently has two of his own productions, The Submarine Show and Le Projet Migration, both of which continue to tour and win awards internationally. He has taught circus for the past 17 years, and is proud to be the Gym Director at Luna Gymnastics. Slater continues to teach group and private lessons in circus arts at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, and hopes to continue growing as a creative human being for the rest of his life.


Many wonderful musicians have contributed to the various work presented by Christine Germain and Dancers:

Aharon Wheels Bolsta (Writhing Letters, Remembering)

Jaysi Chander (Remembering)

Frédéric Péloquin (Le Projet Migration)

Albert Mathias (Le Projet Migration, Nexus)

Gretchen Jude (Transmutation, Corps Étranger)

Ofir Uziel (Le Projet Migration)

Audrey Spinazola

And we also had the chance to have the talented Heather Basarab as lighting designer!!

Thank you to all the artists for sharing time, energy and creativity!