Photo by Sarah Sandoval                                                           

Photo by Sarah Sandoval                                                           

Photo by EKGROW

Photo by EKGROW

Photo by Kristian Punturere, Edit by EKGROW

Photo by Kristian Punturere, Edit by EKGROW

Esme Kundanis-Grow 

EKGROW is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer, and teacher. She is a graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder's BFA Dance Program. She has presented her choreography at Dance Mission Theatre, ODC, The Garage, and KUNST-STOFF Arts. Her dance-for-camera work has been showcased in Barcelona, Spain, Burgundy, France and Mexico. She has performed and collaborated in numerous productions in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago, and the Greater Denver Area with companies: Dance and A Half, Pearl Marill/Modern on Command, Mix'd Ingrdnts and artists: Sara Du|Jour, Macklin Kowal, Christine Bonansea, and Sara Shelton Mann, among others. She currently teaches dance through San Francisco Arts Education Project, ODC, Brisbane Dance and Theatre Workshop, and Rhythm and Motion Dance Workout Program.

Artistic Statement

My mission as an artist is to create a precipice where performers and audience members experience a shared space for experimentation surrounding our conscious and unconscious behaviors. My interest lies in the distortion and dissonance of the familiar, and how I can create bridges and gaps in our relationships to reality and surreality. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the work guides all involved into personal moments of awakening, transformation, re-invigoration, and self-empowerment. 

Awards 2013-2015

Fall 2014 CA$H Grant Recipient

2014/2015 Commission:  D.I.R.T. (Dance in Revolt(ing) Times)-Program A, Dance Mission Theatre

2013/2014 Commission: Ryan Wurst, Graduate Showcase, University of Minnesota