Re:borN Dance Interactive is excited to present its first evening-length Interactive Performance Exhibit


With the social trends of the 21st century, researchers have noted a decline in the ideas and functions of community. Taking inspiration from numerous thinkers from around the world, Re:borN brings a vision of community to life through this evening-length Interactive Performance Exhibit. Audience members will be immersed in a gallery-type presentation of dance, music, and projection, and have the opportunity to enter the performance space, walk amongst the dancers, and participate to the extent of their preference.

OCTOBER 7, 2017 AT 8PM




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Experience dance like you've never experienced it before. 

Program Info

Director and Choreographer: Boroka Nagy                  Lighting Design:   Martha Carter
Rehearsal Director: Alana Isiguen                                Projection Design: Boroka Nagy
Company Manager: Simon Harrison                            Costume Design:  Boroka Nagy


Annika, Emma, Emily

2. Un/filtered
I. Jestoni, Kristy, Simon, Alana, Breanna
II. Jestoni, Alana
III. Simon, Jestoni, Kristy, Alana, Breanna

3. Empathy
Kristy, Breanna

4. Solo 1

5. Psychedelic

[5 minute pause]

6. In-solitude
Jestoni, Simon

7. Take Me
Breanna, Emma

8. Ubuntu

“I am who I am because of who we are”
Jestoni, Kristy, Simon, Alana, Breanna, Emma, Emily

9. Solo 2

10. New Beginnings

Boroka Nagy - Director & Choreographer

Boroka Nagy is a dancer, choreographer, and multimedia artist born in Budapest, Hungary. After cultivating her art in New York City, she moved to Southern California to continue to research dance-film and choreography, acquiring her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California- Irvine in 2015. Her dance training consists of prestigious
dance academies such as The Fame School and the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in NYC. Boroka has performed in works by master choreographers like Bertram Ross, Paul Taylor, and Alvin Ailey, and continues to perform internationally as a freelance artist. Her choreography and screendance works have appeared across the U.S.A. and
Europe at various festivals, museums, and experimental spaces. Boroka is the artistic director of Re:borN Dance Interactive, a contemporary dance company that challenges the conventional audience-dancer relationship and explores the interconnectedness of movement, emotions, and identity.

Alana Isiguen - Rehearsal Director & Performer

Alana Isiguen received her formative training as an apprentice with the Charlotte Ballet, formerly the North Carolina Dance Theater. Under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, she was trained in the Balanchine technique performing various works including The Four Temperaments, Who Cares, and Raymonda Variations among others. She continued studying privately with Rebecca Wiley at the Piedmont School of Music and Dance who mentored her in dance pedagogy, restaging classical works and rehearsal direction. Alana furthered her studies at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria, and with Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.


Alana earned her B.F.A. in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. Her graduate thesis focused on the importance of integrating anatomical and somatic concepts into technical training, specifically ballet. Alana has presented her choreography at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York and helped found a performing youth company in New Jersey. Her performance credits include works by Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris and William Forsythe. In addition, Alana is a PMA-certified Pilates teacher, having studied with first-generation teacher Kathy Grant and her protégé Blossom Crawford. She completed a comprehensive certification program under physical therapist Mischa Decker and master teacher Deborah Matthews. Currently, Alana teaches for Santa Ana College and University of California Irvine. She is proud to serve as Rehearsal Director and Performing Artist with Re:borN Dance Interactive since its inception.

Annika Alejo - Performer

Annika Alejo, southern California native and Irvine local, is a current second year BFA Dance Performance and BA Anthropology double major. Annika grew up dancing at a competition studio studying a variety of disciplines from tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, and tumbling. Since then she has been under the representation of Go2Talent Agency based in Los Angeles. At the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, she has expanded her training in a concert based environment. She has performed faculty works under the direction of Shaun Boyle, Charolette Griffin, Chad Michael Hall, and Lisa Naugle- on a local, national, and international level. This year Annika is a member on Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble. 


In addition to dance, Annika is a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance. Her love of movement exploration, somatic practices, and a mindful body is important to her lifestyle and perspective that the body can achieve the unimaginable! 

Jestoni Dagdag - Performer

Jestoni Dagdag is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and instructor based out in Southern California. He was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at the age of 14. His dance journey began at the age of 19 at Fullerton College after falling in love with a modern dance class he took for a P.E. credit. In 2013, he transferred to the University of California, Irvine, and trained under the tutelage of Tong Wang, Shaun Boyle, Molly Lynch, Sheron Wray, Dianne Diefenderfer, and Chad Hall. He graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2015, and received an "Excellence in Dance Performance" arts award. He’s had the pleasure of dancing with companies such as Shaun Boyle and Artists, Multiplex Dance, Donald Mckayle’s Etude Ensemble, JazzXchange, PDC LA, and Vicious Circle Dance Co. He joined Re:borN Dance Interactive in 2017. Through dance, he hopes to inspire and always be inspired by people he crosses paths with.

Kristy Dai - Performer

Raised in Fremont, CA, Kristy Dai began her dance training in competition studios across Northern California under the direction of established teachers such as Yoko Young and Tawnya Kuzia. She received her BFA in Dance Performance at the University of California, Irvine and was a member of Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble for two years while attending school. After graduating in 2016, Kristy has continued to do performance work alongside Re:borN and other Southern-California based choreographers, and has gone on to train with companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Northwest Dance Project through month-long summer intensives. In addition to being a company member of Re:borN, Kristy is also represented by Go2Talent Agency in Burbank, CA and is currently an instructor at Club Pilates and a parade performer at Disneyland. As a movement artist, she is interested in the fusion of Modern and Contemporary movement with Hip Hop influences as well as the ways in which raw honest movement can reflect human experiences that resonate with both the dancer and the viewer. She hopes to expand her experience within the commercial dance world in Los Angeles and one day take her passion for concert and contemporary work to the East Coast.

Simon Harrison - Company Manager & Performer

Simon Harrison is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and arts administrator born in Kawasaki, Japan, and now based in Southern California. He began formal dance training in Santa Cruz, CA at Dancenter at age eight, and attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) in 2012, where he was recognized as a California Arts Scholar. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 2017 with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, B.F.A. in Dance Choreography, and B.A. in Education Science. He earned numerous scholarships and awards at UCI including the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Award for Excellence in Dance Choreography, Donald McKayle Scholarship, Arts Ambassador Scholarship, Distinguished Anteater Scholarship, Kris & Linda Elftmann Scholarship, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Fellowship, and the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction for his commitment to research, leadership, and service. 


He has performed and choreographed internationally at the University of Rome-Tor Vergata, Santa Ceceilia Conservatory of Music, and Teatro Forma in Bari, Italy with the DTM2 Ensemble (dir. Lisa Naugle), and taught dance to at-risk youth throughout Panama with the non-profit organization Movement Exchange. He has danced professionally with Tandy Beal & Company, MoveSpeakSpin, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and consecutively received first place at international Latin ballroom competitions for two years. He is now a full-time high school dance teacher at the California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley, and is delighted to work with such talented artists in Boroka Nagy’s Re:borN Dance Interactive as Performer and Company Manager.

Breanna Rathbun - Performer

Hailing from sunny Southern California, Breanna began her training at a young age, studying numerous dance disciplines. As an undergraduate, Breanna spent a year training with the Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA program at Dominican University of California, where she had the privilege of working alongside distinguished choreographers and educators such as Maurya Kerr, Kara Davis, Gregory Dawson, Lei Wei Chao and Marina Hotchkiss. While at Dominican, Breanna was involved with Juntos Dance Collective, a non-profit organization dedicated to intercultural exchange and dance outreach in Latin-American countries. Breanna then transferred to the University of California, Irvine where she graduated with honors and a BFA in Dance Performance. While at UCI, Breanna had the unique opportunity of working closely with peers, graduate students and professors including Shaun Boyle, Molly Lynch, Diane Diefendefer, Tong Wang and Charlotte Griffin. In addition to her collegiate education, Breanna was a Scholarship student at Jimmie Defore Dance Center in Costa Mesa, California and has spent summers dancing and training with Backhausdance, The American Dance Festival, SF Moves, and BODYTRAFFIC. She is currently dancing with Re:borN Dance Interactive under the direction of Boroka Nagy.

Emma Walsh - Performer

Emma Walsh is a California native whose passion for dance developed at the early age of four. She began her dance training with Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California, where she studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. As a member of Imagine Ballet Company, she had the opportunity to perform at the Regional Dance America Pacific festival where she was recognized as an honor student from her company. She recently graduated from UC Irvine in 2017, and holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, magna cum laude, and a B.A. in Education Sciences with a Specialization in Children’s Learning and Development, summa cum laude. Within the Dance Department at UC Irvine, she was given the opportunity to work closely with a number of esteemed faculty members including Professor Emeritus Donald McKayle as a member of his Etude Ensemble for three years, and Distinguished Professor Lar Lubovitch as a featured soloist in his re-staging of The Legend of Ten (2010). She also received funding from UCI’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for multiple projects, allowing her to research dance in Panama and Italy, each of which contributed to the culmination of her Campuswide Honors Program senior thesis. Emma was recognized for her academic and artistic achievements at UC Irvine as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction, the Cloud Hsueh Foundation Scholarship, the Kris and Linda Elftmann Scholarship, the Sircello Award, and the Excellence in Dance Performance Award. She is intrigued by the power that dance has to move an entire audience purely through movement and is inspired by the artists she has the opportunity to dance with and learn from every day.

Emily Yamashita - Performer

Raised in Orange County, CA, Emily Yamashita began dancing at the age of five at Southland Ballet Academy under the instruction of Salwa Rizkalla.  For seven years, she has received top awards at regional, national and international competitions for both classical and contemporary dance and training in various dance forms. Currently, Emily is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts- Performance as well as a minor in Biological Sciences.  University of California, Irvine’s dance department has some of the most illustrious instructors around; such as Chad Michael Hall, Diane Diefenderfer, Shawn Boyle, and many more.  This year Emily has been invited to dance under the legendary, Donald McKayle in the Etude Ensemble. As a dancer, Emily is intrigued by the emotional and psychological connection movement creates between dancer and the audience—desiring to understand what it truly means to break down that dimension.

Martha Carter - Lighting Design

Martha Carter is a lighting designer based out of Los Angeles, California. She is currently attending the University of California at Irvine working towards her MFA in Lighting Design. Martha enjoys working in a wide array of theatrical entertainment. Some of her big passions are productions involving new work and work about women. Her recent credits include: Romeo and Juliet at Great River Shakespeare Festival, The Electra Project at UC Irvine, After the Revolution at The Chance Theater, The Why at The Blank Theatre, In The Heights at The Chance Theatre, The Fifth of July at UC Irvine, Physical Graffiti at UC Irvine, The Trial of Dedan Kimathi at UC Irvine. For more information, visit

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