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Company C. Contemporary Ballet Repertory Season (2013-2014)


Broadway Backwards

Patrick Corbin and David Grenke perform Vespers (2013)


Composition Workshop with David Grenke

Featuring guest artists Parisa Khobdeh and Robert Kleinendorst (2013)


For over twenty years THINGSEZISEE’M (TICM) has been working in the realms of dance, theater, performance, and media, assembling material and extending the range of theory and practice into broader contexts and applications- finding relation in the unrelated and reconfiguring things as I see them

 Grenke has achieved true aesthetic mastery in multimedia art, namely, the media no longer appear multi, but work together seamlessly to create a single limitless, and entirely new form of art.
– Dance Insider

About TICM

ThingsezIsee’m (TICM) is a non-profit dance/theater company which is a multi-media artistic venture under the direction of David Grenke. Founded in 1994 in New York City, TICM was formed to conceive and perform new works that challenge traditional notions of dance by infusing the methodologies of dance, music, theater and the visual arts.

David Grenke’s choreography takes an audience off the beaten path of dance and theater. Grenke’s paradox of movement through his acclaimed works such as Degenerate/Art, Humpty-Dumpty, Chasing His Tail, Savage/Love, Tongues, American Pop and more create a heightened awareness of self and artistic expression.

The company has performed internationally throughout Europe and Asia, in addition to New York institutions such as The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, PACE Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, Riverside Church, and the 92nd Street Harkness Dance Center.


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Photo: Tom Lacy
Photo: Suzanna Gold
Photo: Paul H. Taylor
Photo: Paul H. Taylor
Photo: Suzanna Gold
Photo: Roy Volkman
Photo: Roy Volkman
Photo: Suzanna Gold
Photo: Tom Lacy


David Grenke is the founder of ThingsezIsee’m Dance/Theater and a former principal dancer for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He has also danced for Dennis Wayne’s Dancers and The Joffrey Concert Dancers, and he was a founding member of the Armitage Ballet. His choreography has been presented in New York at Lincoln Center, Dance Theatre Workshop’s Fresh Track Series, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process Series, The Dia Center for the Arts, Pace University and Riverside Church. Outside New York his works have been performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The American Dance Festival, The Cannes International Festival, Kaatsbaan International Festival, and on tours of Russia, Poland, Denmark, Taiwan and Argentina. Support for these tours has come from the U.S. Embassy, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Harkness Foundation. Grenke is Professor of Dance at the University of California, Davis.

Mr. Grenke is a recipient of ADF’s 1998 Doris Duke Award for new work, the 1997 Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limón Fellow for Choreography, and the Nora Kaye Award for dance. He participated in the American Dance Festival’s 1997 International Choreographers Commissioning Program, where he was in residence creating new work on ADF dancers.

For the Paul Taylor Company, his choreography inspired the hit Funny Papers, where his work is represented in the first movement, which was filmed for PBS’ “Dance in America” special The Wrecker’s Ball. His choreography has been in the repertory of Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, Company C Contemporary Ballet, The Baltimore School for the Arts, and Rutgers University. A former faculty member at Rutgers University, Mr. Grenke is the former Chair of The Department of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis, and continues to teach at the Paul Taylor School and teaches master classes both domestically and internationally. He has been guest faculty at Brigham Young University, SUNY Brockport, Denmark ‘s Oure Academy, and The Baltimore School for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, among others.

Karl is drawn to conflicted and struggling characters; emotionally-wounded tough guys who maybe aren’t so tough after all, world-weary dudes scratching out a living in a hard world. Julie Talen’s multichannel masterpiece PRETEND, described by A.O. Scott as a “harrowing, dazzling” feature, showcased Karl as an unemployed poet dad trying to juggle family and art, failing at both. Karl’s predatory performance as Rottweiler, a war-horrored returning serviceman who cannot function in society in the feature THE LOCAL, propelled him into the independent film world, and brought him back to Los Angeles.  Karl then performed opposite screen legend Frances Bay in the film SHORT ON TIME as Howard, a down-and-out divorced father working as a hospice nurse.  The film was an Emmy finalist. On the small screen, Karl has gone toe-to-toe with HAWAII 5-0 as the mayhem-causing villain “Toothpick,” sneered at Michael C. Hall in DEXTER, snarled at Tim Roth in LIE TO ME, glared at Paul Guilfoyle and George Eads in CSI, punched Joseph Fiennes, Sonya Walger and Dominic Monaghan in FLASHFORWARD, and has been featured in WITHOUT A TRACE, TRAUMA, DOLLHOUSE, THE WHOLE TRUTH, MONK, and LAW & ORDER. A graduate of the UCLA Theater Department, Karl there won the coveted Carol Burnett Musical Theater Comedy Award, the Dana Lind Drama Award, and the Judith and Milton Stark Scholarship.  He trained in NYC at Circle-in-a-Square, and with both Gene Frankel and Robert Castle.  As a member of ThingsezIsee’m Dance/Theater since 1997, Karl has performed all over the world including New York, Baltimore, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Lublin, Poznan, Warsaw, and Taiwan. Karl’s New York theater work includes the world renowned SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW at the Union Square Theater, Adam Rapp’s MISTRAL at the Drama League DirectorFest, the New York premiere of Stephen Belber’s TRANPARENCY OF VAL, Imua Theater’s six hour epic THE GREEKS, and Manhattan Ensemble Theater’s inaugural production of THE IDIOT. Karl developed and performed his ventriloquism play, VENT, that was a “Fringe First” award finalist at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2010, as well as being hailed as “mind boggling”, “dirty”, “not for kids”, “deliciously uncomfortable” and “burned in my brain”.  Karl created his “haunting” new ventriloquism routine for the HFF 2011, described as “compelling and touching…there was scarcely a dry eye in the audience.” Most recently, Karl wrote and starred in a ventriloquism film, SHOW ME, as well as writing/performing the duet in the film.  You can find more information on the film at www.showmefilm.net Karl lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 kids.  www.karlherlinger.com

Michael Wall began collaborating with dance and other art forms at an early age and continues to work with artists internationally. He has made work for the Jose Limon Company, Mark Haim, Lisa Race, David Dorfman, David Grenke, Rudy Perez, Pam Pietro, Bebe Miller, K.J. Holmes, Jenn Nugent and many others. Michael and designer, Jamie Karczewski, formed the company ASIMPLESOUND, LLC that distributes music and resources for dance, film and other media. Michael works full-time in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University and accompanies at the Bates Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival. His music and recordings can be found atwww.asimplesound.com.

As a Director and Choreographer: Broadway- *DRACULA: THE* *MUSICAL*, *WRONG MOUNTAIN*. Off-Broadway- *SOUL DOCTOR* (Artistic Producer. NY Theatre Workshop), *FIVE COURSE LOVE*. National Tour- *TITANIC*. Regional Theater- *A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING *(SAC Music Circus), MUSICAL* OF MUSICALS, THE MUSICAL* (Center Rep), *CABARET* (Center Rep), *ON THE TOWN* (Diablo Theater Co), *FIDDLER ON THE ROOF* (Nevada Conservatory Theater), *THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO TAMMY FAYE* (Staged Reading, Manhattan Theater Club), * OKLAHOMA* (Mondavi Center), *URINETOWN*, 25TH* ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and TOMMY *(Artist in Residence, UC Davis), *THE NEW BOZENA*(Hudson Theater, LA), *HEART & SOUL* (St. Petersburg Russia), *FAIR LIBERTY’S CALL *(World Premiere), *CHICAGO*, *THE* *SECRET ANNEX*, *TITANIC*, *JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR*, *FIVE* *COURSE LOVE*, and *MUSIC IN THE* *AIR, A TRIBUTE TO JEROME KERN* for the Broadway Cabaret Series at Town Hall (NYC). Ms. Cooper has also directed and choreographed numerous benefits, commercials and industrials, as well as *LAW & ORDER, CRIMINAL INTENT*, and *Life First OneTouch* for Johnson & Johnson.

Her Theater work has won 10 Bay Area Theater Critics Awards in 2008, including Best Director and Best Musical, and 5 nominations in 2009.

As a Performer, she has appeared on Broadway in *CHICAGO* (Original Revival), *TITANIC* (Original Cast), *BEAUTY AND THE BEAST*, *SONG & DANCE*, and *TENDERLOIN* (Encores!). Off-Broadway, she has worked extensively at the New York Shakespeare Festival in *THE PETRIFIED PRINCE*, *UP AGAINST IT*, *GENESIS*, and The Vineyard Theater’s *THE CHOCOLATE AMBASSADOR*. Regionally, she has performed many classics, including *WEST SIDE STORY, CHICAGO*, *MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG*, *PIPPIN*, *ON YOUR TOES*, *A CHORUS LINE, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN* and ……*FORUM*. Her film and television credits include *TO DREAM OF ROSES *(HBO), *THRILLED TO DEATH*, The Today Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The Tony Awards. She has danced as a member of Twyla Tharp Dance, The Feld Ballet, The Kansas City Ballet, and Thingseziseem Dance Theatre.

Brian Fretté has performed, choreographed and directed for the concert stage, theater, commercial venues and television. He has worked with various companies across the U.S. and around the world. He has created dance-theater works of his own as well as collaborating with a number of different choreographers and directors and companies. Growing up with Warner Bros. cartoons and being schooled by the Nuns decided his fate towards theater at an early age. Being raised by a cop and a hardhat also rounded out his character in the Performing Arts. His natural curiosity made itself felt and he recently is happy to have graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA where he earned his B.A. degree in Anthropology and also a minor in Classical Civilizations. While at UCLA he was awarded the Hazel Lagerson Scholarship and also qualified for the prestigious Helen Caldwell Award given by the Classics Department. Currently he brings his experience and movement expertise to his personal pilates training where he helps the laity navigate their bodies and serves as catalyst for various modest Hollywood projects.


ThingsezIsee’m Dance/Theater was founded to conceive and perform new works that challenge traditional notions of dance by infusing the methodologies of dance, music, theater and the visual arts. The developmental process is designed to form new concepts of contemporary and modern dance techniques, to enhance the vision and skill of collaborating artists, and to create an artistic product that redefines the connection between audience and performers. The company is equally committed to an educational component—teaching programs, lectures, and demonstration activities-that foster an understanding of and appreciation for new techniques among performers and traditional dance audiences, and to encourage new audiences to embrace the work.


Mr. Grenke’s way with movement is thrilling...”
 Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

“Grenke has achieved true aesthetic mastery in multimedia art, namely, the media no longer appear multi, but work together seamlessly to create a single limitless, and entirely new form of art.”
– Dance Insider

“One was left with a skillful, intelligent weave of movement and text…”
– Jennifer Dunning, New York Times

“Grenke’s staging is as multifaceted as it is beautiful. Dancers amplify the others’ movements, words, and music taking cues from certain gestures or rhythms.”
– Dance Insider

“The choreography is so sophisticated, it clearly makes the point that what some find ugly can be beautiful.”
– Anna Kisslegoff, New York Times

“Non linear quotes from “Mein Kampf” and Max Nordau’s “Degeneration”, performed by accomplished actors is versatile and virtuosic”
– Anna Kisslegoff, New York Times

“Cleverness was in the air as ThingsezIsee’m Dance/Theater took on the stylized dramatic text written by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin in ‘Savage/Love'”
– Jennifer Dunning, New York Times

“Grenke has achieved true aesthetic mastery in multimedia art; namely, the media no longer appear multi, but work together seamlessly to create a single, limitless, and entirely new form of art.”
– Dance Insider





So Much More Than Dance!

ThingsezIsee’m Dance/Theater’s teaching and residency programs are exciting and eye-opening to novices, aspiring professional dancers & actors, and professionals alike. The diverse dance, theater, and music backgrounds of the Company members are integral to the collaborative mission of the company, giving both the performers and audience a thoughtful and innovative perspective from which to view dance and performance.

ThingsezIsee’m approaches movement in a raw, innovative way. The technique focuses on the physical aspects of the spine and special motivation of the body, as well as vocalizing and breathing techniques. These combined with scene work and partnering create the foundation from which David Grenke’s work was conceived. Integrating these disciplines highlights an acute awareness of the participant’s individuality and relationship to a work. Students benefit from the variety of teaching styles and skills of all the company members.


  • Movement & Technique Workshops;
  • Improvisation & Composition Classes;
  • Theater Workshops including scene study;
  • Students are included in the rehearsal process giving them the extraordinary opportunity to experience the creation of a new work first-hand, while creating a unique bond with the performers.

The excitement and diversity of ThingsezIsee’m have been profoundly and visibly experienced by many students through our teaching and residency programs. They are appropriate for students from high school through university level programs. Students will widen their range of abilities, and grasp an inimitable combination of techniques.

ThingsezIsee’m residencies are also flexible, customizing to the needs of the host community and environment. Extended residencies have included: The American Dance Festival; The Berkeley Carroll School-Brooklyn, NY; Howard County School System-Baltimore, MD; Baltimore School for the Arts; SUNY Brockport; Rutgers University; University of Northern Colorado; OURE Sports and Dance School, Denmark; Open Look Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia; Virginia Commonwealth University-Richmond, VA.