better than you doin you (don’t be mad)
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 12:15pm
Starring none other than the fabulous Cee V: a coy, unsuspecting, sassalisious, rebel. She is confident in her own and sees herself as different from everyone around her. Her biggest fear is being normal and dying the slow death of complacency--she does not want to live an average life. She views others who primarily value security, predictability and comfort, living highly standard lives, as a depressing and mundane existence.
Upon entering an office space, she encounters the zombie-like characters she so fears. Surrounded by a droning band of mediocrity, Cee V. lifts her chin, puffs her chest, and ducks her lips to show that she strives to be something better, and yes, it’s better than you--don’t be mad.
Meet the filmmakers
WRITER - Everette Wallin
DIRECTOR - Caroline Liviakis
PRODUCER - Suzanne DeLaurentiis
CINEMATOGRAPHER - Steev Dinkins
EDITOR - Steev Dinkins
Described as ‘modern’ and ‘a cosmopolitan creature’ by BayAreaDanceWatch, Caroline Liviakis (26 years old) has broken into the concert dance scene as an exciting, new choreographic voice. Her driving vision is to create ferociously bold, stylistically innovative, and delightfully entertaining works that capture and invigorate interest in dance from normally disengaged audiences--particularly youth.
In September 2017 she founded the Caroline Liviakis Dance Company (CLDC) in San Francisco, where she currently serves as the Executive Artistic Director. In only a year’s time since then, Liviakis premiered a half-evening of work, 'Six Works-In-Progress', and presented both the premiere and encore shows of her debut evening-length work, 'There's A New Kid In Town'. All were performed to completely sold-out audiences.
Liviakis has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal, The Ark, Skyline View, and BayAreaDanceWatch. Her evening-length debut show was selected as a 'critic's pick' by the San Francisco Chronicle and in July 2018 CLDC was chosen by Backstage Casting Networks as the #1 recommended out-of-town dance company for L.A. dancers to audition for. CLDC has held residencies with LEVYdance and SAFEhouse Arts and has performed as a guest artist for College of San Mateo, Skyline College, and Napa Valley College.
Liviakis has taught at St. Mary’s College of California, Napa Valley College, College of Marin, Skyline College, and Mills College. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Philosophy and an M.F.A. in Dance.
'Better Than You Doin You (don’t be mad)' is Liviakis’ directorial and dance-film choreographic debut. Currently, she is in the production process for two additional dance films, 'INeasyOUTbreezy' and 'i know why the bright eye dies', and her second evening-length work, 'The Potential'. All are set to premiere in early 2020.