John Malaschock brings 35 years of experience in dance, theater and film to his current role as Artistic Director of Malashock Dance. He has created more than 75 choreographic works, dance/theater collaborations, theater and opera productions, and award-winning dance films. John founded Malashock Dance in 1988, after a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp’s company in New York, where he performed world-wide; appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus; was featured in numerous television specials; and performed in numerous concerts with Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Under John’s leadership, Malashock Dance has become one of California’s premiere dance companies, and his work has been presented throughout the United States, Central America, Japan, and Central Europe. Malashock has many notable collaborative credits to his name: he has choreographed productions at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre; his work has been commissioned by the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Music Society, and San Diego Opera; and he has garnered six Emmy Awards for his dance films, which have aired on over 30 affiliate PBS stations nationwide.
John has served as guest faculty for the American Dance Festival, Cal State Long Beach, Dance Space New York, ADF/Tokyo, Connecticut College, and University of Utah, among many others. A leader within the local and national dance communities, Malashock has served on the Board of Trustees for Dance USA, and is proud to have taken the leadership role in conceiving, developing, and establishing Dorothea Laub Dance Place at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, where he teaches classes and workshops throughout the year.
The Malashock Dance Company will perform SIGNATURES II - a thrilling program of original contemporary dance that highlights John Malashock’s “signature” choreographic voice. Malashock Dance brings iconic singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen's lyrical imagery to life in SHADOW OF MERCY and presents the world-premiere of yKNOT, a new choreographic work that explores try humanness in an increasingly virtual world. Performances will be held Nov. 3-6 and Nov. 10-13, 2016 in The Abbe Wolfsheimer Studio at Malashock Dance. Tickets are $15 to $25 per person and are on sale now at www.malashockdance.org.