PGK Dance Project celebrates ‘love in song and dance’


Valentine’s Day can be filled with loving sentiment or, for some, unmet expectations.

Perhaps your significant other didn’t propose anything significant, or you spent yesterday solo, eating bonbons by the handful.

If you are still seeking a way to redeem the holiday of hearts, PGK Dance Project is presenting “My Funny Valentine: Crooners, Cocktails, and Choreography” on Saturday at the Franco Moragrega Gallery.

The event, billed as a “celebration of love in song and dance,” is for both singles and couples, and the first drink is included in the ticket price.

Though PGK Dance Project artistic director Peter G. Kalivas is best known for his choreography, he’s also a trained vocalist.

He’ll croon love songs, such as the standard “My Funny Valentine,” along with actress/singer Barbara Schoenhofer.

And for this occasion, Kalivas has choreographed a selection of works that include a solo for Kymmi Kellems, who will dance to the poignant Brenda Russell recording “Get Here.”

Kellems will join company dancers Jessica Kelley, Martin Anthony Dorado and Ron “RJ” Davis in a dance Kalivas has titled, “Quietly Loving.”

And Kelley and Dorado will perform to singer/songwriter Aja Lee’s rendition of “Dance With Me,” accompanied by ukulele.

Along with the contemporary works by the PGK company, Flamenco Sur, a flamenco dance company, will perform.

The Franco Moragrega Gallery has a modern vibe with a white minimalist interior that showcases contemporary works by an international lineup of artists and photographers.

Luis Rodrigo Medina, for instance, paints repetitive, colorful strokes that resemble cells or molecules under a microscope. Photographer Pedro Escapa alters reality through digital manipulation and clever overlapping, so that “In Motion,” his image of a giant Ferris wheel, appears to be moving.

If music and dance fails to inspire romance, one can still fall in love with the art.

“My Funny Valentine: Crooners, Cocktails, and Choreography”

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Franco Moragrega Gallery, 102 S. 21st St., San Diego

Tickets: $15-$25 (ages 17 and older)

Phone: (619) 886-7924


Manna is a freelance writer.