The Story Is In The Lines...

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MISSION

Our mission is simple: Preserve and nurture classical dance by collaborating with various artists, dancers, and non-dancers, to produce work that subverts traditional norms often associated with the ballet world.

Our vision is clear: Give ballet a voice and a chance at achieving longevity in the post-postmodern world by unifying and enabling classically trained artists. 

Freaks With Lines® (FWL) is a Los Angeles based dance project created by Susan Vishmid that serves as a platform to showcase both independent and collaborative works between professional dancers and other creatives in various disciplines. Dancers are FREAKS who live, eat and breathe to create LINES and ultimately scrutinize those creations. Dance is a self serving art form... 


Freaks With Lines® are the creators and the consumers of our own art. 

The quest for perfection is every dancer's story. Every day is a hunting expedition for the most perfect line we can possibility create with our bodies because the body is our sole vehicle for expression. The story, no matter how abstract, is always contained in the lines.

We are beautiful freaks who manufacture stories via cohesion of lines in space and we lurk amongst the generic population ready to appease ourselves first and foremost, and any other voyeurs bold enough to accept the invitation to our mobile variety "Freak Show."

THE STORY IS IN THE LINES... THEREFORE, LINES MATTER.

 

ACCOLADES

BEST PERFORMANCE

Smush Festival 2019

Tainted Experience

Dancers: Roman Frey & Susan Vishmid

Choreography: Susan Vishmid

Music: Matthew Young

 

PRESS

LA DANCE CHRONICLE

Lowering The Dread Level

LA DAILY NEWS

A Ballet Company Wants to Dance Into Your Heart With a Trio of Love Stories 

LA TIMES

A Virtual Valentines Day Wkd: 21 Culture PIcks to Watch

 
 

OBSERVE

ARTISTS

SUSAN VISHMID

Creative Director, Choreographer, Dancer

Susan Vishmid is Freaks With Lines® Creative Director and Choreographer. Susan Vishmid. At age four, Ms. Vishmid began her early training at the Westside School of Ballet and through scholarships continued her professional training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School and The Rock School.

 

Ms. Vishmid's professional ballet career includes Pennsylvania Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, San Diego Opera, Chicago Festival Ballet, Napoles Ballet Theatre, California Contemporary Ballet, City of Angels Ballet, California Riverside Ballet, Key West Ballet, Coast City Ballet and San Gorgonio Ballet. In addition to teaching ballet Ms. Vishmid is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor running her business as Movement by Susy. Ms. Vishmid is a USC alumni (cum laude) with a BA in Communication and Philosophy.

SADIE BLACK

Dancer, Choreographer

Sadie Black is a freelance artist from and based in Los Angeles. She dances currently with Barak Ballet, Clairobscur Dance, Luminario Ballet and Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet. She has been a guest artist, dancing principal roles in The Nutcracker with Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet, Southern California Ballet Theater, & Pacific Dance Center. She trained with Riverside Ballet Arts, Houston Ballet Academy, and the School of American Ballet. She has been a company dancer with Texas Ballet Theater, Columbia City

Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet.

 

Sadie is a choreographer and ballet teacher for students of all ages including adults and a yoga, barre and fitness teacher. She created a barre fitness class, “Ballet Fit Body” which she currently teaches at Equinox. Sadie is also a ballet coach for students competing at Youth America Grand Prix and other several dance competitions. 

HANNAH KEENE

Dancer

Hannah Keene of Wellesley, Massachusetts began her training at the Boston Ballet School from the age of 5 to 17 before joining Boston Ballet II for two seasons. She then danced with the Kansas City Ballet for three seasons and joined the Los Angeles Ballet in 2017. She is thrilled to be dancing with Freaks with Lines this fall before starting her third season with the Los Angeles Ballet.

ADAM BLOODGOOD

Dancer

Originally from Seattle, Adam Bloodgood is a graduate of Pacific Northwest Ballet School where he trained for 12 years under the direction of Francia Russell, succeeded by Peter Boal. Adam has performed as a principal guest artist in every major region of the country in addition to dancing as a full-time company member with Ballet Idaho, Dayton Ballet and City Ballet of San Diego. Adam has performed leading roles in work by George Balanchine, Stephen Mills, Peter Anastos, W. Earle Smith, Betsey Wistrich, and Karen Russo Burke, among others.

 

In 2017, Adam originated the role of Romeo in Contempo Arts Productions’ Romeo and Juliet in Los Angeles. Adam Bloodgood also works as a musician, journalist and entrepreneur; he is the guitarist for Floating Pockets, editor/correspondent for Public Occurrences Network, a Pacific Northwest based publication, and host of Clear Perspective with Adam Bloodgood, a talk show web-series.

OTTAVIO TADDEI

Dancer

Originally from Italy, Ottavio has been performing in dance productions, operas, television shows and musicals in Italy, Qatar, Oman and the U.S., hitting some of the most prestigious stages of the world including the MET, Walt Disney Music Hall, The ‪Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Royal Opera House of Muscat, The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and The Pasadena Playhouse.

 

Ottavio has performed principal roles in repertory ballet such as Firebird, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and a modern production of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Body Parts, QatarMarine Festival, I Promessi Sposi the musical, Lo Spettacolo Dell’Acqua and many more.

 

Ottavio also worked in many operas as a dancer and actor such as Prince Igor, Moise et Pharaon, Die Zauberflöte, LaBoheme, Hansel and Gretel, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Nabucco, Rigolettoto.

AJ ABRAMS

Dancer

AJ Abrams was born in Long Beach, CA. Growing up, he trained with Anthony and Terri Sellars of Orange County Dance Center and Keith and Linda Clifton of Clifton Dance Project. Other training included schools all over the US such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Rock school of Pennsylvania Ballet and School of American Ballet. Mr. Abrams started his professional dance career under the direction of Stephen Mills at Ballet Austin. During his time in Austin he was given the opportunity to dance principal roles such as Albrecht in Giselle, Sugar Plum Cavalier in the Nutcracker and a featured role in Balanchine’s Who Care’s.

 

After leaving Ballet Austin, AJ started his freelance career in Los Angeles. He has worked with Luminario Ballet, Barak Ballet, Festival Ballet Theatre and Ballet Red. He has also been featured in music videos with Coldplay and Florence and the machine. Most recently, he danced and traveled the world aboard a cruise ship with Royal Caribbean Cruises. Now, back in Los Angeles Mr. Abrams has been asked to join the new emerging company Freaks with Lines as a dancer/choreographer.

MICHELLE LEBOWSKI

Dancer

Miss Lebowski began dancing at the late age of 13. Michelle later went on to train with the Joffrey Ballet and the Colorado Ballet. She has performed and learned excerpts of ballets such as Paquita, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Esmerelda, Prince Igor, Bournaville's Conservatoire, Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht, and Arpino's Viva Vivaldi. The first company Michelle had the chance to perform with was the Indianapolis Ballet. She performed in the corps de ballet of ballets such as: Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Serenade, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Carmen, and Swan Lake.

 

Today Michelle is currently dancing with two companies, LA Dance Moves & Freaks with Lines here in Los Angeles. While establishing herself as a freelance dancer in LA, she has also enrolled in business school as well. In the fall of 2019 she created the company Ballerinas of Los Angeles. There she has cultivated a safe and diverse community of ballet dancers throughout Los Angeles. Her goal is to provide a spotlight for ballet dancers in Los Angeles that would provide work for members in her community.  

 

EVENTS

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EVENTS 2021

TRILOGY OF RELATIONS

Presented through the lens of ballet, Trilogy of Relations is an exposition on three different iterations of love. Freaks With Lines® dancers entice us into three pas de deux playing on themes of elation, manipulation and flirtation.

Filmed in the gritty, concrete-ensconced core of Downtown Los Angeles, Trilogy of Relations exemplifies Freaks With Lines' unique ability to produce raw and engaging performances anywhere, anytime. In typical Freak fashion we continue creating and consuming our beloved craft while tempting you the voyeur to accept the invitation to experience our work.

Premiered: Valentines Day 2021

Streaming Exclusively On: balletproject.TV

For Tickets & Info: linktr.ee/FWL

FEATUREING:

Hannah Keene & AJ Abrams

Susan Vishmid & Adam Bloodgood

Sadie Black & Ottavio Taddei

 

SUPPORT

Live passionately and show your support for Freaks With Lines®.

​Your donation will go towards:​

  • Dancer salary

  • Studio Rental

  • Choreography Fees

  • New Repertoire

  • Projects and Collaborations

  • Production Fees (costumes, lighting, music and venues)

“Artists lead unglamorous daily lives of discipline and routine, but their work is full of passion. Each has a vision and feels a responsibility to that vision.”
- Merryl Brockway

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