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Matter of Time (2023)
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After Roe: Stories of Abortion (2023)

Find yourself on a nostalgic trip through time at the Lineage Performing Arts Center with an interactive dance, theater, and storytelling event that is taking over our entire building! Every room takes on a new decade while you are whisked through important cultural, political and historical events from the 1950s to the year 1999.


Join all your favorite Lineage dancers, singers, actors, writers, and creators on a guided tour through a curated live performance event that will inspire you to look at your place in history. 


As you arrive, you'll choose whether you want to go forwards or backwards in time, then travel beyond the theater for performances throughout entire Lineage space! We also encourage you to become part of the show by dressing up from your favorite decade!

Matter of Time is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission, and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

A performance inspired by true stories.


After Roe is a collaboration between Planned Parenthood Pasadena San Gabriel Valley (PPPSGV) and Lineage to use dance and theater to tell stories of abortions, looking ahead at a post-Roe world.


Featuring live music and a diverse cast of dancers and actors, this event is a Lineage original, directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Hilary Thomas.


Lineage will donate a portion of its proceeds from this show to Planned Parenthood, and we encourage you to add an additional donation to your order which will all go directly to PPPSGV.


Waking in the Mourning (2018)

Full Evening Length

Weaving together the true and endearing stories of three women--a daughter losing a mother, a wife losing a husband, and a chaplain with thirteen years of counseling mourners--choreographer Hilary Thomas tells less a story of dying, and more the story of how to live. The show blends live storytelling with three actresses, Marisa Echeverria, Lizzie Gracen, and Tess Lina, live piano performed by George Ramirez, and Thomas’ original choreography with the Lineage Dance Company.

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It’s Complicated (2015)

Full Evening Length

Music: Various

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The Curiosity Tales (2014)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: John Guth

Lineage celebrates society’s collective love/hate relationship with musical theater through live music, monologues, and dance. It’s Complicated features numbers from Annie, Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, Les Miserables, and more.

Alice went through the looking glass. Eve at the apple. Pandora opened the box. But what happened to those infamously curious gals when they grew up? Curiosity rehab. The Curiosity Tales is a story about growing up that makes us wonder: is it really so bad to be curious? Featuring original music from composer John Guth, this all ages romp is a fun and moving take on some of our culture’s most popular stories. 

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Ceiling in the Floor (2013)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: Brandon Toh and John Guth

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See the Music Dance (2014)

Full Evening Length

Directed by Maris Echeverria, Ceiling in the Floor explores the dark melancholy loneliness of suicide, unveiling an inspired, true story about the way two lives are bound together through music and dance. Choreographer Hilary Thomas brings riveting movement to the collection of raw music composed by Brandon Toh throughout his short, inspired life. Thomas and Toh were best friends, soul-mates, and creative partners. Ceiling in the Floor incorporates Thomas’ private journaling over a decade of friendship as the backbone of the piece. The taboo subject of suicide is laid bare, allowing a deeper connection and a place for compassion and understanding to grow. 

See the Music Dance is a project of Lineage Dance, providing original music from some of Los Angeles area’s top musicians in collaboration with the contemporary choreography of Lineage Dance. Composers involved with See the Music Dance have included John Guth, Chris Pierce, Erica Gimpel, Michelle Bloom, Jamie Drake, Christopher Ahn, George Ramirez, and Mark Salzman.


Arc of Evolution (2012)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: John Guth

Narration by Lizzie Gracen


Soaring to Freedom (2011)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: Erica Gimpel

Arc of Evolution depicts the evolution of relationships, the evolution of emotions, and the evolution of our lives as various circumstances impact us as human beings. Choreographer Hilary Thomas plumbs the depths of loss through personal narratives, assembled by asking friends and supporters how loss had impacted their lives. Through this process, the dances explore how loss can ultimately create an opening for growth and a broader perspective. The piece was produced as part of the larger project See the Music Dance made possible through grant funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, as well as through the annual grant program of the Culver City Arts Commission.

Hilary Thomas, in collaboration with singer/songwriter Erica Gimpel, developed an evening of contemporary dance and music that illuminates a personal journey composed of twists and turns, heartbreak and triumph in the extraordinary life of Erica Gimpel. With a career that has spanned the youthful “FAME” to appearances on “JAG” this actor/singer/musician has retained authenticity and joy. The contemporary choreography provides a through-line for the story and embodies the journey of a beautiful young woman who speaks through song. The piece was produced as a part of the larger project See the Music Dance made possible through grant funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


ART of a Woman (2010)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: Various


Defining Moments (2010)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: Chris Pierce

A collaboration with nonprofit, BodyHeart. In today’s society there is an unrealistic standard of beauty. BodyHeart and Lineage Dance collaborated to create a performance designed to challenge our current model of beauty by celebrating the female form in the ART of a Woman – offering dance, discussion and photography. BodyHeart, a company devoted to healing body image issues in women, joined forces with Lineage Dance Company after photographing them for the BodyHeart Campaign – a movement featuring black and white, unretouched images of women and their favorite body parts. BodyHeart’s founder, Amber Krzys, says, “BodyHeart is about helping women to see that we are good enough right now. We believe that our bodies are walking works of ART mean to be celebrated and valued.”

Defining Moments is a joyful journey through the music of Chris Pierce and the contemporary choreography of Hilary Thomas, exploring the territory of life-changing moments. In a split second, something can happen that takes your life in an entirely new direction. That moment can move you forward in startling and unexpected ways. Each moment connects as the audience is drawn into the question – what is your defining moment? The piece was performed as part of the Levitt Pavilion’s summer series with live music by Chris Pierce and his ensemble, and was produced as part of the larger project See the Music Dance made possible through grant funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


The Brain in Motion (2008)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: John Guth

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Breaking Through the Canvas (2007)

20 minutes

Original music by: Vincent Ho

It has been 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were identified. Many of us lost loved ones to this terrible scourge.  But the stories, the humanity and the memories live on with love in our minds and hearts. 


Join the Lineage dancers, actors, singers and musicians in a dance/theatre/musical storytelling extravaganza that will ignite memory and celebrate unique lives. 


A portion of proceeds from A New Day will be given to the Phil Simon Clinic in Pasadena.

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A New Day: Honoring 40 Years of HIV/AIDS (2023)

With original music by composer John Guth, the dance moves effortlessly between the right and left brain playing intuition off rational thinking and back again. The piece draws on the power of live theatre as actors weave facts and stories about the brain into the dance, posing questions that take us into the mystery of our common origins. Using movement as the lens to investigate what we know about how the brain works, evolves and changes, the viewer is drawn into a visceral experience of mind over matter. The Brain in Motion presents specific concepts through dance in a way that is bold, educational and inspiring. The mysteries of the brain and the challenges of conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s are rendered through dance, bringing a deeper awareness and understanding. This work was the catalyst for the Lineage outreach classes, “Dancing through Parkinson’s”, that continue through the Lineage Performing Arts Center.

Inspired by the music of Vincent Ho and the artwork of Luc Leestemaker. The piece is fast and energetic, built on Chinese folk rhythms and sonorities, and seasoned with delicious dissonances to give it that added excitement. It expresses a youthful energetic quality that harkens an earlier musical period of mine; a period when I still viewed music with a child-like sense of wonder and excitement before the realities of life jaded my perspectives.


Beneath the Skin: An Exploration of Human Qualities (2007)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: Eli Brueggeman

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Almost Moonlight (2006)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: Beethoven

With an artist onstage painting, dance and visual art combine to create a multilayered arts experience. As each dance emerges, the dancers’ dynamic, powerful movements reveal the map that covers each of our bodies. Based upon The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler, the choreography delves deeply into what lies below the surface of the skin in each human being. The Book of Qualities is a journey through the human experience and explores pleasure, anger, beauty and change – treating them as everyday characters who live among us. 

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata provides the backdrop for this engaging piece that blurs the lines between classical and contemporary dance. A series of black platform boxes lends texture and depth to the work. Hilary Thomas’ intricate choreography; at times playful, at other times wistful, provides a series of vignettes that whisper of a longing, hidden in the shadows of the moonlight. Almost Moonlight displays the beauty of contemporary movement with the sophisticated technical artistry of Lineage Dance.

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Dancing Through the Ages (2006)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: Various


Healing Blue (2005)

Full Evening Length

Original music by: Various

An exhilarating blend of original music, outstanding modern dance choreography and extensive video footage, Dancing Through the Ages tells the story of what it feels like to dance at every age and stage of life – and why we all feel so connected to the “universal language of dance.”

Healing Blue includes a full-length concert that provides an intimate glimpse into the strength, struggles, and diversity of women in their fight against breast cancer. Healing Blue tells the story of seven women who have battled breast cancer. This multi-media performance will combine projected interviews with these women with dance pieces that have been inspired by their lives. The intent of the performance is to educate, inspire, entertain and raise money for the breast cancer cause. 


So Much Flowering (2004)

8 minutes

Music: Gotan Project

A celebration of human spirit and vitality

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The Breath That Reminds (2004)

7 minutes

Music: Gotan Project

In a fast-paced, technology-driven world, we are constantly struggling between moving forward and stopping to appreciate where we are and what we have done. 

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Season Beyond Innocence (2004)

4 minutes

Music: George Gershwin

Dedicated to Ochari D’Aiello

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Pandora (2002)

7 minutes

Music: Samuel Barber

Captures the essence of the ancient myth of Pandora’s Box. 

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Dancing Outside the Box (2002)

10 minutes

Music: Bill Frisell

A series of comedic and whimsical pieces that explore the struggle between the habitual conventionality and exploration of the unknown. Dances include The Slug, The Box, and The Ties.

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Back to the Earth (2001)

13 minutes

Music: Brandon Toh, Dynamic Dancing, Rusted Root

This piece revisits instinctual human rhythms, synthesizing spiritual intensity with passionate physicality. 

Special Projects

IN BETWEEN is the first collaboration with the LIneage Dance Company and Flapper Films LLC.


Showcasing the choreography of Hilary Thomas, the artistic director of Lineage Dance, this experimental dance-for-camera explores our willingness to let go of the fear associated with change, the unknown and death.

The film can currently seen on Synergy TV Network.​


Ten year-old Jesse has watched her mom’s modern dance company all her life. To Jesse, beautiful Anna, the company’s lead dancer, is just perfect. When Anna suffers a stroke that leaves her left side paralyzed, Jesse witnesses Anna’s triumph over adversity as she pulls herself out of depression to dance again.


In 2013, The Perfection of Anna was an official selection at the Big Island Film Festival, The BlueStocking Film Festival, The Auburn International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults, Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, Women Media Arts and Film Festival in Sydney, Australia and the Women's Independent Film Festival.

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