“Tanya Chianese and ka·nei·see | collective are important players in the emerging contemporary dance scene.”
- Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance
"...busting into the Bay Area dance scene, garnering immediate critical acclaim, and selling out every seat…"
- Sarah Burke, East Bay Express
ka·nei·see | collective is a San Francisco Bay Area contemporary dance company directed by Tanya Chianese.
Named after the phonetic combination of “can I see?” and Tanya’s Italian last name, the company creates vitalizing and accessible contemporary dance that promotes finding humor, appreciation, compassion, awareness, and most importantly perspective in our modern existence.
Since its inception in 2014, ka·nei·see | collective has received two audience choice awards (ODC/Dance, Luna Dance Institute), five tours (Seattle, WA [x2]; Aspen, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO), five residencies (including ODC/Dance's Sandbox Series and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center), twelve festival invitations (including local SF International Arts Fest, RAWdance's Concept Series and West Wave Dance Festival), ten critic's choice/picks (Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, SF/Arts, SF Chronicle), and four commissions (including San Francisco State University and JUNTOS collective). ka·nei·see | collective has been featured and reviewed in over 31 media outlets (please see PRESS credits), and has received funding over the years from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, CA$H Grant, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Lighting Artists in Dance (a program of Dancers' Group), FACT/SF Co-Production Grant, and generous individual donors.
"Accessible and provocative, as well as unafraid to meld innovation with time-honored dance conventions," (San Francisco Chronicle).