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NewGround Performance History



Over 40 performances, Annual storyline performances around themes such as earth/environment, domestic violence, self-awareness, dance/art events, art shows and multiple workshop series.


AUM applies for and receives 501(c)3 designation.


AUM incorporated as 501(c)3. NewGround Theatre Dance Company performed the Terrain Project. Subsequent art workshops followed.


New Ground performed AXIOM.


New Ground presented Catalyst, Choreographer Festival and Breaking New Ground, Discovering the Relationships between Art, Psychology and Recent Discoveries in Neuroscience.


The AUM Theatre and Workshop Center opens. Started Offering Classes & Sessions: Open Art Studio, New concept of Empathic Art Exchange (EAX) was initiated Express Yourself! event was presented at AUM for the broader community. Three well-known artists presented their works and assisted community members in their own self-expression. NewGround commissioned to perform at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in SF.


AUM invited to present the Opening Ceremony for the ‘Girls Conference’ in Human Trafficking. Black box theater opened. EAX event involved inviting community artists view new works in progress by the NewGround Company. Resulting work was an art show to accompany performance of Quantum Leap” Portals of awakening through art and dance.

BHRS contract to provide art therapy to incarcerated teens. The Magic of Ghost Ranch Art show held at AUM Center.

AUM is awarded the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) contract to provide art therapy for incarcerated teens.


NewGround invited and commissioned to perform in touring production “Shanti - A Journey of Peace.” NewGround Theatre Dance Company produced and performed Expressions of ONE along with presenting an art show created by participants in Empathetic Art Exchange. NewGround Invited and commissioned to perform in Mosaic America production.

AUM wins Audience Choice Award for Best Choreography at ChoreoProject Festival.


NewGround wins Audience Choice Award for outstanding choreography. Title of piece: “The Only Constant Is Change” sjDANCEco – ChoreoProject. EAXs presented about “Our Earth and its resources- Letters From Earth." NewGround selected to perform in sjDANCEco festival as professional company performance. 

AUM wins state grant to provide art-based workshops for mental health professionals.

AUM is a finalist at the Edinburg Fringe Festival; Environmental Recognition award “given to a production of high artistic integrity with a strong focus on sustainability and taking responsibility for our environmental impact."


NewGround invited & commissioned to perform at San Jose Museum of Art Presented by Mosaic Silicon Valley. NewGround performed Shekinah at AUM Center, Magic Theater in San Francisco and DeAnza Visual and Performing Arts Center Cupertino.


NewGround selected to perform at Movement Arts Festival San Francisco Grace Cathedral, SF CA. NewGround performed Star Seed at Canada College with art show in lobby. Star Seed performed at Montalvo Arts Center presented by Mosaic Silicon Valley. NewGround Invited to present at sjDANCEco Annual Dance Festival.


NewGround collaborated with Fuse Theater in a theatrical production.  Art show at philanthropic center and theater festival planned, cancelled due to COVID. Shift to virtual programming, Virtual COVID art show opened on our website.


Virtual art therapy classes continued.  Hybrid EAX with livestream performance and zoom audience.  More planned.


AUM wins BHRS grant to expand technical capabilities and team, advancing the AUM mission and vision in the region.

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Shekinah: One woman’s journey from pain and suffering to finding self-empowerment.  The “heroine’s journey” of facing her own challenges and discovering the strength and compassion of the divine feminine, “shekinah”



Star seed: A poetic narrative of three seeds of our existence-- breath, minds and voices--unifying us across our differences. A beautiful dance production with representation from our local BIPOC, LBGTQ and disabled communities.

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Art Show and Empathic Art Exchange performance:

112 art pieces produced during COVID workshops that dealt with feelings of isolation, fear and hope.

Dancers selected art pieces that influenced them to build six pieces of choreography relating to COVID and BLM.  The show also included a performance by an award-winning opera singer.

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Celebrating the diversity of cultures and the unity of our shared human experiences told through co-created and intercultural art forms. AUM's NewGround Theatre Dance Company participated in October 2021 at the Mosaic America Arts Festival in Silicon Valley.

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