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Mission Statement

We believe that art and everyday life are not separate events and for 25 years, we have worked to create meaningful paths through the challenge of the life experience through dance, education and outreach to the community.


a brief description of the mission and activities of our organization:

Art of the Matter is the producing body for Deborah Slater Dance Theater (DSDT), and Studio 210 . DSDT is a professional dance & theater company dedicated to production of evening-length works exploring timely social issues. Founded by Artistic Director/Choreographer Deborah Slater, DSDT has been presenting new work and touring for the past two decades.

In 2009 , AOTM/DSDT celebrates Studio 210's 29th year of continuous operation as a rehearsal and performance facility in San Francisco's Mission District and Deborah Slater Dance Theater's 20th year. Studio 210 highlights include: the ENGAGING THE IMAGINATION festival, featuring Anna Halprin and Deborah Hay, as well as use by hundreds of Bay Area musicians, dancers, actors, directors, fashion designers and photographers. Children's dance , adult acting and rehearsals happen weekly. The Studio is also a well-equipped 49 seat theater .

DSDT honors : Invitation to be part of the 2009 opening season of Z Space at Theater Artaud , showcasing MEN THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN GRASS ; 2008CHIME Award to Ms. Slater as a Mentor, 2007Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Hotel of Memories ; an NCCI grant for residency/performance at F&M College in Pa, funded by DANCE USA; and selection in 2006 & 2008 by the Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts Residencies.

Funders include - SF Arts Commission , Phyllis Wattis Fdn, Walter & Elise Haas Fdn, a TBA CA$H grant, and 9 NEA Fellowships . Ongoing grants include SF Hotel Tax/GFA , Vanguard and Zellerbach Family Fund as well as private donors. DSDT is a roster artist of Young Audiences of Northern California and Creative Education Consulting . Ms. Slater is a 7-year Mentor for the Vision Series for high school and emerging choreographers. She is a co-founder of CIRCUIT NETWORK and was an Exec Committee Member of the Djerassi Board for 6 years.


A multi-media dance company, Deborah Slater Dance Theater does visually gorgeous, acrobatic, talking dance. The company is dedicated to the creation of full-length works exploring social issues through original dance, text and music.

Their umbrella non-profit, Art of the Matter, runs Studio 210, a rehearsal and performance space; provides Fiscal Sponsorship; and is based in San Francisco, California.

DSDT offers workshops in dance, writing, movement composition, text from movement - movement from text, as well as vocal training. "gesture, the non-verbal language of dance...Slater's choreography is magnificent in this respect." CriticalDance



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