SAFMOD is a multi-media performance ensemble that combines music, movement and visual artistry.

SAFMOD was founded in 1991 by dancer Young Park and percussionist Neil Chastain as a collaborative experimental fusion of music and dance. In 1993 the collaborative based itself in Cleveland, Ohio and Alexandra Underhill joined the artistic team. Adding her amazing talents of sculpture, costuming, and aesthetic style, the triad of music, dance, and visual artistry that SAFMOD is known for today became complete.

SAFMOD’s multi-media approach has included the use of digital animation, aerosol art installations, stilt dancing, modern dance, Butoh (Japanese style of dance), break dancing, spoken word poetry, juggling, fire dancing, Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art), aerial arts (trapeze, silks, harness, rope and apparatus work), elaborate costumes, sculptural installations and original music (live and pre-recorded).

SAFMOD performs in traditional theater and site-specific settings, street performances, festivals and parades.

SAFMOD’s Mission

• To create and perform original works.

• Foster collaborative relationships with artists of diverse backgrounds

• To teach artistic techniques and disciplines to cultivate appreciation for and access to the arts, especially among youth in the community.


Neil Chastain
Founding/Musical Director

Hope Schultz

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