FRESH FESTIVAL 2019
 
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THE 10TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL DANCE, MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE IN SAN FRANCISCO, BERKELEY AND OAKLAND

January 4-27

CELEBRATING A DECADE OF THE FESTIVAL AND THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALTERNATIVA

24 days of embodied art, action + interaction with 85+ risk-taking artists from the Bay Area + beyond, featuring:

Jøse Abad | ALTERNATIVA | Juan Manuel Aldape | Arletta Anderson | Larry Arrington | Raha Behnam | Byb Chanel Bibene | Adi Brief | Chani Bockwinkel | Christine Bonansea | Alexa Burrell | Malia Byrne | Sherwood Chen | Gabriel Christian | Abby Crain | Alex Crow | DAFUQ | Claudette Decarbonel | Karen de Luna | Nicia De’Lovely | Ryanaustin Dennis | Sofia Engelman | Kim Epifano/Epiphany Dance Theater | Regina Evans | Wiley Evans | Asha Fashalacqua | Richard Festinger | C.D. Fisher | Daria Garina | Samcia Gaye | Letitia Goodjoint | Cookie Harrist | Keith Hennessy | Kathleen Hermesdorf | Jesse Hewit | Cherie Hill | Steven Horner | Gwen Hornig | Antoine Hunter | Monique Jenkinson | David Jensen | Jonah Kagan | Debby Kajiyama | Kinetech Arts | Allison King | Ayisha Knight-Shaw | Kata Kovács | Kentaro Kumanomido | Andrew Kushin | Sriba Kwadjovie | Angelina Labate | Raymond Larrett | Claudia Lavista | Daiane Lopes da Silva | Tanja London | Twyla Malchow-Hay | Lisa Manca | Ursula Marcussen | Diego Martínez Lanz | Albert Mathias | Elaine Maurer | Delaney McDonough | Magdalena Meyers Dahlkamp | Rena Meyers-Dahlkamp | Gizeh Muñiz | NAKA Dance Theater | José Navarrete | Thomas Anthony Owen | Em Papineau | Chrysa Parkinson | Jonathan Pattiwael | ProyectoCASĀ | Proyecto al Margen| Zoe Reich-Aviles | Randy Reyes | Sebastian Santamaría | Johnny Sapinoso | Najwa Seyedmorteza | Sara Shelton Mann | Coral Short | Mica Sigourney | Manon Siv | Adam Smith | Laurel Snyder | Farah Soltane | Andréa Spearman | Amara Tabor-Smith | Ainsley Tharp | Janine Trinidad | Jessy Tuddenham | Amy Wasielewski | Hannah Wasielewski | Marvin K. White | Ian Winters | Miriam Wolodarski | Dwayne Worthington | Weidong Yang | Pamela Z | more TBA

 
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 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

RECKONING

We’re in a time of reckoning, of judgment, of debts coming due, of tests to our belief systems and the truths we tell ourselves and each other. Our current, extremely divisive politics have created a dance-a-thon for our inner demons and given permission for outlandish behavior toward each other, women, children, immigrants, other nations, the planet. For all of this, we are all accountable. This year’s festival addresses and embodies, from a myriad of perspectives, the considerations and consequences of action; the responsibilities of satisfaction and power; the crashing wake and forward thrust of time and history; the necessities of human interaction, exchange, and collaboration; and the faith in creative acts that tip the balance towards tolerance, understanding and change.
— Kathleen Hermesdorf, Festival Director
 

PERFORMANCE

FRESH Performances > 4 weekends of cutting-edge live art
New work + current research by 13 risk-taking artists, duos + companies.

 

Weekend 1 – Friday, January 4 + Saturday, January 5

Sara Shelton Mann

Byb Kongo Bibene

Chrysa Parkinson

Weekend 2 – Friday, January 11 + Saturday, January 12

Monique Jenkinson + Mica Sigourney

Amara Tabor-Smith

Kinetech Arts

Epiphany Dance Theater

 

Weekend 3 – Friday, January 18 + Saturday, January 19

Cultural Exchange with Mexican Artists

NAKA Dance Theater

CL

PaM

ProyectoCASĀ

Weekend 4 – Friday, January 25 + Saturday, January 26

ALTERNATIVA featuring FAKE Company

ALTERNATIVA (Kathleen Hermesdorf + Albert Mathias) present the World Premiere of Reckoning in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of ALTERNATIVA

 
 
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PRACTICE

FRESH Practices > 4 weekends + 3 weeks of training in dance + related forms
14 intensive + immersive workshops for curious, serious + adventurous bodies.

 

Weekend 3 – January 19-20

January 19

11-3 Women’s March [no Practices]

January 20

12:30-5:30  ALTERNATIVA + FAKE Company

Week 3 – January 21-25

10-12 ALTERNATIVA

1:30-3:30  Raha Behnam and Abby Crain

3:45-5:45  Larry Arrington

Weekend 4 – January 26-27

12:30-5:30 José Navarrete + Marvin White

Weekend 1 – January 5-6

12:30-5:30 Sherwood Chen

Week 1 – January 7-11

10-12 ALTERNATIVA

1:30-3:30  Sara Shelton Mann

3:45-5:45  Keith Hennessy

Weekend 2 – January 12-13

January 12

12:30-5:30 Monique Jenkinson +
Mica Sigourney

January 13

12:30-5:30 Kim Epifano

Week 2 – January 14-18

10-12 ALTERNATIVA

1:15-3:15  CL

3:45-5:45  PaM

 
 

EXCHANGE

FRESH Exchanges > 15 community oriented + instigated events
Informal, informative, performative, interactive + celebratory evenings.
Sliding scale [notaflof]

 

Wednesday, January 16

FRESH Forum > Cultural Exchange [Deaf Community]

NAKA hosts Deaf Culture - Accessibility + Equity
with Antoine Hunter + Ayisha Knight-Shaw

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Thursday, January 17

FRESH F/X

Kovács/O’Doherty
7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Sunday, January 20

FRESH Special Event

Ponderosa [on the Road] Pop-up + Potluck [alcohol-free]
5-10pm | Finnish Hall

5-6:30pm - Coral workshop - $5-15 [notaflof]
6:30pm - FOOD ready
7-10pm - 15 fabulous folks make things happen

Monday, January 21

Details coming soon

Tuesday, January 22

RIPE [raw + intimate performance experiments]

Jøse Abad | Gabriel Christian
7:30-9:30pm | Red Poppy Art House

Wednesday, January 23

FRESH F/X

KINETECH Arts Open Lab
7:30-9:15 | ODC

Thursday, January 24

Details coming soon

Monday, January 7

FRESH Special Event: SACRED

Regina Evans and Nicia De’Lovely
7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Tuesday, January 8

RIPE [raw + intimate performance experiments]

Em Papineau + Sofia Engelman | Laurel Snyder
Facilitated by Kathleen Hermesdorf
7:30-9:30pm | Red Poppy Art House

Wednesday, January 9

FRESH F/X

Christine Bonansea + Pamela Z
7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Thursday, January 10

FRESH at Finnish Hall

Contact Improvisation Class w/Kathleen + Albert
6:45-8:15pm | Finnish Hall
Contact Improvisation Jam w/Albert Mathias
8:30-11pm | Finnish Hall

Sunday, January 13

FRESH Forum > Cultural Exchange [Mexico]

Showcase/Discourse w/Artists from Mexico
Juan Manuel Aldape facilitates CL [Mazatlán] | KDL + DML [Guadalajara] | Gizeh Muniz + SS [Mexico City]
5-7pm | EastSide Arts Alliance

Monday, January 14

FRESH F/X

Delaney McDonough | Arletta Anderson + Adam Smith
7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Tuesday, January 15

RIPE [raw + intimate performance experiments]

Amy + Hannah Wasielewski | Jonathan Pattiwael +
Najwa Seyedmorteza
Facilitated by Kathleen Hermesdorf

7:30-9:30pm | Red Poppy Art House

 
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