FRESH Festival sounds like something that might attract foodies. In fact you do need an appetite — for thinking way outside of the box. The participating dancers, musicians, designers, and writers feed on each other’s disciplines to stretch their own thinking about who they are and what they want to do. If sometimes the “how” intrigues more than the “what,” so be it. Watching new modes emerging can be such an upper.
— Rita Felciano


January 4-27, 2018 / San Francisco
10th annual Festival of Experimental Dance | Music | Performance

FRESH Festival starts the new year with an extravaganza of embodied art, action and interaction, celebrating and showcasing new work, research and ideas in dance, music and performance. FRESH 2019 is 4 weekends of risk-taking mainstage Performances, 3 weeks + weekends of immersive studio Practices and 12+ social and inclusive Exchanges inspired and transmitted by the curiosity and generosity of 50+ cutting-edge artists from the Bay Area and beyond. FRESH is open to all interested bodies. 

FRESH is produced by ALTERNATIVA, directed by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf with musician Albert Mathias, is an apparatus for deeply integrated contemporary dance and music via collaboration, creation, improvisation, performance, production, curation and education. Active in San Francisco since 1998, the organization supports the creative work of the directors, known for research, practice and performance pieces that explore human behaviors and conditions, corporeality and other ineffabilities. Activities, including an annual FRESH Festival, workshops in the Bay Area, residencies at universities, festivals and studios worldwide and PORCH/Ponderosa/POSSE in Germany, engage an extensive population of artists, audiences and participants. ALTERNATIVA is fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group and has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CA$H Grant, CHIME/MJDC, San Francisco Arts Commission and The Suitcase Fund. /