Photo: Cia Gould

Photo: Cia Gould

Monday, January 7

FRESH Special Event: SACRED

Regina Evans and Nicia De’Lovely

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Photo: M. Kambon

Photo: M. Kambon

SACRED is a theatrical endeavor which creatively spreads awareness regarding the fight against Child Sex Trafficking in the Oakland, Bay Area. SACRED will feature the theatrical works of Abolitionist/Artist Regina Evans (Regina's Door) and Poetess/Activist Nicia De'Lovely (Nicia De'Lovely Presents) who will join together to deliver a poetic message of justice ignited for the Sex Trafficked Beloved. The performance will also include an interactive discussion highlighting Artist involvement in the fight against Modern Day Slavery. SACRED is a Regina's Door Production.

Abolitionist Regina Y. Evans is an Oakland native and the owner of Regina's Door, an Oakland based social enterprise vintage clothing store which operates as a creative arts healing and sanctuary space for survivors of sex trafficking and young artists. Ms. Evans is a poet, playwright, costumer and performer.

Oakland, CA native Nicia De'Lovely is a published Poetess, multifaceted Artist, anti-sexual abuse Activist, spirited Survivor and Entrepreneur. She’s the creative proprietor of Nicia De'Lovely Presents, an independent, grass-root production that makes provocative survivor-based performances for awareness, prevention and healing of sexual violation. Nicia uses her poetry to encourage and empower community.


Tuesday, January 8

RIPE [raw + intimate performance experiments]

Photo: Najy Knee

Photo: Najy Knee

Em Papineau + Sofia Engelman | Laurel Snyder
Facilitated by Kathleen Hermesdorf

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Presenting new work by Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman. “Our work together creates and requires a particular state of togetherness. We create an intimate, unknown place through re-orientation and disorientation of the body, images, words, and objects. We love serious messes and treat every object we introduce into process and performance as an essential, integrated, autonomous entity. We make space for effort and oddities. We are interested in humor, but not in making a joke of ourselves. We create structures and systems and then deconstruct them; we engage in a practice of world making and world reinvention.”

Photo: Cherylyn Tsushima

Photo: Cherylyn Tsushima

Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman are dance artists based in New England. At the heart of their work is their queer relationship which they negotiate not so much as a narrative, but as a feeling, a state, a world, and a logic. Their first collaborative work, “Where the air is light and clear,” was presented at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Em and Sofia are both editorial interns at Contact Quarterly, went to the Bates Dance Festival as teenagers, and have co-taught at Moving Target Portland. The pair began developing their current project, “Things That Are: for two,” through residencies at The Living Room and Ponderosa and performed an early iteration at Movement Research at the Judson Church in October 2018.

Bones, Bodies & Demons - Created and performed by Laurel Snyder

Bones, Bodies & Demons is an honest, visceral expression of self through movement, melody and language. It is a highly scored, full-bodied improvisation that awakens the fire in my belly, the cycles in my brain and the strength at my fingertips.  This intimate solo-work asks whether our boundaries confine or liberate. Does isolation breed self-actualization or self-loathing? Do we create parameters to hold us in or keep others out? Perhaps we’re all just looking for something solid to push against.

Laurel Snyder is a dance artist, educator and musician based in NYC. Laurel has performed with artists such as Faye Driscoll, Tere O’Connor, Tatyana Tenenbaum and Kendra Portier, and her choreography has been presented by numerous NYC venues. Laurel is currently a part-time lecturer of contemporary dance at Rutgers University.


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Wednesday, January 9

FRESH F/X

Christine Bonansea + Pamela Z

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

The Body | The Voice | The Space

an evening of solos and duets by Christine Bonansea and Pamela Z

Update: Read a review of this performance in San Francisco Classical Voice.

Christine Bonansea is a US-European dancer and choreographer with 17 years of international experience in conceiving, directing/choreographing and performing movement-based works. She creates performances, installations, and films. She is the Artistic director of Christine Bonansea Company, founded in 2010.

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers. Her solo works combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrète sounds.


Photo: Peter Raper

Photo: Peter Raper

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

Contact Improvisation Class: Contact is Mag(net)ic

Contact Improvisation is a physically and creative collaborative form for wise freedom, thick physics, instinctual form, wild impulse, extreme grace and diligent practice. Explore this serious play alongside the visceral and atmospheric music of Albert Mathias.

Cost: $15-20- paid at the door

The Thursday Jam is an all-level open contact improv and movement space weekly from 8:30pm-midnight. The jam offers an inclusive environment that is warm, friendly and welcoming of folks new to Contact Improv. There is a varied soundscape with a mix of silence, downtempo/ambient recorded tracks, and occasionally tasteful improvised live music.  http://thursdayjam.org/

Cost: $7-$10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)- paid at the door

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 radical dance classes, performance projects and musical endeavors delving into the corporeality and ineffability of human conditions, behaviors and other curiosities. Activities, including an annual FRESH Festival, ongoing classes and workshops in the Bay Area, residencies at universities, festivals and studios worldwide and PORCH/Ponderosa 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, Dancers’ Group’s Matching Grant and CA$H Grant, CHIME/MJDC, the San Francisco Arts Commission and The Suitcase Fund. www.la-alternativa.us | www.freshfestival.org

Kathleen Hermesdorf is an international dance artist, educator and producer based in San Francisco. She directs ALTERNATIVA, with musician Albert Mathias. Hermesdorf has been dancing in the Bay Area since 1991 and teaches, performs, improvises, creates and curates around the world. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dakar, amongst other locations, in commission for universities, companies and independent dancers, and in collaboration with art partners worldwide. She was a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells and Collusion with Stephanie Maher. She is the co-director of PORCH summer school at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany and WILD [West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival] in Ballydehob, Ireland. Hermesdorf brings over 20 years of experience from the field, studio and stage to her work and holds a BFA and an MFA in Dance Performance + Pedagogy.

Albert Mathias is a multi-disciplinary musician based in San Francisco since 1991. He creates and performs composition and sound design for dance, theater, film, video and audio mediums, and is the music director of ALTERNATIVA, with director/dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf. He was a member of Bebe Miller Company and Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann, and has created original sound scores for myriad dance companies. In 2000, he was nominated for an IZZIE Award with ALTERNATIVA and received a BESSIE Award in 2006 with Bebe Miller Company. Mathias has produced 15 records of original music and collaborated in numerous bands, most notably LiveHuman, an internationally acclaimed improvisation-based trio with DJ Quest and bassist Andrew Kushin. Mathias attended California Institute of the Arts, training in tabla, voice and accompaniment, and has had the honor of private study with Pandit Swapan Chauduri, Sri Ravi Bellare and Tony Williams. His eclectic sounds can be found on I-Tunes, Bandcamp and CD Baby.


Sunday, January 13

FRESH Forum > Cultural Exchange [Mexico]

Photo: carol borja

Photo: carol borja

Showcase/Discourse w/Artists from Mexico
Juan Manuel Aldape facilitates The Oracle [Mazatlán] | Karen De Luna + Diego Martínez Lanz [Guadalajara] | Gizeh Muniz + Sebastián Santamaría [Mexico City]

Special free event

5-7pm | EastSide Arts Alliance

FRESH Festival in partnership with EastSide Arts Alliance present:

Borderlines, Aesthetics, and the Concept of the “Alien:”
A look at contemporary dance from Mexico and beyond.

Photo: Alessandra Mello

Photo: Alessandra Mello

In this intensified political climate, the foreign body and its actions is created and perceived as something that needs to be controlled. Often, if not always, the term alien is invoked in these discourses as a point of derision for non-native residents of a country or as a marker of perpetual foreigners regardless of one’s legal standing. Instead of trying to evade this term for fear of being labeled an eternal “other,” what would it mean to linger in it and to hold alienhood as a collective and creative politics? Taking this prompt as our point of departure, we are gathering for an afternoon of cultural exchange, an inquiry of motion, a movement  showcase, and panel discussion facilitated by Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz in collaboration with other artists. We will examine how dance practitioners address questions of migration, aesthetics, and research methodologies in the context of control societies where movement across borders for survival’s sake is oppressively regulated, criminalized, and always deemed alien.

Special thanks to Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) for making this event possible. #MovilidadInternacionalFonca 


Photo: Kelly Fletcher

Photo: Kelly Fletcher

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Monday, January 14

FRESH F/X

Delaney McDonough | Arletta Anderson + Adam Smith

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Delaney McDonough presents  from memory.  With humor, humility, and dive-bar sensibility, from memory unveils tightly held family secrets in an attempt to marinate together in fleeting truths and constructed identities. from memory is scaffolded by frankly told stories of McDonough's larger-than-life Uncle, his time in Vietnam, and what came after.

Delaney McDonough is a maker & producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Their collaborations have been presented by Triskelion & NOGO Arts (NY), Studio 303 (Montreal), Vermont Performance Lab (VT), and School of Contemporary Dance & Thought (MA), among others. Delaney’s performed with Heidi Henderson (CT), Annie Kloppenberg (ME), Hana van der Kolk (NY), Asher Woodworth (ME) and served as a Teaching Artist at Colby College 2016-2017.

Arletta Anderson & Adam Smith present early stage developments of Canon-in-Progress, inspired by religious zealotry and equestrianism.

Arletta Anderson & Adam Smith are a dance artist and a theater artist, respectively. Together, they make live performance that sits somewhere between, and outside of, dance and experimental theater. Their work deals with the quotidian and the extraordinary, the body and effort, and the blurred lines between what is real and what is absurd.


Tuesday, January 15

RIPE [raw + intimate performance experiments]

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

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

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Amy and Hannah Wasielewski are two sisters who live together who do energy work who dance together.  They share performance research about cowboys and healing.

Amy Wasielewski moved to San Francisco in January 2016. She began creating performances with her sister, Hannah, and has been deeply influenced by the history of experimental dance and performance in the city. In the summer of 2017, she completed her bachelor’s degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she combined her academic work with performance. She also studied energy healing at the Academy of Intuition Medicine®. Energetic, spiritual, academic, and political perspectives continue to shape her dance practice.

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Hannah Wasielewski is a dancer, performer, arts organizer, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist based in San Francisco, CA.  In the Bay Area, she makes work with her sister, Amy, and has performed with Sara Shelton Mann, Kinetech Arts, Sam Stone, and Sara Kraft/ KraftyWorks.  Her dance work has taken her abroad, most recently in Berlin with FAKE Company under the leadership of Kathleen Hermesdorf. Her work is a deep excavation and unification of her physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies.  The seeking never ends. www.cranoiosacralsf.com

Jonathan Pattiwael performs a solo collaboratively choreographed based on the poem Best by Najwa Seyedmorteza. It explores vulnerability and exhaustive physical states through movement.

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Jonathan Pattiwael started as a hip-hop dancer in Indonesia. After relocating to the US to perform, he is now teaching dance at Texas Woman’s University. He leads a collaborative artistic process to create dialogue towards social justice informed by the raw energy of hip-hop and the breathtaking rawness of performance art.

Najwa Seyedmorteza I am a dancer and martial artist. I don't want my audience to see a dancer on stage. I want them to see a human experience. I want them to say "I can see them going through something and I can relate to that experience."


Photo: RJ Muna

Photo: RJ Muna

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Photo: Matt Haber

Photo: Matt Haber

Wednesday, January 16

FRESH Forum

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

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Ki in 3D

Deaf culture has been historically overlooked, colonized and oppressed.  Ki in 3D explores the life energy and presentation of Deaf culture to break through those barriers and spread awareness to society.  Three Deaf performers: Ayisha Knight-Shaw, Antoine Hunter and Zahna Simon will be sharing their art through the visual language-American Sign Language also juxtaposed as a three dimensional language experience.

Performances and discussion with the artists who will be making a new collaborative work:
Ayisha Knight-Shaw
Antoine Hunter & Zahna Simon

A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning internationally known African-American Deaf choreographer, dancer, instructor, speaker and Deaf advocate who performed throughout the Bay Area and the world including Europe, Africa and South America.

Ayisha Knight-Shaw is a Deaf multimedia artist, poet, educator and Reiki Master Teacher. The daughter of a White Jewish mother and Black Cherokee father, she was raised by her mother in an ethnically diverse community of poets, painters, sculptors, photographers and storytellers who taught her that creating and sharing art is as much a political act as a thing of beauty. As a Deaf photographer, she loves to focus on hands, eyes, facial expressions, and quirky subjects not typically seen in mainstream media. Her interests in photography began at age 13, and has evolved over the years.  Shaped by her life as a Deaf woman in California, Washington D.C, MA, as well as visits to Cuba, Mexico City, and Oaxaca have given her an opportunity to create a tapestry of many cultures in her work. Past solo and shared photo exhibits have been showcased at Java Joes Café, The Meeting Place, Very Special Arts Boston, Club Passim, Boston Public Library, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Salem Access TV, Espresso Royale Café, Two Dogs Working, Galant Gallery, North Shore Career Center, Deaf Expo, Disability Expo, Maine Deaf Expo, and Dorian’s in Provincetown, MA.

A San Francisco native and Deaf from birth, Ms Zahna Simon is a professional dancer, chemist, avid health nutritionist, researcher, ASL performance consultant, Deaf advocate and Deaf interpreter.   She received her BS in Chemistry and a BFA in Dance Performance. She is a former chemist by day at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and dancer by night at various Dance companies in San Diego including being featured in KPBS TV and Radio special "Deaf Dancer Performs in Trolley Dances. Ms Zahna is the Assistant Director for both Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival under Antoine Hunter, Founder and Director and a full time office manager at a small Fiduciary Office in San Francisco.


Sunday, January 20

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FRESH at Finnish Hall

Ponderosa [on the Road] Pop-up + Potluck [alcohol-free]

5-10pm | Finnish Hall

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5-6:30pm - Cathartic aural research workshop led by Coral Short  - $5-15 [notaflof]

6:30pm - FOOD ready by Jesse Hewit

7-10pm - "The people of Ponderosa spin a Stolzenhagen-style evening of food, spontaneous art, and futurist social practice for YOU”

Ponderosa on the Road — FRESH 2019/SF Bay Area brings together local and  international artists from the expansive, interconnected communities of ALTERNATIVA and Ponderosa, a creative concept and base in Stolzenhagen, Germany, founded by Stephanie Maher. These sister entities have been collaborating creatively and programmatically since 2000, and FRESH was launched in 2010, the same year as PORCH, a summer training program at Ponderosa that led to the formation of FAKE Company, which performs with ALTERNATIVA in FRESH 2019.

Circles + spirals, direct + indirect, radiating + resonating connections come together in this unique event, as we aim to deepen and widen relationships, encourage artistic and cultural exchange, and share ALTERNATIVA and Ponderosa’s inclusive and communal spirits. Everyone involved has spent substantial time at Ponderosa and will share the feeling of that unique place, as well as the open natural spaces of the East German countryside, in FRESH at Finnish Hall.

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We gather to host an evening of multiple experiences, starting with a cathartic aural research workshop led by Coral Short, followed by a potluck feast featuring sublime offerings by Jesse Hewit. Throughout the evening there will be invitations and interventions which may include - cozy corners; spooning; slow dancing; love potions; indifference potions; hexes; conceptual bullshit hour; foreign dialogues; stories of the past as a mental landscape for the sowing of seeds for alternative narratives of the present/future; making a family tree; tea and poetry.

www.ponderosa-dance.de

ARTISTS

Larry Arrington (USA(SF)
Chani Bockwinkel (USA(SF)
Adi Brief (ISRAEL/Berlin/Stolzenhagen)
Alex Crow (USA(SF)
Caitlin Fisher (USA/Berlin)
Kathleen Hermesdorf (USA(SF)
Jesse Hewit (USA(SF)
David Jensen (DENMARK)
Kata Kovács (HUNGARY/Berlin)
Kentaro Kumanomido (USA/Athens)
Ursula Marlee Marcussen (DENMARK)
Tom O’Doherty (IRELAND/Berlin)
Gareth Okan (NEW ZEALAND/Berlin)
Thomas Anthony Owen (USA/Athens)
Coral Short (CANADA/Berlin)
Jessy Tuddenham (USA/Berlin)
Cathy Walsh (IRELAND/Berlin)
Hannah Wasielewski (USA(SF)
Miriam Wolodarski (FINLAND/USA)

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Workshop Offering by Coral Short

SHORT DESCRIPTION: 2 hour workshop that will work intimately and specifically with human emotions. It has a gentle start with relaxation, listening, and breathing exercises led by artist Coral Short and includes solo, duo, and group work. All workshop attendees are warmly invited (if they like) to make an impromptu live performance later on during the event. We can discuss this during the workshop!

LONG DESCRIPTION

Welcome to a cathartic aural research experience you will never forget. What emotional noises can you/ do you make alone? We are curious to hear them! What happens when you mix these noises together in different combinations with new friends? With interesting variations? In whispers? Crescendo? With brave and surprising spontaneity? The full range of deep human emotions will be embodied ephemerally. Gender and emotional expression and repression will be discussed. Can we communicate with each other only with emotional sounds? Fascinating montages of human connection, inside unique sonic moments, will emerge. We will also be working with the breath, silence, and listening, as well as the staying in the present moment- which will enrich our experiences and experiments. All workshop attendees are warmly invited (if they feel like it) to make an impromptu live performance later on during the performance segment of the night. We can discuss this during the workshop!

Coral Short is a prolific creator.  Their practice is a social practice. They have lived and created art internationally in Asia, North America, and Europe for the last twenty years. They harness the collective imagination of their community and serve it up on a glittering platter to all. Their practice casts magic spells, enabling their audiences to understand the many fantastical realities that can, and do, happen at any given moment. Their group work ranges from intimate collaborations, to large scale interactive performances with over 500 people. Coral has many beloved people, communities, and locations they call home. They spend a fair amount of time dispersing their magic around the globe - in the air, on railroad tracks, and across highways. They live on the edge of enchantment.


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Monday, January 21

FRESH Special Event

Ryanaustin Dennis, Gabriel Christian, Europa Grace

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

mercury

Starting with the question "How do I make myself a body?",
we will cut the rope on the western canon of art
And process its poison
We become the broken circle passing back through as black oracles/orifices
What is framing our alchemy?  

mercury
is the messenger, is the gauge of temperature, is the toxin

Is metabolic rupture

Ryanaustin Dennis is an Oakland based curator/artist/writer. As the founding member of The Black Aesthetic, a curatorial collective, his practice is concerned with how 20th and 21st century experimental performance, film, and writing histories are shaped by the metaphysics of blackness. He has done curatorial work for E.M. Wolfman Bookstore, Kadist, Eastside Arts Alliance, Betti Ono, Soundwave Biennial, and is a Southern Exposure Curatorial Council Fellow.

Gabriel Christian is an increasingly amorphous artist bred in New York City and baking in Oakland. Their work metabolizes the vernaculars within BlaQ diaspora –– futurity, afrovivalism, faggotry ––  through body-based live performance and poetics; moreover, they feel the bio to be an unfortunate by-product of capitalistic modes like chattel slavery.

Europa Grace is a mixed race Afro-Caribbean spoken word poet, movement artist and educator originally from New York currently living in San Francisco. They forge a tool from movement and language to access the vulnerability necessary to embody a plurality of presence. They are an Artist in Residence at SAFEHOUSE Arts, some of their work has been featured in the National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Rebels Performance Showcase.


Tuesday, January 22

RIPE [raw + intimate performance experiments]

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Jøse Abad | Gabriel Christian

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

COMPASS

Three performance works orienting us through trauma-informed intimacy, dis/integration, and self-defense. Featuring jose e. abad, Malia Byrne, Gabriel Christian, and Randy Reyes.



Photo: Weidong Yang

Photo: Weidong Yang

Wednesday, January 23

FRESH F/X

Kinetech Arts Open Lab

7:30-9:15 | ODC Argyle Studio

Come to Kinetech Arts Lab to explore the intersection of dance, cutting edge technology and scientific concepts. Technology provides tools for artistic expression; scientific concept informs dance composition; and discussion of the social political impact from the latest technological advance leads into movement improvisation.

The theme of the Lab at the FRESH Festival is reckoning. What does physiological measurement tells us about ourselves? How does quantifying ourselves affect self perception? The Lab will also explore movement improvisation using the data collected with physiological sensors.


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Thursday, January 24

FRESH Forum

TEACHER TEACHER- forum on the art of teaching <3

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Facilitated by Raha Behnam + Abby Crain
with special guests from FF19, plus open discussion

This is a forum for those who teach, or those who think about teaching, or those who take class. We will spend time considering the art and politics of teaching, work that is so central and formative in the transmission of dance and performance as a livebody based form practiced in community. Raha and Abby will facilitate an evening of  discussion/reflection/think- tanking and skill sharing..with special invited guests and YOU.

Questions we will consider:   Why teach? What makes a class great or worthwhile? What are the goals or intent any particular teaching practice? Why is this important to consider?  How can we work to ensure that the values of the teaching practice are consistent in intent AND practice? What are the politics of holding space in a mixed group?  How do we design classes that acknowledge and empower a variety of experiences? What does radical teaching look like? What’s your favorite teaching trick? Politics of consent in teaching- ?  How do we design classes to honor and include mixed abilities? Music? Language? Who should be teaching? Who should be learning?

Raha Behnam is an Iranian-born, Canadian-raised, US-based artist; a first-generation immigrant to occupied Indigenous territory. She is the daughter of Persian cultural workers, Darab Behnam Shabahang and Mahvash Vatankhahi.

Her performance work has been presented at Danspace Project (Food for Thought), The Wild Project (the CURRENT SESSIONS), the Knockdown Center (Sunday Service), Performance Studies international 2017 conference (Hamburg), FRESH Festival (San Francisco), and Figure One Gallery (Illinois).  She has performed in the works of Abby Crain, Tino Seghal, and Jessie Young, as well as performed for Pearson/Widrig Dance Company, and DEVIATED THEATRE.

Raha is concerned with systems and practices for collective healing, and engaged in liberation work through community-based counseling. She holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Anthropology. She is currently working towards teacher certification in Open Source Forms (OSF) lead by Stephanie Skura and is an active member of Movement Research’s Artists of Color Council.

Abby Crain is a  Houston Born, new England raised teacher, performer and dancemaker  currently based in the California Bay Area. Teaching credits include Movement Research NYC,  Mills College, NYU, Ponderosa Tanzland, Beloit College, Liverpool University, and an annual summer retreat with Sara Shelton Mann called Drop Your City Armor.  She has performed extensively nationally and internationally primarily with Miguel Gutierrez (NYC) and Sara Shelton Mann (SF). Her own solo and collaborative work has been seen in places such as NYC,  LA Portland, Berlin, Liverpool, Cork and Chicago. She was certified to teach OSF by Stephanie Skura in 2013 and has been teaching at the FRESH Festival since 2011. Her current work centers around non human and ecological affinity,  eco-somatic research, radical pedagogy, and unpacking her own cultural subjectivity. She has two children ages 10 and 14.