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 | Red Poppy Art House

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.


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

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]

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

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.

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: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Monday, January 14

FRESH F/X

Delaney McDonough | Arletta Anderson + Adam Smith

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

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 | Red Poppy Art House

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.JPG

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."


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


 Photo: Davide Maione

Photo: Davide Maione

Thursday, January 17

FRESH F/X

Kovács/O’Doherty

7:30-9:30pm | Space 124

Kovács/O’Doherty
1-100

A hundred copies of the same record are played, one after another, and the resulting sound is looped and layered by two performers, as they move around in a single space. The actions undertaken iterate a repeating task. Each record is played, recorded, and looped in a precise score, integrating record, player, and speaker—object, movement, and sound. However, the specifics are decided in the moment, creating an aleatoric composition of fragments of familiar sound. Images repeat as deliberate movements rearrange the space.

Kovács/O’Doherty- Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty have worked as a collaborative duo since 2011. Their work combines elements of durational and time-based art, minimalist movement, and electroacoustic music and sound. This work often applies rigorous processes to simple but frequently-overlooked phenomena – they are interested in processes, sounds, and movements that come close to imperceptibility, and the ways in which this material can be transformed through repetition, patterning, layering, and archiving. They live and work in Berlin, Germany.
Website: www.kovacsodoherty.com


Sunday, January 20

FRESH at Finnish Hall

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

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.

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)

Workshop Offering by Coral Short

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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.


Monday, January 21

Details coming soon


Tuesday, January 22

RIPE [raw + intimate performance experiments]

 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Jøse Abad | Gabriel Christian

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

COMPASS: let our bodies be instruments of home.

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

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.


Thursday, January 24

Details coming soon