All performances start at 8pm at Joe Goode Annex - 401 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA


Weekend 1

Friday, January 4 + Saturday, January 5 - 8pm

 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Sara Shelton Mann


research in creating modules of character/joys of the mind

Weekend 1 – Friday, January 4 + Saturday, January 5 - 8pm


Sara Shelton Mann has been a choreographer, performer, and teacher since 1967.  She was a protégé of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis in New York City before moving to Canada where she met Andrew Harwood and fell in love with contact improvisation. In 1979 she moved to San Francisco and founded Mixed Bag Productions, for which she has continuously served as artistic director. One of its early manifestations was the company Contraband, launched as a performance group and research ground combining the principles of contact, systems of the body and spiritual practice into a unified system of research.  Among her awards are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 6 Isadora Duncan Awards, Djerassi Artist in Residence Awards, Headlands Center for the Arts Residency 2016, Lifetime Achievement Bay Guardian Award, 10 Women Who Made a Difference, Bay Guardian "Goldie" Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award (2016) and special achievement award “erasing time": celebrating 30 years a radical dance legend, ( Sara Shelton Mann with David Szlasa and Norman Rutherford) Her Movement Alchemy training is an ongoing teaching project and is influenced by certifications and studies in the metaphysical and healing traditions. Sara’s performance work is a platform for collaboration and research in consciousness.

 Photo: Alan Kimara Dixon

Photo: Alan Kimara Dixon

Byb Kongo Bibene and Kiandanda Dance Theater

350 & Million Moving Targets

In the deep uproarious and callous waters of the Kongo river, they drowned and vanished and ever found because they tried to escape their refugee status. Their makeshift boat and bodies sank and disappeared into the void of the Mediterranean Sea. They braved crossing deserts for a better living space only to find demise. Waters, the life that turned into grave heroic women, men, and progenies. Humanity is sinking with million moving targets also called refugees and immigrants.  

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


Byb Kongo Bibene is a dance instructor, researcher, choreographer and performer working in theater and contemporary dance. His own technical and aesthetic sensibility is rooted in the culture and dances of his country of origin, the Republic of Congo. He has toured the world and performed internationally with companies and choreographers originating from Africa, England, France and the USA. Artistic Director of Kiandanda Dance Theater, Bibene initiated Mbongui Square festival, a multidisciplinary arts festival that gathers dance, music, spoken word and visual artists from the Bay Area and across the world. Outside of his professional careers of Theater and Dance, Bibene has a passion for writing. He is author of numerous poetry and shorts. Bibene owns a Bachelor in Science, Economics/Finances from Marien Ngouabi University/Brazzaville, an MFA in Dance Creative Practice and a certificate in Dance Production Management, earning the Dean’s award for Academic Excellence from Saint Mary's College of California.

 Photo: Nemo Stocklassa Hinders

Photo: Nemo Stocklassa Hinders

Chrysa Parkinson

Disorienting Front

Performer: Chrysa Parkinson

performed essay on Front

Weekend 1 – Friday, January 4 + Saturday, January 5 - 8pm


Chrysa Parkinson has been performing and teaching internationally since 1985. Her focus is on experiential authorship in experimental dance practices. She is a Professor of Dance at DOCH/Uniarts in Stockholm.

Weekend 2

Friday, January 11 + Saturday, January 12 - 8pm

 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Monique Jenkinson and Mica Sigourney 


A drag queen and a drag queen walk into a bar, a room. They have pelvises and centers of gravity, centers of gravities, gravitas. And headdresses: imaginary. This is hair. This is a purse, these are shoes, that’s my hip, that’s not my hip. Oh, these are pearls. Seriously! Today all my cells are pearls. They have decided to move at exactly the same time.

QUEENT! is supported by SFAC and GFTA.

Weekend 2 – Friday, January 11 + Saturday, January 12 - 8pm


Monique Jenkinson is Fauxnique. She performs in a variety of contexts locally, nationally and internationally, most recently in her feminist cabaret show The F Word at ART/Harvard and her most recent work Girl (a collaboration with Marc Kate) at Joe Goode Annex. She is writing a drag memoir for Amethyst Editions/Feminist Press.

Mica Sigourney is VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!- co-owner of the Stud Bar and hostess of Vivvy’s Grand Opening and FACES. S/he performs and makes works in Sweden, Ireland and SF mostly. Check out or for more info. She’s great at weddings.

 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Amara Tabor-Smith

Hot Mess(Sage)

This is a ceremonial rant, a dirge for white supremacy and patriarchy. An improvised call to the ancients. We show up as we are, we use what we got...the message is simple...stop fucking up

Performers and collaborators: Amara Tabor-Smith, Larry Arrington, Alexa Burrell

Weekend 2 – Friday, January 11 + Saturday, January 12 - 8pm



Amara Tabor-Smith is an Oakland, CA based choreographer/performance maker who describes her work as Conjure Art. Her dance making practice utilizes Yoruba spiritual ritual to address issues of social and environmental justice, race, gender identity and belonging in the Afro present with the soul purpose of dismantling white supremacy and patriarchy. 

Larry Arrington is a dance-artist working in hybrids of idea and practice. Her work in dance (time/space/body/whole) pivots around a desire to orient towards the capacities in us all that can glimpse unseen and unutterable horizons. Her body is her life and her life is her work.

Alexa Burrell is a Bay Area multimedia artist who composes intricate sonic and video works consisting primarily of sampled and found media. Burrell’s works emphasize the textural and visceral qualities of body, voice and identity. She is the video artist for House/Full of Blackwomen, a ritual performance collective created by Amara Tabor-Smith and Ellen Sebastian-Chang. Her work has been featured at Pro Arts Gallery, The Luggage Store Gallery,  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, SomArts, Gray Area, Betti Ono Gallery, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery and Eastside Arts Alliance. She is the recipient for the 2018 Soundwave Festival "Buzz Award" for innovation in music.

 Photo: Weidong Yang

Photo: Weidong Yang

Kinetech Arts


1880-2080 investigates the interrelation between the increase of carbon, human land use and population with an exponential growth of revolutionary inventions as well as weather changes and their impact for life on this planet. 1880-2080 follows the development of scientific data in metaphorical and concrete manner focusing on the human centric paradigm that has dominated the last centuries.

This project is supported by Kinetech Arts and The ClimateMusic Project (directed by Stephan Crawford).

Choreographers: Tanja London and Daiane Lopes da Silva
Data provided by: Dr. William Collins with Rose Abramoff and Alison Marklein
Visual artist:  Ian Winters
Composer: Richard Festinger

Weekend 2 – Friday, January 11 + Saturday, January 12 - 8pm


Kinetech Arts combines the work of dancers, scientists, and digital artists to create innovative and socially responsible performances. Kinetech Arts work has been supported by Zellerbach Family Foundation, CA$H Grant, The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Rainin Foundation, Creative Work Fund, and CounterPulse. Each year, KA produces multiple performances and over 50 other public events.  

Collaborators (in alphabetical order)

Richard Festinger’s music is noted for its blend of “propulsive energy with an impeccable sense of poise and balance.” Founder of the Earplay Ensemble. Published by C.F. Peters and Wildcat Canyon Press. Recordings on Bridge, Centaur, CRI, CRS and Naxos labels. Major awards from the NEA, Jerome, Fromm, Koussevitzky, Argosy and Barlow Foundations, and others.

Tanja London is a German kinesthetic, visual and haptic artist. Her work has a feminist viewpoint and explores sociopolitical and ecological discourses such as erosion of democracy, sustainability and epigenetics. Besides a BA in Social Pedagogy and Contemporary Dance she holds a MFA in Modern Dance including a Screendance Certificate.

Daiane Lopes da Silva is a dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Kinetech Arts, where she works on the intersection of dance, science and technology. She is currently in residency at ODC Theater and Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and is on faculty at Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dance Center and Western Ballet.

Ian Winters is an award-winning media and performance artist who create both staged and open-ended visual and acoustic media environments in performance. He has received commissions from EMPAC, Rainin Foundation and the Creative Work Fund and also worked with Francis Ford Coppola, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Britten Sinfonia, opera director Netia Jones, and many others.

 Photo: Kim Epifano

Photo: Kim Epifano

Epiphany Dance Theater

Rock e Malta (work in progress)

Rock e Malta, an evening ­length, anthropological performance piece by Kim Epifano. Developed in collaboration with an international web of female artists, this interdisciplinary production mixes dance, song/vocalized narrative, and sensory installations involving light, video, smell and sound (serving as participatory, site-specific landscapes) to investigate the ensemble’s immigrant histories, religion's ability to create walls, and the ruin/re-birth that comes from the collision of old/new.

Collaborators: Kim Epifano, Cookie Harrist, Janine Trinidad, Natalie Greene, Shaghayegh Cyrous

Weekend 2 – Friday, January 11 + Saturday, January 12 - 8pm


Kim Epifano has a 35-year history as a choreographer, director, performer, vocalist, educator, curator, collaborator. The Artistic/Executive Director of Epiphany Dance Theater, her work has been nominated/awarded several Izzie Awards. Recently received a Bogliasco Fellowship, in Italy. A master teacher who mixes vocalization, movement, theater, and various forms to transcend boundaries of performance to create community.

Weekend 3

Friday, January 18 + Saturday, January 19 - 8pm

 Photo: Debbie Kajiyama, Design: José Navarrete

Photo: Debbie Kajiyama, Design: José Navarrete

NAKA Dance Theater

And the Twins Return… 

Inspired by the sacred book of the Mayan Civilization, The Popol Vuh, NAKA embarks into a multi-year creative project that explores myth, movement, music, poetry and drums. And the Twins Return... depicts the creation of humanity and the continued disregard and distancing from nature in contemporary times. The work is a reminder that life does not exist without our natural surroundings no matter how tech savvy we get.

Performed and created by NAKA Dance Theater - José Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama.

Weekend 3 – Friday, January 18 + Saturday, January 19 - 8pm


Founded in 2001, NAKA Dance Theater creates experimental performance works using dance, storytelling, multimedia installations and site-specific environments. NAKA builds partnerships with communities, engages people's histories and folklore and expresses experiences through accessible performances that challenge the viewer to think critically about social justice issues.

José Navarrete is a native of México City where he was first exposed to theater and dance, choreographing and performing in parks, hospitals, and children's parties as a clown and dancer. He studied dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts in México, and has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and M.F.A in Dance from Mills College. He has studied dance with Sara Shelton Mann, Taiko with Hiroyuki Nakagawa and Argentine Tango with Nora Dinzelbacher. In 2004, José was the recipient of a Bessie Schönberg residency at The Yard, and a Djerassi residency. José is the recipient of a CHIME Mentorship with Jess Curtis, and a CHIME Across Borders fellowship with Ralph Lemon. Navarrete has taught dance and performance to youth and adults in Mexico, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at Berkeley High School, Marin Academy, Cal State East Bay, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has recently been named a U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellow and will be traveling to Tohoku, Japan in 2018. José currently curates and produces the Live Arts in Resistance (LAIR) initiative at Eastside Arts Alliance, which provides residencies and performing opportunities for artists of color in East Oakland.

Debby Kajiyama loves repetition, synchronization, chaos and surprise. She was born in California’s central valley, grew up in the walnut and cherry orchards of her grandparents’ farm and also spent several years living in Tokyo. Her interests lie in the intersection of cultural studies, social justice and performance. She is inspired by influential teachers Jenny Bitner (writing), Jimi Nakagawa (taiko), and Anne Bluethenthal (social practice); the movement research of Kira Kirsch, Sara Shelton Mann and Nita Little; and the passion of Susanne Takehara and the cultural workers of Oakland's EastSide Arts Alliance.  Debby’s artistic practice includes an attention to story, in particular trauma narratives; objects, in relation to the moving body; and the liminal state between the conscious-unconscious. Since 2001, Debby has created eight full-evening programs and numerous shorter works with NAKA that have been presented nationally and internationally. Debby has has also performed with Dandelion Dancetheater, June Watanabe in Company, ZACCHO Dance Theater,  the Dance Brigade, and Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. She has traveled to Cuba to share Obon Festival folk dances and music, and to conduct oral histories of the Japanese Diaspora in Cuba. Debby has been an artist-in-residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, an Irvine Fellow at Montalvo’s Lucas Artists Residency Program, and a recipient of an ACTA Apprenticeship to study Tsuzumi with Jimi Nakagawa. She is the recipient of the 2014 The Della Davidson Prize.

 Photo: Lili Favela

Photo: Lili Favela


Exercises to Complete Issues / Attempt 1: Hemostasis-Bleeding (fragment)

“I only want to realize when I cease to exist” 

Hemostasis is the process carried out by the body to stop a hemorrhage and heal a wound. This concept is used as a metaphor of the time it takes to perform a duel where we must necessarily go through several stages before healing.

Weekend 3 – Friday, January 18 + Saturday, January 19 - 8pm


Waking root (2018)

The tree does not ask if it is worth flourishing or not, it blooms because it would be inevitable not to do so…

A solo piece who seeks depth in simplicity, inspired by Lao Tzés phrase:
To see the small thing is to have a clear view, to preserve the weak is to have true strength

A piece by CL.
Original music and live performance: Albert Mathias.

Weekend 3 – Friday, January 18 + Saturday, January 19 - 8pm

 Photo: Martin Gavica

Photo: Martin Gavica



Choreography and interpretation: Proyecto CASĀ
Original music by Albert Mathias

Inspired by Diálogos con el Cuerpo by Esther Seligson, Submerge is the result of an intense coexistence of three months in which Gizeh and Sebastián encountered the consequences of the annulment of individuality.

We submerged until we met our darkness. We allowed discomfort to be our guide. We encountered each other’s vulnerability with compassion. We met our own bodies through encountering The Other. In the end only in surrender and closeness are we able to accept and embrace beauty in chaos and disorder.

Weekend 3 – Friday, January 18 + Saturday, January 19 - 8pm

Proyecto CASĀ is the product of a twenty year friendship. Their intimacy allows them to question their human condition and explore the unconscious in a vulnerable and irrational way, using dance and performance as their playground.

Their investigation has resulted in “Recipientes”, winner at the 5th Choreography Contest 4x4 TJ Night in Baja California and “Submerge”, in collaboration with Albert Mathias.

Weekend 4

Friday, January 25 + Saturday, January 26 - 8pm

 Photo: Tom O’Doherty

Photo: Tom O’Doherty

ALTERNATIVA featuring FAKE Company


ALTERNATIVA (Kathleen Hermesdorf + Albert Mathias) present the world premiere of Reckoning featuring FAKE Company in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of ALTERNATIVA.

Weekend 4 – Friday, January 25 + Saturday, January 26 - 8pm