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

 

Weekend 1

Friday, January 10 + Saturday, January 11 - 8pm


Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Dana Fitchett 

Enter: Light

Weekend 1 Friday, Jan 10 + Saturday, Jan 11 8PM

"Enter: Light" is a piece grounded in exploration of lineage and individual and collective healing, and will incorporate lighting design and narrative audio from conversations between fitchett and family members in conjunction with movement and music. The title is a reference to the Rumi quote, "The wound is the place where the light enters." Rather than a statement on family wounds and healing processes, the piece is a meditation on these things, a commitment to them, a ritual to excavate what lies beneath and beyond them. (I think the work will be a duet, but that could change.)

"The insouciant, freewheeling spirit of house dance pervades, yet the movement vocabulary is magnificently disciplined and contained. Transitions are as smooth as butter, with a dusting of capoeira, dashes of ballet, social dance and contact improv, blithely embellished by a cartoon-like animation of aimless doodles that appear on the backdrop."

dana e. fitchett (she/her/they/them) has worked in schools and in arts-, education- and social justice-focused organizations, with roles ranging from direct classroom work, dance education, and family organizing to event management, arts administration, and marketing and communications. A multidisciplinary artist currently pursuing a self-directed Masters of Fine Art in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College, dana writes, makes visual art, teaches movement classes, choreographs, and directs Movement for Liberation, a project-based dance collective. dana seeks and finds endless lessons in literature, human engagement, and nature, and splits most of her time between the Bay Area, New York, and Boston. All of her pursuits are unified by her explicit concern for moving our individual and collective realities closer to liberation.


Photo: Alan Kimara Dixon

Photo: Alan Kimara Dixon

Brontë Velez

meanwhile, the mud still mothers

Weekend 1 Friday, Jan 10 + Saturday, Jan 11 8PM

hrough the medium of the body, prophecy, ink made from guns and mud, brontë takes the shape of a prompt (from promptus, as meaning, to bring to light) from Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ text’ “M Archive: After The End of the World”: 

when she said the mud mothers she meant that energy close to the core of the earth where the planet felt more alive, soft, hot, and in production. if you could look close enough (or listen carefully enough, the critical geologists would have corrected), you could see the churning planet making herself brown. if you were to choreograph a dance about it (which, i agree, would be an excellent idea), you would need to have everyone cover themselves with mud and then make motions like pushing, like freeing wrists, but lead with the belly, their legs should be far enough apart to let them squat and rise back up, like if they were pushing time forward and feeling it push them back, and they would eventually get closer and closer together until you felt like you were watching one being, growing together curving home and pressing pressing to solid but still always breathing. (it will be good, when you recruit the dancers, if some of them are pregnant.)”

 

brontë velez is guided by the call that “black wellness is the antithesis to state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson). a black-latinx transdisciplinary artist, trickster, and wakeworker their eco-social art praxis lives at the intersections of black feminist placemaking, black feminist prophetic tradition, environmental justice, and death doulaship.

brontë velez is guided by the call that “black wellness is the antithesis to state violence” (Mark Anthony Johnson). a black-latinx transdisciplinary artist, trickster, and wakeworker their eco-social art praxis lives at the intersections of black feminist placemaking, black feminist prophetic tradition, environmental justice, and death doulaship.

they live into these commitments of attending to black health and hospicing white supremacy through their practice serving as creative director for Lead to Life design collective (leadtolife.org), media director for Oakland-rooted farm and nursery Planting Justice (plantingjustice.org), and quotidian black queer life ever-committed to humor & liberation, ever-marked by grief at the distance made between us and all of life.


 

LXS DXS

IZ 2 TITE

Weekend 1 Friday, Jan 10 + Saturday, Jan 11 8PM

Interested in the physiological, environmental and sociopolitical implications of the word “pressure,” Lxs Dxs will manipulate stage time and stage space with tender, consensual applications of force. We will pressurize using movement excavation, live sound composition, role-play, foreplay, analplay and a pressure cooker.

Instigated in 2017 by collective member randy reyes, Lxs Dxs (jose e. abad, Gabriel Christian, Stephanie Hewett, Jubilee July, Felix Sol Linck-Frenz, randy reyes), choreographs, moves, investigates and performs as our methodology for survival. We resource ourselves in these acts of survival by engaging and interlacing our distinct lineages as sources of healing, resistance, intelligence, and change-making. Collectively, the six of us incorporate and transform our histories to engender the conditions for new realities to emerge. We shape-shift and demand that the world shape-shift too, to create alternative cultural structures and relational cosmologies that enact collective liberation. With every performance, workshop, rehearsal, meeting, and decision, we cast a series of spells that weave into existence that which is necessary for our survival, and that of our communities. We experience the creative process as inherently healing, whether healing is the impetus or not, because we know that healing is necessary.

Gabriel Christian is an American artist bred in New York City (Wappinger Lenape land) and baking in Oakland (Chochenyo Ohlone land). 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 models like chattel slavery.

Stephanie Hewett is a choreographer, movement researcher, performer, and teacher from the Bronx, New York (Lenape territory). She holds an MFA in Dance from Mills College, and was a 2019 Counterpulse EDGE resident artist. Hewett is currently a resident artist at the Paul Dresher Music Ensemble in West Oakland, CA, and her current research entails navigating performance through injury, pleasure frequencies, Detroit techno, dance floor exorcisms, and excavating ancestral vestiges in the body. She is a collaborator/member of LXS DXS, a queer performance collective making messes in the Bay, LA, and abroad

Felix Sol Linck-Frenz is a queer performance artist and housing rights organizer invested in exploring  performance and protest as fertile grounds for sowing the seeds of futures that de-commodify, de-colonize, and de-stratify our existing social structures, and our existing relationship to material and embodied existence. Felix’s movement/performance work investigates the ways in which our fasciae carries intergenerational, cultural, and personal history that shape the ways in which we can move and change. They have created solo and collaborative performance work for the Berkeley Art Museum-PFA, The Joe Goode Annex, 3AM Berlin, & SALTA dance. Alongside these formal works, they have choreographed eviction defense protests, court rallies, and community food-sharing events with the Defend Aunti Frances Coalition, Causa Justa:: Just Cause, and Tenants Together. They are curious about what is possible when many people with different embodied experiences collectively take action, and create speculative imaginings of what we will be when we are liberated from racism, heteronormativity, patriarchy, capitalism, gender-violence, and able-ism. 

jose e abad is a queer social practice performance artist exploring queer futurity through an intersectional lens. Using dance, storytelling, and ritual, abad’s work unearths lost histories, memories, and wisdom that are held within the body that the mind has forgotten or dominant culture has erased.
jose has performed solo and collaborative works nationally and internationally with companies and artists including Joanna Haigood, Keith Hennessy, Scott Wells, Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers, NAKA Dance Theatre, Seth Eisen, Brontez Purnell Dance Company, Alleluia Panis, and Detour Dance. jose is also a founding company member of ChE’s #DignityInProcess project which is an artistic response to the Black Lives Matter movement that utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to art activism, performance, and community engagement through an afro-indigenous lens. 

Jubilee July, (they/them) moves from the belief, analysis, and lived experience that reality is a collective choreography. They meld critical inquiry with play and ritual to tend individual and collective wounds/potential that lie at the intersections of social and ecological differences. Jubilee builds, supports, and evolves with various nourishing constellations in the San Francisco Bay Area including LXS DXS, NAKA Dance Theater, Vivid Grove, and the Cave/Coast Collective. Most recently, their solo work has embarked on a quest to decolonize/liberate pleasure, grief, and rage on the road to healing from sexual assault and white supremacy as a queer white/mixed/latnix. 

randy reyes is a queer-AfroGuatemalan choreographer, performance artist, and healer born in NJ. They currently make love and art in Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area after oscillating between here, LA, Berlin, and NYC. randy is interested in choreography as a process of excavation, task as meditation, psychosomatic state work, Chinese Energetics, grief/joy/praise, and getting messy by conjuring contemporary rituals within quotidian/natural landscapes. 
Currently, randy is a 2019 Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) mentee with lead mentor, Margaret Jenkins, Shawl Anderson Emerging Artist in Residence, and a danceWEB | Impulstanz scholarship programme recipient. randy is co-leading two performance collectives called the Bay Area BIQTPOC Performing Artist Hive and LXS DXS



Weekend 2

Friday, January 17 + Saturday, January 18 - 8pm


Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Sara Shelton Mann 

Weekend 2 – Friday, January 17 + Saturday, January 18 - 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 to work with Mangrove, now Mixed Bag Productions, for which she serves 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, 7 Isadora Duncan Awards, including a special achievement award for “erasing time: celebrating 30 years a radical dance legend” (Sara Shelton Mann with David Szlasa and Norman Rutherford), 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).

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.


Lux Boréal  

La Ciudad Que Arde (The Burning town)

Weekend 2 – Friday, January 17 + Saturday, January 18 - 8pm

The Burning town is a testament to a grand ultimatum: survival vs our own downfall. Human beings are designed thrive in a comfortable environment, however, the thrill of the unknown sways us to sporadically bet against the odds. The Holy Bible states that god has destroyed the world twice; once with water, once with fire. In both instances fortunate persons were given the chance to escape these unstoppable tragedies, but under certain conditions; requisites which questioned their own morals. Once a decision is cast, do we continue to walk forward with the pleasure of beating the odds or should we look back and witness the extermination of our kind?

Choreography: Henry Torres Blanco

Performers: Matthew Armstrong, Pamela Macías, Raúl Navarro, Ilse Meza, Ángel Arámbula and Melissa Padilla.

Since its inception, Lux Boreal has become a vital part of Northern Mexico’s dance movement. Lux Boreal Dance Company was founded in 2002 and is based in the city of Tijuana, Baja California. The company allows artists to converge helping to foster and develop a refreshing movement language based on the reality that surrounds its members. Lux Boreal has had the privilege of showing their work in some of the most prestigious festivals throughout Mexico and abroad. The company has presented tours in many different countries such as Chile, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, United States, Brazil, France, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Latvia.

An active participant in Mexican culture, Lux Boreal has been fortunate to receive support for the company’s continued creativity, performances, community work, and educational endeavors from the National Fund for Culture and Arts – Mexico en Escena since 2007. Lux Boreal seeks to use dance as a means generating new ideas and transforming an ordinary environment into something extraordinary. Lux Boreal often performs in the streets, parks, shopping centers, and other public areas throughout Mexico in addition to various theatrical venues that pervade the country. Their movement explores a vast range of concepts always pushing to provide audience members a chance to reflect and take away something new. Their movement enhances and impacts both Mexican and American culture, especially playing such an active role in a bi-national artistic relationship with dance communities on both sides of the border enabling a constant cultural exchange between dancers in California and those in Mexico. In other words, Lux Boreal Dance Company shines as they transform environments with their performances and convey messages that expose more than simple universal truths. Their shows are captivating, thought provoking and insightful.



Weekend 3

Friday, January 24 + Saturday, January 25 - 8pm


Photo: Debbie Kajiyama, Design: José Navarrete

Photo: Debbie Kajiyama, Design: José Navarrete

ALTERNATIVA

Weekend 3 – Friday, January 24 + Saturday, January 25 - 8pm

ALTERNATIVA, directed by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf with musician Albert Mathias, is an apparatus for deeply integrated contemporary dance and music. Active in San Francisco since 2000, the organization supports the creative work of the directors alongside programming which includes an annual January FRESH Festival, classes and workshops in the Bay Area, and residencies and commissions at universities, festivals and studios worldwide. 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 HERMESDOR is an international dance artist, educator and producer based in San Francisco. She is the director ALTERNATIVA, with musician Albert Mathias, and teaches, creates and performs around the world. She was a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and co-directed Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells. She is the co-director of PORCH Training Program, with Stephanie Maher, at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany, and WILD [West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival] in Ballydehob, Ireland, with Tara Brandel. 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 dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf. He was a member of Bebe Miller Company and Contraband. 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 and Ali Akbar College. His eclectic sounds can be found on I-Tunes, Bandcamp and CD Baby.

 

Tara Brandel

Weekend 3 – Friday, January 24 + Saturday, January 25 - 8pm


Brontez Purnell

Weekend 3 – Friday, January 24 + Saturday, January 25 - 8pm