PRACTICE

FRESH Practices, held seven days a week for 5-6 hours per day throughout the festival, feature innovative artists facilitating dance, corporeality, creativity and agency.

Weekend 3 – January 19-20

January 19

11-3 Women’s March [no Practices]

January 20

12:30-5:30  ALTERNATIVA + FAKE Company

Week 3 – January 21-25

10-12 ALTERNATIVA

1:30-3:30  Abby Crain

3:45-5:45  Larry Arrington

Weekend 4 – January 26-27

12:30-5:30 José Navarrete + Marvin White

Weekend 1 – January 5-6

12:30-5:30 Sherwood Chen

Week 1 – January 7-11

10-12 ALTERNATIVA

1:30-3:30  Sara Shelton Mann

3:45-5:45  Keith Hennessy

Weekend 2 – January 12-13

January 12

12:30-5:30 Monique Jenkinson +
Mica Sigourney

January 13

12:30-5:30 Kim Epifano

Week 2 – January 14-18

10-12 ALTERNATIVA

1:30-3:30  CL

3:45-5:45  PaM

 
 
 

Practices are held at Joe Goode Annex - 401 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA

 

Weekend 1

January 5-6


 Photo: Morvarid K

Photo: Morvarid K

Sherwood Chen

Faux Neutralities

When we move, what are the subjectivities embedded in conditioning, positioning and pleasure specific to each person? Beginning with rhythmic, reckless warm ups across the floor to court destabilization, we will shift to partnered, group and solo scores to examine and cross-infect our respective moving bodies. We will play with and challenge notions of neutral, consequently to exalt multi-centricities. Bring a notebook, a blindfold and partialities in full bloom.

Weekend 1 - January 5-6 - 12:30-5:30

 

Sherwood Chen performs and leads workshops internationally. He has worked as a performer with artists including inkBoat, Grisha Coleman, Xavier Le Roy, Amara Tabor-Smith, Anna Halprin, Yuko Kaseki, Jess Curtis, Min Tanaka, Sara Shelton Mann, Arcane Collective and Christine Bonansea. For over twenty years, he has contributed to Body Weather research.


Week 1

January 7-11


 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

ALTERNATIVA

GUT Motives

GUT Motives is a contemporary dance class and ongoing research by ALTERNATIVA investigating corporeality from internal impulse to external expression. Exploring states and acts of motion through a hybrid of traditional, contemporary and alternative forms in order to utilize embodiment and motion as means of perception, intuition and action. Deepening awareness and understanding of the body by working with energy, touch, somatic improvisation, technical modalities and three-dimensional choreography. The class is an intimate, animated arena for physical and creative exploration, deeply informed by live, original music, and encouraging sensate virtuosity, kinetic efficiency, interactive intelligence and performance-level dancing. Motivated by interpretations of GUT, including good, general unified theory, viscera, center of gravity, courage, instinct, intuition and vulnerability.

Week 1 - January 7-11 - 10-12

 

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.


 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Sara Shelton Mann

Sketch Dancing

Chi Cultivation and Research. Basic structures of technical improvisation followed by compositional puzzles constructed from conversations. Dance, write, and compose. Declutter and restructure.

It will be fun. You will get to explore from your own perspective puzzle solving.  Find a voice and run with it. Love it.

Week 1 - January 7-11 - 1:30-3:30

 

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. www.sarasheltonmann.org


 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Keith Hennessy

Details coming soon

Week 1 - January 7-11 - 3:45-5:45

 

Keith Hennessy is a performer, choreographer, teacher, writer and organiser. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Ideas and practices inspired by anarchism, critical whiteness, punk, and queer-feminism motivate and mobilise Hennessy’s creative and activist projects. Read more at: www.circozero.org


Weekend 2

January 12-13


 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Monique Jenkinson + Mica Sigourney

QUEENT!

A workshop about how to be on stage, and what to do with your hands. And your eyes. A workshop for dancers, wannabe queens, and anyone who walks across stages.

Fauxnique and Vivvy have culled performance technique and theory from years of drag performance and stage time. In this workshop we practice performance technique to: enhance embodied presence on stage, consider impulses from the imagination, lip sync with your elbows, become your own spotlight.

The class ends with a 2.5 hour LIVE IN PERSON simultaneous makeup tutorial performance by Vivvy and Fauxnique.

Weekend 2 - January 12 - 12:30-5:30

ONE DAY ONLY

 

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 micasigourney.com or vivvys.com for more info. She’s great at weddings.


Kim Epifano

Dance/Body Song “(Be) your village” - Excavation and Reckoning

Exploring how we work individually and also collaborate with a greater village with each persons own background and current existence, join master teacher Kim Epifano in a process of self-excavation, awareness and reckoning.

Epifano will guide an investigation of abstract storytelling. Incorporating improvisational physical action, imagery, essence, guts, contact improvisation, vocalization and theater.

With depth, honesty, integrity we will support one another with a deep sense of imagination, curiosity and healing.

Please bring knee pads, journal and something to write with.
*One object that represents family to you!

Live musician to be announced

Weekend 2 - January 13 - 12:30-5:30

ONE DAY ONLY


Week 2

January 14-18


 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

ALTERNATIVA

GUT Motives

GUT Motives is a contemporary dance class and ongoing research by ALTERNATIVA investigating corporeality from internal impulse to external expression. Exploring states and acts of motion through a hybrid of traditional, contemporary and alternative forms in order to utilize embodiment and motion as means of perception, intuition and action. Deepening awareness and understanding of the body by working with energy, touch, somatic improvisation, technical modalities and three-dimensional choreography. The class is an intimate, animated arena for physical and creative exploration, deeply informed by live, original music, and encouraging sensate virtuosity, kinetic efficiency, interactive intelligence and performance-level dancing. Motivated by interpretations of GUT, including good, general unified theory, viscera, center of gravity, courage, instinct, intuition and vulnerability.

Week 2 - January 14-18 - 10-12

 

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.


 Photo: Lois Greenfield

Photo: Lois Greenfield

CL

BODY-TERRITORY

The body is a territory of encounter, dialogue, discovery, relationship.

We are territories to inhabit, we inhabit the other and together we form a platform, a mirror and a sustenance. During this practice, the members of the workshop will experience some of the body research that CL has developed over the last 25 years as part of her artistic and pedagogical vision.

Various dynamics will be explored in relation to the concept of "Practicing Body" and "Expressive Body". Working from the flow and control of energy in floor work, through the use of principles such as: accumulation, expansion, sense of trajectory, multi-directional use of space, circularity and sense of community.

During the session a series of Japanese Haikus are used as a creative impulse of various improvisations; as well as exercises of free stroke on paper, related to the expression of the body through various means, in this case poetry and drawing.

The main focus is on the development of a present and integrated body configuration that invites a deep understanding of the individual and social body, strengthening the use of intuition, perception and connection. The movement is approached from the action as a generator of a body-territory.

Week 2 - January 14-18 - 1:30-3:30


 Photo: Ricardo Arzola

Photo: Ricardo Arzola

PaM

Presente Body

Life... contradictions in movement. In the moment when there is no contradiction or movement, we die.

How can we start a process and not just start it? How can we be willing to respond and not react? How can we expand our capacity to be preset and listen?

How can we be one with the other and not one against the other?, How to avoid falling prisoners in the manners of a teacher?

OBJECTIVE

To generate a space where the students are responsible for their process and not just imitate forms. We are interested in creating spaces where body and mind work together transforming each other, where they become aware of the importance of a personal practice that makes visible the invisible and clarifies the impulses of a body that can be moved by space and others in a harmonious and integrated way.

This workshop is designed for dancers, circus artists, actors, martial artists or anyone interested to explore and be curious

Week 2 - January 14-18 - 3:45-5:45


Weekend 3

January 19-20


Women’s March - No Class - January 19


ALTERNATIVA + FAKE Company

Details coming soon

Weekend 3 - January 20 - 12:30-5:30

ONE DAY ONLY


Week 3

January 21-25


 Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

ALTERNATIVA

GUT Motives

GUT Motives is a contemporary dance class and ongoing research by ALTERNATIVA investigating corporeality from internal impulse to external expression. Exploring states and acts of motion through a hybrid of traditional, contemporary and alternative forms in order to utilize embodiment and motion as means of perception, intuition and action. Deepening awareness and understanding of the body by working with energy, touch, somatic improvisation, technical modalities and three-dimensional choreography. The class is an intimate, animated arena for physical and creative exploration, deeply informed by live, original music, and encouraging sensate virtuosity, kinetic efficiency, interactive intelligence and performance-level dancing. Motivated by interpretations of GUT, including good, general unified theory, viscera, center of gravity, courage, instinct, intuition and vulnerability.

Week 3 - January 21-25 - 10-12

 

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.


Abby Crain

Details coming soon

Week 3 - January 21-25 - 1:30-3:30


Larry Arrington

*

In this workshop we will weave pathways between Larry's two obsessions, dance and astrology.

Week 3 - January 21-25 - 3:45-5:45

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.


Weekend 4

January 26-27


José Navarrete + Marvin White

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BODY*LANGUAGE: A Live Dance Creative Writing Workshop

Facilitated by Marvin K. White and José Navarrete  (with special guest dancers and choreographers).

BODY*LANGUAGE is a live collaborative practice/experiment for writers to learn to respond to movement and dance, and for dancers and choreographers to respond to writing & text in real-time.

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As culture makers and culture keepers, whose work span many disciplines, José Navarrete and Marvin K. White are creating a “third space” where dancers and writers can come together to discover new written language and new body language to bring into their work. In these times of shrinking resources and shrinking spaces to dream and create, the imperative is to collaborate and innovate new spaces, that are safe from speculators and capitalism. These workshops by design, disrupt notions of performance and writing, by allowing space for participants to “break it down”, to write and dance in real-time, what they are experiencing. We hope the rapid response time of the workshop will allow the writers to remember in more detail, and hold in closer inquiry, what is happening in the dance. The dancers also benefit from hearing the writers respond to their work, and not having to read about the audience response in a review, if ever.

Weekend 4 - January 26-27 - 12:30-5:30


 

Marvin K. White, MDiv, is currently the Artivist in Residence and part of the Arts Program Team at the Oakland Peace Center. He was the Public Theologian in Residence ('17-'18) at First Church Berkeley and a recent Yerba Buena Center for the Arts “Equity” Fellow ('16-'17). He is the author of four collections of poetry: Our Name Be Witness; Status; and the two Lammy-nominated collections last rights and nothin’ ugly fly. He is articulating a vision of social, prophetic and creative justice through his work as a poet, artist, teacher, collaborator, preacher, cake baker, and Facebook Statustician.

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.  José is the recipient of 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.