15 Years of Gravity – Intercontinental Collaborations #6

Jess Curtis/Gravity


Pictured: Jess Curtis, Photo by Robbie Sweeny

DEC 11 – 13,  FRI-SAT at 8:00PM, SUN at 7:00PM

Location change! Intercontinental Collaborations #6 will now be held at Gray Area Art & Technology. Tickets should still be purchased through CounterPulse.

Gravity celebrates 15 years of ground-breaking interdisciplinary performance in San Francisco with Intercontinental Collaborations #6, our sixth biennial presentation of new and classic collaborations with long time conspirators Claire Cunningham (Scotland) and Jörg Müller (France).

From Glasgow, Montpelier and Berlin to San Francisco, revisit some of our favorite excerpts from Gravity’s history and future featuring: Performance Research Experiment #1, Les Tubes – mobile, and a preview ofThe Way You Look (at me) Tonight, a duet in development by Cunningham and Curtis in consultation with Alva Noë.

“Globalism in economics is the pits. But in the arts it can work fabulously: artists bring their various perspectives to projects, cross-­‐pollinate each others’ ideas, and discover commonalities and differences. Jess Curtis/Gravity’s ‘Intercontinental Collaborations’ offers a glimpse of what’s possible.” RITA FELCIANO, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

Fri Dec 11: Talk back with the artists
Sat Dec 12: 15th Anniversary Party for Gravity

For more information about the artists and performance, click here.

Additional crediting: Claire Cunningham, Jörg Müller




Want to get a taste of Claire and Jörg’s work?
Click here to view Cunningham’s Resemblance
Click here to view an excerpt of Müller’s Les Tubes – mobile

Artist website.




Three Works from Eisa Jocson


Pictured: Eisa Jocson


Pictured: Eisa Jocson, Photo by Andreas Endermann

CounterPulse & San Francisco Museum of Modern Art present

Double Bill Death of a Pole Dancer and Macho Dancer

DEC 18 & 19, FRI and SAT at 8:00 PM

North American premiere of Host

DEC 20, SUN at 7:00 PM


From pole dancing to macho dancing, Eisa Jocson investigates the labour and representations of the dancing body in the service industry, and exposes gender formation, seduction politics, and Filipino social mobility.

In the double billed evening of works on Friday and Saturday, Death of the Pole Dancer interrogates the way we look at what we think we look at. The audience is brought to reflect on what they witness: a woman during the act of pole dancing. The performance renegotiates notions such as voyeurism and restrain, vulnerability and violence, sexuality and power.

Macho Dancer, explores the specific movement vocabulary and physicality of this form that is a unique phenomenon in the Philippines. Macho dancing is an economically-motivated language of seduction that employs masculinity as body capital. By framing a woman’s body in the act, Jocson challenges our perception of sexuality and questions gender as a tool for social mobility.

Join us Sunday for the North American premiere of Jocson’s Host, visiting the hostess clubs of Tokyo, where Filipino female and transgender hostesses engage in ‘affective labour’ by performing a version of femininity that caters to Japanese salary men.

These hostesses employ mimetic strategies and hybrid identities to survive and succeed.

It is in this role that we first discover Jocson: she is our host, receiving and entertaining the audience as guests. Host invites us to experience and reflect on feminine image formation by displaying forms of entertainment strategies associated with femininity and by exhibiting labor and body politics.



Take This Dance and Shove It!

Scott Wells & Dancers

Photographed by David Papas


JAN 14 – 17, THU, FRI, and SAT at 8:00PM, SUN at 7:00PM

This compelling and combustible dance performance features three of San Francisco’s top choreographers—Shinichi Iova-Koga, Amy Seiwert and Scott Wells, appearing onstage with their dancers.  The performance shifts between Ballet, Contact improvisation and Japanese Theater in a provoking and entertaining format. They will challenge and re-direct each others work and when their dancers join the fracas the chaos will be captivating.


Additional crediting: lighting design by Allen Wilner





For more information, check out the artist website.




Yellow Towel

Dana Michel


Featured: Dana Michel Photo: Ian Douglass

FEB 13-14, SAT at 8:00PM, SUN at 7:00PM

As a child, Dana Michel would drape a yellow towel on her head in an attempt to emulate the blonde girls at school. As an adult, she now revisits the imaginary world of her alter-ego in a performative ritual free of cover-ups or censorship. 

Blending austerity and absurdity, she digs into black culture stereotypes, turning them inside out to see whether or not she can relate. We witness her allowing a strange creature to emerge from this excavation in a slow and disconcerting metamorphosis that we follow with fascination. Strongly influenced by the aesthetics of fashion, music videos, queer culture and comedy, Dana Michel quickly stood out as an emerging dance artist. With Yellow Towel, which was developed in Vienna, Brussels, New York, Toronto and in Montreal, she explores new creation territories and most decidedly asserts herself as an artist to watch. A figure of the Montreal underground scene well worth discovering. (Source : Fabienne Cabado)