Yellow Towel

Dana Michel

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Featured: Dana Michel Photo: Ian Douglas

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

Co-Presented by Jess Curtis/Gravity and CounterPulse

Location Update: Dana Michel’s Yellow Towel has been moved, due to ongoing delays with renovations at 80 Turk Street, to Dance Mission, located at 3316 24th St, just off of 24th Street and Mission. We sincerely apologize, Dance Mission is an old building and is not wheelchair accessible.

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)

 

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Blessed Unrest: An Arts and Social Justice Festival

Produced by Polina Smith and The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women 

MAR 25 – 27, FRI-SUN

Leading Bay Area Artists and Activists come together for three days of performances, workshops and panel discussions!

The Arts and Social Justice Festival will include evening performances by leading Bay Area social justice oriented performance groups, including The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, festival-long exhibition by acclaimed visual artist Feldsott, and daytime panel discussions and workshops with Bay Area artists and Change Makers.

Festival Performers Include: The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, Rhodessa Jones, Skywatchers Ensemble, Sara Moore, Keisha Turner, Sammay Dizon, Naima Shalhoub, Stephanie Johnson, Embodiment Project.

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FRIDAY

6:30pm-7:30pm, Opening Reception

Inside Feldsott’s My Enemy Installation

8pm-9:30pm,  Performances with artist Q&A

 

SATURDAY

11am-2pm, Workshop

Soul Balm for the POC Freedom Fighter with Keisha Turner

This workshop is for activists, artivists, front lines workers, abolitionists, system-impacted folks and those who support and advocate for them, radical youth service providers, and freedom fighters of all kinds who self-identify as people of color.  Whether we are fighting for our right to our land, to stay in our homes, for fair wages, or our right to exist unencumbered by police terror, the hard work of resistance can have the tendency to leave us heavy and weary.  Soul Balm for the POC Freedom Fighter is an opportunity for us to gather from a place of joy, healing, and the deep, radical love that led us to do the work that we do.  We will intentionally and mutually nurture one another and ourselves through song, movement, food, and ritual.  Come prepared to move your body, lift your voice, and activate your creativity!

 3pm-4:30pm, Panel Discussion

What does arts for social change mean and how is it impacting the Bay Area?”

Featuring:

Rhodessa Jones, director of The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women

Anne Bluethenthal, founder of ABD Productions and Skywatchers Ensemble 

Joanna Haigood, founder of Zaccho Dance Theater

6pm-7pm, Skywatchers Ensemble Performance and Talkback

ABD initiated the Skywatchers project five years ago in collaboration with Community Housing Project (CHP) and the Luggage Store. Skywatchers illuminates the lives and stories of residents of the Tenderloin who are too often reduced to statistics. Fundamentally, the project is about the connectivity that is essential to the creative process, and the vital importance and humanizing impact of making visible the stories that make us who we are. We engage residents as storytellers, co-creators, performers, and audience members— working in close collaboration with ABD dancers and associated artists—in the creation of performance pieces that reflect the richness and complexity of their stories. Learn more >>

8pm-9:30pm, Performances with artist Q&A

 

SUNDAY

11am-2pm, Workshop

InterPlay workshop on The Unbelievable Beauty of Being Artists with Interplay Director Cynthia Winton-Henry.

This is both a workshop and performance in which you can have a part if you choose. Do a fun warm up that allows one’s whole being to enter community with ease. Sing and share brief stories about the work you do. Dance on behalf of artists of all kinds who offer vision and hope. Learn about InterPlay’s approach to wholistic social change rooted in the ethic of grace and play.

Using the elegant improvisational language and body wisdom methods of InterPlay you’ll see a diverse community perform dances, songs, music, and short stories that show how humans can collaborate on the spot to inspire health, peace, and love in spite of our obstacles and challenges.

3pm-4:30pm, Panel Discussion

How can art shape our world?

Featuring:

Stephanie Anne Johnson PHD, www.lightessencedesign.com

Cynthia Winton-Henry, founder of InterPlay, www.interplay.org

Dorka Keehn, SF Arts Commisioner  www.keehnonart.com

8pm-9:30pm, Performances with artist Q&A

Chen-Ling Chen’s Herliograph project on display in the lobby through the duration of the festival

Special thanks to: The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women; Amara Tabor-Smith; Visual Artist, Feldsott and his My Enemy Exhibit, www.feldsott.com

Tickets available soon!

For more information, check out the artist website.

 

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35th Floor

Violeta Luna

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*35th Floor has been postponed from FEB 26 – 28th, to APRIL 8-10th!

The generative and destructive dialectics between the body of the earth and the female body of a woman. 

35th Floor embarks on a journey where the performer engages elements that sustain person and nature, and others that violate them. Themes range from the body as medium for creative expression to the body silenced, as well as presence / absence, and dialectical resonances between the female/body and the earth/body.

Concept/Performer/Props/Costumes: Violeta Luna
Music Composition: David Molina
Video: Zen Cohen
Visual Artist: Lauren Elder
Dramaturgy: Roberto Varea
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)

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