CounterPULSE is building a movement of risk-taking art that shatters assumptions and builds community. We provide space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture.
Keith Hennessy, Hana Lee Erdman, Jassem Hindi
DEC 6-7, FRI-SAT at 8PM
Keith Hennessy + Jassem Hindi
With a wide range of influences from punk to performance, from bodily twitches to social movements, from alienation to queer, Hennessy & Hindi attack improvisation as a ritual sacrifice. They kill what they know and hope to reveal something that inspires engagement and love. Hennessy and Hindi met in Mexico and have improvised all over the world. A rigorous approach to improvisation in performance grounds their drunken interventions in social contexts that they can’t avoid.
Enemy in the Figure
Hana Lee Erdman + Jassem Hindi + Guests
An Iranian female poetry doom concert inspired by the persian diva Delkash and her poem “captured animals”. Enemy in the Figure generates harsh doom music with whatever they can lay their hands on and crush with a mallet. Drenched in low frequencies, excerpts of folk songs and saturated silences, Enemy in the Figure is loud and naked. Reverse Camp Psychology.
These children singing in stones
Hana Lee Erdman + Jassem Hindi
This is the study of a living poem: the irrational, uncontrolled activity of our imagination surges in the midst of a formal practice of body and sound as moments, points in a silent space. Suddenly something appears and overlaps to the shapes and sounds created, silences, body sculpture, vague images, sudden switches. An ‘invisible’ movement: you create discreet, discontinuous images, fragments of narration. Poems. These children singing in stone a silence of stone these little children wound with stone flowers opening forever these silently little children are petals their song is a flower of always their flowers of stone are silently singing.
Class: 6:30-8:00PM (Beginning-Intermediate Level)
Instructor for December: Aaron Jessup
$15 Single Class, $5 Single Jam, $18 for both
Passes: $15 for 4-Week Jam, $55 for 4-Week Class, $65 for 4-Week Class and Jam
The Contact Improvisation Class and Jam takes place EVERY TUESDAY year-round at CounterPULSE. The class is sequential, but drop-ins are encouraged. The best learning experience comes from trying out the styles of at least 3 of our monthly teachers. CI deepens your flexibility, kinesthetic awareness, and choices for contemporary partnering. Explore the discipline and play of this dance form with both class study and jam practice. The jam is a no-music (quiet) jam. We recommend taking class before attending your first jam.
Soft Acrobatic Improvisation Class Description
How does one balance acrobatic skill with softness and deep listening? In these three classes, which can be taken individually, we will practice acrobatic pathways while cultivating the sensitivity and openness that defines improvisation. Come prepared to work/play as we balance technical skill development (handstands, cartwheels, acrobatic partnering, etc) with moments of bodywork, deep listening and open jamming.
For more information about classes and the jam, click here.
To read Aaron’s bio, click here.
Erin McElroy & Carla Wojczuk
Cost: By donation
BYOM (Bring your own mat)
CounterPULSE is holding weekly donation-based Hatha yoga classes every Wednesday from 8:30-9:30am. Led by Erin McElroy (RYT) and with thematic assistance from Carla Wojczuk, classes will be multi-level, and will incorporate anti-oppression frameworks. Based on principles of non-violence, presence, and mindfulness, we’ll warm up your bodies, hearts, and minds, and all that energy that lives in between! Come join us in decolonizing yoga, one morning at a time!
For more information about yoga classes, click here.