• Dancing with Ghosts: A conversation with Randy Reyes

    How do you conjure queer ancestry through a dance performance? How can we form and unform psychic territories held through our lineages? Randy Reyes’s new work borrows Chinese Energetics and systems of improvisation to weave queer ancestral lineages throughout an elaborate number. Lxs Desaparecidxs—in collaboration with performers Jose Abad, Emelia Brumbaugh, Gabriel Christian, Felix (Sol) […]

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  • Why Motherhood?

    We create this piece in exploration of our own lived experiences around nurturing. We honor the different/range of relationships we and other LGBTQ folx have with our gestational/biological mothers. This piece is for our many many nurturers/mothers, including our Trans/(gender)queer/GNC/Two-Spirit selves. Photo from most recent Work-in-Progress showing at Counterpulse SF        Motherhood is […]

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  • Toxin-laced Living Worlds

    Javier has been excited to explore how environmental toxicity connects intimately to the motherhood we inhabit and relate to. She’s especially inspired by Mowhawk researcher and midwife Katsi Cook, who below writes of our gestational mothers—the ones who bear us in their womb: Of the sacred things that there are to be said about this […]

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  • The House Managers of CounterPulse are the busy bees ensuring our Front of House is running smoothly. These dedicated individuals are seamlessly relaying information among artists and technicians, overseeing our box office ushers, and making sure all our patrons are accounted for. So who are the Managers of The House? Take a moment to read […]

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  • Mother the Verb : Beginnings

    A spark in the (Mid)Night – Entre suor e esplendor Our project, like so many sensuous,  creative acts, first took seed on a humid San Francisco summer’s night. In June 2016 Ivy Monteiro, Javier Stell-Fresquez, and Davia Spain found themselves dancing on the same upper balcony of Public Works Nightclub. JAVIER: why did u notice […]

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  • Keepin’ it Real…down in the TL

    by Krista DeNio, Skywatchers Artist Facilitator **NOTE: The names of individuals in this post have been changed for confidentiality. It all started with having one another’s backs. That’s right. I got your back. Whose got your back? I GOT YOUR BACK. We said, we sung, we danced and we meant it. This past year, Skywatchers focused […]

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  • Judith Butler on Performativity and Performance

    Julie Phelps Interviewing Judith Butler Original Interview conducted on July 18, 2013 On Friday, November 3, 2017, renowned gender theorist Judith Butler will be conversing with Monique Jenkinson, the artist behind the cis-female drag persona Fauxnique in an evening entitled “Ordinary Practices of the Radical Body” at CounterPulse. Let’s take a look back to 2013 […]

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  • Combustible: an early retrospect

    So here we are, just before the last performance. It has been 5 exciting performances so far. With all of them going ‘perfect’… And of course nothing is never the perfect but those imperfections and the performers response to them make each night unique and different. This is the nature of things. Now let’s look […]

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