Performing Diaspora 2017
How do we collaborate with the force of the unseen? How we can transcend the toxins flowing in our bodies and societies?
The Performing Diaspora residency supports artists that are drawing on tradition as a radical way to be responsive, inclusive, and support equity. We find ourselves with curious how tradition is a tool of evolution. How does tradition move across space, time, boundaries and border? This residency supports artists whose work carries the story of a previous life and lands it in this time and space. In a time when record numbers of refugees seek asylum and the erasure of people of color’s experiences and lives is visible than ever, the stories we carry in our minds and bodies are all the more important.
Mother The Verb is a Queer/Trans dance performance, produced and created by Javier Stell-Fresquez (Chican@ originally from El Paso, Tigua & Piro Native), Ivan “Ivy” Monteiro (Brasil), and Davia Spain (San Francisco Bay Area native), a trinity of young, fierce, POC femmes. This trinity has created an experimental performance piece exploring the glorification and damnation of our many mothers, asking how we can transcend the toxins flowing in our bodies and societies.
Lxs Desaparecidxs is a new work by queer Latinx choreographer-dance artist-curanderx, Randy Reyes. The work excavates the forming / un-forming of psychic territories, dancing with ghosts, conjuring queer ancestry, the consciousness of the quotidian, ritual, and generating systems of improvisation that oscillate between intuition, intention, and taking action.
December 7-9 and 14-16, 2017
Thu, Fri, and Sat at 7:30pm
Thursdays are pay-what-you-can, reservable online!
Post show talk-back facilitated by Alexis Acreage on Friday, December 8
Audience Reception on closing night, Saturday, December 16
Caution: This performance includes fog, fragrances, and strobe lights.
The Performing Diaspora residency is made possible by support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Emmet R Quady foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
[Cover photo of Javier Stell-Fresquez designed by Ivan “Ivy” Monteiro]