Mother the Verb & Lxs Desaparecidxs

Javier Stell-Fresquez, Ivan Monteiro, and Davia Amerasu Spain & Randy Reyes
Thu–Sat, Dec 7–9 & 14–16, 8pm
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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.

Javier Stell-Fresquez and Davia Spain in "Mother the Verb" ©

Javier Stell-Fresquez and Davia Spain in “Mother the Verb” ©Yvonne M. Portra

Mother The Verb is a Queer/Trans performance dance, produced and created by Ivan Monteiro (Brasil), Javier Stell-Fresquez (Chican@ originally from El Paso, Tigua & Piro Native), and Davia Spain (San Francisco Bay Area native), a trinity of young, fierce, POC femmes fucking up post-colonialism, white supremacy and patriarchy one breath at a time. This trinity will be making a new 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.

Pictured: Randy Reyes. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

This is What I Want. Pictured: Randy Reyes. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

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 8pm

Thursdays are pay-what-you-can, reservable online!


Want to see the show for free? Email Justin to volunteer!

The Performing Diaspora Residency is generously supported by the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Emmet R Quady foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

[Cover photo of Davia Spain by © Yvonne M. Portra]



December 7
December 16
$20 - $35
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