June 28, 2013 – June 29, 2013
The Thick Rich Ones
JUNE 28-29, FRI-SAT at 8pm
Minced Meat ingests, digests and spits out the question: What are we really hungry for? Through movement, music and theatre “Minced Meat” opens the door to draw out our cravings, hidden consumptions, fetishes and fantasies, laying them out on the table for all to see.
June 29, 2013
SAT JUN 29, 10AM-5PM
Join our Performing Diaspora artists for a free, public work-in-progress showing. This is a rare opportunity to see some of the Bay Area’s most innovative cultural performances and be a part of a lively discussion about the work. Stay for the whole day, or drop in when you can!
For more information on the Performing Diaspora, click here.
July 1, 2013
Co-presented with the University of Chichester
Showing of work by visiting international artists Susie Timney, Box Tracy and Darren Purnell
JUL 1, MON at 8PM
CounterPULSE and the University of Chichester have joined forces once again to provide a creative platform for artists from SF and the UK to work together. This time around we are partnering to bring together emerging British artists with a range of local artists and theatre-makers in June/July for a Summer Intensive program at Z Space. For more information on the intensive visit the University’s website here.
As part of this exchange, CounterPULSE will present the works of the visiting UK-based artists Susie Timney, Box Tracy and Darren Purnell.
Susie Timney will present her piece Bare (8 Shades of Red), an autobiographical solo performance. Using elements of cabaret and burlesque, Susie will take you on a journey through the most significant moments of her life so far. Taking you on a titillating tour through feathers and frustration, the piece explores what happens when you are afraid to “bare all”, both emotionally and physically, and exposes the power, the pain and the pleasures that come from daring to trust. Using 8 shades of red, and 8 personal experiences, she explores her challenging issues and faces her fears, leaving herself Bare. Susie is a graduate artist from the University of Chichester, currently studying for an MA in Performance (Theatre).
Box Tracy present their latest work Tales of the Tombola. Nixx Strapp-Freeman and Valerie Watkinson have built a unique relationship and Tales of the Tombola explores their ever growing friendship. For anyone out there with a mate who’s more like a sister/brother/lover… you’ll know what they mean. Using dance, text and a granny bag full of props their collection of stories evolve sharing with you the tragic, hilarious and crude moments that brought them together. Nixx Strapp – Freeman is a Graduate Artist of the University of Chichester, studying an MA in Performance (Theatre Collectives).
Darren Purnell brings his drag-persona La Bouche on a micro-tour of the San Francisco nightlife and drag scene. La Bouche lip syncs slowed down classic drag numbers and different songs as well as spoken texts. She covers ideas such as the notion of the mask, the male body and sexuality.
‘Stand him on that plinth and watch her perform
For she is his special creation, her prerogative is to have a little fun
For he is a drag and she is a queen.’
July 2, 2013
Class: 6:30-8:00PM (Beginning-Intermediate Level)
Instructor for July: Ralf Jaroschinski
$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.
Ralf Jaroschinski’s July Class: The Interface between Action and Reaction
In the beginning of the classes, we’ll focus on our center and awareness: We will look for the true, internal source and the authentic, external expression of our own dance. We will then investigate attentively the texture of our connection(s) with our partner(s) through listening to their and again our actions and reactions during the ongoing dances. We will be able to fully enjoy participating in the dance, because our and our partners’ contributions to it will be generous and full-hearted, since they are at all times nurtured from within. And, the resulting dances will feel inexhaustible, deeply connected, original and very satisfying.
July 5, 2013 – July 6, 2013
Koan and Performance Project
July 5-6, FRI-SAT at 8PM
We Are Still Here is a contemporary take on the Perceval legend developed in a laboratory setting. It is built from work on Zen koans, new music for percussionists and singers, video shot around northern California, and scenes improvised by the ensemble. It is the debut of the Koan and Performance Project.