3 Nights of Performance to Benefit CounterPULSE
Celebrating CounterPULSE’s 7th anniversary, May Day showcases a diverse array of local artists and raises funds for a nonprofit known as an experimental space for art and social action. Support CounterPULSE as a hub for risk-taking community-based performance and see an all-star lineup including W. Kamau Bell, ODC Dance, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Marga Gomez, Joe Goode Performance Group, Monique Jenkinson, Campo Santo, Scott Wells & Dancers, Sara Shelton Mann, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Flyaway Productions, Dandelion Dancetheater , KUNST-STOFF, Maryam Farnaz Rostami and Honey Mahogany.
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Campo Santo, is Spanish for sacred ground. Like the roots of our name, we are taking the sacred form of storytelling and using it as a tool to bond community through socially relevant plays. We want to show the audience the world we live in and see in the audience the world we come from. We have nurtured more than 40 World Premieres and another 30 interdisciplinary performance pieces to fruition. Campo Santo programs fill to capacity and our critically acclaimed World Premiere plays attract standing room only crowds.
ODC Dance Company Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way who trained under the legendary George Balanchine, ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective—named after its place of origin, Oberlin College in Ohio) loaded up a yellow school bus and relocated to San Francisco in 1976, bucking the dance world assumption that New York City was the only destination for dance. Her goal was to ground the company in a dynamic pluralistic setting. ODC was one of the first American companies to return, after a decade of pedestrian exploration, to virtuosic technique and narrative content in avant-garde dance and to commit major resources to interdisciplinary collaboration and musical commissions for the repertory.
Today, our company of ten world-class dancers performs its imaginative repertory for more than 50,000 people annually. In addition to two annual home seasons at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (Dance Downtown and our holiday production, The Velveteen Rabbit), past highlights include numerous appearances at the Joyce Theater in New York, sold out performances at the Kennedy Center, standing room only engagements in Europe and Russia and 2 USIA tours to Asia. In 40 years, ODC/Dance has performed for more than a million people in 32 states and 11 countries, with support from the NEA, the U.S. State Department, and many state and city arts agencies.
Sara Shelton Mann. Her company Contraband appeared on stages, in warehouses, abandoned buildings and outdoors from 1979-1996. She collaborated and toured internationally with Guillermo Gomez-Pena 96-99. She has received 4 Isadora Duncan Awards. She was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography in 2000. Her ODC Theater 06 presentation of Te’lios/Teli’os was awarded 1 of top 10 dance performances in SF, Ca. She created “Inspirare” in 2007 and was commissioned to direct “Alarma” a performance project by Galeria de la Raza inspired by the immigration marches. The “Inspirare Trilogy was presented by ODC Theater in spring 2008. She taught intensives in Berlin, Budapest, Stolzenhagen, Freiburg and the Freiburg Contact Festival in summer 2007. Tribes/zeropoint was presented at Potsdammer Festival of Theater and Dance in 2008. Sara’s work has been supported by artistic fellowships at Djerassi Artist in Residence Programs, ODC sponserships and funding through Irvine Foundation, NDP, NEA, SFAC, SFF, Zellerbach and other organizations. She is a recipent of Gerbode Choreographers in Collaboration Award. Her next work “Tribes” created with collaborator David Szlasa will premier at YBCA, San Francisco in 201
W. Kamau Bell told the very first joke about Barack Obama on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend waaaaaaaay back in 2005. Unfortunately, the joke predicted that Barack would never be President. (Oops!) Comedy Central later announced that Kamau had told the very first joke about Barack Obama. For this, Kamau was named on that network’s list of Best 100 Obama Moments. Comedy Central has three times invited Kamau to perform his critically acclaimed solo show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, at their theater in Hollywood. “The Curve” enjoyed a long run in San Francisco, had continued success in Oakland and Berkeley, and played to full houses in 2009 at the New York International Fringe Festival, and in 2010 it had an extended run in New York City as a part of terraNova Collective’s 7th Annual SoloNova Festival. Time Out New York said, “Happily, Bell finds comic gold in the wide range of material he mines, offering provocative insights into an ugly reality. FOUR STARS” He has been honored as San Francisco’s Best Comedian by three different publications: 7×7 Magazine (2010), The San Francisco Bay Guardian (2010), and The San Francisco Weekly (2008). The SF Weekly also profiled him in a cover story in 2009.
Zaccho Dance Theatre creates and presents performance work that investigates dance as it relates to place. Artistic Director Joanna Haigood’s creative work focuses on making dances that use natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Haigood’s innovative work involves in-depth research into the history and the character of sites, often involving local communities in the creative process, and typically integrates aerial flight and suspension as ways of expanding performers’ spatial and dynamic range. In addition, Zaccho provides performances in San Francisco, nationally and internationally as well as an arts education program for the local community.
Dandelion Dancetheater is situated at the crossroads of dance, theater, community activism, healing, and new performance forms. Our work is built from a fascination with artistic experimentation, vulnerability, and risk-taking and a simultaneous commitment to the creation of high-quality, radically accessible art. We view the exploration of the endless possibilities of the human body as a potent means for personal and collective growth and share this exploration with diverse populations through performance, teaching, speaking,
video, and writing.
Flyaway Productions performs off-the-ground dances that expose the range and power of female physicality. We experiment with height, speed and gravity, dancing on steel objects that are both architectural and fabricated. We place dancers anywhere from two to one hundred feet off the ground. The height at which we perform is as important to us as the integration of content into an apparatus-based vocabulary. We offer performance as a medium for social commentary and choose projects that advance female empowerment in the public realm. At its core, our work explores the female body– its tumultuous expressions of strength and fragility.
LIZZ ROMAN & DANCERS is a site specific dance company initially formed in 1993. Since premiering a series of site specific dances in various local venues, the press said, “it is unclear where she will go from here, but the results are guaranteed to be provocative”, “Roman is a Bay Area dance fixture”, “To watch Roman’s dancers – who with utmost ease and grace can be languid and focused in one moment and effortlessly kicking attacks in the next – is just breathtaking…Roman proves that sometimes the dancer is the dance. And that can be enough”, “One can be grateful that Roman arrives at the task without agendas, simply to fashion eloquent steps within an unconventional setting.
Marga Gomez is a native New Yorker who makes San Francisco her home and identifies as a bicoastal Gemini. As the daughter of a Cuban comedian and Puerto Rican dancer Marga made her stage debut in New York at age 7 and was hooked ever since. Her long and colorful career includes achievements in comedy, theater, film and television and was profiled in the 2005 documentary “Laughing Matters.”
Maryam Farnaz Rostami How is it that a little girl born to Iranian parents, reared in the suburbs of Texas and schooled to become an architect became an ostentatious drag queen in San Francisco? How can the violence of the suburbs disrupt the dreams immigrants have for themselves and their offspring? Can the children of immigrants use their precarious cultural collateral to forge new identities, or are they mired by the consequences of exoticization? Persepolis, Texas lives and breathes in these questions. Using narrative, devised movement, and drag, Maryam will explore how where we’re from makes who we are.
Honey Mahogany. Voted Best Drag Queen 2011 by SF Weekly’s Readers’ Poll and recently crowned Miss Blow Up USA 2011, Honey Mahogany is an international drag performer and budding recording artist. Honey was recently selected for the 2011 Hot Pink List by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and was the cover girl for the Guardian’s 2011 Queer Issue. Her single, a cover of Adele’s “Hometown Glory,” was chosen as one of the best cover songs of 2010 by Limelight (a lead song licensing company). Honey’s recent work includes several theatrical productions such as: Dirty Little Showtunes, Oprah: The Dragsical (in which she held the title role), Halloween: The Ballad of Michelle Meyers, and the collaborative drag/performance art show Work MORE!
Joe Goode Performance Group’s innovative form of dance-theater is accessible, personal, and explores unabashed emotional terrain with humor and honesty. Using text, voice, and high velocity movement, JGPG blurs the line between theater and dance to make work that is thoughtful, groundbreaking, and deeply felt. JGPG believes in the power of theater to create a transformational experience. The work touches on social issues—including gender, race and sexuality—with the idea of illuminating and investigating in order to stimulate questions and conversations. And perhaps remind the viewer of his/her own humanity, however flailing or imperfect that might be.
KUNST-STOFF is a San Francisco-based, Goldie award winning, contemporary dance company that has been creating eclectic movement-focused art experiences in the Bay Area and beyond for the past 12 years.
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Monique Jenkinson is a multifaceted performing artist whose work hurls itself into the gaps between dance, theater, drag and performance art. She has been called ‘hilarious’ with an ‘intellectual spark’ and ‘enough to make a girl want to revisit her Susan Sontag.’ She has created and performed locally and internationally at ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the de Young Museum, and Trannyshack in San Francisco; Danspace Project, the New Museum, Howl Festival, Vandam and the Stonewall in New York; the Met Theatre in Los Angeles; the Coachella music festival; and in Reykjavik, Amsterdam and London.
Scott Wells & Dancers In 1981 Scott discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both and currently directs a company in San Francisco and tours annually to Europe. Wells has created works for skateboarders, boxers and recently choreographed West Side Story. In 2005 Scott received the Izzie for Outstanding Choreography and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”.