About This Artist

Photo by George Emilio Sanchez

Photo by George Emilio Sanchez

Randy Reyes is queer Latinx choreographer-dance artist-curanderx with roots connecting the geographies of Guatemala, Massachusetts, NYC, Germany, Chile, Ecuador, & Nicaragua. This past summer he was a Creative Dissent Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) learning under the direction of Tania Bruguera & the Arte Util team as well as completed a 72-hour permaculture design course at Soul Flower Farm. Randy has now relocate to Los Angeles to begin an MFA in Dance program at UCLA where he will continue weaving together his interests in spiritual-environmental ecologies, queer choreography/systems of improvisation, and international-domestic exchange between artists, activists, ecologists, & healers.

 

Support Randy by donating to their Kickstarter all-or-nothing campaign, which ends on Aug. 11! All funds/donations will go directly towards supporting their cast who are amazing folks identifying along the spectrum of {queer- first generation – POC} and to expanding their production budget to include a sound artist from NYC and set designer.

 

Collaborator Bios


Stephanie Hewett:
Stephanie Hewett is a Bronx, New York native currently based in Oakland. She completed a one-year program at the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK, and received a BA in Dance from Trinity College. She is a recent graduate of the MFA in Dance program at Mills College and enjoys caffeine, collaborations, and clarity.


Jose Abad:
Jose Abad is a queer social practice performance artist based in San Francisco, California. Born in Olongapo City, Philippines to a Filipinx Mother and a West Indian Father, Jose uses dance and storytelling to explore the complexities of cultural identity, feelings of landlessness and the memories and wisdom held within the body that the mind has forgotten, or history has erased. Abad has had the opportunity to perform in New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco in collaboration with a variety of companies and artists including Keith Hennessy, Scott Wells, Anne Bluethenthal, Brontez Purnell Dance Company, #DignityInProcess and Detour Dance.

 

Emelia Martinez-Brumbaugh:

Emelia is a gender, sexual and geographical border crosser.

They white/latinx Chesapeake bay beast

source the power and creativity that

lives in between

personal and interpersonal divides,  

the rainbow of perspectives,

to honor/hone

the potential/unknown/divine

for choreography

of a new reality.

years on years of serious play & social inquiry

facilitating embodied creative curiosity with adults and youth

from Mexico City to Washington, D.C.

Based in the Oakland bay area


Felix (Sol) Linck Frenz:
Felix Linck Frenz is a white queer artist, activist and femme-ish person who lives in Berkeley, CA. Born in Baja California to a German-Chilean mother and a formerly Texan father, Felix moved to Los Angeles at the age of ten already with many questions about origins, place, and personhood. She continues to think through these ideas in relationship to power, privilege and healing both as an experimental dancer and as a housing justice organizer. Felix is honored to be a part of Lxs Desaparecidxs and has been deeply moved by and through this collaborative process.


Gabriel Christian:
Gabriel Christian (t(he)y/(t)him) is a multidisciplinary artist/teacher. After receiving a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale in 2013, their work pivoted towards reifying queer desire, genderfluidity (or “juicyness”) and black resilience through conceptual art and performance. They’ve held residencies at Destiny Arts Center and Finnish Brotherhood Hall, and mounted/supported works at Counterpulse, SOMArts, CTRL+SHIFT Gallery, Brava Theater, Eureka Theater, and Stanford University. Upcoming projects include a residency with This Will Take Time in Point Arena, revisiting twenty-nine collaborations about Black Presence and using them as talismans for negotiating Black
Prescience. (
www.blackpresence.xyz)


Archive Response Team


Judah Levenson:
Judah Aryeh Levenson is an educator, poet, and performer living in Brooklyn. He is currently the director of an after school program while also working on his first full length book of poetry. Previously, he has performed with Daria Faïn and The Commons Choir, Luis Lara Malvacias, Natalie Aceves. and Zander Brown.


Zeina Morad:
I am an Aquarian child of Nature, born and influenced by Egypt, Arabic, my ancestors, sense of community and the Moon. I am an outgoing sensitive introvert, in constant pursuit of delving into the unknown, less trodden realms; inwardly and outwardly. I am fascinated by children and their pureness. I am trying to remember to return to that state of being; that level of realness, playfulness and curiosity. I strongly believe that holding space for others allows for the magical unfolding of their truest version of themselves; is the solution for us living in harmony and ease.


Sound Design


Stefa Marin Alarcon
:
STEFA* is a vocal artist and performer focused on the intersection of politics, the self, and her cultures. She draws inspiration from her indigenous ancestry and classical music background. She explores her desire to break apart predictable musical norms by projecting new narratives through improvisation and sonic layering. a frequent performer throughout nyc, her work has taken her to london, ecuador and most recently vienna, austria where she performed as part of american realness at wiener festwochen’s ‘performeum’. debut EP coming soon. www.stefalives.com


[Artist photo of Randy Reyes at This is What I Want (Tessa Wills) by Robbie Sweeny]

Upcoming Events

Our Future Ends

Clement Hil Goldberg
OCT 12-14, 19-21, THU-SAT 8PM

I GOT A TRUTH TO TELL

ABD Productions / Skywatchers
Thu-Fri, Oct 26-27, 7:45pm-9pm

Radical Movements: Gender and Politics in Performance

Hope Mohr Dance’s 2017 Bridge Project
NOV 3-4, 10-12, 2017, THU-SUN

Barley Sculpture at Block Fest

Tan Sirinumas
Fri, Nov 3, 3pm-5pm

Archived Events

Social Dancing (aka negotiation)

Keith Hennessy / Circo Zero
Wed, Oct 18, 6pm-9pm

Black Hawk Mural & Biketivity

Dawn Leigh & San Francisco Yellow Bike Project
Saturday, Oct 7, 12pm-2pm

Knowledge and Affirmation from the Past

Txutxo Perez
Oct 5, Fri 3pm-5pm

wild child

Valérie Reding
Tues, Oct 3, 6pm

Blog Roll

  • 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 Gender and Performativity

    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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  • Big changes happening to the membership program at CounterPulse, people. Big changes. I thought, what is a membership program for Counterpulse? For eight years I’ve been pondering the question, actually. What is membership for a community based, performing arts center? It is in the words community and arts. Members are our community. Anyone one who […]

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