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)


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

Upcoming Events

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Jan 25, 7:30pm-9pm

UNEARTHED stories at Block Fest

Titania Kumeh / Sharmi Basu / Semaj Peltier / Silvi Peligras / Catalina Xavlena / Karl Gomez / Chi Chi Castillo/ Kelvin Pittman / Jillian Crochet / Drought Spa / Jesse Austin / Angie Holiday
Fri, Feb 1, 3-6pm

UNEARTHED

Titania Kumeh / Sharmi Basu / Semaj Peltier / Silvi Peligras / Catalina Xavlena / Karl Gomez / Chi Chi Castillo/ Kelvin Pittman / Jillian Crochet / Drought Spa / Jesse Austin / Angie Holiday
Sat, Feb 2, 7pm

Archived Events

Queer as a Tuesday Night: Ms. Carol

ABD Productions/Skywatchers
Tue, Dec 11, 7pm

Tenderloin Women’s Holiday Party

CounterPulse & Central City SRO Collaborative
Mon, Dec 10, 12pm-3pm

I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father and Lost Chinatowns

Melissa Lewis and Cynthia Ling Lee
Thu-Sat, Dec 6-8 & 13-15

DanceHack 2018

Kinetech Arts
Sat-Sun, Dec 1-2

Blog Roll

  • UNEARTHED: Interview with the Artists

    UNEARTHED is a night of video installations and performances by Bay Area emerging artists exploring ancestry and diaspora, trauma and healing, vulnerability and sexuality, and questions about our past and future. Co-curator Claire Staples interviews three of the artists: Titania Kumeh Claire Staples: You have been exploring the bathtub birth story in your performance work for […]

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  • Spring 2019 at CounterPulse

    In Spring 2019, CounterPulse threads through time in the twilight between performance and uprising. Our only question is, will you join us?   Spring 2019 Performance Calendar tiny little get down tinypistol + little seismic dance company Jan 25, Fri, 7:30pm-9pm Need to let off a little steam? tinypistol’s Maurya Kerr and little seismic dance […]

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  • I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father

    Performing Diaspora 2018 artists Cynthia Ling Lee and Melissa Lewis in conversation. Cynthia Ling Lee: I’m excited to chat about your work today! Tell me a little about the initial inspiration for your work.  Where did it come from? Melissa Lewis: I had this wild and weird dream some time ago. Bruce Lee (or some version […]

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  • Dear Bruce Lee: A Photo Essay

                      I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father by Melissa Lewis (顾眉) runs Thu-Sat, Dec 6-8 and 13-15 as part of a double-billed performance with Cynthia Ling Lee. Get tickets to Performing Diaspora 2018 at counterpulse.org/performing-diaspora-2018

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  • Access Oriented Fellowship: Redirecting the Arts Pipeline

    Throughout the month of November, I hosted a birthday fundraiser in service of the CounterPulse Fellowship for Arts Workers. I want to extend deepest gratitude for all who contributed. Your efforts will support two bright and aspiring young professionals, Maya Nixon and Samantha Kuykendall, through the first full expression of the program–a paid learn-work opportunity, […]

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