• Hello incredible CounterPULSE community from former CounterPULSE interns Sarah Ashkin and Brittany Delany, and curators of Oakland based arts program GROUND SERIES.  GROUND SERIES is a meeting place for artists to experiment with interdisciplinary investigation in a grassroots community arts model. This winter GROUND SERIES can be found at its usual home of the Temescal […]

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  • Luxury Items was a super splendorific success. Besides being a fabulous production, this was also our longest running show to date, and garnered a ton of fantastic press!  Go CounterPULSE, and hats off to Monique Jenkinson and everyone involved! Much love to all who came and hope you loved it as much as all of […]

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  • Last Saturday, artists and community members used the CounterPULSE stage not for dancing, but for discussion: participants in the Performing Diaspora Symposium took the day to explore the rich, challenging themes that the Festival explores. In three separate sessions, panelists and audience members articulate some of the ideas that each Performing Diaspora artists stirs up […]

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  • On October 15, 2009 a group of Bay Area artists, arts administrators and audience members met at CounterPULSE for the Dance Discourse Project 7: Dancing Diaspora. Co-presented by World Arts West/ San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and Dancers’ Group the event was a part of the Fall 2009 season of Performing Diaspora. Learn more about […]

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  • With Performing Diaspora fast-approaching, some of the artists took a break from the stage and headed over to KPFA’s radio studios in Berkeley for a musical sneak-preview of their work on Stephen Kent’s show, “Music of the World.” In between tracks, our Executive Director Jessica Robinson Love joined them in the conversation about their performances […]

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  • The Ewe say ” … you must cry into the song.” A man in the taxi said “… you are beautiful when you cry.” … But these things are not easy. To cry into the song when you are still so sad … To let your beauty shine thru when you feel as though there […]

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  • I didn’t get the memo. You know the one that breaks down the ways in which descendants of enslaved Africans have a different (but just as post traumatic stress disordered psychosis) than the descendants of colonized Africans. To be fair, I looked completely different when I’ve traveled abroad before (I had long hair), AND there […]

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