The Looking Glass Self and Metamorphosis: Phase 1

Mugwumpin and Mabel Valdiviezo with Travis Bennett
Thu-Sat, Sep 12-14 & 19-21, 7:30pm & 8:15pm
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Combustible Residency 2019

Believe Your Silhouette

Join CounterPulse for a double bill evening featuring works by our 2019 Combustible Residency artists.

CounterPulse is back with year three of Combustible, our highly-acclaimed dance/technology residency that carves a place to experiment on the edge of what is known. This year we present works that activate the entire building with shamanic healing gardens and manipulated realities. Welcome to the visceral alteration of truth.

Centering on how truth and lies interact with technology, The Looking Glass Self by Mugwumpin is an immersive theater experience that invites you to realize the impact of truth-altering video technology. Experience your likeness projected back to you in unexpected ways, as reality-warping visuals display the manipulative proficiency of video editing processes in real time. The Looking Glass Self is poetic and scary fun.

Mugwumpin in Super:Anti:Reluctant. Photo by Pak Han

Metamorphosis: Phase 1 by Mabel Valdiviezo with Travis Bennet is a multimedia dance performance that combines shamanic storytelling with interactive visuals and sounds to explore the intersection of family separation, trauma and the well-being of Latinx immigrant women. Metamorphosis asks the question, how do we alleviate suffering and restore hope through an artistic process that is rooted in Latinx indigenous practices? The piece incorporates an authentic shamanic ritual with a healing garden, and includes art workshops with immigrant women living in the Tenderloin.

Metamorphosis 7: Mabel Valdiviezo. Photo by Mercedes González

Please join us for these special evenings

Sept 12-14 and 19-21, 2019

Thu, Fri, and Sat at 7:30pm & 8:15pm

Thursdays are pay-what-you-can, reservable online!


Want to see the show for free? Email Justin to volunteer!

Show Structure

7:30PM: First Showing of The Looking Glass Self by Mugwumpin

Where: Project Space downstairs

8:15PM: Metamorphosis: Phase 1 by Mabel Valdiviezo with Travis Bennett

Where: Main Stage

9:00PM: Second Showing of The Looking Glass Self by Mugwumpin

Where: Project Space downstairs

Both ticket groups converge in the lobby for Mabel Valdiviezo’s showing at 8:15pm

Select your ticket for the time you’d like to the begin the experience.

Special Events

Post-show talkback with La Voz on Thu, Sept 19 in the Upstairs Studio, following Metamorphosis: Phase 1

Become a CounterPulse member with a donation of any size to get 25% off your ticket purchase. Click here to learn more!

The Combustible Residency was launched with seed funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, as part of ARC which is made possible by support the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Emmet R. Quady Foundation, and CounterPulse members.

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September 12, 2019
September 21, 2019
Free - $35