FRESH Festival 2023 is a diverse feast of embodied art, action and interaction showcasing two weeks of risk-taking mainstage Performances at CounterPulse, 3 weeks of immersive studio Practices, and social, inclusive and interactive community Exchanges, 1 KK birthday bash SO F*CKING FRESH fundraising party hosted Jan 27th at CounterPulse, and 75+ cutting-edge artists from the Bay Area and beyond. KH FRESH 2023 takes place at two historic locations in San Francisco, which are also community partners of the Festival: CounterPulse and Joe Goode Annex.
FRESH is open to all curious, adventurous and serious bodies. Composed of Performances, Practices and Exchanges, FRESH Festival offers multiple ways of experiencing cutting-edge live art and radical, risk-taking dance, music and performance.
PART 2 • MARCH 4-19, 2023
FRESH Festival Performances!
Co-Produced by Performance Primers and KHFRESH
8pm @ Counterpulse
Barbara Valencia + Rizoma Laboratorio Escenico & Jyoti Arvey
Brianna Torres & Emily Jones + Hannah Krafcik
FRESH Performances – Weekend 1
Friday March 10th & Saturday March 11th
7:30pm @ Counterpulse
José Ramón Corral + Kira Kirsch as performing, AND made by Jorge De Hoyos and Kira Kirsch
FRESH Performances – Weekend 2
Friday March 17th & Saturday March 18th
7:30pm @ Counterpulse
Thomas F. DeFrantz + Ishmael Houston-Jones x Keith Hennessy
KH FRESH Festival is fiscally sponsored by Dancers Group
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
FRESH was founded in 2009 by Kathleen Hermesdorf (1967-2020) in collaboration with Albert Mathias. In the wake of Kathleen’s recent and unexpected passing, a team of longtime FRESH fans and collaborators have stepped up to honor the festival’s legacy and lead it into the future.
The 2023 KH FRESH Festival collaborative production team is: Abby Crane, Ainsley Tharp, Chibueze Crouch, Clarissa Dyas, Gizeh Muñiz Vengel, Jessi Barber and Albert Mathias, with current and past support from Delaney McDonough, Sarah Pritchard, and Hannah Wasielewski.
KH FRESH Festival is co-produced by Performance Primers, Circo Zero, Jess Curtis Gravity, and CounterPulse.
FRESH Festival was created to ensure that San Francisco continues to grow as a provocative center for contemporary dance, music and performance. FRESH is artist-oriented and artist-run,manifesting as an arena for research; an incubator for new work; a generator for sharing resources, and a platform for cross-pollinating communities. Rooted in the body, the Festival embodies Bay Area legacies of creative freedom, community collaboration, ground-breaking practice and performance tactics, multi-disciplinary sensibilities, and accessible, alternative education.
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Photos of Kathleen Hermesdorf by Robbie Sweeny. Flier by Ainsley Tharp.