Spark something new.
Matchbox is an art+tech interactive lab series, hosted at CounterPulse with partners ZERO1 & Kinetech Arts, that seeds collaboration beyond discipline.
Designed as public practicum labs, Matchbox pairs creative technologists with dancers and choreographers to spark critical investigations and seed cutting-edge works.
Matchbox creates an opportunity for these two creative communities to find places of overlapping values, and serves as a framework for a more collaborative urban arts ecology. The public is invited to the labs below to join as project participants and viewers.
Matchbox artists are encouraged to further develop work for DanceHack 2020.
Matchbox Lab #1: Sammay Dizon<>Postcompany
i am an unapologetic first-generation brown femme navigating the discourse between decolonization and spirituality through art and healing practices. daughter of the Bikol, Kapampangan, and Ilokano lineages – i seek to unravel the layers of deceit we inherit through colonization. my art revels in the discovery of un/known intersections between dance theatre, performance art, and performance ritual and through this, my vessel is able to access, inquire, and explore through intercession. beyond this – i simply desire for my community to feel whole while oceans away from our ancestral lands.
Postcompany is an experiment that bubbled up when two artfully impulsive humans decided to embark on a creative epic… founded by Ainsley Elizabeth Tharp (dancer, filmmaker, B.F.A., University of Iowa, 2016) and Jonah Kagan (dancer, technologist, B.S., Computer Science, Brown University, 2013) these two funky souls enjoy living in seamless dance improvisation.
Their work plays with sensation mined from their daily ritual, vulnerability and authenticity found through improvisation, and the spectrum of psychological and physical excess through the use of props and set. We utilize immersive world building and improvised movement to create engaging performance experiences. We draw from our backgrounds in film, technology, sculpture, and poetry to construct immersive environments, which we then invite the audience to enter with us. Postcompany explores the ecosystem of performative spaces by investigating the means through which symbiosis can be reached as the moving body is embedded in an environment.
Matchbox is supported by the San Francisco Grants for the Arts’ Neighborhood Arts Collaborative.
Photo of postcompany courtesy of artists; photo of Sammay Dizon by Scott Tsuchitani