Be with — with other people, with the land, with whatever comes next
Radius is a site-specific improvisational performance, influenced by and inter-relating with the natural surrounds of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program landscape in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the urban oasis surrounding McEvoy Foundation for the Arts.
Performed by a group of experimental dancers and electronic musicians, the work aims to create a temporary zone governed by collaboration, mutability, and fluidity rather than hierarchy, power, and structure. Dancers and musicians are both responsive and generative in turn with inspiration and influence moving in both directions. The composition is collectively devised, continuously revealing emergent poetics within the stream of images, movements, and sonics. Responding to both harmony and dischord, Radius is a rehearsal of being with – with other people, with the land, with whatever comes next.
Originally arising from research instigated by Julie Phelps and Marc Kate on the relationship of dance and music to how power and intimacy are brokered in varying forms of social (dis)orders, from the club to the neo-facist nation state. The radius of this research grows as it’s moved from stage to site–further exploring the intersection of context and content.
In conjunction with the Djerassi Program performance Radius, audiences will experience a showing of early research for NETWORK, a project exploring systems of communication, resource-sharing and survival employed in tree communities as a lens to consider human community building. NETWORK is being developed by Krista DeNio and Chloe Crotzer, currently in residence at the Djerassi Program, with a team of artists, scientists, and designers. toward a premiere at Djerassi Artists Residency Program in partnership with CounterPulse in Summer 2022.
Sat, Sept 11, 2pm-3pm PDT at The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
Sat, Sept 18, 5pm-8pm PDT at Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Instigated by: Julie Phelps & Marc Kate
Dancers: Ainsley Tharp, Amy Cranch, Bae Laurel, Carmina Márquez, Chloe Crotzer, Clarissa Dyas, Emily Leap, Frances Rosario, Gabriel Christian, Gerald Casel, Gizeh Muniz, Hannah Ayasse, Heidi Erickson, Jesse Hewit, Jo Kreiter, Jonah Kagan, Julie Phelps, Kim Ip, Krista DeNio, Larry Arrington, mara poliak, Margit Galanter, Maurya Kerr, Megan Lowe, Miriam Wolodarski, Monique Jenkinson, Olalie Lackler, Rosemary Hannon, Saharla Vetch, Shamsher Virk
Musicians: Nihar, Joel St Julien, Amma Ateria, Chris Duncan, Marc Kate
Currently on view at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts is Next to You (May 28 – December 4, 2021), an exhibition of photography, painting, and sculpture from the McEvoy Family Collection that celebrates the joy, vitality, and healing power of the performing arts. Next to You programming includes performances and events that explore the return of collective experiences, in partnership with several dynamic Bay Area arts organizations.
Radius is part of THE 2021 COUNTERPULSE FESTIVAL. LEARN MORE AT COUNTERPULSE.ORG/FESTIVAL2021
Banner Photo: Jesse Hewit and Hannah Ayasse; Photo by Robbie Sweeny