Upon a Phrase: A Matchbook Performance is a multidisciplinary collaboration between performance artist Hannah Meleokaiao Ayasse and visual artist Casey Gardner. In conjunction with the current exhibition at San Francisco Center for the Book, Reclamation, collected works of Gardner will be displayed for the audience to read and touch. Audience will choose phrases from the books that will be used by Ayasse for an improvised performance in the parking lot.
There will be a discussion following the performance with drinks and light snacks provided.
Hannah Meleokaiao Ayasse, dance artist
Casey Gardner, book artist
Dustin Ordway, performance support
Upon a Phrase: A Matchbook Performance IS PART OF THE 2021 COUNTERPULSE FESTIVAL. LEARN MORE AT COUNTERPULSE.ORG/FESTIVAL2021
About the Artists
Hannah Ayasse (she/they) is dance artist, curator, and educator born and based in Huichin, Ohlone Land also known as Oakland, CA. Hannah’s creative work explores story sharing and deep listening within human-to-human and human-to-environment relationships. Hannah is interested in Relationship as a “third thing,” a mutable and powerful entity, existing in and of itself. She expresses this both as the subject of her work, and in her engagement in highly collaborative processes with fellow artists, audiences, and students. Hannah holds a BA in Dance and Psychology from The George Washington University, has presented her work and performed throughout the SF Bay Area, Washington D.C., and Germany and serves as the Program Manager at CounterPulse theater.
Casey Gardner is an award-winning book artist and letterpress printmaker. She writes, draws, prints and binds her own limited edition artist books with Set in Motion Press. In pages she sees infinite possibility for space, movement and time to convey her multilayered narratives. Through stories, imagery and poetic graphics she explores the interior, and embodied realms of humans in relation to the natural world. She has a BS in Journalism from UC Boulder and a BFA in Graphic Design and Printmaking from California College of the Arts. Her books are widely exhibited and can be found in many special collections including Yale, MIT, Harvard, and the Library of Congress. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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