About This Artist

Audrey Johnson (she/her) is a queer Black mixed-race movement artist with roots from Detroit and Plymouth Michigan, currently rooting in Oakland, CA. Audrey’s work lives, arrives, and changes in the realms of embodiment, movement, food, relationship, magic, ritual, plants, and land. Audrey’s project at CounterPulse will explore Black freedom practices in food, farming, and rootwork through dance, ritual, interview, and performance.

www.audreyjohnson.space

 

About this Project

[and then we must be] is a performance and ritual, storytelling and research process, honoring Black American relationships with land and plants through food, farming, medicine-making, and magic. Movement and interviews bring stories to life, honoring these practices as communion with the divine, and Black liberatory healing technologies.

 

Inspired by ancestral, community-centered, and spiritual relationships to land and plants, [and then we must be] is a research and ritual project honoring Black American practices with land and plants through the modes of food, farming, rootwork, and magic. The work honors the practices that get passed down through recipe, spell, and story, as well as the memories active and activated in the body, plants, the land (soil, clay, mycelium, strata), and in spirit. Weaving together interviews with loved ones, the voice of the work speaks from the mouths of many. The dancing is a movement offering, ritual, and prayer: in communion with spirit, plants, and land. [and then we must be] is the process of meeting and being met by plants and land, and of allowing oneself to be changed.

 

Movement Collaborators

Bae Laurel O’Connor

Laila Shabazz

 

Image is a photo of a hand viewed from below, reaching between the silhouette of two trees with a blue sky

Photo by Audrey Johnson. Pictured: Bae Laurel O’Connor

Learn more about the ARC Edge 2022 Residency Presentation

featuring Audrey Johnson & Nkeiruka Oruche

Thursday – Saturday June 2-4 & 9-11, 2022

 

Edge Residency 2022

 

Upcoming Events

Secure Our Stage

Help CounterPulse Buy Our Building
We have $1 million left to raise to meet our $7 million goal this year! Donate Now!

the NETWORK project

KD>>MovingGround
Saturday - Sunday July 2-3, 2022 at 4:30PM PT

SF Arts Board Match

featuring CounterPulse, The Tenderloin Museum, Bay Area Video Coalition, and more!
Wednesday, July 13 at 6PM PT

GIRLFLY 2022

Flyaway Productions and the Museum of Craft and Design
Thursday & Friday, July 28-29 at 7PM PT

Archived Events

The ABJD Series

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Saturday June 11, 2022 • 4PM PT at The Roxie Theater

Edge Residency 2022 – SOLD OUT

Audrey Johnson & Nkeiruka Oruche
Thursday - Saturday June 2-4 & 9-11, 2022 at 8PM PT

Commedia dell’Arte and the Art of Improv in Drag

Presented by Oaklash
Tuesday May 24th at 6PM PT

Block Fest 2022

TenderArts
Friday May 13th @ 3PM PT

Blog Roll

  • the NETWORK project

    Directed by Krista DeNio Created & performed by Chloe Crotzer, Diana Lara, Tanja London, Heidi Erickson, Ashley Munday, Maicha Folch, Midy Zarem, Rosemary Hannon, Grace Shaver  Presented by KD>>MovingGround, CounterPulse, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program July 2-3, 2022 • 4:30-7:30  PM PT counterpulse.org/network the NETWORK project addresses human survival and what we truly need– from […]

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  • The ABJD Film Series Comes to Its Conclusion

    The ABJD Series • Directed by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto • Presented by CounterPulse Saturday, June 11, 2022 • 4:00 PM PT • The Roxie Theater • counterpulse.org/the-abjd-series Tickets available here at a range of $14-$24. The ABJD Series is a four-part film series and finale of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s six year multi-media project, Tomorrow We […]

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  • Defining Freedom with David Brandstätter

    The Artist Talks About His Upcoming Performance of FRE!HEIT with Michelle Jacques This performance has been postponed until the Fall of 2022. Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates. “I felt I was lacking freedom, but I couldn’t find out what made me feel so unfree,” performance artist and co-founder of Shifts– Art in Movement […]

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  • Notes from the process : [and then we must be]

    Inspired by ancestral, community-centered, and spiritual relationships to land and plants, [and then we must be] by Audrey Johnson is a research and ritual project honoring Black American practices with land and plants through the modes of food, farming, rootwork, and magic. The work honors the practices that get passed down through recipe, spell, and story, as well as the memories active and activated in the body, plants, the land (soil, clay, mycelium, strata), and in spirit.

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  • CounterPulse Presents ARC Edge 2022

    Paying homage to Black American spirituality and African Diasporic rites of community, the 2022 CounterPulse Edge program presents [and then we must be] by Audrey Johnson and, in partnership with Afro Urban Society, Mixtape of the Dead & Gone #1- Egwu Onwu Ahamefula by Nkeiruka Oruche + Gbedu Town Radio. This year’s Edge performances invite the audience into conversation with the land, spirits, the afterlife, and the legacies that inform the rituals and practices around them.

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