About This Artist

Rachel Austin is a queer performer, songwriter and composer. A deconstructionist, Austin’s recent works have focused on disassembling whiteness and majority culture experiences through songwriting and prose. Playfulness-as-liberation is at the centre of her practice.

Danielle Galvez (she/her) is a first-generation filipina-american daughter of immigrants. Dani (for short) is a dancer for pateldanceworks, an artist for Archive Dance Collective, movement researcher with Responsive Body, and youth educator based in the Bay Area. Her curiosity rests in “code switching” within movement spaces and finding the thread that relates all dancers and movers interconnected.

Daria Garina arrived in the Bay as a 6-year-old refugee from Moscow, Russia. His movement work explores displacement, chronic illness, being transgender, and mixed race.

Bhumi B Patel is a queer, desi artist/activist who creates intersectionally feminist performances from a trauma informed, social justice-oriented perspective. Patel uses dance as a pursuit for liberation and decolonization. She creates movement outside of white models of dance but wants you to know that some of her best friends are white.
 

About This Work

divisions the empire has sown is a dance theater piece examining the violence of forced migration. Informed by the British occupation of South Asia, this work will be performed by Danielle Galvez, Daria Garina, and Bhumi Patel with sound design by Rachel Austin in collaboration with Sholeh Asgary.
 
The evening will include movement, storytelling, sonic landscape, and immersive experience, asking the audience to become part of the performance itself. With divisions the empire has sown we open conversations about past and present colonization to empower audiences to dismantle inequitable social structures. The violence endured within our lineages is part of these queer bodies and we seek to hold and heal these stories of lost homelands and lost lives.

Upcoming Events

Spring 2021 at CounterPulse

The Revolution Will Be Choreographed

Tenderfest 2021

The Tenderloin Museum, Larkin St Youth Services, Skywatchers, & CounterPulse
Thu, Mar 11, 6pm-7:30pm PST on Zoom

Skills Bucket

with CounterPulse staff!
Third Wednesdays, March-August, 10:30am-11am PST

Human/ID and are:era

StratoFyzika and Pseuda
Wed-Sun, Apr 14-18. Video Installations at CounterPulse Wed-Sun, 12-8pm PST. Livestream and Q&A on Fri, Apr 16, 5pm PST

Archived Events

Beyond Gravity 2021: Postponed

Jess Curtis/Gravity
Dates & Times TBD

Grand re Union LIVE

Art Stations Foundation, CounterPulse, Movement Research
Fri & Sat, Dec 18 & 19 on Twitch and Zoom

It’s Like Groundhog Day Every Day

Kim Ip/KRIMM'S DANCE PARTY
Friday, December 11, 7pm PST on Twitch

Return the Eye

DROUGHT SPA
Thu, Dec 10, 7PM PST on Twitch

Blog Roll

  • Glitch Crush

    “Primeiro estranha-se, depois entranha-se” (At first it’s strange, then it gets into your veins) – Fernando Pessoa I am part of the Human/ID team, a collaboration with StratoFyzika and Ian Heisters that probes how identity is rendered legible (or illegible) through movement and technology.  Tagging onto the notion of digital flaws and their rich potential […]

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  • IDENTITY AND MOVEMENT: MOTION TRANSFER WITH NEURAL NETWORKS

    Deep fake dancing and breaking technology I’ve been talking with the StratoFyzika team about how identity resides in the body for their residency in CounterPulse’s Combustible program. We’re researching surveillance technology, machine learning, and dance for a performance in spring 2020. The research is conceptual as well as practical, and the following comprises my notes in building a first […]

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  • A Platform, A Stage, An Audience

    We are artists. In some ways, we are sacrificial lambs. We bleed publicly. We can be found dancing naked and crying the necessary tear. We do this so they can name what they have sacrificed. To those without words, we give poetry; those without melody, a song. And to him, that guy, that just can’t […]

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  • Behind the Lens with Robbie Sweeny

    I’ve always been a fan of Robbie Sweeny. For years I’ve admired his photographer choreography, his hurried movement and cadence during performances. It takes considerable method and skill to shoot the perfect angle, and to capture the compelling photos that highlight CountrePulse’s Instagram feed. My colleagues and I admire his stylistic editing; together we scroll […]

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