About This Artist

Sholeh Asgary is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary sound artist and educator who is shaped by her somatic experiences as a refugee. Her practice takes on an alchemical process of distilling symbolic representations into messengers of liminal spaces. She creates objects, installations, and audience participatory scores with interest in liminal spaces experienced by the viewer-participant, while her sound performances and compositions make use of her voice and innate properties of everyday objects as an ether for direct communication in an otherwise disparate circumstance of image.
 
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

to leave the land, a project of 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 to leave the land 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

my beloved comet + Saint Leroi

tinypistol
September, 2021

Radius

DxM (Julie Phelps and Marc Kate) in collaboration with KD >> Moving Ground (Krista DeNio)
Sat, Sept 11, 2pm PDT at The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and Sat, Sept 18, 5pm PDT at Djerassi Resident Artists Program

The CounterPulse Festival 2021

with FACT/SF, tinypistol, curbAlert, Krista DeNio >> Moving Ground, Faluda Islam / Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Meg Foley, Skybridge, Marc Kate & Julie Phelps, Performance Primers, ArtSpan, and more
September 9-18, 2021

The ABJD series: Prologue 1009 آغاز ۱۰۰۹ and Heaven 58 جنة ۵۸

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto with Faluda Islam
Fri & Sat, Sept 10 & 15 in-person

Archived Events

Murals of the Tenderloin Walking Tour

Tenderloin Museum & CounterPulse
Sat, Jul 17, 12pm-2:30pm PDT

City Stories Workshop

San Francisco Creative Writing Institute
Thursdays, July 1 & 15, 12pm-2pm PDT at CounterPulse

Beyond Gravity 2021

Jess Curtis/Gravity
Fri & Sat, Jun 25 & 26, 7pm-8pm PDT

ArtSpan Virtual Reception with Elvira Dayel and Emily Gui

ArtSpan & CounterPulse
Thu, Jun 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm PDT

Blog Roll

  • Reverse Chariot I

    While at CounterPulse I first felt out the space and listened to mentor Joanna Haigood and used the first moments to get into my body and meditate on how I wanted to utilize it as a tool to begin telling these stories which I am still learning but that also live within me. I did […]

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  • 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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