About This Artist

Nicholas Navarro is a multimedia performance artist based in San Francisco, performing under the stage name Pseuda. Using queer nightlife aesthetics, practical special effects, technology and drag performance structure as devices, they create emotionally charged images that build to sublime climax. Their work is grounded in empathy with the characters they embody, using these antiheroes as avatars to explore identity, otherness and to create space for mutual catharsis with performer and audience. They are ⅓ of avant-drag performance art trio, Toxic Waste Face, who have performed nationally and abroad.

Kim Ip is a Queer/Asian/Femme Bay Area Choreographer and Movement Artist. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from Mills College in 2014. She has collaborated with STEAMROLLER, InkBoat, Chris Black Dance, Molissa Fenley, & Toxic Waste Face. She has completed residencies at B4BEL4B Gallery, SAFEhouse, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, & CounterPulse. Her dance aesthetic is influenced by music video vixens, femme fatales, release technique, & Avant-Garde Japanese Dance. Her drive to make work comes from a desire to confront her Asian American identity by physicalising sensual movement, showing pleasure, & discussing what defines sexual expression in the greater Asian community.

Taurin Barrera is an electronic musician, interactive multimedia artist, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work utilizes creative technologies to explore the liminal space between sensation and perception, and to augment our experience of sound, light, and space. He integrates spatial audio, visual music, and electroacoustic composition techniques to program custom software instruments, performance systems, and immersive installations. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies from the College of William and Mary, and an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College. He is currently Director of Technology and Applied Composition Studios at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

Gabriel Christian (they/them) is a BlaQ American artist bred in New York City (Wappinger Lenape land) & baking in Oakland (Chochenyo Ohlone land). For more than ten years, their work has metabolized the vernaculars inherent to BlaQ diaspora—futurity, fluidity, and faggotry—through high dramatics, structured improvisation, poetics & collaborative practices. They are often hosting micro-projects and attempting digital interventionism through their social media IG: @doom_body.

Erin Yen shares a personal practice which investigates self and ‘other’ (in a growing age of technology.) She holds a BFA from The Ohio State University, where she became fluent with Laban’s Systems of Movement Analysis. She was the first to use Labanotation to document Doug Varone’s work, Possession (’94.) Erin has danced with companies such as Alvin Ailey and BalletMet, and she has performed works by artists Ohad Naharin, Bebe Miller, and Johannes Weiland.

sibling hart, called gin by most, is a once & future clown living on Huichin Ohlone land. They daylight as a puller-of-weeds, nightlight as a poet, and organize with the Anti Police-Terror Project in varying hours of light. They edit the journal Dirt Child with writing partner/cofounder, mal young.

About this Project

are:era is a speculative science fiction allegory examining the complexity and multiplicity of our shifting identities as they loop and reflect back to us endlessly. Posing a question about the origins and future of those born into a cyber age, living their lives through a screen, as well as the implications of our ever growing techno-voyeurism.

Directed by drag performance artist, Pseuda, and choreographed by Kim Ip, in collaboration with interactive multimedia artist, Taurin Barerra, are:era drops its audience into a microcosm of a dystopian machinescape. A technological apparatus in which a performer is confined to a panopticon of cameras and monitors. In this space, organic movement is but an echo of the past, remembered through the flicker of screens. Will our protagonist assert their will and wildness through the barrage of data and images? Or find themselves a mimic, bound to the same patterns ad infinitum. What channels are we tuned into? Who is watching us, or who do we think is watching us? What effect does this have on the moves we think we are consciously making?

Square artist photo: Pseuda at Pro Arts Gallery; Photo by Becca Reilly.
Banner photo: Pseuda at Stereo Argento at The Stud; Photo by Cabure A Bonugli

Upcoming Events

Secure Our Stage

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Back (all I wanna do is dance and fuck and swim with you)

Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero
Wednesday September 14, Thursday September 15, and Monday September 19th at 8PM PT & Sunday September 18 and Saturday September 24 at 4PM PT

Here Lies the Truth

Li Chiao-Ping Dance
Thursday - Saturday, September 29-October 1 at 8PM PT


David Brandstätter & Michelle Jacques
Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8 at 8PM PT and Sunday, October 9 at 2PM PT

Archived Events

SF Arts Board Match

featuring CounterPulse, Gray Area, Bay Area Video Coalition, and more!
Tuesday, September 13 at 6PM PT

death pod/kid subjunctive

Nol Simonse and Jim Cave; Christy Funsch
Thursday - Saturday, September 8-10 at 7:30PM PT

New Experiments

The San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival
Sunday, August 21 at 7PM PT

The jaws of all are red with gore

Silk Worm with Frank Leasing and Hiroko Tamano
Thursday - Saturday, August 11-13 at 8PM PT

Blog Roll

  • Be A Part of the Tenderloin Art Festival – February 2022

    Download More Information Contact us at tlartsfest@gmail.com to get involved! The Tenderloin has and continues to have a history as a unique hub in San Francisco for artistic expression to grow. Organizations such as Cutting Ball Theater, the Tenderloin Museum, Counterpulse, Piano Fight, the Trans Cultural District and many storefront galleries have found home and […]

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  • Meet the Facilitators for Li Chiao-Ping Dance’s HERE LIES THE TRUTH Talkbacks at CounterPulse

    GET TICKETS NOW! Li Chiao Ping Dance is excited for the upcoming San Francisco premiere of Here Lies the Truth at CounterPulse Thursday, September 29th – Saturday, October 2nd. Much of LCPD’s work and research in recent years has centered on identity, race, otherness, and colonization. By bringing Here Lies the Truth to new audiences we hope […]

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  • Rescheduled FRE!HEIT brings together German Choreographer David Brandstätter and American Singer, Michelle Jacques for long-awaited US Premiere.

    GET TICKETS San Francisco – Following a United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) imposed delay of four months, San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) is finally pleased to present the US debut of German choreographer, David Brandstätter in collaboration with American mezzo-soprano, Michelle Jacques for the US Premiere of FRE!HEIT (freedom in English). The project, originally scheduled […]

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  • Here Lies the Truth comes to San Francisco

    Download the Full Press Release Here For media inquiries, contact Shannon Atlas Get Tickets Now! Li Chiao-Ping Dance is thrilled to bring Here Lies the Truth to CounterPulse! Today, Here Lies the Truth is a live, multimedia, dance theater performance. A true collaboration between artists, disciplines, and our stories. This iteration of the work has […]

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  • An Invitation to Lunch

    If you are an (East/Southeast/South) Asian diasporic person who lives on Ramaytush or Chochenyo Ohlone land and who are interested in these questions, I invite you to go on a lunch date with me and discuss the possibility of collaborating on a performance project in the context of the Performing Diaspora residency at CounterPulse in December 2022—the lunch is on me! You may come from all kinds of creative backgrounds—people who move, make, create, design, devise, perform, and/or organize. You may work with different creative mediums —movement, sound, text, visuals, and/or materials. In terms of methods, you will be open to improvisation, creative exploration, and other process-oriented ways of making/doing. The base compensation will be $900.

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