About This Artist

Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer, performer, choreographer and curator. She works often with others and sometimes alone. She makes work about closeness. About the shortest distance and shortening the distance between things – between people. Having studied dance and art history at Mills College she was a 2015 Danceweb Scholar, a 2017 Artist in Residence at Caldera, a 2019 Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, and a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Residency. Her work has shown locally and in Berlin, Cork, St Erme France, Portland, Seattle and she had been lucky to collaborate with a number of fierce and talented folks and for four years she co-curated the San Francisco based live arts festival THIS IS WHAT I WANT.

Dia Dear’s performance art combines gay club aesthetics of appearance, movement, and attitude with their opposites. They use trickery, sincerity, and pop culture to create emotionally visceral and visually fascinating images through live performance.They are educated in performance and art practice largely by participating in San Francisco’s diverse drag community since 2011. Their work has been featured in various festivals and curated shows in the United States and internationally. They have danced for celebrated choreographers and emerging international artists at SFMoMA and ODC. Most recently, they were a recipient of the Maroc Artist Meeting Residency in collaboration with Marrakech Biennale in Morocco (2016) and Musik I Syd Future Legends Residency in Malmö Sweden (2015).

 

About this Project


WITH by Rachael Dichter & Dia Dear blends physical practices and nightlife for a multi-generational queer phenomenon. WITH invites the audience to engage in a deep, extensive physical exploration of movement to move beyond singularity. Together Rachael & Dia blur boundaries of real/unreal and distance/intimacy to activate performance as a non-performative act.

Photos by Robbie Sweeny

Upcoming Events

Ignite Another 30 Years of Art & Action

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Music Box Orchestra

Rick Darnell
First and Third Fridays in November & December, 6pm-7pm PDT

Skills Bucket

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Archived Events

Tenderloin Day of the Dead Altar

Jeff Marshall
Altar Dedication on Sat, Oct 31, 3-4pm at The Tenderloin Museum

2020 Deaf Louder Virtual Performance

Antoine Hunter / Urban Jazz Dance Company & Guests
Fri & Sat, Nov 6 & 7, 6pm-7pm PST on Twitch

Matchbox Lab #4: Hybrid Tenders

Ronja Ver <> Kal Spelletich
Tues, Oct 27, 7pm-8pm (Live 6:45pm)

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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