About This Artist

Lauren Simpson is a choreographer, performer, and arts educator. She has danced for Liz Lerman and Risa Jaroslow. She teaches at the University of San Francisco. Lauren is a founding member of the Bay Area dance company, Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations. SSC has been nominated for two Izzie Awards and received support from Dancers’ Group, the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Rainin Opportunity Fund. Recent residencies include the CHIME Program at the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and the AIR Program at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. SSC was FACT/SF’s resident JUMP Choreographer in 2015. M.F.A., University of Colorado-Boulder. Ed.M, Harvard University. B.A. Carleton College.

Jenny Stulberg is co-artistic director of Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations. SSC has been nominated for two Izzie Awards and received support from Dancers’ Group, the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Rainin Opportunity Fund. Recent residencies include the CHIME Program at the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and the AIR Program at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. SSC was FACT/SF’s resident JUMP Choreographer in 2015. Jenny has danced for Hope Mohr and Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom. Her dance-­films have screened in festivals across the country including San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and her film-work has been employed by companies such as Joe Goode Performance Group and BANDALOOP. M.F.A. NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Robyn Gerbaz is a dancer and choreographer from Aspen, Colorado. She began her training with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet before graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy. She holds a BFA Magna Cum Laude from LINES Ballet/Dominican University. Additionally, she trained at (selected) Cornish College, SF Conservatory of Dance, Ponderosa Tanzland, New Dialect, Springboard Danse Montreal and with Chunky Move. She has performed works by Sidra Bell, Christian Burns, William Forsythe, Amanda Miller, Kate Wallich and Johannes Wieland. Robyn has been a member of Maurya Kerr’s tinypistol since 2012 and is also currently with Alex Ketley’s The Foundry.

Arletta Anderson is a Bay Area-based dance artist.Locally, she has danced for choreographers and companies such as Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations, Gerald Casel, Christy Funsch, detour dance, Stephen Pelton and Aura Fishbeck. With collaborator Adam Smith, Arletta creates multidisciplinary performance work that brings together movement, theater and music.

About this Project


Still Life Dances is a series of dance works based on visual art works, primarily paintings. S/S’s approach to creating them is similar to the way 19th century American still life painters approached their work- they valued precision, careful composition, and the placement of light. They often painted rotting fruit or decaying carcasses, things that changed and morphed faster than they could be painted with the detail it required. Their impossible task of attempting to make the impermanent permanent set our wheels in motion in the studio.

Realness, intimacy, curious moments, and a sense of being compelled to pay deep attention to fleeting action are experiences we hope the audience will have when they see our work. In making these Still Life Dances, we are left with the impression, and possibly the personal truth, that the body is not fixed, concrete, or monotone, but a changing, ephemeral, experiential entity that is continually being abstracted in art and dance and life.

Still Life No. 8 is a dance for three performers. The eighth work in the Still Life series, it explores ideas of ephemerality and permanence, stillness and action. It features an original set, music and costume design.

Photos by Robbie Sweeny

Upcoming Events

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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

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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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