Incubate artists, change the world.

Switch is CounterPulse’s cultural exchange program that catalyzes collaborations between artists, initiatives, and communities outside of the Bay Area. We pose exchange as an integral part of the creative process. We strategize generative diversity across cultural lines and creative practices as a tactic to exponentially shift the field of discourse. Switch is creating a platform for sophisticating collaboration across differences.

CounterPulse offers a rotation of supported artist residencies each year spanning different ways of making. Each residency concludes with a fully produced work on stage at CounterPulse.

Interested in participating in one of our residencies? Check out current Open Calls >>

Cover Photo: Eisa Jocson’s Host, Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Archived Events

Under New Ownership Performance, Theorem, no.1

Maya Stovall
Fri, May 3, 1:00pm-9:00pm


Stina Nyberg
Thu-Fri, Apr 25-26, 8pm

aon mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tíre

Ruairí Ó'Donnabháin and Mica Sigourney
Sat, Mar 17 at 2-3:30pm & 8-9:30pm; Sun, Mar 18 at 7:00-8:30pm

this is an artwork…

keyon gaskin
Thu, Mar 15 at 7-8:30pm, & Fri-Mar 16 at 8:00-9:30pm at The Lab

Work in Progress of Niyizi

Ishimwa Muhimanyi
Wed, Nov 15, 6pm-7pm

An evening of solo works

Meg Stuart
January 20-21, 2017, Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m.


Simone Aughterlony, Antonija Livingstone, Hahn Rowe
JUN 10-11, FRI-SAT 8PM

Yellow Towel

Dana Michel
FRI 13-14, SAT 8PM, SUN 7PM

Zombies; why death is dying or are you working hard enough?

Ruairí Donovan with Cathy Walsh, Jassem Hindi, Louise Trueheart, Rachael Dichter & Mica Sigourney
OCT 31, 2015 SAT at 11:59PM - DAWN

(X)change Premiere of Swiss Works

JUN 20-21, 2015

Age & Beauty Part 1

Miguel Gutierrez
MAR 6-8, 2015 FRI-SAT at 8PM, SUN at 2PM

My Own Bodies – a solo for many

Tove Sahlin
FEB 28-MAR 1, 2014, FRI-SAT at 8PM

Forest Fringe SF

Forest Fringe
OCT 24-27, 2013

Recovering Home

Afrique Sogue & Jaara Dance Project
OCT 18-20, 2013, FRI-SUN at 8PM

/Time: Study I

Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company
OCT 8-9, 2013, TUE-WED at 8PM

Bare (8 Shades of Red), Tales of the Tombola, and La Bouche

Susie Timney, Box Tracy and Darren Purnell
JUL 1, 2013, MON at 8PM