The dancing doesn’t stop in 2020. CounterPulse is back with shockingly new dance experiences that fuse the interplay of club and theatre, activism and performance, virtual reality, and drag.
CounterPulse’s high-octane Spring 2020 season destabilizes, distorts, and rewilds what’s possible in and beyond a theatre space, and shatters what you’ve come to expect from us.
See you there.
Spring 2020 Performance Calendar
DanceHack 2020: Reality
Sat & Sun, Jan 18 &19
Performance showcase Sun, Jan 19, 6pm
DanceHack is back for year six! This year’s showcase will feature never-before-seen performance, installations, and dance—all generated within 48 hours of transdisciplinary collaboration among Bay Area artists. This unique performance showcase will present groundbreaking modes of expression sparked in the intersection of creative technology and dance. Each year DanceHack offers shockingly new experiences as performers incorporate tools like projection mapping, machine learning, virtual reality, and repurposed biometric data.
Breaching Towards Other Futures
Morehshin Allahyari & Shirin Fahimi
Feb 7, Fri, 7pm
Morehshin Allahyari and Shirin Fahimi channel the revelation of a jinn figure Aisha Qandisha and Ilm al-raml (Geomancy – science of the sand) as their methods for telling and opening doors towards other futures.
Weaving Spirits Festival of Two-Spirit Performance
Co-Curated by Landa Lakes & Javier Stell-Fresquez in association with BAAITS
Mar 6-8, Fri-Sat, 8pm-9pm & Sun, 5pm matinee
Weaving Spirits will feature Bay Area Two-Spirit Indigenous artists many of which are already known both nationally and internationally as well as artists emerging in the community. We are bringing together or weaving the ways of the past into the present. In many ways, these artists are embracing performance as an act of visibility.
Julie Phelps & Marc Kate
Mar 26-28, Thu-Sat, 8pm-9pm
Versus is a play space to rehearse resistance and practice submission, a study of the dynamics of power between bodies and people. An improvised, collaborative work between a group of experimental dancers and electronic musicians. The group interacts to create a temporary zone where collaboration, mutability, and fluidity offset and interplay with hierarchy, power, and structure.
Edge Residency 2020 Double Bill
Rachael Dichter & Dia Dear: WITH
Armineh Astanbous & Rachael Sharkland (Ishan ?????): These Teeth
Apr 2-4 & 9-11, Thu-Sat, 8pm-9pm
Edge is an incubation residency and commissioning program for contemporary choreographers whose work is deeply curious about the intersection of art practice and social change. This year, we unleash the body and female voice as a radical tool to subvert rituals and find solidarity in drag nightlife.
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.
These Teeth by Ishan ????? explores female voice as it relates to identity, kinship, sovereignty, and social expectation. The work challenges enunciatory authority and its demand for discipline and obedience. In its place, These Teeth cultivates sensory intimacy to engender trust in the unruly, intuitive, and uninhibited voice.
tinypistol / maurya kerr
Apr 23-25, Thu-Sat, 8pm-9pm
blackstar explores durational dreamscapes as a strategy toward decolonization and liberation. Situated as we are, amidst the afterlives of slavery and afro-futurist potentiality, we can wonder together how time might unfold in our moving, othered bodies.
underground underneath the underground (prelude)
Choreographed by: randy reyes
In collaboration with: jose e. abad, Dana Fitchett, Felix Linck Sol Frenz, Melissa Lewis, Kim Ip, Gizeh Muñiz, Ainsley Tharp, & Sairé
May 22 & 23, Fri & Sat, 8pm-9pm
underground is the beginning of a choreographic investigation that centers darkness, the Divine Feminine, and club spaces as sites of generative dissonance; sites where transformation is made possible through intimate platicas, durational and repetitive processes of fermentation, and alternative architectures of being. Alone, and together, we will engender contemporary rituals that work directly with the force of the erotic to bend time, center pleasure, and walk towards the possibility of liberation. underground wrestles with the questions, “Can the club space be a site for organizing and healing? Are we celebrating or mourning or both? How do we prepare para lo que viene aka the opaQUE?”
May 25-27, Mon-Weds, 7pm & 9pm
Two in a circle or square, fighting to the death.
Attack! Tigers! Bears! Retreat! Dance! Dance! Dance! GL^D8T explores queer kin-making and multi-generational queer familial relations, through real and imagined histories, contemporary dance and drag.
Safe and Sound
May 29 & 30, Fri & Sat, 8pm-9pm
Safe and Sound is a danced meditation on self-preservation and queer solidarity from dance artist Kevin Williamson. In this timely blend of movement, film, music, and narration, four dancers resist aural acts of violence, seeking pleasure through grief and community in their frustration.
Open Stage at CounterPulse
Jan 29, Weds, 6pm-7:30pm
Join CounterPulse for another evening of body-based, improvisational, and poetic expression—courtesy of our weird and radical community.
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tiny little get down
tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Jan 31, Fri, 7:30pm-9pm
Need to let off a little steam? tinypistol's maurya kerr and little seismic dance company's Katie Faulkner are back at CounterPulse for the next tiny little get down, a subversively joyful dance event designed for all bodies.
Our annual all-night dance party will return again in March of 2020. Stay tuned for event details.
Matchbox Lab #4: Hybrid Tenders
Ronja Ver <> Kal Spelletich
In partnership with ZERO1 & Kinetech Arts
Apr 14, Tues, 7pm-9pm
You are invited to tend to the fragile equilibrium of life in an era of environmental emergency and mass extinction. Collaborate with the artists to operate robots and create sounds live, on stage, as we explore the intersection of surveillance, machines, and our sentient selves.
Plant the wood for your coffin or a tree that remembers the touch of your hands when all human life is gone.
All tickets and RSVPs available at counterpulse.org!
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