2017 Bridge Project, Radical Movements: Gender and Politics in Performance. Photo credit (L to R): Maryam Rostami by Robbie Sweeney; boychild by Matthew Stone; Lisa Evans by Sonjhai Megette
Photo of Becca Blackwell by Daniel Jack Lyons.
JUST ADDED! BECCA BLACKWELL'S
THEY, THEMSELF AND SCHMERM
ONE NIGHT ONLY: SEPTEMBER 18, Z BELOW
HMD's Bridge Project presents Becca Blackwell's They, Themself and Schmerm at Z Below one night only Monday, September 18.
Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D’Amour. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award 2015.
They, Themself and Schmerm is a disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, “How do I become a man and do I even want that?” Blackwell recently performed They, Themself and Schmerm at Under the Radar in NYC to critical acclaim; this San Francisco engagement is part of a larger West Coast tour that includes the TBA Festival in Portland.
Blackwell has “the razor-sharp timing of a stand-up comedian.” -BOMB Magazine
"Currently I do all the things that a man does, yet I don’t always feel comfortable using the term he, because I’m concerned that it will erase the entire struggle that she brought with me. And there was a long time where I would present as I am in a masculine way, but request that people use she with me. It’s like, yeah I look like a dude, but you’re going to call me she, because I want you to rethink feminine bodies. Like, I am Martha and I am George. Deal with that." --Interview with Blackwell in the Huffington Post
Tickets available NOW at brownpapertickets.com
2017 BRIDGE PROJECT
GENDER AND POLITICS IN PERFORMANCE
November 2-12, 2017
Performances, conversations and workshops inspired by the question:
What does it mean to have a radical body?
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, November 3 (8 PM)
Judith Butler and Monique Jenkinson in conversation
Saturday, November 4 (8 PM)
Jack Halberstam and boychild premiere dance of darkness: a performance, a conversation, a rehearsal for the future
Friday, November 10 (6:30-7:30 PM)
PRE-SHOW AUDIENCE SALON: What does it mean to have a radical body?
Discussion of audience reader and performances from weekend one. Moderated by Hope Mohr, with special guests TBA.
Friday, November 10 (8 PM)
Peacock Rebellion premieres You Really Should Sit Like A Lady (or how I got to femme)
What do martial arts, early 90's R&B divas, crotchety elders and sailor moon have to do with gender? A whole damn lot! Join Lisa Evans for an exploration of the hilarious, perplexing and sometimes infuriating contradictions in the process of gender identity formation in their first ever full length show You Really Should Sit Like A Lady (or how I got to Femme).
Saturday, November 11 (8 PM)
Maryam Rostami premieres Untitled 1396
Sunday, November 12
Julie Tolentino and The Hard Corps
At the Joe Goode Annex
3:30 Doors Open
4-7 PM Performance Installation
7-8 PM Public Talk
8 PM Reception
Exploratory performances by Julie Tolentino, Amara Tabor Smith, Larry Arrington, Xandra Ibarra, and Maurya Kerr, developed as part of Tolentino's year-long Community Engagement Residency. Followed by a group discussion with the artists, joined by Tolentino's colleagues, Debra Levine (New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Hemispheric Institute for Politics and Performance) and Scot Nakagawa with ChangeLab.
This event is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.
Sunday, November 12 (8 PM)
Bridge Project Reception
Talk about the work and mingle with the artists and speakers.
Joe Goode Annex
“In the beginning, the Bridge Project had a focus on women choreographers. But it has expanded to focus on gender more broadly, a category that has become increasingly contested. As in 2016, the 2017 Bridge Project challenges the historically exclusionary scope of postmodernism to include artmaking and critical thinking from a range of perspectives. Participants come from multiple disciplines to respond to the prompt: What does it mean to have a radical body?” --Director Hope Mohr
Tickets for all events on sale in September at counterpulse.org
The 2017 Bridge Project is co-produced by CounterPulse, sponsored by the Joe Goode Annex, and supported by the NEA, the California Arts Council Artists Activating Communities grant, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and the Sakana Foundation, and generous individual donors.
ABOUT THE BRIDGE PROJECT
The Bridge Project approaches curating as a form of community organizing to facilitate cultural conversations that cross discipline, geography, and perspective.
The purposes of the Bridge Project are:
- Create an intellectual commons for and among artists;
- Promote alliances and relationships among artists;
- Facilitate relationships among artists and activists in the struggle toward equity.
Bridge Project programming includes:
- Teaching Artist Series (brings master teachers to the Bay Area)
- Community Engagement Residency (provides sanctuary and creative opportunity for artists who self-identify as marginalized)
- Multidisciplinary Performance
New Program: Community Engagement Residency
Teaching Artist Series
PAST BRIDGE PROJECT ARTISTS & SPEAKERS
Julie Tolentino (2017 Community Engagement Resident Artist) The HARDCORPS
Miguel Gutierrez (2017 Teaching Artist) Making Work
Diane Madden/Trisha Brown Dance Company (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Gerald Casel (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Xandra Ibarra (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Gregory Dawson (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Larry Arrington (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Peiling Kao (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Amy Foote (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Cheryl Leonard (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Affinity Project (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Frances Richard (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Tracy Taylor Grubbs (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Chrysa Parkinson (2016 Teaching Artist) Performers and Authorship
Deborah Hay (2015) A Continuity of Discontinuity
Alva Noe (2015) See me if you can!
Michele Steinwald (2015) Reorganizing Ourselves
Jeanine Durning (2015 Teaching Artist) inging & what we do when we do the thing we do before we know what we are doing
Maurya Kerr (2015) Talk the Walk
Jenny Stulberg/Lauren Simpson (2015) Still Life No. 4
Maureen Whiting (2015) Talk the Walk
Megan Nicely (2015) Talk the Walk
Simone Forti (2014) News Animation
Anna Halprin (2014) The Courtesan and The Crone
Lucinda Childs (2014) Carnation (performed by Hope Mohr)
Stephanie Skura (2014 Teaching Artist) Open Source Forms
Susan Rethorst (2013 Teaching Artist) Behold Bold Sam Dog
Dusan Tynek (2012) Transparent Walls and Base Pairs
Liz Gerring (2011) She Dreams in Code
Molissa Fenley (2010) Mass Balance
Yvonne Rainer (2010) Trio A (performed by Hope Mohr and Robbie Cook)
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BRIDGE PROJECT
“HMD’s Bridge Project fills a critical gap in the artistic and intellectual life of the Bay Area dance community by honoring the past and giving context to the present through its remarkable annual series of guest artists and events.”
-- Stanford University's Dr. Janice Ross
"[The Bridge Project] is an artist’s-curated initiative that opens the thinking processes that go into creation of work."
--Critic Rita Felciano, KQED Arts, "The Do List," November 6, 2015
“[The Bridge Project goes] beyond [Mohr's] work as choreographer and artistic director to lead processes often executed by performing arts presenters and venues.”
-- Julie Potter, ODC Theater Director
“Rather than creating a bridge that reinforced the distinctions between disciplines, the Bridge Project offered a view of an inclusive community—one in which complementary, rather than disparate, pursuits benefited each other and those in attendance.”
--Joe Ferguson, "Science, Philosophy and Performance Art in 'The  Bridge Project,'" SciArt in America, Dec. 28, 2015
"[HMD's Bridge Project presents]...intelligent and excellent evenings of dance. The Bay Area owes her."
--Rita Felciano, " Dance View Times, Vol. 31, No.4, Autumn 2014
"I see the Bridge Project as a counter-balance to th[e] propensity towards isolation [in the Bay Area]. It keeps us connected and aware of a broader history and larger artistic community. Its facilitators provide artists with tools and a space to deepen their understanding of their own artistic inclinations and intent. I suspect that this rigor and clarity with respect to intent increases our potential to engage in meaningful exchanges outside our immediate community. "
--Karla Quintero, Participant in the 2016 Bridge Project: Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Funding for the Bridge Project comes from the NEA, San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, San Francisco's Grants for the Arts, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Sakana Foundation, and generous individual donors.
Gallery photo credits:
Trisha Brown (by Lois Greenfield); Anna Halprin (by Margo Moritz), Jeanine Durning (by Ian Douglas), Stephanie Skura, Simone Forti (by Margo Moritz), Hope Mohr (performing Lucinda Childs' Carnation/by Margo Moritz).