Four artist lecture demonstrations followed by discussion
Women's Building, San Francisco
Thursday, September 26
FEATURING Sara Shelton Mann, Nadhi Thekkek, Snowflake Towers, and Jarrel Phillips
Featured artists will respond to the following prompts:
—How does history/the past operate in your work?
—Who or what are the giants in your tradition (whether forgotten or celebrated) and how do they figure in your work?
—How do you navigate between traditional and experimental forms in your work?
The event will be moderated by Claudia La Rocco, Director of Community Engagement and Editor-in-Chief of Open Space at SFMOMA.
THIS EVENT IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
PLEASE REGISTER HERE:
ABOUT THE FEATURED ARTISTS
Sara Shelton Mann has been a choreographer, performer, teacher since 1967. She was a protégé of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis in N.Y.C. before moving to Canada where she met Andrew Harwood and fell in love with contact improvisation. In 1979 she moved to SFCA and started the Company Contraband as a performance group and research ground combining the principles of contact, systems of the body and spiritual practice into a unified system of research. Among her awards are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 6 Isadora Duncan Awards, Djerassi Artist in Residence Awards, Headlands Center for the Arts Residency 2016, Life Time Achievement Bay Guardian Award, 10 Women who made a Difference, Bay Guardian Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award (2016). Her Movement Alchemy training is an ongoing teaching project and is influenced by certifications and studies in the metaphysical and healing traditions. Sara’s performance work is a platform for collaboration and research in consciousness.
Jarrel Phillips, a.k.a Chumbinho, is a performing artist and capoeira instructor from San Francisco. He's been featured in When We Move, a short film by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA); Picture Bayview, a dance and theatre show produced by Joana Haigood founder of Zaccho Dance Theatre, and in the music video for Crazy For You by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Phillips has performed with Circus Automatic, City Circus and in various festivals and events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including the "How Weird Street Faire" and the SF Edwardian Ball. His work and practice has taken him around the world and includes photography, journalism, oral history, and gallery curating. Phillips currently teaches youth throughout the city of San Francisco and believes that through movement we embody, explore and share our stories; enriched with information, feelings and experiences. His work explores the important role stories play in our lives, pulling from his very own life as a SF native and world traveler. Phillips believes our individual and collective stories can build bridges across cultures and communities and spark dialogue that inspires personal and collective growth and transformation.
Nadhi Thekkek is a bharatanatyam dancer and Artistic Director of Nava Dance Theatre, a dance company based in San Francisco. Her work through Nava has been supported by California Arts Council, CounterPulse, CA$H Grants, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Dancers' Group, East Bay Community Fund and others. Nadhi’s most recent work created in partnership with visual artist Rupy C. Tut, is "Broken Seeds Still Grow," a mixed media production inspired by the Partition of British India. The various performance venues for her work have included the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club (Drive East NYC), National Steinbeck Center (Salinas), San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival @ YBCA (SF), The Dance Centre (Vancouver), and others. Her recent freelance work include both solo performance and collaborations with the Oakland Ballet, Randee Paufve (Oakland), Seeta Patel (London), Sujit Vaidya (Vancouver.) Nadhi received her foundational training from Sundara Swaminathan (Kala Vandana Dance Company, San Jose) and Padmini Chari (Nritya School of Dance, Houston.) As of 2012, she has continued training under A. Lakshmanaswamy (Nrityalakshana, Chennai.) www.navadance.org
Snowflake Towers is a Two-Spirit artist who serves as the Co-President of QUIL - Queers United for Intersectional Liberation. She produces queer events throughout California that allow her to curate a vehicle for political, social, and cultural activism through the artistry of her radical queerness. In addition, she is a professional dancer, teacher and entrepreneur. She is a member of The Haus of Towers, has worked with the BAAITS Powwow committee, teaches decolonization through movement workshops, is the former owner/director of The Dance Zone Studio, and is currently hosting two-spirit talking circles with free healing clinics.
Pictured (clockwise starting top left): Nadhi Thekkek, Jarrel Phillips, Sara Shelton Mann, Snowflake Towers
**THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT**
BIQTPOC Performing Artist Hive and HMD’s The Bridge Project
Sunday Morning Practice and Sharing
with Sherwood Chen
Sunday October 6, 2019
9am to 1pm
This exploratory morning will introduce aspects of Bay Area-bred dancer Sherwood Chen’s movement research. We will investigate landscapes inscribed on our skins and the environments in which we are situated. Practices will occur inside and outside the studio, include physical contact and scores in partners and / or groups, and will conclude with an informal artist talk over lunch.
Registration and punctual arrival are required to attend.
Black, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans folk and people of color are encouraged to join.
Please no scents or perfume. There will be two air purifiers running in the space.
Space is limited so register early.
Sherwood Chen is a performer and cultural worker. He performs and leads workshops internationally, and has worked with artists including Grisha Coleman, Yuko Kaseki, Amara Tabor-Smith, Xavier Le Roy, Min Tanaka, Anna Halprin, Jess Curtis, inkBoat, Sara Shelton Mann and l’agence touriste. He has trained dancers in places including the Centre National de la Danse, Independent Dance / Siobahn Davies Studios, La Ménagerie de Verre, Oficina Cultural Oswalde de Andrade, ODC, Arlequi, Chez Bushwick, Sala Crisantempo, Centro Nacional de las Artes, UC Berkeley and the Maré Center for the Arts. For over twenty years, he has contributed to Body Weather research initiated by Tanaka and his associates, both as a member of Tanaka's company Mai Juku and Body Weather Farm in Japan, and subsequently working with founding members including Oguri and Christine Quoiraud in the US and France. His arts advocacy work has specialized in support for tradition-based, indigenous and community-based artists and programs.
Photo of Sherwood Chen by Sigel Eschkol
Aesthetic equity is not __________ / aesthetic equity is _________ / visioning the reworking of everything, together
HMD’s Bridge Project is proud to present a workshop on the intersection of cultural equity and aesthetics with Liz Lerman and Paloma McGregor on Saturday October 26th, 12-4 PM, at the Joe Goode Annex.
This workshop will allow for examination of movement practices from company class to compacts for collaborative performance making to the work of being in the room together. The urgency of our times demands our fresh attentiveness to decision making, imagination, and building multiple frames for our work.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADERS
Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of honors including a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant” and a 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. Key to her artistry is opening her process to various publics, resulting in research and outcomes that are participatory, urgent, and usable. She founded Dance Exchange in 1976 and led it until 2011. Her recent work Healing Wars toured the US. Liz teaches Critical Response Process, creative research, the intersection of art and science, and the building of narrative within dance at institutions such as Harvard, Yale School of Drama, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her third book is Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer. As of 2016 she is an Institute Professor at Arizona State University.
Paloma McGregor , originally from St. Croix, is an award-winning artist and organizer living in Harlem. Paloma’s work centers Black voices through collaborative, process-based art-making and organizing. A lover of intersections and alchemy, she develops projects in which communities of geography, practice, and values come together to laugh, make magic and transform. She has created a wide range of work, including a dance through a makeshift fishnet on a Brooklyn rooftop, a structured improvisation for a floating platform in the Bronx River and a devised multidisciplinary performance work about food justice with three dozen community members and students at UC Berkeley.
Paloma was a 2013‐14 Artist In Residence at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, a 2014-16 Artist In Residence at BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange, a 2016-18 New York Live Arts Live Feed Artist, and is currently a Movement Research Artist in Residence and an Urban Bush Women Choreographic Fellow. She has been nominated for the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship and the Herb Alpert Award. Recent support for her work includes grants from MAP Fund, Surdna Foundation, Dance/NYC, NYSCA and Dance/USA Engaging Dance Audiences.
Paloma also facilitates technique, creative process and community engagement workshops around the world. She toured internationally for six years with Urban Bush Women and two years with Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, and continues to perform in project‐based work, including Skeleton Architecture, with whom she received a 2017 New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for performance.
Photo: (L) Liz Lerman by Lise Metzger; (R) Paloma McGregor.
HMD presents the 2019 Bridge Project
Signals from the West:
Bay Area Artists in Conversation with Merce Cunningham at 100
in collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust, ODC Theater and SFMOMA/Open Space
HMD’s 2019 Bridge Project is a Merce Cunningham Centennial Community Program.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All events at ODC Theater unless noted
AUG 10-11 Public Workshop and Audition for Dancers 10-4 PM Register HERE
AUG 12-23 Residency for Commissioned Artists
AUG 16 & 23 Open rehearsals/Public Salons 3 PM Register HERE
SEPT 26 Inherited Bodies 6 PM Women’s Building Register HERE
NOV 7 Artist Talk with Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener 7 PM
Join Mitchell & Riener, former dancers with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, for a talk
about the Cunningham legacy in relationship to lineage, transmission, abstraction, and cultural
identity. FREE. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT odc.dance/merce
NOV 8 & 9 Performances/Installations 8 PM TICKETS AVAILABLE AT odc.dance/merce
A number of special $5 tickets are available each night for artists, courtesy of SFMOMA.
NOV 9 Post-show reception Sponsored by SFMOMA's Open Space and Honig Winery
The Nov. 9th performance will feature a pre-show Haptic Tour (7PM) and Live Audio
Description by Gravity Access Services: www.jesscurtisgravity.org/access.
Please call (415) 863-9834 or e-mail email@example.com to pre-register and reserve a headset.
MERCE AUDIENCE READER 2019
Signals from the West: Bay Area Artists in Conversation with Merce Cunningham at 100 is a bicoastal collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust, ODC Theater and SFMOMA’s Open Space as part of the international celebration of the Cunningham centennial. Signals from the West will commission ten Bay Area artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to participate in a workshop August 12-23, 2019, with former Cunningham dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener and create new works of art in response. These works will be presented alongside excerpts of Cunningham repertory by Bay Area dancers at ODC Theater November 8 & 9, 2019. SFMOMA’s Open Space will commission an online series and convene discursive events in conjunction with the workshops and performances.
To foreground difference, we commissioned artists who represent a diversity of disciplines, perspectives, and ways of working. We intentionally did not select anyone who has ever worked directly with the Cunningham company. The ten Bay Area commissioned artists are:
Public Workshop and Audition for Dancers
August 10 & 11, 10-4 PM
A unique opportunity to study Cunningham technique and learn repertory with Rashuan Mitchell and Silas Riener, two acclaimed former members of the Cunningham company. Dancers will have the chance to audition to perform excerpts of Cunningham repertory at ODC Theater November 8 & 9, 2019. The audition portion of the workshop is optional, but dancers wanting to audition must take the workshop. Rehearsals and performances for the four selected dancers will be paid. Workshop space is limited. To register for the workshop: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/16621
ABOUT RASHAUN MITCHELL AND SILAS RIENER
Representatives of the Merce Cunningham Trust and
Lead Teaching Artists for Signals from the West
Since 2010 Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener have created dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity, and quiet contemplation into challenging multifaceted performance. After working together in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener developed a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body. Their collaborative work takes many forms, from site-specific installations, improvisational dances, and traditional proscenium pieces to highly crafted and intimate, immersive experiences. Historical influences and aesthetic forms collapse into a visually charged hybrid physical language. Together they have been part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program, the New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, and have been artists in residence at EMPAC, Mount Tremper Arts, Wellesley College, Jacob’s Pillow, and Pieter. Their work has been presented at MOMA PS1 as part of Greater NY, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, REDCAT, ICA Boston and Summer Stages Dance, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, On the Boards, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music among many others. www.rashaunsilasdance.com
Signals from the West: Bay Area Artists in Conversation with Merce at 100 is a program of HMD’s Bridge Project and is made possible by the Merce Cunningham Trust, ODC Theater, SFMOMA’s Open Space, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts, the Walter & Elise Haas Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and generous individual donors.
The Merce Cunningham Centennial Community Program is supported by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Merce Cunningham Centennial and its programs are generously supported with major funding from the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Paul L. Wattis Foundation, the American Express Foundation and Judith Pisar.
Please join Rashaun Mitchell, one of two lead teaching artists in Signals from the West: Bay Area Artists in Conversation with Merce Cunningham at 100, for an artist talk on Thursday, November 7th, 7 PM at ODC Theater. Hear about the creative process behind the project and participate in a discussion about choreographic transmission and the contemporary legacy of dance icon Merce Cunningham.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended at http://odc.dance/merce
HMD is proud to be performing again as part of Yerba Buena Night on Saturday October 12th. This event is free and open to the public. HMD will be showing an excerpt of new work.
Photo: Dancers Karla Quintero, Suzette Sagisi, Jane Selna, and Tara MacArthur in HMD’s extreme lyric I.