Photo Robbie Sweeney
Lauren Simpson Dance is generously supported by:
at Minnesota Street Project 1275 Minnesota St San Francisco
THURSDAY MAY 9, 2019- SOLD OUT!
FRIDAY MAY 10, 2019 - SOLD OUT!
THURSDAY MAY 16, 2019
FRIDAY MAY 17, 2019- SOLD OUT!
SATURDAY MAY 18, 2019- SOLD OUT!
Arrive around 7:30PM for snacks and drinks for purchase from restaurant Besharam.
Performance begins approximately 7:45PM
Dance Exhibit is a multidimensional arts experience centered around a physical and embodied exploration of the Atrium space and the sculptures contained within. Beginning with beverages, snacks, and socializing, audiences will experience artwork by Dana Hemenway and Brion Nuda Rosch. The evening gradually moves from gallery environment into live performance with sound by Shanna Sordahl and lighting by Jack Beuttler. Following the performances will be a lecture/discussion led by some of the Bay Area’s most talented thought leaders and artists. Post performance lecture/discussion schedule:
Thursday May 9: Marie Tollon, Writer in Residence, ODC Theater
Topic: Lingering between the inanimate and animate: What are the ways dance and visual arts cross pollinate?
Marie Tollon is the current Writer in Residence at ODC Theater. She has worked in programming and audience engagement in a number of organizations, including the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales in Paris, France, and the Lycée Français de New York.
Friday May 10: Sarah Hotchkiss, artist and visual arts editor, KQED
Topic: The performativity of things
Sarah Hotchkiss is a San Francisco-based artist and arts writer. Most recently, she collaborated with artist Stephanie Rohlfs on the Royal NoneSuch Gallery show You're weird for building that, an exhibition inspired by animal enrichment devices. She watches a lot of science fiction, which she reviews in the semi-regular publication Sci-Fi Sundays. She is also the visual arts editor for KQED.
Image Credit: Tomo Saito
Thursday May 16: Karl Evangelista, Composer
Topic: Abstraction and Activism - An Improviser's View Into the Politics of Art
Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of musicians pushing the traditions of jazz and experimental rock into the 21st century. Synthesizing the heavy legacy of contemporary improvised music with popular song and 20th century composition, Evangelista explores multicultural concepts with sonic intensity and political fervor.
Image Credit: Lenny Gonzales
Friday May 17: Claudia LaRocco, writer
Topic: There is a way in which the translator must love failure
Claudia La Rocco’s books include the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited) and the sf trilogy The Olivias (published in performance, print, and interdisciplinary editions by The Chocolate Factory Theater, Man Pant Publishing, and The Lab). She has received grants and residencies from such organizations as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and Headlands Center for the Arts, and has writing in numerous anthologies and publications, including Artforum, I Like Softness (Ugly Duckling Presse), On Value (Ralph Lemon, ed; Triple Canopy), and The New York Times, where she was a critic and reporter from 2005-2015. claudialarocco.com
Image credit: José Carlos Teixeira of Claudia La Rocco writing her poem 173-177 [OR: FACEBOOK IS INESCAPABLE], a site-specific wall text for Teixeira’s TRANSLATION(S) at Headlands Center for the Arts
Saturday May 18: Gerald Casel, choreographer
Topic: Race and Abstraction
Gerald Casel is a San Francisco based dance artist and director of GERALDCASELDANCE. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he holds an MFA from UW-Milwaukee. He is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz. Casel received a Bessie award for his work with Michael Clark, Stephen Petronio, Zvi Gotheiner, and Stanley Love. Recent projects include collaborations with Netta Yerushalmy, Keith Hennessy, and an invitation to bring students to Camping at Centre National de la Danse in Paris. He leads Dancing Around Race, a community engagement residency that interrogates racial equity in dance in the Bay Area. www.geraldcasel.com