The Standard Guide to 7 Kinetic Performances This Fall
Leaves are falling from trees all over the Bay Area, and in San Francisco, at least one group of professional dancers are preparing to jump from the top of UC Hastings College of the Law. Do not worry. They will be supported by ropes when jumping on the surface of the building facade, high above the ground.
repair device by Flyaway Productions is just one of many kinetic performances coming to local theaters and public spaces in the coming months.
Read on for a list of other dance-based performances planned for this weekend and beyond.
UC Hastings College of the Law, 333 Golden Gate Ave.
September 15 – 25 | Free
The spectacular aerial leaps and spins of Soaring productions‘ repair device sure to get the audience talking. But Jo Kreiter, artistic director of the site-specific aerial dance company, hopes the work – which will feature dancers hanging, twirling and leaping from the side of the flat concrete facade of UC Hastings from Thursday — can start a productive conversation about restorative justice in America.
repair device is the third and final part of The Decarceration Trilogy, which bears the slogan, Dismantling the prison industrial complex, one dance at a time. It’s a project the San Francisco-based choreographer has been working on since 2017, specializing in “device-based dance,” that is, movement assisted by various climbing and aerial equipment.
The first part focused on the women’s experience with incarcerated loved ones, an area of personal concern for Kreiter, whose partner was incarcerated for several years. Part two brought together black and Jewish voices to call for racial justice and an end to mass incarceration. With Part Three, Kreiter explored restorative justice as an alternative to prison time.
“My partner was incarcerated for many years, and although they did something very wrong, I never felt like prison was the place to remedy that wrong,” Kreiter said. , talking about the “scarring” effect the prison system had on his family.
Through a residency with Oakland’s Community Works, which aims to transform the criminal justice system through restorative practices, Kreiter and repair deviceit is the actors engaged in a five-week development process focused on community and conversation – speaking with two people who have served time in prison and a survivor of sexual assault. The group also spoke with five men who are still locked up in the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York.
“It…was a complex process because the dancers and I all have different views on incarceration,” Kreiter said. “The project was an opportunity to really embrace all aspects of the conversation.”
A rehearsal at UC Hastings showed how Flyaway aerials tackle these ideas through movement. Like an inverted lady of justice, a performer balanced a yoke with two buckets of water while suspended in mid-air. Was she struggling with the scales of justice? Other rappellers jumped over a set of wheeled poles – symbols, Kreiter said, of a “line between when you’re in prison and when you’re out of prison, a line between survivors and perpetrators of wrong..”
Kreiter eventually learned that restorative justice comes in many forms.
“It’s as broad and varied as modern dance,” Kreiter said. “It can be confusing for people. And it can also be liberating.
Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive
Sept. 15, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Free
This free event celebrates the latest addition to the city’s civic art collection, a curvaceous golden sculpture by a renowned French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel— and presents a double poster of leading French artists. Choreographer based in Los Angeles and Paris Dimitri Chamblas‘ “slow show», a 20-minute site-specific work testing the limits of gradual movement, begins at 5 p.m. Then French disco pop group and Sensation Coachella The Empress takes the stage at 6 p.m. Both performances offer an excuse to swing among the buds of the Conservatory Flowers at golden hour.
Annex Joe Goode at Project Artaud, 401 Alabama St.
September 15 to 18 | $15 – $60
Expand your dance horizons at the first in-person presentation of the GUSH Festival’s Joe Goode Performance Group, which aims to burst the “bubbles” between performance genres. First conceived with the Brava Theater in 2011, then followed by a fully online festival during the pandemic, GUSH will make its IRL debut in the Joe Goode Performance Group’s annex space at Project Artaud and feature a variety of artistic voices. on a mix of double bills over four nights. brontë velez explores the lineage and work of black weavers through the ages in “SPIN”. Gizeh Muñiz Vengel & Ernesto Peart Falcón’s “brief islands” look to the future through a nostalgic lens. And a cross-generational choreographic collaboration between Joe Goode Performance Group dancers Gabriele Christian and Molly Katzman with artistic director Joe Goode himself explores how queer identity changes over time and with age. Each GUSH night combines two different pieces with one artist’s conversation, and no two shows are the same.
ODC Theater, 3153 17th St.
September 16 to 18 | $35 – $55
Under new Artistic Director Nadia Adame, East Bay-based Axis Dance, one of the country’s most acclaimed dance companies made up of artists with and without disabilities, presents a trio of new works also by a mix disabled and non-disabled choreographers. at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. Adame’s new piece, “Breathe Again”, explores the “suffocating parts” of our journeys through life. Ben Levine’s Tread” explores how children’s rolling toys could serve as a means of transportation and an alternative to wheelchairs. And the Spanish choreographer Asun Noales draws on the delights of human relationships. All three works move on the theme of the Spanish word “adelante” – which also serves as the show’s title and means “forward” or “go ahead”. In line with Axis’ accessibility mission, all shows feature ASL interpretation, audio description and “Touch Tour” pre-show for blind and visually impaired audiences.
The Cowell Theater at Pier 2, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd.
September 16 to 18 | $25+
Escape to the rugged and remote world of the Farallon Islands with Dana Lawton Dances. After four years in development, the Berkeley-based company’s nautical mesh of contemporary dance, music and poetry, inspired by the 19th-century lighthouse keepers of the Mysterious Isles, finally arrives at Fort Mason’s seaside theater after a long pandemic-induced delay.
Developed in part on the beaches of Alameda and under the open air of Moraga Commons Park near Saint Mary’s College during the lockdown, the slow-gestating work has absorbed an array of elemental flavors from the show’s cast dancing in the wild , explains Dana Lawton, founder and namesake of the company. Dancers sway like seaweed and curve like crashing waves in this environmental work highlighted by the sounds of seagulls, the rustle of shorelines and the poetry of Jennifer Kulbeck, also inspired by the Farallon Islands.
September 16 – October 8 | $34+
This small but mighty San Francisco-based ballet company launches its 29th season with a cross-section of works by choreographers from around the world. The company pays homage to the jazzy spirit of San Francisco with “Take 5”, inspired by Dave Brubeck, set to music by the jazz legend and choreographed by former company member Rex Wheeler (aka RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Lady Camden). Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado’s groovy take on dance music culture, “The Turntable,” makes its world premiere. And the company brings to life Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Requiem for a Rose,” which the company first performed on the West Coast in 2017. In addition to SMUIN’s SF performances at the Cowell Theater in Ft. Mason, from September 23 to October 2, the program will take place in Mountain View and Walnut Creek.
American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St.
September 15 – October 9 | $25+
Montreal circus collective The 7 fingers—the creative minds behind Club Fugazi’s popular and beloved resident show Dear San Francisco— are bringing their unique blend of circus arts and contemporary dance to ACT for a three-week run of this transit-themed show. Inspired in part by Berkeley creator Shana Carroll’s train journeys throughout the Bay Area and beyond, as well as the sound of BART trains passing near her childhood home, the show follows an eclectic group of travelers through an array of ride situations, emotional states and acrobatic feats.
Even more dance is coming this fall. Here’s what’s on the horizon.
CounterPulse, 80 Turk St.
September 29 – October 1 | $20 to $35 or pay what you can at the door
3570 18th St. between Dolores St. and Church St.
October 1 | Free; Donations encouraged ($10 – $50)
ODC Theater, 3153 17th St.
October 6 to 9 | $28+
Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA, 700 Howard St.
Oct. 12 -16 | $40+
CounterPulse, 80 Turk St.
Oct. 13-15 | $10-$30 or pay what you can at the door
CounterPulse, 80 Turk St.
18 – 20 November | $10 – $50
War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.
8 – 27 December | $19+