• THE NOTION OF FAITH- AND QUESTIONING WHAT WE PLACE FAITH IN- IS MATERIAL FOR ACTIVISM. IT IS A WAY OF LOOSENING THE BELIEFS WE UNCONSCIOUSLY HOLD ONTO SO TIGHTLY. I attended the performance FAITH MATERIAL: ACTIVISM created by Jesse Hewit / Strong Behavior showing at the performance art space, CounterPulse. The show title is both direct […]

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  • In our CP residency as The Scarlett Cushion, we’ve been peeling back the layers and meanings associated with the term ‘resilience’. In our process, we’ve invited a number of partners to assist us with our investigation and research by participating in interviews and story sharing. These conversations help inform our work, and in some cases […]

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  • Adam and I are thinking about change over time – how one experiences change as one ages, how one’s relationship to time changes. We’re thinking about how the environment around us changes – how the tectonic plates shift and the earth quakes, how the tides rise and fall, how some nights the stars appear in […]

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  • CounterPulse Spring 2017 brings forth a milieu of performance makers for a season of works that will be respite from and resistance to the powers that be. We make space this spring season for risk, pleasure, solidarity, conflict, and futurity. CounterPulse is your home for radical ridiculousness, dissident discomposure, and all adjacent anarchic alliterations ; […]

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  • Art & activism with dana e. fitchet & Sammay

    By Erica Dixon   I met with our 2016 Performing Diaspora artists to chat about their process two weeks ago, the week before our recent election. After last week’s reaffirmation of our country’s divisiveness and bigotry, the exploration of the artist’s role in activist work feels more important now than ever. A question that I have […]

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  • Eulogy for Lola Cion

    I will never forget the moment I met you. Really met you. It was just 2 ½ years ago. I was 22 years old and although I had visited you when I was three and again when I was sixteen… I really never met you until I was 22. I had just returned from Mindanao… […]

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  • San Francisco, CounterPulse, and Proposition S

    A note from Executive Director Tomás Riley on Prop S   Dear CounterPulse Family,   We are in the thick of the struggle for simultaneously preserving San Francisco as the creative capital and safe haven for families it represents for thousands of artists and long-time residents that have made this city home for decades. Those […]

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  • It’s amazing how much better a meal tastes when there’s a seat at the table for everyone.

    The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 set the bar for equitable physical access to facilities and public accommodations.  Bathrooms are handicap accessible, buildings have elevators, stairs have handrails, Braille signage is posted, doorways are wide enough for wheelchairs, toilets have grab bars and so on What the ADA requirement doesn’t mandate is a mindset […]

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  • emotional labor

    Emotional labor is not unlike physical labor. I build muscles through repetition        to lift               to hold                         to erase I build muscles          to grieve             […]

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