• Do I trust what I see? Do I trust myself? Am I perfect? Am I disabled or mislabeled? VULNERABILITY/ STRENGTH poem by Valerie Burton STRONG Resilience is better than strength Vulnerability is the portal to liberation and enlightenment STOP and notice the fear in the body. STOP and PAUSE Notes on vulnerability and resiliency as […]

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  • As I continue to embark on the adventure of being human and making art, I am always considering where and what are my value’s. I use this curiosity as a measure for being fully human and present in body, mind and spirit. So I decided to embark in the art making process based on my […]

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  • I have been reading a few books that inspire me to create dance about my adoption experience.  It has been really helpful to free write in rehearsals in order to generate images that I can translate into my group work.  I have been reading these books in particular: “The Primal Wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier […]

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  • I think a lot about the detrimental effects of colonization through an international adoption perspective.  For me, international adoption in the U.S. sometimes mimics an historical pattern of cultural domination.  There are unstated power dynamics between 1st world and 3rd world countries that get glazed over by the pressures to solve poverty or to solve […]

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  • Catching up with former Community Engagement Fellow, Ali Maricich For the month of May, we’re catching up with some of our past fellows and highlighting what they’ve been up to since their time at CounterPulse. Sound like something you’re interested in? We’re currently accepting fellowship applications for the Fall 2016 session, learn more >> Fellowship: Community […]

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  • Catching up with former Development & Special Events Fellow, Melissa Lewis For the month of May, we’re catching up with some of our past fellows and highlighting what they’ve been up to since their time at CounterPulse. Sound like something you’re interested in? We’re currently accepting fellowship applications for the Fall 2016 session, learn more >> […]

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  • Perhaps it is right to begin our blog by positing ourselves this way: Like with much in our contemporary lives, The 35th Floor / Another Stor(e)y Above and Beyond Her Fall (35F) is largely informed by our necessity to face the violence that surrounds our bodies, and that other one in need of so much […]

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  • Photo by Robbie Sweeny. Below is some of our writing about Snake Talk, which is in part inspired by Sianne Ngai’s book Our Aesthetic Categories. Specifically, we are investigating what she calls the “zany” aesthetic, allowing it to permeate the structure and physicality of our work. For a more in depth conversation regarding Ngai’s research on contemporary […]

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  • Shape Shifting: A conversation with Dana Michel about Yellow Towel with Rob Avila Yellow Towel, the much lauded solo by Montreal-based choreographer-performer Dana Michel, makes its San Francisco debut this weekend. Riffing on a blurred range of black stereotypes, the piece has the effect of unsettling the specific in favor of an investigation of the […]

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  • As you may or may not know, today is Giving Tuesday. A day where we can repent with our dollar, and generate enough warm fuzzies to obliterate any feelings around what we do with our money every other day of year. Another day where the forces of mass communication can commodify, essentialize, and spin yet […]

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