• 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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  • The Night We Summoned a Goddess

      Dohee Lee’s ARA Ritual I: Waterways, Photos by Robbie Sweeny    Have, you ever noticed, when you attend a CounterPulse show, that you, as a member of the the audience, stand a good chance of having a performer ask for your help with summoning something?  Energy, clapping your hands, stomping your feet, all kinds […]

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  • traces of STAND GROUND

    Standing sexy at 3 feet tall, 4 feet wide and stretched 6 feet long, this is where I sleep. Sure I can’t move around aimlessly, spread my legs sit up or roll over more than once.  In the berthing racks are stacked three high. Well, you have to fit 60+ girls in here.  The best […]

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  • I no longer carry the weapon I once thought of as a dear friend, an extension of myself that was intended for killing, yet kept me safe. I know this is not what many want to hear, but you must understand the context, you must understand war, not as a spectator in the audience, but […]

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  • self-portrait

    the days are much longer here. we wake up early. we sleep early and into the night. we dream wild dreams that feel too real but ought not to be. or else. or at least that is the summary of what occurs therein. it’s good to hear mom’s boisterous laugh. it breaks to hear her cry for her mother. my grandmother. in my dreams […]

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