Bay Area Artists and Activists come together for 3 days of performances, workshops and panel discussions!
This two-day community art event features workshops, panel discussions, performances, and visual art focused on art and social justice. Theater artists, dancers, musicians, visual artists, and poets will share their work in evening performances, while facilitators, activists, and educators will host workshops and panel discussions during the day. Blessed Unrest aims to raise awareness about the power of art to advance the cause of social justice by bringing artists into conversation with each other, local activists, and the public.
Performances by: The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, The Embodiment Project, Detour Dance, Keisha Turner, Marvin K. White, Zulfi Bhutto, Theater Movement International, Delina Brooks, Sammay Dizon, SPULU, Thrive Choir
Drumming Activation led by Afia Walking Tree
Visual Art by Feldsott.
Friday, Feb 24th-Pay what you will night
Opening by Marvin K. White: Sparking divine conversations and inspiring the imagination, with a vision that cannot be taught, and must be personally experienced: www.marvinkwhite.com
Delina Brooks: Delina loves the process of creation and storytelling through words, sound and movement: www.delinadream.com
Keisha Turner: In See Thru, the fourth “We.Here.Now.” installment, audience-witnesses are invited to engage with the performer 2-3 people at a time to reflect on aspects of their humanity: http://baileyscafe.org/bios/keisha-j-turner/
Spulu: SPULU’s uses movement as a form of protest, resistance, healing, and education: https://www.youtube.com/user/PuluSpencer
Sammay Dizon: Sammay defines her body as a “tool of resonance” for spiritual intercession and envisions a future in which our indigenous traditions co-exist within our urban landscapes: www.sammaydizon.com/
Closing Drumming Activation by Afia Walking Tree: Afia Walking Tree and Spirit Drumz Ensemble will activate your heart and soul to move into bold new steps towards justice with the SoundPowah of the drum and voice: www.afiawalkingtree.com/drumming/
Post Performance Reception with Artists, All are Welcome!
Saturday, Feb 25th
Dance as Moral Action with Nicole Klaymoon
This workshop is rooted in a reverence for each individual’s untamed and distinctive artistic expression and will emphasize the cipher (free-style circle) to initiate the raw energy of street dance culture. This workshop offers inventive maps to support artists in honing the core inquiries that drive their individual dance-making practice and deepen their understanding of dance as activism.
4pm-5:30pm Panel Discussion
What is the role of arts and activism in the Trump era and how can we move our work forward?
Brad Erickson, Executive Director of Theater Bay Area
Anne Bluthenthal, ABD Productions www.abdproductions.org
Jose Navarrete, Naka Dance Theater, www.nkdancetheater.com
Debby Kajiyama, Naka Dance Theater, www.nkdancetheater.com
$10 suggested donation. All are welcome!
Embodiment Project: Embodiment Project seamlessly intersects high-energy street dance, live song, choreo-poetry, and theater: www.embodimentproject.org/
Detour Dance: Directed by Kat Cole and Eric Garcia, Detour Dance is a performance company that creates nuanced, uncompromising and relevant performance and film. The company collaboratively devises new works that promote, support, and empower artists, queers, and people of color: www.detourdance.com
The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, Founded by Rhodessa Jones, The Medea Project has created theater with women living on the edge for over 30 years. themedeaproject.weebly.com/
Theater Movement International: An International Theatre Centre Which Cultures And Spreads Diverse Genres of most Creative Theatre Forms worldwide Creating a Movement In Entire World: https://www.facebook.com/internationaltheatrecentre/
Zulfi Bhutto: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is an artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent he sees his body caught in the middle of complex identity politics formed by centuries of colonialism and exacerbated by contemporary international politics. In his work he explores the politics of queerness, its intersections with Islam and how it exists in a constant liminal and non-aligned space
Thrive Choir: The Thrive East Bay Choir is a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers based in Oakland, California – who come together as one to sing the gospel for the revolution: http://www.thriveeastbay.org/
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it” ~ Bertolt Brecht
Special Thanks to the Zellerbach Foundation & CA$H Grant for making this festival possible
[Cover photo of Skywatchers, Photo by Paula Junn]