CounterPulse Festival

At CounterPulse, The Lab, and The Stud with associated events at SFMOMA as part of Open Space's winter season Limited Edition
Wed-Sun, Mar 14-18
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The inaugural CounterPulse Festival is a five-day celebration of mind-bending performance. Join us.

This year CounterPulse asks audiences to join in the experiment of festival, both human-scale and mind bending. Expect the perceptions and conceptions of yourself and those around you to flex as a full program of performance, conversation, and radical celebration unfold over five days.

FULL PROGRAM SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY MARCH 14

6PM-8PM

Join CounterPulse and Artspan for Jon Levy-Warren‘s Artist Reception.
Where: CounterPulse 
Free RSVP>>

SHOW AT 8PM-9:30PM

Mica Sigourney commemorates the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot with a queer drag spectacle in Daughters of a Riot.
Where: CounterPulse Main Stage
Tickets>>

9PM-10PM

Opening reception with SFMOMA’s Open Space

Where: CounterPulse Lobby
Free.

9PM-10PM

During the opening reception, Kinetech Arts hosts an open lab with installations, improvisations and experiments exploring the future of A.I. and us in Super Lab.
Where: CounterPulse Project Space
Free RSVP>>

THURSDAY MARCH 15

SHOW AT 6PM-7PM, DOORS AT 5:15PM

Combining pompous burlesque acts with intimate confessions, Valérie Reding‘s wild child blurs the line between natural and artificial, authenticity and masquerade, reality and fantasy.
Where: CounterPulse Main Stage
Tickets >>

SHOW AT 7PM-8:30PM

this is an artwork
this is for you
you are a community
you are my material
this is a prison
leave when you want
Where: The Lab
Tickets >>

SHOW AT 8:30PM-10PM, DOORS AT 7:45PM

Mica Sigourney commemorates the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots with a queer drag spectacle in Daughters of a Riot.
Where: CounterPulse Main Stage
Tickets>>

FRIDAY MARCH 16

SHOW AT 7:00PM-8:00PM, DOORS AT 6:15PM

Arletta Anderson & Adam Smith collaborate with Eric Garcia and Melissa Lewis to deconstruct the ongoing concert between permanence and impermanence in Good Strong Hands.
Where: 
CounterPulse Main Stage
Tickets>>

SHOW AT 9:30PM-10:30PM

this is an artwork
this is for you
you are a community
you are my material
this is a prison
leave when you want
Where: The Lab
Tickets >>

SHOW AT 9PM-10PM, DOORS AT 8:15PM

Combining pompous burlesque acts with intimate confessions, Valérie Reding‘s wild child blurs the line between natural and artificial, authenticity and masquerade, reality and fantasy.
Where: CounterPulse Main Stage
Tickets >>

SATURDAY MARCH 17

SHOW AT 2PM-3:30PM, DOORS AT 1:15PM

After walking alongside the 303 mile disputed border between The Republic and The North of Ireland, Mica Sigourney and Ruairí Donovan, enter the theatre for their queer mythological epic, aon mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tíre.
Where: CounterPulse Project Space
Tickets>>

SHOW AT 4PM-5PM, DOORS AT 3:15PM

In collaboration with SFMOMA Open Space’s Limited Edition season, Upstanding Others bring together a cohort of Bay Area, red/swing state, and Russian artists in a cultural exchange lab to explore how interdisciplinary arts can be a model for cultural pluralism.
Where: CounterPulse Main Stage
Free RSVP>>

5PM-7PM

Epilogue for Our Future Ends is dance party and performance with new and restaged selections from Clement Hil GoldbergOur Future Ends (a multidisciplinary satire about near extinct lemurs and long lost Lemuria).
Where: The Stud
Free RSVP>>

SHOW AT 8PM-9:30PM, DOORS AT 7:15PM

After walking alongside the 303 mile disputed border between The Republic and The North of Ireland, Mica Sigourney and Ruairí Donovan, enter the theatre for their queer mythological epic, aon mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tíre.
Where: CounterPulse Project Space
Tickets>>

11:59PM-6AM

SURFACE TENSION presents an all-night dance party featuring its four resident DJs (Nihar Bhatt, Justin Anastasi, DJ CZ, and Jason Polastri), selecting left-of-center electronic music well into the wee hours of the morning.
Where:
CounterPulse Project Space
Tickets>>

SUNDAY MARCH 18

SHOW AT 2PM-3PM, DOORS AT 1:15PM

Arletta Anderson & Adam Smith collaborate with Eric Garcia and Melissa Lewis to deconstruct the ongoing concert between permanence and impermanence in Good Strong Hands.

Where: CounterPulse Main Stage
Tickets>>

SHOW AT 7PM-9:30, DOORS AT 6:15PM

After walking alongside the 303 mile disputed border between The Republic and The North of Ireland, Mica Sigourney and Ruairí Donovan, enter the theatre for their queer mythological epic, aon mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tíre.
Where: CounterPulse Project Space
Tickets>>

Stay tuned for more CounterPulse Festival announcements.

wild child

Valerie Reding in "wild child"

Valerie Reding in "wild child"

Surface Tension Underground

Daughters of a Riot

mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tír

mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tír

mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tír

mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tír

Limited-Edition_e-flux

Good Strong Hands

Good Strong Hands

Good strong Hands

Good Strong Hands

Good Strong Hands

mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tír

mhac tíre, nó roinnt mic tír

Olga Tsvetkova

Olga Tsvetkova Ghost Piece

Olga Tsvetkova


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The CounterPulse Festival is produced in partnership with SFMOMA’s Open Space and The Lab and funded in part by Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Phyllis C Wattis Foundation, the GPS/Global Practice Sharing, Culture Ireland, Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte (LU), Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art (CH), Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung (CH), Fonds Respect (CH), City of Zurich (CH), Consulate General of Luxembourg in San Francisco (SF), Swissnex (SF), prohelvetia (CH), and CounterPulse members.

Details

Start:
March 14
End:
March 18
Cost:
$10 - $25