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January 2019
Free

Open Stage at CounterPulse

January 23
CounterPulse,

The lights are on. The audience awaits. The stage is yours once more. Join CounterPulse again for another evening of body-based and poetic expression—courtesy of our weird and radical community. You never really know what will happen when CounterPulse goes uncurated, but we’re excited to find out. Free RSVP >> Have something you want to share? Email justin@counterpulse.org to join the Open Stage performance list.

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$5

tiny little get down

January 25
CounterPulse,

Need to let off a little steam? tinypistol’s Maurya Kerr and little seismic dance company’s Katie Faulkner invite you to the first tiny little get down of the new year. Founded in 2017, the tiny little get down is a dance party for people who love to dance and don’t want to have to go to a club and look cool doing it. If you’re feeling undone by our state of the union and need a cathartic space that affirms…

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February 2019
Free

UNEARTHED stories at Block Fest

February 1
CounterPulse,

For the first Block Fest of 2019, CounterPulse goes unearthed. Throughout the month of January, UNEARTHED artists will collaborate with Tenderloin community members to tell their own stories through video interviews, stop motion animations, and personal footage. The stories will be presented alongside UNEARTHED video installations during Block Fest in the CounterPulse gallery, with a free communal meal at 5pm. Free RSVP >> Curated by Angel Castellon and Claire Staples

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$20 - $35

UNEARTHED

February 2
CounterPulse,

An immersive multi-media art show featuring Bay Area emerging video, installation and performance artists. UNEARTHED is the product of a year of work and collaboration yielding a complex archaeology of identity, ancestry, and belonging as the artists tell their stories, weaving together the past, present and future. Come explore video installations throughout the space and three performances on the Main Stage. www.unearthedartshow.com Curated by Angel Castellon and Claire Staples

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Galatea: A New Rock Musical

February 21 - February 24
CounterPulse,

Galatea is a rock musical adaptation of Ovid’s classic myth Pygmalion, which tells the chilling tale of an obsessed sculptor whose statue comes to life. “Pygmalion, loathing their lascivious life, Abhorred all womankind, but most a wife: So single chose to live, and shunned to wed… In sculpture exercised his happy skill; And carved in ivory such a maid, so fair, As Nature could not with his art compare… Art hid with art, so well perform’d the cheat, It caught…

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Free

Tenderloin Arts Working Group

February 28
CounterPulse,

Want to get involved in your neighborhood? Join CounterPulse and a group of diverse Tenderloin stakeholders to serve as the voice of the TL community. Free RSVP>> As a Working Group member, you will be directly involved in helping CounterPulse deepen our Neighborhood Arts program, as we continue to look for ways to connect with the community. Looking forward to your valuable insights! Photo of Turk & Taylor mural by Robbie Sweeny

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March 2019

To Be Free: CounterPulse Festival 2019

March 13 - March 17
CounterPulse,

Join CounterPulse for another immersion into the practices, people, and ideas that kindle that restless urge for something creative. Something radical. Something to spark the critical tedium into a resistance. To Be Free is an immersive week of performance, conversations, workshops, and creative nightlife. CounterPulse is a shared space of vital rituals to supplant apathy with vitality. To imagine a way out of our apathy and allow grief to ignite into intrepid celebration. To make our connections a revolutionary act.…

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$21 - $35

Broken Seeds Still Grow: Taking Root

March 29 - March 31
CounterPulse,

Through dance and multimedia, Broken Seeds Still Grow: Taking Root links the hyphenated-American experience to the displacement of our ancestors during the devastating 1947 Partition of British India. Stories of South Asian diaspora create dance vignettes that examine the widespread fear developing towards Muslims and Middle Eastern/South Asian descent. Are we allowed to feel American, even if aren’t always welcome? Created and directed by Nadhi Thekkek and Rupy C. Tut Photo by Swagato Basumallick

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April 2019
$20 - $35

/soft/c/ and ceremonious present

April 4 - April 13
CounterPulse,

Embracing Fluid Disruptions Edge is an incubation residency and commissioning program for contemporary choreographers whose work is deeply curious about the intersection of art practice and social change This year’s resident artists include Stephanie Hewett embracing the multidimensionality of pleasure in /soft/c/. This work uses various interpretations of contemporary dance forms to create critical musings on fluidity, intimacy, queer futurity, blackness, and power by examining the contrasts of marginalized bodies against hegemonic constructs. Next, Kim Ip/Krimm’s Dance Party brings us…

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$20 - $35

Thunderstruck

April 25 - April 26
CounterPulse,

Welcome to the twilight zone between showmanship and science . In Thunderstruck, Stina Nyberg returns to a time when art and science harnessed natural energy for crafting magical devices. In a wonderful act of science and hubris, mixing intimate storytelling with electronic drones from the deep and a singing Tesla coil, she welcomes us to the twilight zone between showmanship and science. Modern science says: The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future.…

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