Circo Zero, instigated by Keith Hennessy in 2001, is one of the most prolific and widely touring of West Coast dance-performance companies. Circo Zero engages a diverse team of artists who create hybrid spectacles for theaters, streets, dance studios, and festivals. The work is interdisciplinary and experimental, operating within the tensions between intimacy and spectacle, rhetoric and ritual, personal and social. Circo Zero evolves performance language and builds community through collaboration, while crossing lines of artistic discipline, personal and cultural identity, and social expectations. We participate in local and global struggles for justice; functioning as a public laboratory for investigations of spiritual, artistic, sexual, and political concerns.
Mica Sigourney / OX
Mica Sigourney has 15 years of training and experience in performance. The bulk of his education has centered on physical techniques in performance . Utilizing his training Sigourney creates performance that rides the tension between artifice/construct and vulnerability/authenticity. By combining strong images, physical movements/execution, vibrant emotional energetic and spiritual work Sigourney manipulates audiences while betraying the manipulation, which allows for a deeper connection and joint journey. Sigourney’s work shines when taken out of traditional performance contexts. At May Day 2010 he and Maryam Rostami created a drag queen peepshow installation, which was then curated into YBCA’s big idea night in 2011. His method go-go installations at Qbar on Wednesday nights have drawn attention and notoriety to the artist.
Trash Mash Up
The founding members of Trash Mash-Up are Bridget and Jessica McCracken, a sister team who graduated from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and San Francisco State University. Drawing from their talent for creating original theatrical productions and their commitment to serving their community, Trash Mash-Up shares cultural traditions with diverse communities in public performances and workshops. Reducing waste by using trash to make art, TMU reminds all of San Francisco that one person’s trash could become an entire city’s treasure.
Scott Wells and Dancers
Scott Wells received The Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2005 and 2010; this is San Francisco’s most prestigious choreographic award and Wells is its only two-time winner since 2000. He also received Los Angeles’ Lester Horton award for choreography (1995). In 2005 Wells was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. He has toured to Europe for the last 15 years teaching and performing in festivals in Moscow, Barcelona, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen, Zagreb to name a few. Locally he has taught at A.C.T, the San Francisco Conservatory for Dance and UC Scott Wells & Dancers was founded in 1992 and has created new work every year. Wells has taken on many projects revolving around masculinity and athleticism.
Day of the Dead was first celebrated in San Francisco in 1977 with the support from neighborhood organizations such as Rescue Culture Collective, Mission Cultural Center, Galeria de la Raza, and the Aztec Danzantes Collective among others. In 2000, Rosa de Anda, a founder of Rescue Culture Collective and veteran altar maker, created The Marigold Project / Project Cempazuchitl, an all volunteer collective comprised of a younger generation of altar makers. The Marigold Project plays a key role in ensuring the continuation of Day of the Dead celebration in San Francisco by providing a public space for communities to mourn and share common feelings about death and dying, and the cycle of life.
Mangoes with Chili
Mangos With Chili is a North American touring, Bay Area based arts incubator committed to showcasing high quality performance of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Their goal is to produce high-quality multi-genre performances reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) and speaking out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia and violence that QTPOC face. Mangos With Chili’s multi-genre productions present work in the disciplines of dance, theater, vaudeville, hip-hop, circus arts, music, spoken word and film.
Laura Arrington Dance
Laura Arrington has been living and making work in Bay Area since 2008. Her work has been seen at The Lab, CounterPULSE, ODC, The Garage, Cell Space, Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, Supperclub, and her own home. She created/curates the performance event SQUART. She served as assistant director on Erika Chong Shuch's Love Everywhere, creating and facilitating an entire day of public action performances. She has performed as a company member of with New York's Christopher Williams, Ellis Wood, and Nina Winthrop. In the Bay she has performed as a guest with Axis Dance/David Dorfman and Keith Hennessy. She has a BFA in dance form The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she focused on choreography, art, and gender studies.
Krista DeNio is a choreographer, director, performer, writer and dance | theater educator, committed to developing new forms of performance work and evolving interdisciplinary thinking and creation between the fields of dance and theater, among others. She also facilitates arts, education and activist organizations, focused on cultural and social innovation, collaboration and social justice initiatives. She has lived and worked in the Bay Area, California, Colorado, New York City, New Mexico, and Western Massachusetts. Krista is currently a lecturer with U.C. Berkeley’s Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, project director of EchoTheaterSuitcase project, teaches Contact Improvisation throughout the Bay Area, is a member of the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium, and an Artist Investigator with The Triangle Lab.
Seth Eisen’s work is a hybrid of contemporary performance: Butoh, puppetry, physical theater, clowning, drag, and performance art. As a visual artist he works with the forms of installation, video, book arts, fetish object and costume. His layered aesthetic communicates across multiple genres and artistic frameworks, blurring boundaries and expanding dialogues between various disciplines. Seth has been performing, exhibiting, curating and collaborating with various artists in the Bay Area since 1994. In 1998 he developed the company Eye Zen Art producing performances and installations featured at The Oakland Museum of California, Theater Artaud, Zeum, Yerba Buena Center, SOMARTS, Theater of Yugen, and CounterPulse. He has performed as a member of several Butoh companies including Harupin–Ha, and Ink Boat from 1994-1999.
Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border who performs and works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, and Mexicanidad.Her practice integrates performance, sex acts, and burlesque with video, photography, and objects. Throughout her multiple works, she problematizes the borders between proper and improper ethnic, gender, and queer subject and teeters between degeneracy/abjection and the spectacular/joy.