About This Artist

Photo by George Emilio Sanchez

Photo by George Emilio Sanchez

Randy Reyes is queer Latinx choreographer-dance artist-curanderx with roots connecting the geographies of Guatemala, Massachusetts, NYC, Germany, Chile, Ecuador, & Nicaragua. This past summer he was a Creative Dissent Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) learning under the direction of Tania Bruguera & the Arte Util team as well as completed a 72-hour permaculture design course at Soul Flower Farm. Randy has now relocate to Los Angeles to begin an MFA in Dance program at UCLA where he will continue weaving together his interests in spiritual-environmental ecologies, queer choreography/systems of improvisation, and international-domestic exchange between artists, activists, ecologists, & healers.

 

Support Randy by donating to their Kickstarter all-or-nothing campaign, which ends on Aug. 11! All funds/donations will go directly towards supporting their cast who are amazing folks identifying along the spectrum of {queer- first generation – POC} and to expanding their production budget to include a sound artist from NYC and set designer.

 

Collaborator Bios


Stephanie Hewett:
Stephanie Hewett is a Bronx, New York native currently based in Oakland. She completed a one-year program at the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK, and received a BA in Dance from Trinity College. She is a recent graduate of the MFA in Dance program at Mills College and enjoys caffeine, collaborations, and clarity.


Jose Abad:
Jose Abad is a queer social practice performance artist based in San Francisco, California. Born in Olongapo City, Philippines to a Filipinx Mother and a West Indian Father, Jose uses dance and storytelling to explore the complexities of cultural identity, feelings of landlessness and the memories and wisdom held within the body that the mind has forgotten, or history has erased. Abad has had the opportunity to perform in New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco in collaboration with a variety of companies and artists including Keith Hennessy, Scott Wells, Anne Bluethenthal, Brontez Purnell Dance Company, #DignityInProcess and Detour Dance.

 

Emelia Martinez-Brumbaugh:

Emelia is a gender, sexual and geographical border crosser.

They white/latinx Chesapeake bay beast

source the power and creativity that

lives in between

personal and interpersonal divides,  

the rainbow of perspectives,

to honor/hone

the potential/unknown/divine

for choreography

of a new reality.

years on years of serious play & social inquiry

facilitating embodied creative curiosity with adults and youth

from Mexico City to Washington, D.C.

Based in the Oakland bay area


Felix (Sol) Linck Frenz:
Felix Linck Frenz is a white queer artist, activist and femme-ish person who lives in Berkeley, CA. Born in Baja California to a German-Chilean mother and a formerly Texan father, Felix moved to Los Angeles at the age of ten already with many questions about origins, place, and personhood. She continues to think through these ideas in relationship to power, privilege and healing both as an experimental dancer and as a housing justice organizer. Felix is honored to be a part of Lxs Desaparecidxs and has been deeply moved by and through this collaborative process.


Gabriel Christian:
Gabriel Christian (t(he)y/(t)him) is a multidisciplinary artist/teacher. After receiving a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale in 2013, their work pivoted towards reifying queer desire, genderfluidity (or “juicyness”) and black resilience through conceptual art and performance. They’ve held residencies at Destiny Arts Center and Finnish Brotherhood Hall, and mounted/supported works at Counterpulse, SOMArts, CTRL+SHIFT Gallery, Brava Theater, Eureka Theater, and Stanford University. Upcoming projects include a residency with This Will Take Time in Point Arena, revisiting twenty-nine collaborations about Black Presence and using them as talismans for negotiating Black
Prescience. (
www.blackpresence.xyz)


[Artist photo of Randy Reyes at This is What I Want (Tessa Wills) by Robbie Sweeny]

Upcoming Events

DanceHackSF 2017

DanceHackSF & Kinetech Arts
Sat-Sun, Dec 2-3

Artist Reception: Robin Birdd

Free Event
Wednesday, December 13, 5pm-7pm

Tenderloin Community Info Session

Public art & the 950 Market project
Wed, Dec 6, 12pm-1pm

Archived Events

Work in Progress of Niyizi

Ishimwa Muhimanyi
Wed, Nov 15, 6pm-7pm

Harnessing the Power of Light

Stephanie Johnson
Sun, Nov 12, 9am-4pm

Goin’ Home: The Gay Porn Soundtracks of Patrick Cowley

Honey Soundsystem
Thu, Nov 9, 7pm-11pm

Cheers to us!

A CounterPulse Member Mixer
Tue, Nov 7th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Blog Roll

  • Dancing with Ghosts: A conversation with Randy Reyes

    How do you conjure queer ancestry through a dance performance? How can we form and unform psychic territories held through our lineages? Randy Reyes’s new work borrows Chinese Energetics and systems of improvisation to weave queer ancestral lineages throughout an elaborate number. Lxs Desaparecidxs—in collaboration with performers Jose Abad, Emelia Brumbaugh, Gabriel Christian, Felix (Sol) […]

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  • Why Motherhood?

    We create this piece in exploration of our own lived experiences around nurturing. We honor the different/range of relationships we and other LGBTQ folx have with our gestational/biological mothers. This piece is for our many many nurturers/mothers, including our Trans/(gender)queer/GNC/Two-Spirit selves. Photo from most recent Work-in-Progress showing at Counterpulse SF        Motherhood is […]

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  • Toxin-laced Living Worlds

    Javier has been excited to explore how environmental toxicity connects intimately to the motherhood we inhabit and relate to. She’s especially inspired by Mowhawk researcher and midwife Katsi Cook, who below writes of our gestational mothers—the ones who bear us in their womb: Of the sacred things that there are to be said about this […]

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  • The House Managers of CounterPulse are the busy bees ensuring our Front of House is running smoothly. These dedicated individuals are seamlessly relaying information among artists and technicians, overseeing our box office ushers, and making sure all our patrons are accounted for. So who are the Managers of The House? Take a moment to read […]

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