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) […]
About This Artist
Founded in 2011, Skywatchers brings residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District into partnership with professional artists to create multi-disciplinary, site-specific performance installations that amplify the rich and complex stories, life experiences, and talents of community members. ABD initiated the Skywatchers program in collaboration with Community Housing Project (CHP) and the Luggage Store Gallery.
Skywatchers is committed to justice and equity as a critique of the current societal structures that marginalize large segments of the population. Creative expression and artistry are the foundation of a unique set of methodological practices to resist, confront, expose, or intervene in those structures, working towards social change on the individual and systemic levels. We believe in the power of art and collective creative endeavors to transform lives, embody our interconnectedness, and infuse our lives with agency, possibility, and increased vitality.
Skywatchers is structured on the belief that relationships are the first site of social change. We believe that large-scale transformation begins with intimate, interpersonal exchange and that all stakeholders are transformed in this process—artists, resident participants, as well as site staff.
Learn more about ABD Productions and Skywatchers at www.abdproductions.org/skywatchers-2-2/. Photos courtesy of Skywatchers.
A little over a year ago, ABD’s Artistic Director Anne Bluethenthal opened one of our weekly Skywatchers meetings by asking: Who has your back? And what does that look like? It was early fall, a distressing time for many as 45’s campaign gained traction (little did we know…), but there was a tinge of hopefulness […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 1, 2017
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 […]