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Pictured L to R: Mica Sigourney,Nils A. Lange, Keith Hennessey,  Ivan Blagajcevic, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Evan Johnson, Monique Jenkinson,  //  Photo credit: Lukas Beyeler & Patrick Mettraux (top L, center, bottom L, center-L, bottom R), Sina Blassnig (top R),  David Wilson (bottom center-R)

 

About (X)change

(X)change began in March 2015 when CounterPulse brought SF artists to make their Swiss debut at the zürich moves! festival. In June, we will welcome the Swiss artists, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Nils A. Lange and Ivan Blagajcevic to San Francisco for the (X)change residency laboratory to intersect queer performance tactics with local artists, Keith Hennessey, Evan Johnson, Monique Jenkinson, and Mica Sigourney.

 

Organized and supported by: CounterPulse, zürich moves!, swissnex San Francisco, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, City of Zürich Department of Culture, Presence Switzerland, and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council

Artist Biographies

ivan

Photographer: Lukas Beyeler

Ivan Blagajčević works and lives in Zürich. He studied from 2005 to 2009 at the Theatre School, Amsterdam, Bachelor in Dance, and he did a number of workshops in Croatia, Germany, Holland, Spain etc. He was awarded as the best dancer in ‘Blue Friday’, choreographed by Andrea Gotovina (CRO), performed at dance platform in Almada, Portugal and also won as a best performance on danceweek Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. He also worked with Jacqueline Pasanisi (CH) ‘Heads in Bags’, Andrea Boll (CH) ‘Bollwerk2 and Bollwerk3’, graduation performance with Francesco Scavetta (IT), Dance Theater performance ‘Tainted’ with Sanja Tropp Frühwald in Croatia, Austria and Poland. He teaches dancers and actors in Poland, Croatia and Switzerland.
keith

Photographer: Sina Blassnig

Keith Hennessy is a performer, choreographer, teacher, writer and organizer. Born in Sudbury Canada, he lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Hennessy directs CIRCO ZERO, and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (with Sara Shelton Mann), CORE, and Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard. Recent awards include the USA Kjenner Fellowship (2012), a NY Bessie (2009), two Isadora Duncan Awards (2009), and a Goldie (2007). Current projects include Turbulence (a dance about the economy), Almost a duet with Jassem Hindi, Bear/Skin a solo folk dance, and Sara (the smuggler) a solo for Sara Shelton Mann. Recent teaching includes Ponderosa (Germany), Impulstanz (Vienna), AEx-Corps (Dakar), UBC (Kelowna), HZT (Berlin), Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam), Texas Women’s University, and FRESH Festival (SF). Hennessy has an MFA in Choreography and is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UC Davis.
MC

Photographer: Clive Jenkins

Marie-Caroline Hominal received her dance education at the Schweizerische Ballettberufschule in Zurich and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, where she joined the National Youth Dance Company in her last school year.
She develops her own work using different media such as dance, text, song writing, music and video. She produces works under pseudonymes such as MadMoiselle MCH, Silver, Fly Girl. She has collaborated with other artists like François Chaignaud with whom she created «Duchesses» (2009), with Clive Jenkins, Cristian Vogel and with visual artists Kim Boninsegni, David Hominal, as well as with Delphine Coindet who created the set design of «Froufrou» (2013). Since 2011 she develops one-to-one performances such as «Hôtel Oloffson» and «Le triomphe de la renommée» and has elaborated durational performances such as «Ballet» (2014) featuring a number of guests depending on the city in which the piece is performed and «Patricia Poses By The Pop Machine» (2011).
She danced for the Tanztheater Basel, Irène Tassembedo, Blanca Li, Gisèle Vienne, Gilles Jobin, La Ribot & Marco Berrettini. She was also a guest performer for Human Writes by William Forsyth and B.O.B. by Dick Wong.
monique

Photographer: Kegan Marling

Monique Jenkinson (Fauxnique) is a multi-genre performing artist (dance, drag, theater, video) whose work always comes from physicality, often using drag to consider the performance of femininity as a forceful, vulnerable and subversive act. She and her drag queen alter ego Fauxnique have created and performed in such varied venues as the Stud Bar, City Hall, YBCA and de Young Museum in San Francisco; the New Museum, Judson Church and the Stonewall in New York; and in Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, London, Rome, Catania and Zürich. Her ever-evolving cabaret show Faux Real has played in NYC, London, New Orleans, Seattle and Provincetown after sold-out runs in SF, and will return to SF’s Oasis in its latest version May 2015. As a 2012 de Young Museum Irvine Fellow, Jenkinson  created  a  group  piece inspired by the work of Jean Paul Gaultier, made space for kids to dress drag queens and premiered her acclaimed solo  Instrument. She was a recent participant in CHIME Across Borders with Tere O’Connor, an inaugural recipient of the Della Davidson Award, and her solo  Beautility, a site-specific solo for the City Hall staircase, was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award. She also received  a Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery (GOLDIE) Award for Performance, SF Weekly’s ‘Best Performance Artist 2010,’ and 7X7 Magazine’s ‘Hot 20.’
evab

Photographer: David Wilson

Evan Johnson is a Bay Area based actor, playwright and teaching artist. He has devised two full length solo plays, Pansy for New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) and Don’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer for Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory. His directed work, F*CK MY LIFE was performed by Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom locally at CounterPULSE and also at The Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC. A graduate of The Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, Evan has also collaborated with Bay Area choreographers Jesse Hewitt (FREEDOM), Hope Mohr Dance (ridetherhythm) and Liz Tenuto (The Two Legits). In 2011, Evan was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award (Best Actor in a Drama) for Treefall at NCTC. Don’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer was featured in the SF Bay Guardian’s year end review as one of the best small theatre productions of 2010. He is currently working on a mask/puppet performance entitled Hang on to Your Hats with artist Michele Menard for the SF Fringe Festival. His show Pansy will be performed in NYC at The United Solo Festival (more info: http://www.pansytheplay.com) and at Dell’Arte’s 40th Anniversary Alumni Festival later this Summer. As a teaching artist, Evan is the founding director of Harvey Milk Center for the Art’s Junior Acting Troupe, a 14-member company of talented and hard working young people.
nils

Photographer: Lukas Beyeler

Nils Amadeus Lange lives and works in Zürich, does performance art, porn and is the founder of a sect. He studied drama at the University of Arts in Bern, where he also did his MA in scenic art practice. He has acted in theatre productions in Basel, Berlin, Bern, Cologne, Heidelberg and Theater an der Ruhr, and has worked with Viviane de Muynck, Albrecht Hirche, Daniel Cremer and Ivo Dimchev, with whom he collaborated on «the favor». 
His work has been shown at Kunsthalle Bern, Les Urbaines Lausanne, Theater Spektakel Zürich, Aua wir leben Festival Bern, Theater Discounter Berlin, Skena up festival Prishtina, Südpol Luzern, Perla Mode Zürich, Tanzhaus Zürich, Bone Performance Festival.
mica

Photographer: Cabure Bonugli

Mica Sigourney hosts the weekly friday drag party SOME THING, at the historic Stud bar. He is a House Artist at CounterPulse and artistic director of OX performance group which produces the commissioning program Work MORE!. He has performed on the coasts of North America and at festivals in Dublin, London, Vienna and Zurich. This year he toured with the Sister Spit literary tour as a poetess.

Archived Events

(X)change Premiere of Swiss Works

(X)change
JUN 20-21, 2015

Instant Win // Switch Lab

Lukas Beyeler and (X)change
THU, JUN 18, 2015

Off the Wall: Switzerland is Not Neutral

JUN 17, 2015, WED @ 7:30 pm

(X)change

(X)change
WED-SUN, JUN 17-21, 2015

Blog Roll

  • CP: Marc, in one sentence,what is your story? MS: I have a passion for contemporary dance and performance, based in Zurich, loving San Francisco and having a queer mindset! CP: What was the genesis of Zürich Moves? Where did the inspiration to create the festival come from? MS: I wanted to create a platform for […]

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  • First, I have so enjoyed reading everyone’s posts so far. Witches! California! Feminism! Flappers! So in my thinking about the next work I want to make, I am thinking a lot about layers, about simultaneity, and about holding conflict and opposition in one body mind. That which is ‘problematic’ sometimes enriches, that which is un-feminist […]

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  • I am a bit lost with the blog as I have very little time to read the messages of others and when I am trying to write it all goes queer 😉  I just finished a book by a swiss writer, long time dead by now, Blaise Cendrars “Sutter’s Gold”; The story of a swiss […]

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  • The work i am interested in has been inspired by the roaring twenties was the birth of a new woman. She defied society’s standards of what its women were supposed to do, say, wear, act like and be. She wore shorter skirts, more dramatic makeup, and cut her hair. She flaunted her sexuality. She drank, […]

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  • I finished the Witches book yesterday (thank you Nils).  I’ve been reading two books about time, technology and the future: River of Shadows by Solnit (describing the development of the American railroad, westward expansion and the man who developed quick photography, leading to film) as well as After the Future by Biffo Berardi (theory book […]

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