FRESH Festival 2023 is a diverse feast of embodied art, action and interaction showcasing two weeks of risk-taking mainstage Performances at CounterPulse, 3 weeks of immersive studio Practices, and social, inclusive and interactive community Exchanges, 1 KK birthday bash SO F*CKING FRESH fundraising party hosted Jan 27th at CounterPulse, and 75+ cutting-edge artists from the Bay Area and beyond. KH FRESH 2023 takes place at two historic locations in San Francisco, which are also community partners of the Festival: CounterPulse and Joe Goode Annex.
FRESH is open to all curious, adventurous and serious bodies. Composed of Performances, Practices and Exchanges, FRESH Festival offers multiple ways of experiencing cutting-edge live art and radical, risk-taking dance, music and performance.
***PART 2 (MARCH 4-19, 2023) SCHEDULE + REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON ****
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
FRESH was founded in 2009 by Kathleen Hermesdorf (1967-2020) in collaboration with Albert Mathias. In the wake of Kathleen’s recent and unexpected passing, a team of longtime FRESH fans and collaborators have stepped up to honor the festival’s legacy and lead it into the future.
FRESH Festival was created to ensure that San Francisco continues to grow as a provocative center for contemporary dance, music and performance. FRESH is artist-oriented and artist-run,manifesting as an arena for research; an incubator for new work; a generator for sharing resources, and a platform for cross-pollinating communities. Rooted in the body, the Festival embodies Bay Area legacies of creative freedom, community collaboration, ground-breaking practice and performance tactics, multi-disciplinary sensibilities, and accessible, alternative education.
Photos of Kathleen Hermesdorf by Robbie Sweeny. Flier by Ainsley Tharp.