Matchbox Lab #4: Hybrid Tenders

Ronja Ver <> Kal Spelletich
Tues, Oct 27, 7pm-8pm (Live 6:45pm)
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Control your surveillance

You are invited to tend to the fragile equilibrium of life in an era of environmental emergency and mass extinction.
Collaborate with the artists to operate robots and create sounds live, on stage, as we explore the intersection of surveillance, machines, and our sentient selves.

Plant the wood for your coffin or a tree that remembers the touch of your hands when all human life is gone.

Ronja Ver: Movement and voice
Kal Spelletich: Robots and sound

This event will be livestreamed from CounterPulse with a limited audience on-site.

Pay-what-you-can to access livestream >>

You will receive an automatic email with a link to access the livestream and Audio Description

About the Artists

Ronja Ver is a dancer, dance maker, teacher, mother, and activist. A perpetual student of performance as a way of participating in community and a tool for social change, they are deeply inspired by physical, social and mass movement, and its capacity to create meaningful impact on a personal and global scale. Ver holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University and is proud to be spinning underwater in Steve Paxton’s DVD Material For The Spine.

For almost 4 decades Kal Spelletich has built interactive machines and robots. Spelletich’s work enacts a liberated awareness and pushes his audience toward creative responses to technology in their lives. His work explores the interface of humans and science to put people in touch with philosophical interactive experiences.

This event will include Live Audio Description by Rachael Dichter of Gravity Access Services for visually impaired audience members. Audio description is a live audio track spoken by a professional audio describer to audience members with visual impairments through a virtual platform. Visit to learn more.

Image description: Dancer in leopard print cat costume is on the floor on their back, underneath a robot built of thin metal rods with hinges, camera and cables. Dancer has one leg up in the air, they are holding the robot’s lower part with one hand.


 Matchbox Labs

Matchbox is an art+tech interactive lab series, hosted at CounterPulse with partners ZERO1 & Kinetech Arts, that seeds collaboration beyond discipline.

Designed as public practicum labs, Matchbox pairs creative technologists with dancers and choreographers to spark critical investigations and seed cutting-edge works.

Matchbox is supported by the San Francisco Grants for the Arts’ Neighborhood Arts Collaborative. Accessibility services are funded. by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles. Live Audio Description by Rachael Dichter of Gravity Access Services is additionally generously supported by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation.


Photo of Ronja Ver by Kal Spelletich



October 27, 2020
October 28, 2020
$3.5 - $35