Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy is the second in a trilogy of outdoor aerial public art performances addressing the devastating effects of mass incarceration. The dance brings an intersectional feminist and racial justice framework to explore the failures of our criminal justice system.
Enlisting the support of partner organizations including MoAD, Prison Renaissance and Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Flyaway acknowledges the shared pain of Jewish and African-American histories of race and capture.
“As an artist and an activist, I am working to facilitate an opportunity for greater reconciliation between Black and Jewish communities,” says Kreiter. “While I don’t believe that contemporary anti-Jewish bigotry in the U.S. is equivalent to the structural racism felt by people of color, I want to encourage acts of resistance based on our shared history.”
Kreiter’s primary collaborator on the project is writer Rahsaan Thomas, currently behind bars at San Quentin State Prison. He is a co-founder of Prison Renaissance, a five-year-old nonprofit that joins artists, educators and activists in support of progressive reform. They correspond via weekly letters and phone conversations, generating content for Meet Us Quickly based on historical research and their own personal experiences.
This is a free, outdoor public art event. Audiences will maintain physical distancing while experiencing the performance outside of CounterPulse’s building. Our event staff – in partnership with Code Tenderloin – will ensure traffic safety and Covid safety measures, including sanitization, distancing, and masking.
Choreographer & Director: Jo Kreiter
Co-creator: Rahsaan Thomas
Dancers: Bianca Cabrera, Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, Maddy Lawder, Megan Lowe, Sandia Sexton, Helen Wicks
Composer: Jewlia Eisenberg
Set Designer: Sean Riley
Lighting Designer: Jack Beuttler
Costume Designer: Jamielyn Duggan
Photo of Megan Lowe by RJ Muna
COVID-19 Safety Message:
CounterPulse is implementing COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure our community’s safety and wellbeing as we consider reopening. Our team at CounterPulse is committed to continue providing performance space, while complying with the CDC, OSHA, Federal, State, City and County regulations and recommendations. We’ve been closely monitoring COVID-19 health and safety updates. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities we are providing EPA approved disinfectants and supplies in all common spaces, including sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, and disinfecting spray. Our staff is continuing to work from home, making exceptions only for essential operations to reduce safety risks. For now, CounterPulse programming will take place online, and we will not reopen our facilities until we build community and scientific consensus. We will continue to cancel, delay, or adjust programs in compliance with community accord and creating a community-derived shared practice of safety and care. We will require visitors to wear masks, have temperatures taken at the door, and reopen with limited attendance — 25% of building capacity with an altered seating arrangement to maintain distance. Between alternating space users we properly clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces. Staff will be equipped with and required to use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and face coverings while working near others.