THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2017: Tender Nights

with Krista DeNio, Jaime Cortez, Jose Abad, Sammay Dizon, Randy Reyes, Jaq Nguyen Victor, Tavi and Angeline
Thursday-Saturday, May 25-27, at 7:30PM
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Sammay Dizon, Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Sammay Dizon, Photo by Robbie Sweeny

TIWIW festival is an annual performance festival which uses queer desire as a lens to examine phenomena of our time. Previous years themes have included desire and the internet, desire and the gaze, desire and the economy. In 2017, we are looking at the moral explosion of the intersection of desire and youth under pressure; setting these stories in the Tenderloin. The youth artists will take your hand and walk out into the evening to engage with themes of gentrification, tender desire, psychogeography, private space, public space, the internal lives of young people, and queer sexuality. The eighth annual Bay Area THIS IS WHAT I WANT festival partners with ABD productions/Skywatchers  and local youth artists based in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco to reveal their personal landscape of desire.

These walks offer access to a rare lens to the Tenderloin. This year we explore what happens when our desires are not met. How do we wrestle with maintaining hopes, dreams, and desire while working against systems of oppression and challenging times in our life. Tessa Wills, Krista DeNio, Jaime Cortez, Zachary Watkins and Taraneh Hemami are working with associate artists Jose Abad, Sammay Dizon, Randy Reyes, Jaq Nguyen Victor, Tavi, and Angeline. We will join hands and wander through interior secret powers together as a strategy of resilience when the world around us wants to keep us constrained.

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Presented by THIS IS WHAT I WANT/ Tessa Wills and ABD Productions/Skywatchers Youth Project with Larkin Street Youth Center and CounterPulse.

Artistic Director: Tessa Wills; Lead Artists: Krista DeNio and Jaime Cortez; Participating Artists: Jose Abad, Sammay Dizon, Randy Reyes, Jaq Nguyen Victor, Tavi, and Angeline; Sound Artist: Zachary Watkins; Mapmaker: Taraneh Hemami; Project Manager: Lucy Tafler

Thanks to Elizabeth Cooper and Crystal Mason

Cover Photo of Jaq Nguyen Victor by Robbie Sweeny

In order for you to participate in the walk, you will need to download an app to your phone to listen to the sound track. The app is free and will work on both iphone or android, please ensure your device is charged. If you do not have a device we will be able to provide you with one when you arrive.

For iphone:
1. Select App Store (or Google Play for Android)
2. Search for and download the Amp Me app.
3. Enter your itunes password if prompted (you will not be charged).
4. Once app is downloaded, select, and click Allow to allot AmpME to send you notifications.
5. Click Enable Location Services

We can help you with this at CounterPulse before the walk leaves if you have any problems.

Here is the website


May 25, 2017
May 27, 2017
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