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October 2022


October 13, 2022 - October 16, 2022

LIVE PERFORMANCE & INSTALLATION A solo performance by Kat Gorospe Cole centered around mental health and ancestral connection. Exploring within what seedkeeper Rowen White calls the “diaspora of disconnect,” Cole looks for the threads that connect her to a maternal history back to the Ilocos region of the Philippines. What has been inherited? What has been lost? What can be refound?  QUAKE weaves together sound, imagery and vibrations to physicalize ideas of grief, longing and closeness. The project also includes…

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November 2022


November 1, 2022 - November 2, 2022

Memoirs of a…Unicorn weaves performance, sound, and media to ritualistically remember, interrogate, and relish in the “Unicorns” of the artist’s life. Occupying roles like Father, Husband, Brother, Son, Uncle, Cousin, Homie, Pahtna, and Fam, these powerful figures merge with images of the magical creature that is full of mercurial passion, timelessness, and fortitude.  During Unicorn’s creation and initial performances, Forté-Saunders collected footage of interviews, production processes, and more, and went deeper into her investigation by making a 30 minute film…

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Block Fest 2022

November 11, 2022 - November 12, 2022

Join us every second and fourth Friday of the month for Block Fest — a  series of workshops where YOU are the featured artist! All Block Fest events are 100% Free and Fully ADA Accessible! Coming Up at Block Fest 2022 Friday, November 11th @ 80 Turk St • Healing Cards with Angel Angeles • 3-5pm  Join Block Fest Artist Activator Angel Angeles to make Healing Cards. All materials provided ALL BLOCKFEST EVENTS HAPPEN OUTSIDE AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.…

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November 18, 2022 - November 20, 2022

>> Download the Digital Program Book << dark/lessons/rupture features preview excerpts from three new works by Jess Curtis, and Beyond Gravity artists Silk Worm and jose e. abad with collective RUPTURE. Into The Dark, a new ensemble work instigated by Jess Curtis in collaboration with a diverse ensemble of Blind, Low Vision and Sighted performers, addresses the physical, subconscious, and literal effects of western culture’s binary mythologizing of darkness and light. Lessons in Anatomy, a new solo(ish) piece from Silk…

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Further CounterPulse’s Impact on the Arts

November 20, 2022 - January 15, 2023

CounterPulse was founded over 30 years ago in an oversized living room by a collective of artists who started producing shows and inviting their friends. They were fortunate enough to have that space to gather, so their community began to grow. We have always maintained the alchemy of those grassroots beginnings: part emergent and iterative, part magic and catalytic. Now, as 2022 comes to close, we’re achieving more than we could have dreamed. Our community has rallied to support us…

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December 2022

Circling Sorrows

December 1, 2022 - December 4, 2022

Ariellah and Darker Still Productions present: Circling Sorrows:  Suffering Explorations – The Ache of Disconnect   Circling Sorrows is a walk in the garden of decline that is our world.  Struggling to emerge from the dominant paradigm of disconnect…returning back into the world of connection. Blossoming resiliency.  Community.      With each exploration of movement and sound, there comes ache and awakening. Awakening to suffering. Awakening to connection.  Awakening to awareness. Awakening and remembering our most truest, inner selves.   Dismal…

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ArtSpan Artist’s Reception

December 1, 2022 - December 2, 2022

Join us for an in-person reception with ArtSpan Artists Sylvie McClelland & Robin Varguez.   ARTIST’S RECEPTION Thursday, December 1st, 2022 5PM – 7PM PT 80 Turk St, San Francisco FREE RSVP   Stop by to view these expressive works in person! Sylvie McClelland & Robin Varguez will be present for a brief artist talk and will be available for questions and praise of their work in the lobby and mezzanine areas of CounterPulse. Exhibition on view at CounterPulse is…

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Performing Diaspora Residency 2022

December 8, 2022 - December 17, 2022

>> DOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL PROGRAM BOOK << The 2022 CounterPulse Performing Diaspora program presents Try, Hye! by Vera Hannush/VERA! and Dwelling for Unsettling by Unsettled/Soiled Group. In Try, Hye!, Armenian drag king VERA! explores their complicated lineage by learning from their queer SouthWest Asian and North African (SWANA) diasporic dance teachers. Dance, drag, theater, performance, comedy, and art as healing – “Try, Hye!” (“Try, Armenian!”) is Step Up: SWANA Edition. The audience will see and experience the learning process, the…

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Bloom Meetup & Pre-Show Mixer

December 9, 2022 - December 10, 2022

CounterPulse is all about helping our community find new ways to connect. That’s why we’re collaborating with Bloom Community to host a pre-show mixer ahead of our Performing Diaspora ARC showcase on Friday, December 9th. >> RSVP for the Mixer on Bloom << >> Get Tickets for Performing Diaspora << 7-7:45pm: Bloom Meetup – Facilitated Speed Friending/Dating 8-9:30 Watch the show together 9:30pm Optional hangout & debrief Join Bloom Members and the CounterPulse community in a pre-show mixer! We’ll have facilitated questions to…

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January 2023


January 21 - January 28

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…

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