About This Artist

Audrey Johnson (she/her) is a queer Black mixed-race movement artist with roots from Detroit and Plymouth Michigan, currently rooting in Oakland, CA. Audrey’s work lives, arrives, and changes in the realms of embodiment, movement, food, relationship, magic, ritual, plants, and land. Audrey’s project at CounterPulse will explore Black freedom practices in food, farming, and rootwork through dance, ritual, interview, and performance.

www.audreyjohnson.space

 

About this Project

[and then we must be] is a performance and ritual, storytelling and research process, honoring Black American relationships with land and plants through food, farming, medicine-making, and magic. Movement and interviews bring stories to life, honoring these practices as communion with the divine, and Black liberatory healing technologies.

 

Inspired by ancestral, community-centered, and spiritual relationships to land and plants, [and then we must be] is a research and ritual project honoring Black American practices with land and plants through the modes of food, farming, rootwork, and magic. The work honors the practices that get passed down through recipe, spell, and story, as well as the memories active and activated in the body, plants, the land (soil, clay, mycelium, strata), and in spirit. Weaving together interviews with loved ones, the voice of the work speaks from the mouths of many. The dancing is a movement offering, ritual, and prayer: in communion with spirit, plants, and land. [and then we must be] is the process of meeting and being met by plants and land, and of allowing oneself to be changed.

 

Movement Collaborators

Bae Laurel O’Connor

Laila Shabazz

 

Image is a photo of a hand viewed from below, reaching between the silhouette of two trees with a blue sky

Photo by Audrey Johnson. Pictured: Bae Laurel O’Connor

Learn more about the ARC Edge 2022 Residency Presentation

featuring Audrey Johnson & Nkeiruka Oruche

Thursday – Saturday June 2-4 & 9-11, 2022

 

Edge Residency 2022 – SOLD OUT

 

Upcoming Events

Circling Sorrows

Ariellah and Darker Still Productions
Thursday - Saturday, December 1-3 at 8PM PT

Performing Diaspora Residency 2022

Vera Hannush/VERA! & Unsettled/Soiled Group
Thursday - Saturday, December 8-10 & 15-17 at 8PM PT

Bloom Meetup & Pre-Show Mixer

before ARC Performing Diaspora 2022
Friday, December 9th at 7PM PT

Archived Events

ArtSpan Artist’s Reception

Sylvie McClelland & Robin Varguez
Thursday, December 1st, 5-7PM PT

dark/lessons/rupture

Jess Curtis/Gravity, Silk Worm, & Rupture
Friday - Sunday, November 18-20 at 8PM PT

Block Fest 2022

TenderArts
Friday, November 11th, 2022 at 3PM PT

Blueprint

Marjani Forté-Saunders | 7NMS
Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30PM PT

Blog Roll

  • The Settler Body and Its Undoing

    Unsettled/Soiled Group is a group of East, Southeast, and South Asian diasporic movers, makers, and settlers on Ramaytush and Chochenyo Ohlone land. Unsettled/Soiled Group is led by June Yuen Ting, one of CounterPulse’s 2022 ARC Performing Diaspora artists and will debut Dwelling for Unsettling alongside VERA!’s Try, Hye!, Thursday through Saturday, December 8-10 & 15-17, 2022

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  • CounterPulse Presents ARC Performing Diaspora 2022

    Try, Hye! by Vera Hannush/VERA! & Dwelling for Unsettling by Unsettled/Soiled Group December 8-10 & 15-17, 2022 // 8PM PT // 80 Turk St, SF // counterpulse.org/performingdiaspora2022 SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The 2022 CounterPulse Performing Diaspora program presents Try, Hye!by Vera Hannush/VERA! and Dwelling for Unsettlingby Unsettled/Soiled Group. In Try, Hye!, Armenian drag king VERA! […]

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  • O Hye I Didn’t See You There

    VERA! (they/them) is a queer Armenian American drag king, dancer, and community activist. They are one of CounterPulse’s 2022 ARC Performing Diaspora artists and will debut Try, Hye! alongside Unsettled/Soiled Group’s Dwelling for Unsettling, Thursday through Saturday, December 8-10 & 15-17, 2022

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  • Community Workshops for Self Care

    QUAKE is an upcoming solo performance at CounterPulse 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 […]

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