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COVID-19 Information and Resources

We are thinking of you. The health and well-being of the artists, organizations, and communities we work with is vitally important to us. We’re aware that many are adjusting to new realities and facing hardships, and Dancers’ Group will continue to collect and share information under our Resources tab.

Theatre Bay Area, Dancers’ Group and IntermusicSF have partnered on the COVID-19 Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

As of September 18, 2020:

  • The relief fund has raised over $536,545
  • Distributed $463,250 through 634 grants to individual performing arts workers

174 applications remain on the waitlist are waiting to be funded.

This relief fund is still accepting both applications for support and donations.

Community news

 

Read our Statement of Solidarity in support of Black Lives

 

Alonzo King Receives Prestigious Dance Magazine Award

Since 1954, Dance Magazine has celebrated the living legends among us with the Dance Magazine Awards. Alonzo King was honored, along with an incredible group of awardees. Read more…

 

Congratulations to Sean Dorsey!

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced the names of the 2020 Doris Duke Artists, including Sean Dorsey, each receiving an award of $275,000 intended as an investment in and celebration of these artists’ ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, jazz and theater. Read more…

 

945 ArtsSpace announces closure

Asian Improv aRts, Lenora Lee Dance, and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, announced the closing of 945 ArtsSpace due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their respective organizations. Read more…

 

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker on reimagining American capitalism

In the wake of mass social upheaval and a global pandemic, concerned leaders are examining the nature of the capitalist system and its relationship to conditions that spurred and intensified these twin crises. Income inequality and the role pervasive institutional and individual privilege plays in creating a growing wealth gap will be addressed when Ford Foundation president Darren Walker joins Washington Post columnist David Ignatius to talk about rethinking modern capitalism. Watch the video…

 

Creative Work Fund Grants Announced

Congratulations to all the awardees. We’re encouraged to see so many dance artists and organizations funded this round. Read more…

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Upcoming deadlines

Creative Work Fund

The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds, stretching boundaries and forging new partnerships. The deadline for letters of inquiry is Jan 22, 2021. Read more…

Webinars:
Watch the recording – Overview of the Creative Work Fund
Funding for Individual Artists: Meet the Grantmakers – Oct 22 at 11am-12:30pm
Creative Work Fund: Your Questions Answered – Nov 18 at 12-1pm
Creative Work Fund: Your Questions Answered – Dec 8 at 12-1pm

 

East Bay Fund for Artists

The East Bay Community Foundation will be awarding grants of $1,000-$16,000 for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists. Deadline Nov 9. Read more…

 

The Japan Foundation now accepting applications to 2021-2022 Performing Arts JAPAN (PAJ)

This grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. The proposal deadline is Nov 2, 2020. Read more…

 

Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts COVID Response Grant

Provides general operating support to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties suffering revenue loss due to the closure of venues and cancellation of events. Open Dec 7 – 21, 2020. Read more…

 

Fleishhacker Foundation Small Arts Grants

Applications are currently being accepted for the spring 2021 review cycle for general operating support for 501(c)3 and fiscally sponsored arts and culture organizations and film projects. Due date is Jan 15, 2021. Read more…

AB5 Updates

On September 4th, Governor Newsom signed AB2257 which modifies AB5 and creates several exemptions from the stricter requirements around independent contractors and employees.

Read a summary or the full text of AB2257.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct 30

Cutting Ball Theater presents Utopia, a virtual world premiere by Charles L. Mee, in collaboration with RAWdance and Creativity Explored Utopia is a brand new play from Charles L. Mee, Obie Award winning playwright of Big Love and sculpting pioneer of American experimental theater. Commissioned by Cutting Ball Theater, Utopia envisions the world as it could be through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl, people-watching in a cafe, munching on croissants, and wrestling with the question: “how do you make a life?” Performed by nine of the Bay Area’s finest actors, accented by fantastical designs, animated artworks, and choreographed dance, Mee’s newest play transforms the simplest moments of a mundane day into a surreal and colorful ride through fantasy, self-expression, connection, and community. A poetic and genre-defying dreamscape that audiences can stream from home, Utopia delivers the spectacle that you’ve been missing. “What they saw, finally, was that . . . after the world comes to an end, life goes on."

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Oct 30

Join us in a celebration of Día de los Muertos! Share a meal from Agave, watch Ballet Folklórico México Danza and Jalisco Harpist Salvadore Vazquez, hear about the elements of an ofrenda* with Daniel Camacho, learn to construct paper marigolds, and see Oakland Ballet in excerpts from Luna Mexicana all from the comfort of your own home. *a home altar with a collection of objects placed on a ritual display during the annual and traditionally Mexican Día de Muertos celebration. Founded in 1965, Oakland Ballet Company (OBC) is currently celebrating a 55-year legacy of presenting exciting, vibrant and accessible dance in the East Bay. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Graham Lustig since 2010, OBC is committed to artistic excellence and serving as a leader in the Bay Area arts community. OBC’s programs engage a diverse range of community members through the commissioning of vibrant new works, innovative collaborations with artists of other genres, and compelling educational programs that cultivate the next generation of dance lovers.

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Oct 30

The first in a fall series of Virtual Open Houses - a new platform for digital performance features: Bahiya Movement - Afia Thompson (she/her)/ in collaboration with Bianca Mendoza (Binki Danz) Daria Garina (he/him)/Celia Sagastume (she/they) Ali Montgomery (she/they) / Soul Liberation Andréa Spearman (she/her) / A. Spearman & Co. Megan Lowe (she/her) / Sonsherée Giles (she/her) Robert Moses (he/him) Virtual Open House 2.0 will be streamed via Twitch.tv/joegoodeannex - please note, audiences will need to register via Twitch in order to view the event! You will need to create a username + pw (all free!) so please plan ahead and give yourself time to do so.

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Nov 4

Resistant, queer, indigenous, international and hybrid choreographers of the Latinx diaspora raising their voices every Wednesday on Zoom and Facebook Live. Second generation Chicana and queer Artistic Director, Liz Duran Boubion(US/MX) has curated 9 consecutive weeks of virtual dance performances, conversations and lecture demonstrations by prominent members of the international Latinx dance community putting Indigeneity, Afro-Latinidad, Queer Latinx Performance, Immigrant worker rights and Colorism in Latin America at the forefront of the pre-election dance festival every Wednesday. FLACC 2020’s featured dance makers are responding to the curatorial theme “El Grito” with a contemporary and emergent act of solidarity during a global pandemic. "El Grito" (The Scream) is referring to an historically rooted demonstration that takes place every year on September 16th, marking Mexican Independence Day. El Grito originally took place in 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo urged the people to revolt against Spanish rule in Dolores, Mexico with a call and response speech that included crying out the names of revolutionaries that led to their liberation. The call and response of El Grito (call the name... respond "¡VIVA!") is used all over Latin America as a way to bring the people together for social change. What do you live for, cry for or fight for? Víva qué? Víva quien? Víva por qué? Who has moved you toward liberation? What/who/how do we honor our sources of inspiration or survival? In what ways can you call or respond to your community right now? How does El Grito exist in your body? In its 7th rendition, FLACC continues to act as a premier resource for the contemporary arts sector by pushing for narratives and personal stories that are not easy to find in the typically hetero-normative arena of traditional Latinx dance forms nor in the typically white-dominated world of U.S. contemporary modern dance.  Dancers out of work and greatly impacted by shelter in place mandates of COVID 19 need your support and solidarity to spread the word, donate and put FLACC on your calendar in a crucial time when we need to reimagine a dignified and just society for us all. Let us reinvent reality together.

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Nov 4

Join PUSH for PUSHfest Global, an online festival featuring 18 choreographers from the Bay Area and beyond, over 7 Livestreams, Wednesdays at 6 PM PST October 7 - November 18. Each Wednesday, meet 3 new Artists as they share excerpts of their work alongside a moderated Artist and Audience Discussion. Ticket sales for PUSHfest Global support the PUSHfor Campaign: a campaign distributing funds Black Dance Companies and Individual Artists living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Featuring works in the dance genres of contemporary, modern, jazz, Bharatanatyam, Kathak and more, PUSHfest aims to introduce viewers to new choreographic styles and approaches. Continuing in this annual tradition, PUSH is thrilled to connect audiences this season with a diverse selection of mid-career and emerging choreographers, whose socially relevant dances evoke joy, power and healing while offering embodied commentary on the global pandemic and police brutality protests in America.

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Nov 5

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet company celebrates its tenth anniversary of the SKETCH series, with a dance film project, SKETCH FILMS : Red Thread, October – November 2020. Featuring world premieres by SKETCH alumni including: Artistic Director Amy Seiwert, Artistic Fellow Ben Needham-Wood, Chicago based choreographer Stephanie Martinez, and NYC-based choreographer Jennifer Archibald. Both Martinez and Archibald are winners of the Joffrey Ballet’s "Winning Works: Choreographers of Color” commissions. The first of the four films, Crack the Dark by Amy Seiwert will be released on October 1, 6:30 pm. The three remaining films will be screened on: October 16, 5 pm (Jennifer Archibald), November 5, 6:30 pm (Stephanie Martinez), and November 20, 5 pm (Ben Needham-Wood).

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Left to Right Rami Margron, Amara Tabor Smith Zakiya Harris Pippa Fleming and Karen Ransom [Image description: Five people dressed in orange and khaki colors stare intensely into the camera. Two are seated and three stand behind. The person in the middle is in motion.]
Sep 2020

Black Women Genius, Black Women Magic, Black Women Power

by Tobe Melora Correal

June 2013… I want to do “A House Full of Black Women!” —Amara Tabor-Smith. These were the words that came falling out of Amara’s mouth, sweet and easy, like fat golden corn falls ripe and juicy off a late-summer cobb. It was mere hours after the soul-stirring finish of Amara’s 2013 presentation of He Moved Swiftly’s “Room Full of Black Men” and I was still speechless with awe at the majesty that had taken place there.

Suk hugging Wakes while Wakes holds a note that was tucked into a pocket in the pillow he made her. It says, “I love you Hamoolni.” Hamoolni is Korean for grandmother.
Sep 2020

Out of Touch

By Rowena Richie

Part 1. “Secretly I want to be ‘Amma’ a.k.a. ‘the hugging saint,’ the Indian spiritual leader who goes around the world giving hugs to millions of people. I want to midwife life after COVID-19, to bring people back into their bodies.” –April 20, 2020. When I wrote that in my journal in mid-April I was already grieving the loss of touch. I had no idea we were going to be “out of touch” for so long. No idea just how traumatic the loss of touch would be for so many. I never expected to mourn my dad’s death from cancer against the backdrop of a pandemic.

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