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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 April 28, 2021:

  • The relief fund has raised over $637,449
  • Distributed $550,000 through 738 grants to individual performing arts workers

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

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

Community news

 

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All DG memberships extended through Dec 2021

As of March 2020, Dancers’ Group is reviewing its paid membership program and has extended all current memberships through Dec 2021. If you’re interested in becoming a new member, consider joining at our free Community level.

 

For You Performance Collective launches The Great AAPI Elder Print Off

Erika Chong Shuch and Ryan Tacata are proud to launch The Great AAPI Elder Print Off with For You performance collective and in partnership with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE). In recognition of AAPI Heritage month and in response to growing anti-Asian hate across the country, The Print Off will connect AAPI artists from across the country with 120+ socially isolated monolingual and bilingual AAPI elders in the Bay Area. Read more…

 

2021 Guggenheim Fellowships Announced

Congratulations to José Ome Navarrete Mazatl, co-director of NAKA Dance Theater! Fellowships were awarded to 184 artists, writers, scholars and scientists. Read more…

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Upcoming deadlines

Actos de Confianza: Relief Grants Cycle 3

The 2021 Actos de Confianza relief effort will expand to support Latinx artists and arts organizations who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies. Opens April 28, 2021; due date: May 12, 2021 at 11:59pm CT. Read more…

 

California Black Freedom Fund

In its second round of grantmaking, the California Black Freedom Fund will prioritize support for grassroots organizations with missions and strategies that focus on mobilizing young people, families and communities to build Black power. This grant round will allow for organizations to increase their capacity to enhance advocacy and organizing efforts. Due date: Fri, May 14, 2021. Read more…

 

Gerbode Foundation Invites Applications for 2021 Choreography Awards

Up to six $50,000 grants will be awarded for new dance and movement-based projects. The new works will be commissioned by Bay Area nonprofit arts presenting organizations with productions between July 2022 and Dec 2024. Proposed commissions in all dance forms will be considered for this round. Applicants must be nonprofits based in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma counties. Applications must be submitted by email no later than 4pm on Thu, May 20, 2021. Read more…

 

Belonging In Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund

Provides two-year grants – ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 per year – and networking support to Oakland-based BIPOC artists/cultural practitioners who work deeply in and with their communities to co-create aspirations to build a racially just city. LOIs are due by June 14, 2021 at 6pm. Full proposals (by invitation) are due by Aug 11, 2021 at 6pm. Read more…

Webinars:
Register for Wed, May 12, 2021, 10am-11:30am
Register for Mon, May 24, 2021, 5:30-7pm

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.

Sean Dorsey wearing a black t-shirt.
Apr 2021

In Practice: Sean Dorsey, Fresh Meat Productions, and Trans Joy

by Sima Belmar

As he looks back on 20 years of making and producing performance by trans, gender-nonconforming (GNC), two-spirit, and queer artists in the Bay Area and across the country, Sean Dorsey, Artistic Director of Sean Dorsey Dance (SDD) and founder of Fresh Meat Productions (FMP), is positively glowing.

Founded in 2001, Fresh Meat Productions is a trans-led-and-serving, history-making organization committed to shining a light on and reflecting the light of artists who, despite increased visibility in popular culture, continue to struggle to find their voices amplified, uplifted, and represented in theatrical contexts.

Vocal activist Melanie DeMore leads a Skywatcher community processional through the Tenderloin
Apr 2021

From Containment to Expansion: A Tenderloin Meditation

By Marvin White

With From Containment to Expansion ABDProductions /Skywatchers Ensemble marks a decade of radical community-centered art making in the Tenderloin. This work heralds a future in which we celebrate, illuminate, and amplify what is powerful and unique in our most disinvested neighborhood. In honor of this work, we invited poet and GLIDE’s Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White to reflect and prospect with ABD/Skywatchers on the work on Skywatchers and this upcoming multidisciplinary performance piece.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 8

Please join SSU's Department of Theatre Arts & Dance for our newly envisioned Senior Project Festival 2021.  This Senior Project Festival is a production that is completely student driven. We have student directors, student choreographers, student designers, student stage managers and a student playwright! This production is a great opportunity to see the compilation of everything our students have learned in their time with us at SSU while also viewing the topics/projects they are passionate about.

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May 11

RAWdance presents “Collected Breath”: a Midnight Artist Collaboration with Jim Campbell’s Studio From midnight to 1am, each night for the month of May, RAWdance will be poised 1,070 feet above the city, lighting up Jim Campbell’s Day for Night installation as part of the artist’s studio’s monthly “midnight artist collaboration,” in partnership with Boston Properties, owner of Salesforce Tower. Created by RAWdance Co-Artistic Directors Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith, Collected Breath features eight dancers embodying an elaborate breathing score, synced up with original, streamable music from local composer Joel St. Julien.

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May 14

Bringing live performance from the stage to the screen, San Francisco Dance Film Festival’s Spring Fling Festival pays tribute to all the dancers who were prevented from performing live for the past year. From May 14 – 23, enjoy on-demand access to four dynamic productions by some of the most influential choreographers working today in contemporary dance and ballet. The Festival will also include encore screenings of award-winning films from SFDFF's 2020 Festival in five categories, ranging from Best Documentary to Best Music video. Tickets for individual programs range from $1.99 to $14.99 and are on sale now: https://sfdancefilmfest.org/spring-fling-2021/   Program Overview: Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes, captured live at London’s Sadler’s Wells theatre, leads the program. SFDFF is thrilled to offer an early screening of the classic tale before its wide release later this year. Please note that The Red Shoes is only available to audiences in Northern California. John Neumeier’s Ghost Light, created and filmed in 2020 under the constraints of the pandemic, is a provocative work that explores the isolation and fantasies of empty stages. A Swan Lake, Alexander Ekman’s radical interpretation of the classic work for Norwegian National Ballet, combines classical ballet, contemporary theater, and an onstage lake with 5,000 liters of water. YAG: The Movie is an emotionally charged piece for six dancers about longing and the love of dance from the famed Batsheva Dance Company. A must-see for followers of Ohad Naharin's visionary work. Beyond My Steps, winner of Best Documentary Film at SFDFF 2020, is an intimate portrait of the Contemporary Dance Company of Angola, featuring rare archival footage from their 2017 season performances. Our 2020 Award Winning Shorts program features four short dance films that address topics from climate change in the Arctic (Human Habitat) to the challenges of interracial relationships (The Conversation).

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May 15

Bliss Dance Company presents our very first mini Dance Film! 4 women's journey as they climb out of societal expectations and into their truths. To Be A Woman... features choreography by Cassie Begley, Christina Silveira, and Janis Valencia. Video editing by Amit Patel and directed by Cassie Begley. Come join us for a viewing and Q&A with our creative team and dancers. FB: Bliss Dance Company IG: @blissdancecompany Tik Tok: @blissdancecompany WE LOVE DONATIONS!

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May 15

Leela Dance Collective ensemble members take kathak to the streets, performing against the backdrop of our unusually quiet cityscapes. After the performance, participate in an introductory kathak workshop and experience the way that kathak dance can ground the body, focus the mind, and uplift the spirit. Finally, don’t miss the live Q&A session with Leela Dance Collective ensemble dancers! This event will be livestreamed from Leela Dance Collective’s YouTube channel and OACC’s Facebook Page. No passwords or software downloads necessary! RSVP to receive the latest updates and additional information. Virtual Performance presented by Oakland Asian Cultural Center. About the Series “Celebrating Our HeART-filled Heritage” champions local Asian and Asian Pacific Islander performing artists, with the goal of providing a platform for accomplished local performing artists and exposing our diverse community in the East Bay to compelling, culturally relevant artists and performances that inspire intergenerational and cross-cultural exchange. The performing arts series is supported in part by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Donations are appreciated and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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May 17

Available on-demand between May 17-24. This program includes a special free screening of Detour Dance's The Nelken Line, followed by a Q+A . The panel features a few of the collaborating artists: Eric Garcia (Director), Alex Locust/Glamputee (Performer), Bhumi B. Patel (Performer), Grace Towers (Performer), Ish Fofana/Rihanna Wintour (Performer), and Melissa Lewis/Deuce Lee (Performer). The Nelken Line is an excerpted dance from Pina Bausch’s 1982 work Nelken. Four simple gestures—set to West End Blues by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five—evoke the changing of the seasons. Detour Dance’s film rendition features a gorgeous 26-person cast of local Bay Area drag artists and queer performers.

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