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President Nominates Chairs of National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities This week, President Biden nominated Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Shelly Lowe as Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). If confirmed, Dr. Jackson will be the first African American and Mexican American to serve as Chair of the NEA and Lowe will be the nation’s first Native American to serve as Chair of the NEH. Read more…

 

Creative Work Fund Announces $1.1 Million in Grants Congratulations to dance awardees Alleluia Panis/Asian Art Museum, jose e. abad/Authentic Arts & Media, Bayo Agbelekale/Bandaloop, Alka Raghuram/Chitresh Das Institute, Sitalbanat Muktari & Ellen Sebastian Chang/The Kitchen Sisters, Charya Burt/Mosaic America, Philein Wang/ One Life Counseling, Dohee Lee/Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, and Alice Sheppard/Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Read more…

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Read our Commitment to Racial Equity

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.

Upcoming deadlines

 

Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency (D.E.A.R.)

The program provides early to mid-career artists free studio space and up-to-date equipment to create new work in the time-based arts such as theater/performance, dance/movement, music/sound art/instrument invention, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary work. Applications due by Oct 29. Read more…

 

SF Arts Commission: Cultural Equity Initiatives

Supports small and mid-sized SF-based arts organizations that are deeply embedded in their communities through multi-year, core support grants. Grants (up to $100,000 over two years) provide the funds needed to sustain day-to-day operations and provide maximum flexibility. Due date: Nov 3 at noon. Read more…

 

SF Arts Commission: Artist Grant

Funds artists and works of art in all genres made by artists living in SF. The anticipated grant request amount is $20,000 based on current budget availability. Due date: Nov 10 at noon. Read more…

Need some support to get you through the grant writing process? Craving a Queer-centric co-working environment? Join Eric Garcia, Co-Director of Detour Dance and SFAC 2021 Cultural Ambassador, for virtual Co-Work Sessions & Peer Review on Mondays.

Scan of sepia toned family photographs.
Sep 2021

Dancing Archivists: A Conversation

by Hallie Chametzky and Sarah Nguyen

Their shared interest in how legacy, memory, materiality, and the sharing of information inform them as movement artists brings them together in this forum. What follows is a series of musings on how their relationship to making and thinking about dance and performance is intertwined with their professional archiving practices.

Bianca Stephanie Mendoza with hands on hips looking into the camera
Sep 2021

My Roots of Movement

by Bianca Mendoza

Navigating a career in a Eurocentric, White-centralizing, contemporary dance world as a lesbian Latinx woman of mixed Indigenous blood never felt complicated until it started to.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep 9

Split is a 1-1 contemporary dance, performed for one audience member by one dancer at a time. The work examines the relationship between dissociative episodes and identity formation, and is informed by the performers’ personal histories, interviews with queer community members, Kushner’s Angels in America, and Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The performance takes place across four built environments and runs approximately 30 minutes. Though the performance is intimate in nature, there are no direct audience/performer interactions.

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Oct 23

BTR: Dancing Ancestral Cosmologies culminates a year-long process of embodied discourse and shared research regarding the pelvis and spine. Back to the Root: Dancing Ancestral Cosmologies will share how the cosmologies, philosophies and rituals of these sacred and secular African rooted dances intersect with very little variance; How the members of these nations manifest these belief systems and rituals in the dancing of the spine and pelvis; Engaging the past, present and future by activating the pelvis (poly-temporal), ritual (counterclockwise) and secular (clockwise) wining/rotation of the pelvis, rejuvenation of the exhausted body via activation of the spine and that relation to trance, possession, spiritual connectedness. Panel: Cultural specialists will share the common movement languages and rituals they have come to understand through embodied practice and research of the use of the spine and pelvis. Classes/Workshops: Cultural specialists will facilitate the deepening of the embodied experience by collaborating to select movements from the dance they plan to teach that seamlessly segue from one class into the next, so each class feels like the continuation of the one before and prepares them for the next because the movements, rituals and intentions are interconnected across the dance traditions offered. This format will aid in the durational dance structure prevalent in these forms. $115 - Full Event (Panel + 8 classes) $57.50 - Half Event (Panel + 4 classes) $20 - Panel $15 - Single Class 20 Scholarships available   SCHEDULE: Sat, Oct 23: 10-11:30am - Panel (Dr. Yvonne Daniel, Sonja Dumas, Colette Eloi, Dr. Sylvanus Kuwor, Thomas Prestø) 12-1:15pm - Talawa Technique™/Africana (Thomas Prestø) 1:30-2:45pm - Bounce/New Orleans (Satchel Joseph) 3-4:15pm - Bakongo, Zebola, Bakongo/Congo (Lakiesha Golden) Sun, Oct 24: 10-11:15am - Agbadza/Ghana (Dr. Sylvanus Kuwor) 11:30-12:45pm - Wining/Trinidad ( Shermica Farquhar) 1-2:30pm - Gede, Yanvalu/Haitian (Colette Eloi and Dr. Imani Kai Johnson) 2:45-4pm - Hyphy/Bay Area (Ebonie Barnett)   Panelists: Dr. Yvonne Daniel - Dancing Diasporas Sonja Dumas - The Hip As a Weapon (Trinidad/Wining) Colette Eloi, MFA - Haitian/Gede and Yanvalu (also an instructor) Dr. Sylvanus Kuwor - Ghana/ Ewe/Agbadza (also an instructor) Thomas Presto - Talawa Technique (also an instructor) Instructors: Ebonie Barnett - Bay Area/African American/Hyphy Shermica "Sokanista" Farquhar - Trinidad/Wining Lakiesha Golden - Congo/Bakongo, Mutwashi, Zebola Satchel Joseph - New Orleans/Bounce Lecturer: Dr. Imani Kai Johnson - USA/Hip Hop Ciphers

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Oct 23

*Event moved indoors due to weather. San Francisco International Arts Festival will present a combination live in-person and livestream program that culminates in a two-day outdoor program to take place at the Fort Mason Center (on the weekend of October 23-24). The weekend will feature over 30 dance, theatre and music ensembles and companies in more than two dozen separate concerts. Tickets available for single concerts and Festival Passes for multiple shows. The 2021 program celebrates the (cautious and health-conscious) reopening of San Francisco's performing arts industry and seeks to reconnect individual artists with their audiences in a live performance setting. The program will follow Federal Health and Safety guidelines (attendees must be vaccinated/tested negative and wear face coverings). Modern Dance Program 1 Concept o4 (10 min) Eden. The Joy of Being by Natasha Adorlee is about the joy, reflection, and agony of being in a relationship. Push Up Something Hidden (30 min) What's Done Is Done by Amy Lewis uses performance to look at love in confinement. CALI & CO (10 min) ADAPT by Christine Cali features original live music from long-time collaborator Matt Langlois/Matt EL, expands ideas of survival, sustainability, embodiment and community.

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Oct 23

*Event Cancelled due to weather. San Francisco International Arts Festival will present a combination live in-person and livestream program that culminates in a two-day outdoor program to take place at the Fort Mason Center (on the weekend of October 23-24). The weekend will feature over 30 dance, theatre and music ensembles and companies in more than two dozen separate concerts. Tickets available for single concerts and Festival Passes for multiple shows. The 2021 program celebrates the (cautious and health-conscious) reopening of San Francisco's performing arts industry and seeks to reconnect individual artists with their audiences in a live performance setting. The program will follow Federal Health and Safety guidelines (attendees must be vaccinated/tested negative and wear face coverings). Spirit of Brazil ’21 presents the artistic elements of Capoeira through a fusion of contemporary and traditional music, dance, and martial arts from Brazil. Born out of a resistance to oppression and now internationally practiced, Capoeira’s history reminds audiences of the power of resistance—an especially relevant message in today's sociopolitical climate. Spirit of Brazil explores Capoeira as means of self-expression and as a path to freedom from oppression. The dynamic acrobatic and athletic movements, history and tradition, and heart-thumping rhythms presented by an international cast will leave audiences inspired!

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Oct 23

*Event location moved indoors. San Francisco International Arts Festival will present a combination live in-person and livestream program that culminates in a two-day outdoor program to take place at the Fort Mason Center (on the weekend of October 23-24). The weekend will feature over 30 dance, theatre and music ensembles and companies in more than two dozen separate concerts. Tickets available for single concerts and Festival Passes for multiple shows. The 2021 program celebrates the (cautious and health-conscious) reopening of San Francisco's performing arts industry and seeks to reconnect individual artists with their audiences in a live performance setting. The program will follow Federal Health and Safety guidelines (attendees must be vaccinated/tested negative and wear face coverings). This one hour show will take you on a journey using hip-hop, street dance, and underground styles of dance, telling stories that we as humans can relate to and resonate with. Through powerful, fun, fierce movement and prose, witness the inner layers of a movement artists' view of their experience in the world during this time. The riveting pieces audiences will see are filled with vulnerability, sisterhood, and community. This is a show that will move you on a multitude of levels. Exploring the layers of uncertainty, endurance, resilience, joy, and art that reflects the times, this show will leave audiences intrigued, captivated, inspired, and hopeful. Mix'd Ingrdnts is a multi-ethnic, multi-genre dance collective composed of female-identified artists, who work together with the intent to contribute to the impact of social change. Mix'd Ingrdnts Dance Company was established in 2010 and exists to empower women to express themselves. The company also aims to empower youth and the community through dance knowledge, conversation, movement, and workshops. The company and its members strive to inspire those around them and through skillful artistry, uses their platform to pave pathways for people to authentically express themselves, evoke feelings, and prompt reflective spaces and conversation. Mix'd Ingrdnts has laid ground work in the Bay Area and some highlights include opening and closing Amy Poehler's set at Clusterfest 2019, were a featured segment on the Harry Connick Jr. Show, on the bill with Hieroglyphics and Goapele at Stern Grove, and won the Bay Area's Best Dancer Award in 2017. A Mix'd Ingrdnts show stimulates audience's eyes, mind, heart, and body, and takes viewers on a journey of storytelling through powerful movement.

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Oct 23

*Event moved indoors due to weather. Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers presents: FLACC 2021: sii agua sí!  In partnership with Ohlone Culture Bearers, local dance artists and Dance Mission Theater, this outdoor festival raises awareness to the blocked waterways in Yelamu (what is now known as San Francisco) and will memorialize the 5,700 Indigenous ancestors buried in the Mission Dolores cemetery. More information about the daytime activities and evening program at the Eventbrite link below.

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