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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 November 12, 2020:

  • The relief fund has raised over $597,356
  • Distributed $502,500 through 634 grants to individual performing arts workers

142 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 Commitment to Racial Equity

 

Creative Capital: Applying as a Performance-Based Artist info session

Wed, Jan 27 at 7-8pm ET

Learn how artists can apply for the Creative Capital Award which provides $50,000 in individual project funding, and additional career development services—all dedicated to supporting artists complete their innovative project ideas. The application, opening February 2021, is free and open to artists working in all disciplines across the country.

In this info session, Creative Capital Awardee Erika Chong Shuch, and Pia Agrawal, Curator of Performing Arts at the Momentary, talk about applying as performance-based artists.

Register for the info session
Read more about the Creative Capital award

 

David Herrera Performance Company announces 2021 LatinXtensions Cohort

This 12-month program advises emerging Latinx and Hispanic dance artists in developing their professional artistic practice with focuses on non-profit management skills, producing, grant writing, equity best practices, engaging diverse communities, coalition building, and long-term career goals. Read more…

 

NEFA’s 2020 National Dance Project Awards Announced

Congratulations to the Bay Area award recipients – AXIS Dance Company, Lenora Lee Dance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Sean Dorsey Dance. Read more…

 

Alonzo King LINES Ballet awarded grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Alonzo King LINES Ballet has been awarded a $350,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the creation of a new work and fund a COVID-bubble artistic residency in Wickenburg, Arizona this December. Read more…

NEWS

Upcoming deadlines

Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions – Folk and Traditional Arts LOI submissions now open

Commissions will support the creation of 10 new works in the folk & traditional arts to premiere in the Bay Area between 2021-2024. The commissions will fund projects based in performative genres, including dance, music, storytelling and theater, and other traditional arts expressions that have a strong performative element, according to the community of practice. This year’s awards are being administered by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA). LOIs are due on March 8, 2021. If invited, full proposals are due May 18, 2021. Read more…

Info sessions:
Wed Jan 27, 12pm – 1:15pm
Wed, Jan 27, 6 -7:15pm
Fri, Jan 29, 12pm – 1:15pm with ASL interpretation
Mon, Feb 8, 4 – 5:15pm

If you are unable to attend, a video recording will be posted online beginning Feb 1, 2021.

 

Rainin Foundation New & Experimental Works (NEW) Program

The NEW Program provides project support to small and mid-size dance, theater and multidisciplinary arts organizations that enable Bay Area artists to produce timely, visionary projects. LOIs are due by 5pm PST on Feb 12, 2021. Full proposals (by invitation only) are due by 5pm PST on April 23, 2021. Read more…

 

National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects

Guidelines and application materials for Grants for Arts Projects funding are now available. These grants support arts projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required. Note: Registration in SAM.gov and Grants.gov can take several weeks – finalize your registrations early. Part 1 due Feb 11, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. Read more…

 

MAP Fund announces changes to their 2021 grant cycle

This year, in response to the ongoing challenges faced by performing artists all over the country, MAP will host a lottery-based grant selection, open to artists (individuals and ensembles) responsible for the overall execution of a performance project that was funded or advanced to the final two rounds of review in 2017-2020 grant cycles. Fifty grants will be awarded in total. The short entry form will open on Jan 4 and accept entries through Jan 28, 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

Jan 29

The Healer mines the ancient history, systems and beliefs of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a source for physical invention, sensory attunement and solace during precarious times. Bookending each performance will be a short presentation by a practitioner from one of various healing modalities, and a moderated conversation with the artists. Collaborators include choreographer and dancer Katerina Wong, dancers Michaela Cruze, Juliann Witt, Stacey Yuen, composer Daniel Berkman, scenic designer Chad Owens, lighting designer Del Medoff and costume coordinator Jhia Jackson. RAWdance is an award-winning contemporary dance company known for transforming theaters and public spaces through a mix of performance, curation, and collaboration. Under the artistic direction of Ryan T. Smith, Wendy Rein, and Katerina Wong, the company’s nuanced, charged dances pose questions ranging from the broadly social to the intimately personal.

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Jan 30

Gravity Pop-Up Performance #4 --- Re:Naissance with Styles Alexander and jose e. abad Amidst the rolling thunder call to prioritize Black lives, arts and voices in this divisive time of limited engagement, performance artist Gabriel Christian curates "RE:" - four public performances by Afro-Diasporic artists in San Francisco through Jess Curtis/Gravity's Pop-Up Performance Project. The final artists presenting are Styles Alexander and jose e. abad. This is a free event, open to the public, made possible by San Francisco Grants for the Arts. *COVID-19 protocols are in effect. Please keep six-foot masked distance from the performer, other audience members, and support personnel.* About the performance: "If time doesn’t exist If time heals all wounds When should I stop waiting? I’ve licked my gashes to the marrow Plucked from the land And buried in darkness The seeds did not know What they would grow to become. Find a way to stitch me back in. Or at least place me haphazardly in the cracks of your side. No words yet to describe the newness of our being My neck aches Oh mountain Hear me as i bring myself Before you Seemingly infinite, vibrating throughout I find myself simultaneously as Inconsequential and soft And fragile, to touch As if chiseled and filed down To make something less solid To feel yourself move through error We find power in naming ourselves as we blossom." Styles Alexander graduated from the Boston Conservatory in 2016, where they received their B.F.A in Choreography and Contemporary Performance. While at the Boston Conservatory Styles performed works by Camille A. Brown, Andrea Miller, Dwight Rhoden, Twyla Tharp, Idan Sharabi and many others. Styles also had the honor of choreographing two evening-length works(Daddy issues: A Reflection & Animism) on the Boston Conservatory main stage. Currently, Styles is a collaborator and performer with Kristin Damrow Dance and Fullstop Dance company, as well as a freelance choreographer. jose e. abad is a performance artist based in Ramaytush Ohlone Territory. Through somatic experimentation, dance, and storytelling, their work unearths lost histories, memories, and wisdom held within the body that the mind has forgotten or dominant culture has erased. Their praxis centers collaborative processes of becoming and re-membering, ushering a metamorphosis through the creation of work that emerges by listening to the most intelligent technologies that exist on this plane - our bodies, ancestral wisdom, and nature.

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Feb 12

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) will present its first-ever virtual Lunar New Year Celebration with a weeklong schedule of diverse cultural content featuring new year’s traditions from China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and more! OACC is proud to bring our signature Lunar New Year Celebration in virtual format to our Oakland Chinatown neighborhood and our broader communities. This annual community event that typically hosts more than 1,400 participants, spectators and guests will reach even larger audiences across the nation by going virtual for the first time in its history. Enjoy educational presentations, interactive workshops, and children’s story time, all from the comfort of your home! In addition to our online festivities, we are launching a virtual Community Night Market to celebrate and support our local small businesses and community organizations. This celebration is FREE to the public and fun for the whole family. Visit https://oacc.cc/event/oacc-lny-2021/ for the latest updates. ### The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander (API) arts and cultural programs that foster intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, understanding, collaboration, and social justice. For more information visit www.oacc.cc. For information, images, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Akemi Chan-Imai by telephone: (510) 637-0461, or email: akemiimai@oacc.cc

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Feb 19

Gravity and CounterPulse present Beyond Gravity 2021 online, two evenings of radical, intersectional, body-based online performances and films, featuring nine emerging and early career Bay Area artists: Europa Grace Gabriel Christian and jose e. abad with Gabriel Nuñez de Arco Abby Crain Silk Worm Chibueze Crouch India Sky Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Rachael Dichter and Allie Hankins The artists ask us to find our center of Gravity through survival, hope, lineage, resistance, or grief. How can we lean forward, even when in free fall? Audio Description and Closed Captioning will be available on both nights. Beyond Gravity provides artists with a platform, resources and production support for presenting their work, sharing their distinct audiences, and bringing together their individual communities in an intersectional meeting of excellent and innovative art.

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Feb 19

Emergence Dance is proud to present our first virtual dance festival of the 2021 season. This love themed festival centers around the movement in falling into the true passion of love, the heartache of falling out of love, and a little bit of strut. In partnership with TeachTix, these exclusive pieces will be available to stream up until two weeks after the premiere. Performances include choreographers and companies from around the United States including Cindy Heen with Emergence Dance Company, Herman Ramos with Florida School of the Arts, Alexandra “Alex” Chacon, Lindsiann Taylor with American Arts & Athletics, Cherie Carson with UpSwing Aerial Dance Company, the Crawford Jazz Project, and more!

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Jan 2021

I Wonder if My Neighbors Can Hear Me Singing

by Bhumi Patel

In March, when we received the Stay at Home Order, I was burnt out. Most days, I was driving in circles around the Bay to keep up with my freelance gigs, eating peanut butter sandwiches in my car between jobs, and desperately in need of a break. I couldn’t have imagined when we received that first Stay at Home order on March 16 that we would be here now.

It’s January 2021 as you read this, but I’m writing to you on an early December morning of clear blue skies and crisp air, having just looked at a map that describes 99% of the population of California in places of widespread transmission, the highest tier. We are on the precipice of another sweeping Stay at Home Order, with hospitals nearing capacity. For some of us, this does not affect us – we have not been leaving our houses for nonessential purposes so we will continue to not leave our homes for nonessential purposes. For some, this may mean loss: of work or otherwise. For others, this could mean something else entirely.

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Jan 2021

What’s in a Conversation?

By Jochelle Pereña

“We had an incredible Practitioner Exchange last night!” I tell my Luna colleagues, “I laughed, I even cried, we danced around, and the conversation just flowed.” I realize as I’m saying this, that I’m not fully describing the depth of the discussion, and that in fact, it sounds a bit trite. But my colleagues are curious, “Great! What did you learn?” I pause, mouth open, stumped. What did I learn? What am I actually learning from all these Exchanges? What’s in a conversation?

At Luna, we’ve been offering informal community conversations around dance teaching inquiry for over 10 years under various names and formats—Topic Tuesdays, Issues of Practice, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

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