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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…

 

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Launches New Publication Exploring Health Equity

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) launched recently its latest publication SaludArte: Building Health Equity on the Bedrock of Traditional Arts and Culture.

SaludArte, available both in English and Spanish, is a reflection of nearly a decade of work in Boyle Heights as a part of the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative. The bilingual publication, co-authored by Dr. George Lipsitz of UC Santa Barbara and ACTA, “explores what can happen when traditional artists engage cultural practices to address social determinants of health like structural racism, poverty, and other conditions that impact our ability to lead healthy lives where we live, work, and play,” according to the announcement.

 

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…

NEWS

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…

Upcoming Webinars:
Overview of the Creative Work Fund – Oct 15 at 12-1pm
Funding for Individual Artists: Meet the Grantmakers – Oct 22 at 11am-12:30pm
Creative Work Fund: Your Questions Answered – Nov 18 at 10-11 am
Creative Work Fund: Your Questions Answered – Dec 8 at 10-11 am

 

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…

 

City of Oakland FY20-21 Cultural Funding Program Grant Round Two

Neighborhood Voices (VOICES) builds belonging within the dynamic neighborhoods of the City of Oakland by supporting culturally-engaging efforts to bring our city’s community members together to foster cohesion during a time of social distancing. VOICES will fund projects aimed at fostering community resilience, feeding creative well-being, and offering visions for our collective future. The City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program will award 14 Organization Project Grants at $20,000 and 10 Individual Artist Projects at $7,000. Deadline: Oct 15, 2020 at 6pm PST. Read more…

 

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

The 2020 – 2021 USArtists International guidelines are now available. MAAF will continue to accept applications for travel engagements and also offers a new Virtual Track to accommodate eligible international engagements that are offering an option to present their work digitally. The first deadline to submit applications is Oct 1, 2020, at 11:59 PM ET for projects taking place between Jan 5, 2021, and June 30, 2022. Read more…

 

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program: Applications now open

The Apprenticeship Program contracts California-based mentor artists for $3,000 to offer intensive, one-on-one training in a specific traditional art form to a qualified apprentice for six to twelve months. Applications are due by Oct 19 at 11:59pm. 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…

 

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 1

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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Oct 2

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is pleased to announce it will broadcast Constellation, a collaboration between renowned choreographer Alonzo King, visual electronic artist Jim Campbell, and mezzo-soprano Maya Layhani, bringing the artistry of LINES Ballet to homes around the world. The broadcast will be free of charge to the public and will stream in two parts. The first part will stream from October 2 - October 16, 2020 and the second part will stream from October 9 - October 23, 2020. In Constellation, internationally acclaimed choreographer Alonzo King explores the orientation of our bodies to light. Campbell, a contemporary artist whose work is part of public collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art , among others, and whose 2010 work Scattered Light was installed in the Madison Square Park Conservancy in Manhattan, lights up the stage with 1,300 LED spheres. Israeli mezzo-sporano Lahyani, one of today's most sought-after young singers, sings to a score that meshes Baroque music with contemporary music by composers Leslie Stuck, Somei Satoh and Benjamin Juodvalkis. Together, with LINES Ballet's dancers, these artists offer a work that is luminous and lucid, encompassing and intimate. Over the course of the piece, the dancers interact with the LED spheres - strings of light drape the dancers' bodies and lighted globes are tucked in their hands or the crooks of their knees. Constellation features costumes by LINES Ballet Creative Director Robert Rosenwasser and couturière Colleen Quen and lighting design by Axel Morgenthaler. Filmed in 2013 at the Théâtre de Chaillot in Paris, Constellation features a stunning roster of current and former LINES Ballet dancers, which includes Robb Beresford, David Harvey, Courtney Henry, Ashley Jackson, Babatunji Johnson, Yujin Kim, Michael Montgomery, Caroline Rocher, Jeffrey Van Sciver, Meredith Webster, Keelan Whitmore and Kara Wilkes. To complement the broadcast, LINES Ballet has prepared a number of supplementary materials for the public . These include a digital interactive program book, printable activities for kids, and a study guide for middle/high school students. All the materials will be available at  linesballet.org/constellation/. The broadcast is free, but LINES Ballet is asking viewers to consider making a donation of any size to the LINES Community Relief Fund, an ongoing campaign to support the artists and the organization through the uncertainty of the pandemic.

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Oct 2

POWER SHIFT: Improvisation, Activism, and Community invites artists and activists to share the practice and performance of improvisation. Co-curated by Cherie Hill, Hope Mohr, and Karla Quintero, Power Shift brings you inside the improvisational practices of Black, Latinx, Asian American, female-identifying and queer improvisers and social justice activists. OCT 2: Real Talk # 1: Vectors of Adverse Desire | randy reyes OCT 9: Free Play | Jarrel Phillips OCT 10: Encaje | Judith Sánchez Ruíz OCT 11: PURPLE is | Judith Sánchez Ruíz, with Sam Wentz The program highlights voices from African dance, jazz aesthetics, social and street dance, contemporary forms, and capoeira. A wide array of intensives and workshops at the intersection of dance and social action offer opportunities to build and share tools for the creative process. In these spaces, we will move and imagine together. We will cultivate power and resilience in the face of shifting and uncertain landscapes.

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Oct 4

Soften the Body and Unleash the Female Voice. Edge is an incubation residency and commissioning program for contemporary choreographers whose work is deeply curious about the intersection of art practice and social change. This year we activate Golden Gate Park for a double-billed performance with Artists-in-Residence, Rachael Dichter & Dia Dear and Ishan ????? (Armineh Astanbous & Rachael Sharkland). On-site tickets are sold out, but we'll be livestreaming the show.  Pay-what-you-can for an RSVP and we'll email you the livestream URL! All donations will be split among the resident artists.

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Oct 7

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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Oct 17

Out of an abundance of caution, this year's edition of San Francisco Trolley Dances will move from the street to the screen. Participating artists will be filmed on location at sites throughout the Dogpatch and Bayview Hunters Point District. Participants include 13th Floor, Arenas Dance Company, Fog Beast, Post:Ballet, Zaccho Dance Theatre, as well as organizer Epiphany Dance Theater. "Tours" will run approximately 75 minutes with additional features to explore each site including 360-degree video, historical background and behind-the-scenes footage. This is a free event. Visit epiphanydance.org/san-francisco-trolley-dances for more information.

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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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