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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.

Share with us the ways you are celebrating dance while honoring the need for physical spacing (gotta use a dance term!), and you can find the offerings submitted under our Resources tab.

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

As of June 25, 2020:

  • The relief fund has raised approximately $358,453
  • Distributed $325,750 to 438 performing arts workers in the Bay Area
  • 302 applications remain on the waitlist to be funded
  • Approximately 15 new applications are submitted every week

Our goal is to fund applications both on the waitlist and newly submitted applications. No donation is too small, and every bit of support will make an impact on the arts workers in our Bay Area community.

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.

Potential Changes to AB5

 In June the Assembly voted unanimously to advance two bills, A.B. 1850 and A.B. 2257, to the Senate. —A.B. 2257 would apply the Borello test to many working in the music industry, including performers, sound engineers, composers, and marketers. It would not apply to performers at theme parks, at large festivals, in orchestras, in a musical theater production, or on tour. Read more

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Pain of witnessing violence can’t compare to the pain of experiencing violence. Dancers’ Group works to (and will continue to work to) bringing an equity-focused approach to our work and we celebrate the broad diversity of the Bay Area Dance community and stand with Black people, today and always.

Our thanks to Zaccho Dance Theatre and Joanna Haigood for their wisdom and resources (shared here with permission):

There is much to be done. We must also:

  • Vote for change
  • Stay educated on our history and the complexity of its impact
  • Unpack our own privileges and acknowledge how we might benefit or participate in the system of white supremacy
  • Remember that all Black, Indigenous, and peoples of color in this country are targets
  • Keep talking about ending racism
  • Create new strategies
  • And finally, pray to whatever spirit elevates us to practice loving kindness

“I pray for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Mario Woods, Matthew “Peanut” Johnson, and for all the grieving families of Black and Indigenous people, peoples of color, and LGBTQ+ people who have been the victims to these crimes, that they will finally receive justice and peace. I also celebrate Black resilience, wisdom, and creative genius and will continue to practice and share the healing power of art.” —Joanna Haigood, artistic director, ZACCHO Dance Theatre

Guidelines for Safety While Attending Local Protests
Sign Color of Change petition for #JusticeForFloyd
Black Lives Matter List of Resources

Thoughtfully,
Andréa, Katie, Shellie, Wayne, Zoe

Upcoming deadlines

California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship deadline extended to Aug 14

The SOAC will pair 10 arts administrators of color with an equal number of arts and culture organizations dedicated to equity and community engagement for a nine- to 12- month paid fellowship. Read more…

Wattis Foundation announces new Relief Grants for the Arts

The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation has shifted all grantmaking in 2020 to direct unrestricted support to Bay Area arts organizations working in Alameda, Marin, and/or San Francisco counties. Relief funds will be issued as one-time grants ranging from $2,500 – $10,000. Open Aug 20 – Sep 3, 2020. Read more…

Investing in Artists Grant Opens

Center for Cultural Innovation invites Bay Area performing and media artists to apply. Read more…

HMD’s Community Engagement Residency application deadline Sep 13

Established in 2017, HMD’s Community Engagement Residency (CER) provides year-long support to San Francisco Bay Area dance and movement artists and artist collectives to engage in creative process with their communities. CER projects blend art and activism to address cultural inequities within the Bay Area arts. Read more…

Zellerbach Family Foundation to Reopen Community Arts Covid Response Grant

Community Arts COVID Response Grants will provide 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. Response grants will be for organizational stability/general operating support, and will be awarded for $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000. Reopens Sep 7, 2020. 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…

UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug 10

Drive East 2020: Sanctuary  Join Navatman in its first virtual, global experience, as we bring together artists from all over the globe for one of the most ambitious—and lauded—congregations of Indian classical music and dance outside of India. Larger than ever before, Drive East’s 9th season will live stream to your living room from New York City, San Francisco, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Assam and Kolkata. Whether you are a seasoned patron or interested in learning more, there is an experience for everyone in this one-of-a-kind, immersive, and star-studded experience in the world of Indian classical arts. Sunday, August 9th | Broadcast from Chennai, India 10am PST / 1pm EST | Ashwath Narayanan: Carnatic Vocal Concert 11:30am PST / 2:30pm EST | Ramya Ramnarayan: Bharatanatyam Dance Concert 1pm PST / 4pm EST | VV Subrahmanyam and VVS Murari: Carnatic Violin Duet Monday, August 10th | Broadcast from New York, USA 4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST | Navatman Dance: Bharatanatyam Dance Concert with Live Music 6pm PST / 9pm EST | Hidayat Khan: Sitar Concert Tuesday, August 11th | Broadcast from New York, USA 4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST | Mesma Belsare, Choreographed by Kulkarni: Bharatanatyam Dance Concert 6pm PST / 9pm EST | Navatman Music Collective: Carnatic Music Choir Concert Wednesday, August 12th | Broadcast from Bangalore & Kolkata, India 4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST | Sandip Bhattacharjee: Hindustani Vocal Concert 6pm PST / 9pm EST | Jayeeta Dutta: Kathak Dance Concert Thursday, August 13th | Broadcast from Assam, India 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST | Anwesa Mahanta: Sattriya Dance Concert Friday, August 14th | Broadcast from San Francisco, USA 7:30pm PST / 10:30pm EST | Prasant Radhakrishnan: Carnatic Saxophone Concert 9pm PST / 12am EST | Ganesh Vasudeva and Group: Life of Pi -  Bharatanatyam Concert Saturday, August 15th | Broadcast from San Francisco, USA 7:30pm PST / 10:30pm EST | Aditya Prakash w/ Shiv Ramamurthy and Rohan Krishnamurthy: Carnatic Vocal Concert 9pm PST / 12am EST | Vijayalakshmi: Mohiniyattam Dance Concert Sunday, August 16th | Broadcast from New Delhi, India 10am PST / 1pm EST | Kamal Sabri: Sarangi Concert 11:30am PST / 2:30pm EST | Rama Vaidyanathan with Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel: Bharatanatyam Dance Concert

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Aug 14

While the future of performance gatherings may be unclear, the need for artists to share their work and for people to come together is as strong, if not stronger, than ever before. RAWdance’s beloved CONCEPT series salon goes digital, with dance films and a DJ’d dance party. Hosted live by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors, Katerina Wong, Wendy Rein, and Ryan T. Smith, the Digital Edition will focus on dance for camera, including a mix of short dance films completed during the recent months of sheltering-in-place, as well as works-in-progress. The films will be followed by a full on dance party, complete with Jumbotron camera action. RAWdance will be joined by choreographers Marissa Brown, Eric Garcia, Frankie Lee III, Megan Lowe, and Jocelyn Reyes.

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Aug 14

"What is your sexual superpower?" "Desire Mentality", is a solo investigation that answers the question and delves desire and how we express it through words and sustained eye contact. Video Premiere and Q + A with Artistic Director, Andréa Spearman, Videographer Alexandria Spearman, and Performer Daniela Ramirez. Register to receive your private Zoom link. Also, you can receive alerts through Youtube!! https://youtu.be/tlobj1lCNlo

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Aug 15

CubaCaribe announces The Power of Resiliency,  an eight-week online series of artist talks, classes, interviews, and collaborations during the global pandemic opening on Saturday, June 27 at 6 pm and running through August 29. Click here for full schedule. Virtual Performance Videos: 3 Cuban choreographers create 5 minute performance pieces in which all participants are socially distanced.

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Aug 22

Join us for the inaugural performance of Vishwa Shanthi’s new series, “Samarpanam: A Dedication to Art”. Smt. Shreelata Suresh takes the stage to perform Bharatanatyam in its traditional and pure form in an intimate chamber setting for connoisseurs and serious students to enjoy. The one-hour performance will be followed by Q&A with the dancer.

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Sep 10

Virtual Pathways Dance Festival 2020 is a virtual dance festival featuring cutting-edge archived dances produced by Alyssandra Katherine Dance (AKD), Co-Presented by ODC Theater online September 10th-13th, 2020. The roster will feature works spanning genres, highlighting the breadth and diversity of dance styles in a new digital format. AKD's mission is to bring visibility to dance companies nationally, giving chosen companies an opportunity to showcase work to new audiences and widen their reach at no cost. We seek to use this festival as a platform to provide financial support to contributing artists and support innovative works through ticket sales. There will be 4 evenings, each with a different theme: Identity, Healing, Home/Sanctuary, and Time/Scope. Every performance will host a prolific and established company or choreographer during the live-stream performance including works by Helen Pickett, Yu Dance Theatre, and Doug Varone and Dancers. One portion of all revenue will be split among participating artists, while the other portion of ticket sales will be given to support ODC to maintain its sustainability during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Virtual Pathways Dance Festival is produced by 3 formidable female choreographers Marika Brussel, Carly Lave, and Alyssandra Wu. Brussel is a ballet choreographer who reshapes contemporary narratives, bringing ballet into the 21st Century. Lave is a contemporary choreographer whose work seeks to question the self through visceral immersive performance. Wu is a freelance choreographer whose work explores issues dealing with East Asian identity and mental illness. We plan to hold a Q and A following or prior to each performance and hope that viewers will plan to attend this real time live-stream as well.

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Anna Halprin in a grey hat looking off to the side, smiling
Jun 2020

Conversations with Anna Halprin

by Janice Ross

As surely everyone must know by now, Anna Halprin turns 100 on July 13, 2020. Just as her work has celebrated the dancer in every body, and every age, for the past 75 years, she is an artist who isn’t inclined to stop generating ideas and movement just because she is nearing the century mark.

Jun 2020

In Practice: NAKA Dance Theater in the time of COVID-19

By Sima Belmar

On our way out of Margaret Jenkins’ CHIME event on December 8, 2019, José Navarrete invited me to have a conversation about NAKA’s social justice work, including LAIR (Live Arts in Resistance), a series of performance showcases, artist residencies, and community town halls in partnership with EastSide Arts Alliance in East Oakland. By the time we found a date that worked for the three of us, COVID-19 had hit.

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