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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 July 27, 2021:

  • The relief fund has raised over $714,025
  • Distributed $602,000 through 790 grants to individual performing arts workers

*Now that performing arts organizations are beginning to reopen, applications have greatly declined. However, Theatre Bay Area recognizes that there are many theatre workers in the Bay Area who may have acute financial need unrelated to the pandemic or to critical illness. To meet more widespread needs, TBA will be reshaping the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund to include emergency funding for any reason.

During this transition, applications for PAWRF were temporarily put on hiatus as of Friday, July 30.

Community news

 

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.

 

Twenty New Dance Works Receive National Dance Project Awards

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has awarded $2,030,000 through the National Dance Project to support the creation of 20 new dance works that will be shared across the United States. Each project will receive $45,000 for the creation of the new work, as well as $10,000 in unrestricted general operating support. Congratulations to all recipients including local awardees, Flyaway Productions and Nkeiruka Oruche + Gbedu Town Radio. Read more…

 

Gerbode Foundation Awards Eight $50,000 Commissions for New Choreography Projects

The 2021 Choreography Awards is the first round of the Special Awards in the Arts program and is a three-year, $900,000 initiative to support the commissioning of individual artists creating new works in dance (2021), theater (2022), and music/sound design (2023). Congratulations to the recipients: Artists in Motion Bay Area & Pilipino Education Project/Patrick Cruz, Authentic Arts & Media/jose esteban abad, Dance Mission Theater/Adia Tamar Whitaker, Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance/Meridith Kawekiu Aki, Mosaic America/My-Linh Le, Noorani Dance/ Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, The Lab SF/Indira Allegra, and Zaccho Dance Theatre/Veronica Blair.  Read more…

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Upcoming deadlines

East Bay Fund for Artists

Will award grants of $1,000-$16,000 for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists. Awardees must hold a public presentation of their work within a year of receiving the grant award. Organizations and individual applicants may apply. Due date: Oct 4. Read more…

 

Native Cultures Fund

The Native Cultures Fund is dedicated to supporting California’s original peoples, their art and cultural revitalization. Preference will be given for grants involving art created by Native artists, cultural mentorship between generations, and/or creation of California Indian cultural models that can be shared. Traditional or contemporary art projects, cultural or ceremonial projects, sacred site protection or creation, traditional foodways restoration, education and language programs are eligible. NCF grant funding is between $1,000 and $10,000, with most grants falling between $1,000 – $5,000. Due date: Oct 15. Read more…

 

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. Each residency includes full-time access of 1 to 4 weeks to the Ensemble’s West Oakland rehearsal studio, a production stipend (currently up to $1500), and more. Applications due by Oct 29. Read more…

Info Session:
Tue, Oct 5, 2021 – 7pm
Thu, Oct 7, 2021 – 7pm

 

YBCA Artist Power Convenings
Round 2: Napa and San Francisco Counties

A new community investment strategy to build the capacity of artists and artist-led organizations in service of their communities. Proposed convenings should provide a platform for artists to connect and share knowledge, ideas, inspiration, and resources that support the development or expansion of their mission in service of their practice and community. Artists and artist-led organizations can request amounts of either $1,000, $3,000, or $5,000 to support their convening. Due date: Nov 7. Read more…

AB5 Updates

On September 4, 2020, 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.

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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Sep 26

A performance by several bay area companies and artists. See excerpts of their works either live in person or online. Artists included in the show will be em(body) dance project Ballet22 Trivial Motion Marika Brussel Alysa Mitchel and Helen Grace. In Person seating limited, get in person tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/170351786780 Livestream Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/170258231955 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/170259868851

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Sep 26

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” Join San Jose Dance Theatre for the magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream this fall. Follow the mischievous Puck as he makes a mess of two relationships and casts a spell on poor Titania to fall in love with a donkey.

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Sep 28

Bacchae Before is a hybrid, experimental work of live performance inspired by the tragedies of gender reveal parties and Anne Carson's Bakkhai, a new version of Euripedes' The Bacchae. The ancient drama tells the story of the murder of Pentheus, King of Thebes, at the hands of his own mother, who has joined a cult of wild women bewitched by Dionysus. Co-directed by playwright Maxe Crandall and choreographer Hope Mohr, Bacchae Before features a quartet of performers and original puppetry by Mike Chin. The cast includes Belinda He, Karla Quintero, Wiley Namman Strasser and Silk Worm. "Bacchae Before distills and refracts a classical text of frenzy and filicide through a trans-centered, gender-affirming perspective." -- KQED Arts

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Oct 1

A full evening performance The Water Project integrates dance, choral music, animation and projected imagery to investigate our personal and collective relationship to water. Most everyone has happy memories of playing in water, perhaps some have experienced water’s ferocity and many can remember a time of thirst, if only for a short time. Our life enhancing connection to water is at risk in the 21st century. What are we going to do? The Water Project, created by a collaboration of artists and scientists, affiliated with Santa Clara University, engages with the critical global conversation about water and climate disruption in general. The performances seek to renew a sense of awe and respect for water and activate action toward positive public water policy. The Water Project seeks to both celebrate and critique our relationship to water, which the storyteller notes, “It’s complicated.” Initially conceived by choreographer David J. Popalisky, The Water Project includes five dances to original choral scores by Scot Hanna-Weir, performed by the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, that access texts as diverse as the Bible, the I-Ching, national news reports on floods and a 1921 technical report to the Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation Committee. Each dance and the intervening segments are illuminated by projected imagery by Derek Duarte and animations by Kathy Aoki that illuminate historical references like Aaron Burr’s failed water delivery Manhattan Company to more local stories in Felton, CA. Jeffrey Bracco has crafted the storyteller’s text that weaves through the performance. Jerald Enos and Barbara Murray have contributed set and costume designs. Created with the support of Valley Water's Safe, Clean Water Program, SCU•Presents Arts for Social Justice, the Theatre and Dance Department, SCU’s Provost Office, Center for Arts and Humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Oct 2

The MJDC is thrilled to celebrate the return of in-person programs at the Fine Arts Museums by sharing chapters from our upcoming evening-length work Global Moves. This event will take place around the sculptures, and audiences are invited to witness the 20-minute dance from any vantage point. Immediately following, the artists will be available to dialogue and answer questions. This performance offers an opportunity to watch the work as it progresses towards the world premiere at the Presidio Theatre in June 2022.

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