Upaj (Improvisation) of Life Captured on Film

Having personally witnessed the development of Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith’s relationship on and off the stage, I was thrilled when the announcement of a documentary to capture their relationship was in the works. In the field of traditional dance, it is imperative to look to others that have made deep commitments to […]

Welcome, Dec 2012

With a smile on my face, I’m giddy reporting that my mind, body and heart are renewed and refreshed from spending a few glorious weeks in Italy. My favorite part of vacation—aside from taking naps and not having to respond to email—is the opportunity to meet new people, and see sights that bring exotic details […]

Innerspace : Homecoming

Were you voted most artistic in high school? Best smile? Biggest flirt? Most likely to succeed? Star students and new kids alike are invited to CounterPulse’s annual art party and auction Innerspace : Homecoming. This event will feature interactive art installations, music, dancing, cocktails, local cuties, auction items, and the special crowning of our Homecoming […]

Inside, From a Distance

Margy—one of Margaret Jenkins’ many monikers—always considered her dancers collaborators, and I had the good fortune to work with her from 1979 to 1990. Through the years, she gave us the freedom to invent and grow. As each company of dancers melded, she would ask for more input, lengthening the leash of control bit by […]

the NETWORK project

the NETWORK project addresses human survival and what we truly need– from sustainable living practices to communal engagement and empathy, as we recognize and build our resilience. Considering climate change, and the many other crises we face, the project is inspired by systems of communication, resource-sharing, and survival employed by tree communities, as a lens […]

10 in 10 with Sawako Gannon

You are reading excerpts from Andréa Spearman’s recorded conversation with Sawako Gannon 10 in 10 theme music: Bright, upbeat pop music that you may hear in a teen-centered drama series. [Theme music plays, then fades out slightly to play in the background of the introduction] Andréa Spearman: Welcome to 10 in 10 with Andréa Spearman […]

Touching Bass with Lisa Mezzacappa

This April, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers are back at ODC Theater to share a new work with Bay Area audiences, the world premiere of Touch Bass. A collaboration between choreographer Risa Jaroslow and composer/bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, Touch Bass features a cast of nine – three dancers, three musicians and three upright basses – all engaging […]

Dance Discourse Project #22

Dance Discourse Project 22:  animal, human, posthuman Mon, Mar 28, 2o16 7:30pm CounterPulse, 80 Turk St, SF FREE Taxonomies have boxed in humans (and in particular certain humans) as separate and above other lives. Posthumanism & decolonization are knocking “human” off the pedestal of privilege relative to all other life forms. How do we as […]

Finding a Flow Through Heartistry

With an infinite number of podcasts to listen to, why would I add another one to the list? Would anyone even listen to it, who would I speak with, what would we discuss?

Parades and Changes Over the Past 43 Years: an Interview with Anna Halprin

When choreographer and dancer Anna Halprin and her husband Larry perched themselves on the side of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, they rooted their creative futures in a landscape of redwood, madrone, oak and berries. Little did they know that their choice would help revolutionize post-war dance in the United States. On five acres of […]