underground underneath the underground [u.u.u.], prelude

 

premiering virtually via counterpulse, may 27-30, 2021​
 

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[u.u.u.], prelude is a performance offering, ritual, and choreographic project premiering virtually  in the San Francisco Bay Area between May 27 - 30, 2021 that explores club spaces as sites of generative dissonance and asks, "Are we celebrating, mourning, or both? How do we prepare for that which has not yet arrived? What do quantum physics and entanglement have to do with love, accountability, and shame? What needs to be surrendered? What can we say NO to?" 

[u.u.u] will use the framework of an excavation site in the form of a nomadic-quotidian-emergent-virtual club space that will be activated through a rigorous physicality that integrates durational club dancing, endurance-sustained art, eco-drag realness, systems of improvisation, ritual, and Qi Energetic principles.


Programming includes [all times pst]:

MAy 27: 
 
opening circulo, 3-4:15pm 

short break

platica #1, 5-6:30pm

short break

Film screening #1, 7-8pm | CH.1: GLACIER iNITIATION

FT: 

MIN SOLO_still_underneath (IN GERMANY)
INTO
G SOLO (IN TAWIAN)
INTO
TINA & ESTRELLX_MULCH GIVING HEAD TO PARKING LOT

POST-FILM STRIP TEASE: 8PM - 8:30PM 


May 28

platica #1, 5-6:30pm

short break

Film screening #2, 7-8pm| CH.2: QUANTUM ACTIVATION

FT:

MIN SOLO_still_underneath (IN GERMANY)
INTO
i useD to go to church and then i couldn't any longer so i stepped into myself_COLLECTIVE_BODYODYODY

POST-FILM STRIP TEASE: 8PM - 8:30PM 


May 29

platica #1, 5-6:30pm

short break

Film screening #3, 7-8pm | CH. 3: TAKING FLIGHT, RISING

Ft:

G SOLO (IN TAWIAN)
INTO
red_green_and spread all over (tina & estrellx_excerpts)
into 
private Part 1 + 2 | wet dreams of j.a.p.a.n_collective_bodyodyody

POST-FILM STRIP TEASE: 8PM - 8:30PM 

May 30

Closing circulo/sunday service + FILM SCREENING #4, 10am - 12:30pm | Ch 4: grounding Cordzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ft:

racksonracksonracks & yield_collective_bodyodyody
into
beaches & cream_collective_bodyodyody

INTO

dj sets by:

12:33pm - 1:33pm ---> zey
1:33pm - 2:33pm ----> Bapari
2:33pm - 3:33pm ----> SAIRÉ 


**ALL TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLZ CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY FOR ALL UPDATES**

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DIRECT DONATION IN SUPPORT OF [U.U.U.], YOU CAN:

VENMO: @THE_SCHOOL_OF_TENDERNESS
CASHAPP: $Estrellxsupernova
PAYPAL: RANDY.REYES05@GMAIL.COM (PAY AS FRIEND)
SEND FUNDS VIA MY FISCAL SPONSOR



 

Credits

cast & crew

Ajani Brannum (lead dramaturg / performer, they/them) is learning how to do whatever needs to be done, when it needs to be done. Their creative practice spans physical practice, writing, music/sound, research, and teaching. One of their most recent projects, BAROT (@b_a_r_o_t), is an experiment in combining tarot, performance criticism, and cultural somatics. Barry currently holds lectureships at CalArts and CSU San Marcos, and is a PhD Candidate in UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance.

Chani Bockwinkel (videographer) is a performer and filmmaker. She makes interdisciplinary-collaborative-feminist imagery for the stage, gallery, and internet. Her current project is : Those Who Wait a feature film re-telling the story of a 19th century doomsday movement. She also teaches an internationally roving queer feminist dance class SAPPHO and SWEAT.. Her collaborative work has recently shown at BAMPFA, SOMArts, Acre TV, BRIC NYC, ODC Theatre, SF Dance Film Festival, Dock 11 Berlin and Aggregate Space Gallery.

A. Carmina Márquez (performer) is an artist and curanderx based in Huichin Ohlone territory/Berkeley, with roots in LA and México. They grew up performing antifascist, anticolonial latin music with their family and studying various forms of dance. Their artwork and traditional services connect with ancestral guidance, linking to an entire cosmos of possibilities in which we are thriving in right relationship. Their work is concerned with integrating the dark regenerative principle and conjuring the floodgates of other-than-human communication. Carmina has shown work at New Image Art, REDCAT, and the Joe Goode Annex, and holds a BA in dance composition and vocal performance from Bennington College.

April Axé Charmaine (performer, she / they) is a multi-disciplinary artist and the Founder and CEO of Sol Vida Worldwide, a global dance and healing company.  Axé (ah-shay) identifies as a queer-afro-diasporic artivist carrying lineages from Ghanaian Dance, Symbology of The Orixas, SomaSourceⓇ, Horton, Dunham, Limon, Laban, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Spoken Word, Guerilla Theatre,  and Performance Art. Axé is an award-winning embodied global leader; holistic dance and performing arts educator; director; choreographer; performance artist; creative writer; Unschooling mama; motivational speaker; and light empowerment guide for young adults, women and QTBIPoC communities.

Gray DePol (set designer) is a set designer, multimedia artist, builder and care worker residing and working in the east bay on unceded Ohlone, Chochenyo, Muwekma, and Ramaytush land. They received their BA from Mills College in Studio Art and Psychology and an AA in Technical Theatre with a focus in set design at SCC. They love learning, creative play, storytelling, and working with matter, especially that which has been discarded or otherwise rejected and deemed “useless waste.” Gray is most creative and energized when they are collaborating with other artists and is deeply grateful to be a part of this project. Much love to all and special thanks to Estrellx for (being you) and bringing us all together.

day eliott (energetic support / dramaturg, they/them) is a natural clairvoyant and trained intuitive healer, who facilitates a fusion of healing energy work with psychic communication in one single session. Their passion for social justice helps them center their healing work within the QT/BIPOC (queer, trans, black, indigenous, people of color) community and their allies. Day’s healing work is specialized around a number of themes, including: ancestor and spirit guide communication, healing relationships and soul contracts, life and career guidance, updating karmic agreements and Akashic Records keeping, and clairvoyantly healing the energetic/auric, emotional, and physical bodies of a diverse range of clients. They have called the east bay home for 18 years now. 

Gabriel Bruno Eng Gonzalez (performer) is a queer dance artist, videographer, photographer, drag artist, writer, and lover of the absurd. Gabriel’s work centers a queer Chinese Mexican heritage. Since graduating from Beloit College in 2020, Gabriel’s performed at WIM festival WI, Zullo/RawMovement Queerly Contemporary NYC, TIP Fest Chicago, Elgin Fringe Festival, and This Body Shows up NYC. Gabriel’s thanks artists; Chris Johnson, Gina T’ai, jess pretty, Katy Pyle, Ching-i Chang, Britney C. Johnson, and Adanya Gilmore. Gabriel has been published in Teen Vogue, Hello Giggles, and the LoveDanceMore Performance Journal. Gabriel is currently based out of Taiwan as a Fulbright scholar.

Zoe Huey (visual dramaturg) is a multi-media artist born and raised on Chochenyo Ohlone land, also known as Oakland, California. Through paint, ink drawing video and dance they interrogate their nonbinary gender and mixed-race identities. Located within dualities of order and disorder, control and rupture, chaos and organization, Zoe’s work is both mourning and celebration.

Nico Ortiz Maimon (Performer) moved to the US from Mexico with her family in 1997, and currently finds herself on unseeded Ohlone Land (Bay Area.) She loves using movement to foster community, heal, and solidify her relationship with pleasure. She aims to occupy horizontal collaborations and uplift qtbipoc artists, and is on a forever quest to decolonize her body and configure systems beyond capitalism.

Gabriel Nuñez de arco (noise consultant) 

Estrellx Supernova (director, lead choreographer, performer, bad a$$ bitch, they/them) is the Cosmic Energetic Orchestrator of their life and of the vision for [u.u.u], The School of Tenderness, and other emergent processes, spaces, and encuentrxs. Their ancestral lineages extend various Diasporas including Portugal, Angola, Guatemala, and beyond. They love the simple things in life like the orgasmic taste of mango sticky rice or the sound of down pouring rain as they are about to fall asleep. Notice the beauty within and without and this is where the transformation begins, transformation at the level of the root. They are based between ramaytush, mukwema, chochenyo and lenape territories.

Ainsley Elizabeth Tharp (Video editor / videographer, she/her) is a Bay Area(Ohlone territory) based alchemist+artist+activist. She creates visual landscapes as performance with the use of various tools such as projection, video, lighting, and trash. Her work transcends boundaries, norms, and surpasses the conventional yes and no. Her work is femme. Her work is queer. Her work is the future. Learn more about her and her work at aineliztharp.com

GG Torres (lighting queen/stage manager, she/they): As a lighting designer, i have a strong will to create an atmospheric breeding ground for inward and outward inspiration. in my designs, i strive to evoke the freedom of feeling and the vision of a truth. my compositions consist of contrasting colors, playing with textural shapes, and lots of special effects in order to captivate the eye. my job is to add that extra layer of poetry, a nicely wrapped gift of visual and experiential magic. my artistic inspiration comes from breath, the sun, ritual ceremony, queerness, and visions of a decolonized & anti-racist future.

Tina Wang (performer) is a performance artist based in New York, Oakland, and Chicago. Identity, fragility, and resilience are key themes in her work, which draws on her experience as a Taiwanese citizen raised in Latin America. She obtained her BA in dance and psychology at Washington University, and Certificate in contemporary dance performance at the Peridance Center. She has furthered her movement training with other dance (American Dance Festival), yoga asana (Iyengar), and fitness (Strongman) modalities. Her work has been presented at Judson Church, New York Live Arts, Governor's Island, The Exponential Festival, to name a few. For more: tinawang.net.

Min Yoon tr. "Citizen Truth" (performer) Min Jung Yoon translates to “Citizen Truth”. They are a ritual performance artist, and researcher of collective choreography and conflict resolution using the body. They move to move others by creating worlds for heightened relational emotionality, permission for depth, and challenging social norms and concepts toward new images and gestures of truth needed for our times. They are dedicated to exploring ways to uncover deeper, more intuitive nature in how we relate to our beings within extremes of social constructs and divides, through butoh dance, experimental art, and philosophy, and all that may arise from this uncovering toward the whole.

Xiaoyue Zhang (project manager) is a Chinese interdisciplinary artist and creative producer working at the intersection of performance, dance, photography, and film. She collaborates with bodies, others, and her own, to access the archived experience of tension present in identities through unlearning and relearning bodily experience with non-linguistic approaches. In her process, Xiaoyue seeks the transforming, transgressing and healing potential through birthing hybridities of mediums, disciplines, and cultures. She received her MFA in Creative Producing and Management at California Institute of the Arts and is currently living on the Tongva Land (also known as Los Angeles).



LOCATIONS:

REDWOOD GROVE (IN GOLDEN GATE PARK)

PARKING LOT (NEAR 1370 7TH AVENUE)

OCEAN BEACH

TRACK FIELD (KEZAR STADIUM)

Joe goode annex

first christian church of oakland


MUSIC & copyrights belong to:

hush & sleep & rudosa

keith carnal

reggy van oers & claudio prc

sophie

kadhja bonet

tirzah

y otrxs....






 

[u.u.u.] was made possible in part w/ the GENEROUS support of the princess grace foundation, FACT / SF, Creative capital, the foundation for contemporary art (FCA), & THE TEAM AT COUNTERPULSE.