Are You Having Fun Yet?
DECember 9th & 10th
LITTLE BOXES THEATER
Drove II questioned how the idea of “fun” manifests from a multitude of circumstances.
Chlo & Co Dance presented several vignettes and a new work, Grim Girls, Appearing Tonight As. Facing transition and challenged by the pace and expectations of the city, Courtney and Chloë continually found conversations reflecting on what fun is and how, why, and when it occurs. The vignettes and new work respond to their awareness that there may not be a single answer.
Guest artists responded to the concepts and prompts generated by Courtney and Chloë’s conversations, and the way that the notion of “fun” presents both challenge and joy: when it is fleeting, depletes, is physical, youthful, infinite, independent, stereotypical, or genuine…
Drove II Artists
PURSE PARTY TRICKS
Purse Party Tricks: Fun may seem effortless, but it’s is tucked in the seams of that girl at the party. She glitters, she glows, she’s the one everyone knows. Her words few, intentions true. Trinkets carried around, dazzle crowds. She sneaks you treats, adorns your hands with sparklers. You (both) feel alive in the night time.
Sophie Peoples is a queer artist, observer and coffee spiller living in San Francisco. She enjoys dancing and haribo gummy cherries. Her mind works by way of visual lists, which is reflected in her art. She enjoys monochromatic palettes and all things glitter. Find her: personally: @sophiehoney, professionally: sophiepeoples.com, intimately: spillinghands.tumblr.com
We are infiltrated with imagery that tells us we are not good enough, skinny enough or pretty enough. I seek to make imagery that encourages rebellion to that ideal.
Julia Ballenger is a Ceramics artist and illustrator from Boise, Idaho. She works out of her studio in the mission. In addition to making work, she teaches sculpture and ceramics at Clay by the Bay studio. Find her work at juliaballenger.com and @Julia_ballenger
For Change Dance Collective
Choreography and Performance: Jessica de Leon, Samantha Nielsen, Rosalinda Ortega & Lindsay Wakayama
Music: The Head & The Heart
Rosie Ortega and her dancers are all graduates of Santa Clara University with dance training in both Modern & Ballet. They are all members of for change dance collective, a democratic dance company that has performed throughout the bay area using their stories to inspire social change and awareness.
Aiano Nakagawa & Elizabeth Bressler
I MADE A WORLD FOR YOU. IT’S BROKEN AND I CAN’T FIX IT. IS THAT TOO HEAVY?
Choreography and Performance: Aiano Nakagawa & Elizabeth Bressler
Music and text: Peter Sarstedt, Carter Heyward, and Kurt Vonnegut
Aiano Nakagawa & Elizabeth Bressler continue the nine year, never ending conversation.
Choreography and Performance: Garth Grimball
Garth Grimball is a native of North Carolina where he received his BA in Anthropology and Dance at UNC Asheville. He danced with Asheville Ballet for five seasons performing new and repertory works. He received his MFA in choreography and performance from Mills College where he was the recipient of the Liatis Foundation Dance Scholarship award and performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Mel Wong, Sonya Delwaide, Sheldon Smith, Katie Faulkner, and Molissa Fenley. He currently dances with Dana Lawton Dances and Wax Poet(s).
Arletta Anderson & Adam Smith
A SHORT STUDY ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRESSURIZATION AND TENSILE STRENGTH
Created by Arletta Anderson / Adam Smith
Performance: Adam Smith
Music: Ace of Base
Arletta Anderson / Adam Smith are a dance artist and a theater artist, respectively. Together they make multidisciplinary work that exists in real time: there are no characters, no fake sets, no suspension of disbelief. They are currently in residence at CounterPulse developing weather // body for April 2017.
Choreography: Fullstop Dance
Performance: Katie Florez (Fri), Natalie Grant (Sat), Rachel Laws and Katie Meyers
Music: Jacob Ter Velduis, Jeroen Van Veen, Nils Frahm and Powell
Fullstop Dance is an SF-based dance collective that creates and shares work through performances, movement workshops and video projects. This past year Fullstop had the opportunity to perform at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance as well as LEVYsalon. In January they’ll be collaborating with LinsDans, a Bay Area solo artist and are thrilled to be a part of this iteration of the Drove.