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FRESH Festival sounds like something that might attract foodies. In fact you do need an appetite — for thinking way outside of the box. The participating dancers, musicians, designers, and writers feed on each other’s disciplines to stretch their own thinking about who they are and what they want to do. If sometimes the “how” intrigues more than the “what,” so be it. Watching new modes emerging can be such an upper. – Rita Felciano


FRESH Festival 2018

January 5-27, 2018 / San Francisco
9th annual Festival of Experimental Dance | Music | Performance
Joe Goode Annex \ Red Poppy Art House \ F8 Nightclub

FRESH Festival starts the new year with an extravaganza of embodied art, action and interaction, celebrating and showcasing new work, research and ideas in dance, music and performance. FRESH 2018 is 4 weekends of risk-taking mainstage Performances, 3 weeks + weekends of immersive studio Practices and 12+ social and inclusive Exchanges inspired and transmitted by the curiosity and generosity of 50+ cutting-edge artists from the Bay Area and beyond. FRESH is open to all interested bodies.



The theme of FRESH 2018 is ANTIDOTE. Pandora’s Box is open and we are in the thick of destabilizing destruction and deconstruction, extraordinarily influenced by nature, history and politics. We are in constant recovery, restructuring or reconstruction, trying to make sense of things, make a difference, make a life, make a living, make a family, make friends, make art. We need to seek new means and methods of resilience, healing and problem solving. We have to make new forms and norms of coexistence and collaboration. We must become the antidotes for the poisons in the world, Pandora’s Box is open and we are our best hope.

FRESH 2018 features 50+ dance, music and performance makers, masters, upstarts and treasures from the Bay Area and beyond, including José Abad | Alexis Akridge | Indira Allegra | Juan Manuel Aldape Munoz | ALTERNATIVA | Larry Arrington | Robbie Beahrs | Travis Bennett | Chani Bockwinkel | Christine Bonansea Company | Sarah Bouars | Keanu Brady | Tara Brandel | Nicole Carroll | Gerald Casel | Gabriel Christian | Abby Crain | Lisa Rybovich Crallé | Dance Studies Working Group | Ryan Austin Dennis | Rachael Dichter | DJ EFX | C.D. Fisher | Allie Hankins | Cookie Harrist | Julia Havard | Keith Hennessy | Kathleen Hermesdorf | Samuel Hertz | Jesse Hewit | Hien Huynh | Ben Juodvalkis | Debby Kajiyama | Kinetech Arts | Layton Lachman | Raymond Larrett | Daiane Lopes da Silva | Violeta Luna | Albert Mathias | David Molina | NAKA Dance Theater | José Navarrete | Nerve Pincher | Kevin O’Connor | Chrysa Parkinson | Devin Pastika | Mara Poliak | Brontez Purnell Dance Company | Randy Reyes | Kristianne Salcines | Mezhgan Saleh | Sara Shelton Mann | Dazaun Soleyn | Ernesto Sopprani | Jadelynn Stahl | J Miakoda Taylor | Diana Thielen | Yoann Trellu | Amelia Uzategui Bonilla | Roberto Varea | Ronja Ver | Amy + Hannah Wasielewski | Miriam Wolodarski Lundberg | Asia Wong | Weidong Yang | Jiayi Young | Shih-Wen Young.

We are exited to be returning to Joe Goode Annex.  This unique space is located in San Francisco’s Project Artaud.  In easy reach of public transportation, it boasts an amazing sprung floor with radiant heat.

Joe Goode Annex – Photo Credits: Alex Schoenfeldt Photography

FRESH 2018 Curatorial Team

Abby Crain

Abby Crain

Abby Crain/LOOK

Abby Crain is an Oakland based artist who makes dances, teaches, performs, writes, and curates.   Her solo and collaborative work has been shown in the Bay Area, NYC, and LA.  She has taught at Kunst -Stoff Arts, The FRESH Festival, ODC, Movement Research NYC, Sonoma State, Hunter College, NYC, Dance New Amsterdam, NYC, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Connecticut College, and teaches an annual retreat at Dos Rios California with Sara Shelton Mann.  Most recently Abby has been seen performing with Guillermo Gomez Pena and Sara Shelton Mann, as well as with Jess Curtis Gravity. She performed in NYC and internationally with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful people from 2001-2009,  and with David Dorfman Dance from 2001-2004.  Her writing and interviews have been published by Itch Performance Journal (LA), PAPER FRONT (Portland), Critical Correspondence (NYC), and the Off Center (SF). Her curatorial projects include the NO THANK YOU SHOW, which asked artists to represent or stage work that has been rejected by granting organizations, theaters, collaborators, or the artist herself, as well as the NON MAJOR SHOW, which asked artists to show work was not in their primary medium. Her work is influenced by an ongoing polymorphous teaching and research project with Margit Galanter called Art Workouts, and a collaborative dialog around language and performances with Oakland poet, David Buuck. She is a certified teacher of Open Source Forms as developed by Stephanie Skura, and raises her two children in her free time.www.abbycrain.net

Kathleen Hermesdorf

Kathleen Hermesdorf

ALTERNATIVA, Artistic Director

Kathleen Hermesdorf is a San Francisco-based dance artist.  She directs ALTERNATIVA, an apparatus for deeply integrated contemporary dance and music via creative projects, improvisation, production and education, with musician Albert Mathias.  Hermesdorf has been at work in the Bay Area since 1991, directing her company since 1998, and actively instigating and producing artist-oriented and artist-run projects since 2005.  Hermesdorf was a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells and Collusion with Stephanie Maher.  She has received a BFA and MFA in Dance, and professional recognition, including San Francisco GOLDIE and IZZIE Awards, and a New York BESSIE Award.  Hermesdorf teaches, creates, performs, organizes and produces in the United States and Europe, and has been a guest artist in Mexico, Senegal and Hong Kong.  Her work has been supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CA$H/Theatre Bay Area, CHIME/MJDC, the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Suitcase Fund and the American and French Embassies in Dakar, Senegal.  ALTERNATIVA is a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’s Group.  la-alternativa.us

Jose Navarrette

José Navarrete

NAKA Dance Theater

José Navarrete is a native of México City where he was first exposed to theater and dance, choreographing and performing in parks, hospitals, and children’s parties as a clown and dancer. He studied dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts in México, and has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and M.F.A in Dance from Mills College. He has studied dance with Sara Shelton Mann, Taiko with Hiroyuki Nakagawa and Argentine Tango with Nora Dinzelbacher. In 2004, José was the recipient of a Bessie Schönberg residency at The Yard, and a Djerassi residency. José is the recipient of a CHIME Mentorship with Jess Curtis, and a CHIME Across Borders fellowship with Ralph Lemon. Navarrete has taught dance and performance to youth and adults in Mexico, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at Berkeley High School, Marin Academy, Cal State East Bay, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He currently curates and produces the Live Arts in Resistance (LAIR) initiative at Eastside Arts Alliance, which provides residencies and performing opportunities for artists of color in East Oakland. NAKA Dance Theater

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FRESH is produced by ALTERNATIVA, directed by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf with musician Albert Mathias, is an apparatus for deeply integrated contemporary dance and music via collaboration, creation, improvisation, performance, production, curation and education. Active in San Francisco since 1998, the organization supports the creative work of the directors, known for research, practice and performance pieces that explore human behaviors and conditions, corporeality and other ineffabilities. Activities, including an annual FRESH Festival, workshops in the Bay Area, residencies at universities, festivals and studios worldwide and PORCH/Ponderosa/POSSE in Germany, engage an extensive population of artists, audiences and participants. ALTERNATIVA is fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group and has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CA$H Grant, CHIME/MJDC, San Francisco Arts Commission and The Suitcase Fund. / la-alternativa.us


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