PRACTICES: WEEK 2 > JANUARY 9-13, 2017 > ALTERNATIVA, Jose Navarrete + Kevin O’Connor, Larry Arrington

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Project Details
January 9-15, 2017
Project Description
FRESH2017 Alternativa, Jose Navarrete & Kevin O'Connor, Larry Arrington


Monday-Friday, January 9-13

10am-5:30pm | Joe Goode Annex [401 Alabama Street, SF]

$100 – Practice | $550 – 6 Practices | $1100 – 12 Practices

FRESH PRACTICES are 3 weeks and 3 weekends of  immersive research and training in dance and related forms facilitated by innovative artists for serious practitioners and interested bodies. FRESH PRACTICES explore corporeality, somatic awareness, movement techniques, improvisational modalities, creative processes, performance experiments, embodied theories and human potential.



GUT Motives

ALTERNATIVA [Kathleen Hermesdorf + Albert Mathias]

GUT Motives is an alternative contemporary dance class and ongoing research by ALTERNATIVA investigating corpo-reality and the act of motion from internal impulse to external expression. The work utilizes a hybrid of forms to encourage deep awareness and understanding of the body and the body in motion, motivated by multiple interpretations of GUT, including viscera, center of gravity, courage, instinct, intuition, revelation and vulnerability. The practice is a progression of energy cultivation, hands-on investigation, somatic improvisation, technical experiments and methods of falling, flying and inversion, culminating in dynamic, 3-dimensional phrase work. The class is an intimate, animated arena for physical and artistic exploration, deeply informed by live, original music, and cultivating sensate virtuosity, kinetic efficiency, physical perception, interactive intelligence and performance-level dancing.


Fascia, Social Activism, Bodies in Motion

José Navarrete + Kevin O’Connor

Join us for an immersion in the complexities of fascia, art-making and activism. Kevin O’Connor and José Navarrete  will draw their facilitation based on previous research regarding, new modes of inquiry about fascia and the process of art making and Social Activism.  In this workshop we examine how different models of fascia can animate our dancing bodies, creating a multitude of more than one kind of body.  In addition will attempt to connect our  bodies into the current reactionary political climate.  We will investigate: racism, sexism, xenophobia, the media, poverty… -how has been changed our lives-. Participants will work physically on concepts of fascia, space and embodiment, differences in power, and intervening in public spaces. Talking and doing (dancing) will be balanced throughout our time together.


AoA/raptor technique       

Larry Arrington

AoA/raptor technique is a week long workshop instigated from research by Larry Arrington and Oscar Tidd. AoA/raptor technique will assemble elements of dance class, magic, lecture, and performance in an attempt to use the dance studio/workshop format as an incubation pool of potentiality and performance. All are welcome. (*those with sense sensitivity should know portions of the workshop will be done with eyes covered, in silence, and with scents)


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.

Kathleen Hermesdorf is an international dance artist, educator and producer, and the Director of ALTERNATIVA in San Francisco. She has been dancing in the Bay Area since 1991 and teaches, performs, improvises, creates, curates and mentors around the world. Hermesdorf gained invaluable experience as a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. A collaborator at heart, she also co-directed Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells and Collusion with Stephanie Maher, with whom she has co-directed PORCH summerschool at Ponderosa in Germany since 2010. Hermesdorf brings over 20 years of experience from the field, studio and stage to her work and holds a BFA and an MFA in Dance Performance + Pedagogy.

Albert Mathias [Audio/Video artist] has been performing in San Francisco and abroad since 1991.  He is a multi-disciplinary musician who creates live composition and recorded sound design for dance, theater, film, video, and audio media(s). He also produces and performs his own solo music under the name StRiCtLy AlBeRt. Mathias is Music Director of ALTERNATIVA and works independently with choreographers, improvisers, musicians and visual artists.  In 2000, he was nominated for an IZZIE Award for Original Sound Score for BLUE 2000, and in 2006, received a BESSIE Award for Bebe Miller’s Landing/Place. He was also featured in Miller’s Necessary Beauty. Mathias was a member of the multi-disciplinary performance group Contraband from 1995-97, and is the drummer/percussionist for LiveHuman, the internationally acclaimed improvisation-based trio with DJ Quest and Jazz upright bassist Andrew Kushin.  Albert attended California Institute for the Arts, training in tabla, voice and accompaniment with masters Amiya Dasgupta, John Bergamo and Leonice Shinneman, and has had the honor of private Tabla study with Pandit Swapan Chauduri, Sri Ravi Bellare, and snare drum technique with Tony Williams. He is currently investing his energies into his mobile solar music studio, creating live sound scores for all types of motion and continues his daily practice, since 1995, as live electronic music accompanist for dance classes. | | |

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.  José was the recipient of a Bessie Schönberg residency at The Yard, and a Djerassi residency. José is the recipient of 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.

Kevin O’Connor is a multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist. I am part of a small collective of settler american and Indigenous artists that does community/site based performance in particular watersheds in N. America. He has worked with NAKA Dance Theater in the Bay Area over the last five years.  I am currently completing a PhD in Performance Studies at UC Davis where I am researching anatomies, body performance capacities and imaginations, environmental activism and unsettling practices, and community-based performances.

Laura Larry Arrington is a dance-artist working in hybrids of idea and practice. Her work in dance (time/space/body/whole) pivots around a desire to orient towards the capacities in us all that can glimpse unseen and unutterable horizons. Her body is her life and her life is her work.

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