New Year with Flyaway
In this Newsletter:
- Performance: Last Dance at Wood Street Commons
- Flight School: Apparatus Based Workshop
- Statement: Prison Systems Change
- Class: Flyaway's Jo Kreiter Teaching Contact Improvisation
- Apply: GIRLFLY Applications Open February 1, 2023
Last Dance at Wood Street Commons
Eviction Defense Party and Performance
January 21, 2023
Wood Street Commons
1707 Wood Street, Oakland
Join Flyaway at Wood Street Commons on Saturday, January 21 at 4PM to honor the long battle that Wood Street Commons has gone through to remain a community. The 300-person camp -- a village unto its own -- is at the leading edge of a self-determination movement gaining steam within unhoused communities on the West Coast. Though the outside world does not see them this way, encampments are vibrant communities based around an ethos of interdependence. Directed by Jo Kreiter, dancers Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, and Sonshere Giles will bring improvised and choreographed messaging, danced in support of the residents. Wear shoes appropriate for a muddy rain puddles.
Apparatus Based Workshop
February 25-26th, 2023
Saturday and Sunday, 4:30-6:30 PM
1777 Yosemite Ave, San Francisco
We will spend a weekend exploring the intersections of dance, improvisation, and suspended steel objects. All levels welcome. Feel free to respond to this email if you have questions. Our previous weekend workshop sold out, so sign up soon!
Prison Systems Change
As The Board of Directors of Flyaway Productions, we believe that the criminal legal system must change. The following is a summary of a year-long process, discussing the best approach to prison reform and abolition. These are the conclusions that our Board of Directors has come to in the past year.
The changes to our criminal legal system must:
- Remedy the historic and ongoing racial, gender and class inequities built into all stages of the criminal legal system, including policing, pretrial and bail, charging and sentencing, conditions of incarceration, fines and fees, and re-entry conditions.
- Center on prison closures. Systems of incarceration (including pretrial detention, probation, electronic monitoring) are failing. We aspire to support prison abolition as a radical shift to completely transform how the United States addresses violence and harm.
- Embrace restorative justice and diversion practices that are evidenced to be effective for both youth and adults.
- Reflect an enactment of gender justice and Black feminism by recognizing the burdens carried by women, mostly Black and Brown, who have incarcerated loved ones, and remedying that burden via community and financial investment.
- Reflect a divest/invest approach to community building, diverting funds away from punitive measures and systems, which over the last five decades have been proven not to reduce crime or create safety; and into education, mental healthcare, medical care, housing and work opportunities.
Flyaway’s Jo Kreiter Teaching
THURSDAY pre-jam class:
February 2 and 9 at 7PM
TUESDAY pre-jam class:
March 7 and 14 at 6PM
The Finnish Hall
1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley, CA 94702
No pre-registration required.
Applications Open February 1, 2023
GIRLFLY 2023 is taking place in the Mission District of San Francisco. This year we will create both aerial dances and dances in an urban garden. We will also create a cooperative visual arts project, and practice writing as activism. Looking at systems of belonging and identity, students will respond to the question:
“What do you carry to lands you now live, from lands you have come from?”
This question recognizes land stolen from native people; the experience of immigrant and first generation youth; and the hope for safe space now and in the future. We will create amulets from real and imagined objects; we will create collaborative murals, a writing as activism statement, and dances that explore how you carry yourself in your body.
The program is for SF based teen girls and GNC students age 14-19.