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Jo Kreiter Performs in: #330
Apply by May 1st: GIRLFLY 2023
BOOM Arts and Flyaway presents:APPARATUS OF REPAIR
Announcing Flyaway's Fall Production: IF I GIVE YOU MY SORROWS
Jo Kreiter Performs in: #330 Informal, Improvised Showing
April 29, 2023 Saturday, 4PM-5PM
ZACCHO Studio 1777 Ave # 330 San Francisco, CA
A Free Bay Area Dance Week Event
Celine Alwyn Parker, Jo Kreiter and Mihyun Lee offer a free open rehearsal called #330. An informal experiment. Improvised dance collaboration in and out of contact. Seasoned dancers. Mothers. Shared artistic leadership. The tension between forms unfolding, and what to limit. Intertwining the private, interpersonal, political and the space in between.
A great way to spend an afternoon.
Chocolates to follow.
ZACCHO is located at 1777 Yosemite Ave #330. Use the street address when using your navigation App to get there. There is easy free parking.
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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?”
BOOM ARTS and Flyaway presents: APPARATUS OF REPAIR in Portland, Oregon
June 9-11, 2023 Friday-Sunday, 8:30PM (performances may be moved to June 12 or 13, in the event of inclement weather)
NW 4th Ave and Everett Street Portland, Oregon
APPARATUS OF REPAIR is the culmination of The Decarceration Trilogy, an ambitious series of site-specific aerial dance and public art events addressing the devastating effects of mass incarceration in the United States. Apparatus of Repair transforms the intimate healing process of restorative justice into a public performance, danced in the air and on the vertical surfaces of buildings.
With a cast of five female dancers, Apparatus of Repair engages ideas of restorative justice as an alternative to the prison system. The work is grounded in the lived experiences of survivors of violent assault as well as the perpetrators of that violence. Many of the participating artists consented to bring their own deeply personal experiences to the project as survivors.
“Restorative justice is a fast-growing social movement offering peaceful solutions to harm,” said Flyaway Artistic Director Jo Kreiter. “To quote activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons, it is ‘love with accountability.’ Restorative justice causes less damage and holds more hope than our current legal system.”
Over the last two years, Flyaway has worked in coalition with Community Works based in Oakland, California. The organization has been a leader in the field of restorative justice, serving to advance policies and practices that promote diversion away from prisons as well as successful reentry for those who serve time. Led by restorative justice practitioner Kevin Martin, Community Works connected Flyaway with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people as part of the research for the piece.
Announcing Flyaway's Fall Production: IF I GIVE YOU MY SORROWS Performance and Visual Arts Exhibit
October 6-15, 2023
SPACE 124 401 Alabama Street San Francisco, CA
If I Give You My Sorrows starts with a bed. People often hear the phrase “women in bed.” It’s a phrase that can conjure lurid sex, objectification, misogyny. In this historic moment repressing women’s choice and women’s bodies at the national level, we want to reframe women’s beds as a place where our complexity and depth live. Where our bodies rest, transform, grieve, and repair. What secrets do we leave in our beds? What wounds do we bury there? How do our beds hold what is messy, tragic, grueling? Research is rooted in the experience of three women, including trans women, currently and formerly incarcerated.
Featured activists include Betty McKay, Lisa Strawn and Tomiekia Johnson.
The project features original music composed by Carla Kihlstedt and Pamela Z, and performance by Snowflake Calvert, Laura Elaine Ellis, Sonsherée Giles, MaryStarr Hope, Jhia Jackson, and Megan Lowe.
The project also features The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison Through Art and Poetry, which continues Flyaway’s artist-as-activist work of prison systems change, in partnership with Empowerment Avenue and Museum of African Diaspora. The exhibit is curated and created by women at the California Central Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, CA. Curators Chantell Gosztyla and Tomiekia Johnson are leading the way.
Photo Credits: 1) Austin Forbord of Megan Lowe and Yayoi Kambara in Tender (n): a person who takes charge - 2018; 2) Collage of Celine Alwyn Parker, Mihyun Lee, and Jo Kreiter; 3a) Photo by Vitali Kononov of GIRLFLY 2019, 3b) Photo by Lydia Daniller of GIRLFLY 2022; 4) Austin Forbord of MaryStarr Hope, Megan Lowe, Sarhala Vetsch, and Jhia Jackson in Apparatus of Repair - 2022; 5) Brechin Flournoy of Sonsherée Giles in Tender (n): a person who takes charge - 2018