14 Aug 2023

Flyaway Productions


Thank you for your support of Flyaway Productions!

Workshop, Shows, Conversation, and Gratitude

In this Newsletter:
  • Apparatus-Based Class: Learn from Flyaway's Jo Kreiter
  • Flyaway PerformancesIf I Give You My Sorrows
  • An In Person Conversation at MoAD: Curating from the Inside: Women Exposing Prison through Art and Poetry
  • Gratitude: GIRLFLY 2023
  • Flyaway Recommends: Megan Lowe Dances' premiere of Gathering Pieces of Peace

Apparatus-Based Specialized Class:
Learn with Flyaway's Jo Kreiter

September 16th, 2023
Saturday, 5PM-7:30PM

Space 124
401 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

This is a rare opportunity to dance on Flyaway’s new suspended apparatus, currently in development for IF I GIVE YOU MY SORROWS. We are accepting 8 students only, for an intimate, in depth exploration of three hanging steel beds, designed for aerial dance. Previous aerial dance experience will be helpful.


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Flyaway Performances:
If I Give You My Sorrows

October 6-15, 2023
Fri. 10/6 at 7:30pm (Panel Discussion to follow)
Sat. 10/7 at 7:30pm and 9pm
Sun. 10/8 at 7:30pm
Wed. 10/11 at 7:30pm
Thu. 10/12 at 7:30pm
Fri. 10/13 at 7:30pm (Panel discussion to follow)
Sat. 10/14 at 7:30pm and 9pm
Sun. 10/15 at 7:30pm

Space 124
401 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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 McKayLisa Strawn, and Tomiekia Johnson.

The project features original music composed by Carla Kihlstedt and Pamela Z, and performance by Laura Elaine EllisSonsherĂ©e GilesMaryStarr HopeJhia Jackson, and Megan Lowe.

Audiences are invited to view The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison Through Art and Poetry, following each performance, which continues Flyaway’s artist-as-activist work of prison systems change, in partnership with Empowerment Avenue and Museum of African Diaspora. This exhibit is offered by Empowerment Avenue and co- curated by Tomiekia Johnsonand Chantell-Jeannette Black, who are serving time at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. Works by six artists and three poets are featured in the collection and  will be on view in person adjacent to Space 124 as well as on MoAD’s website as a digital exhibition.

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An In Person Conversation at MoAD:
Curating from the Inside: Women Exposing Prison through Art and Poetry

October 4, 2023
Wednesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm

685 Mission St (at 3rd)
San Francisco, CA 94105
Ground floor of the St. Regis

This conversation celebrates the launch of the digital exhibition The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison through Art and Poetry on MoAD's website. It explores the challenges faced by women at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla where both the co-curators and all of the artists for this exhibition reside, while uplifting the empowerment that telling their own stories can bring. Ultimately, the partnership between MoAD, Empowerment Avenue and Flyaway Productions seeks to bring light to the conditions of incarcerated women, to humanize and connect them with those on the outside, and to insist on radical prison systems change that especially impact BIPOC women.

Joining in conversation are Robin Levi, co-editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives From Women's Prisons; Rahsaan Thomas, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin, the founder and executive director of Empowerment Avenue and a producer on the award-winning podcast EarHustle; Asia Johnson, a Los Angeles based writer, storyteller, and filmmaker who has worked with several organizations in the criminal justice reform space; Rachel Nelson, director and chief curator of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz and co-director of Visualizing Abolition, an arts-based public scholarship initiative on prisons, art, and the movement for abolition;  and Anna Ruiz, a contributing artist to The Only Door I Can Open: Women Exposing Prison through Art and Poetry.

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GIRLFLY Thanks You—our community, family, and youth—for supporting our young artists performing in Jack Hammer Park and Space 124 at the end of July. Special thanks to Adrian Arias, Kim Shuck, and Space 124 for making this an incredibly potent year for change-making through the arts!

Flyaway Recommends
Megan Lowe Dances' premiere of
Gathering Pieces of Peace

September 1-2 & 8-9, 2023
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm

ODC Theater
3153 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Megan Lowe Dances presents Gathering Pieces of Peace, a dance theater work that explores mixed-race Asian American experiences, with an artistic team composed of folks who identify in this way. Through thoughtful text, soulful song, and dynamic dancing, MLD addresses the complexity of navigating fractured selves in support of wholeness, and is co-creating a supportive environment for connection that radiates out into our communities.

Check out Flyaway's current dancer Megan Lowe and past dancer Clarissa Rivera Dyas in these shows!

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Photo Credits: 1, 5, 6, & 7) Brechin Flournoy of GIRLFLY 2023; 2 & 3) RJ Muna of Jhia Jackson & SonsherĂ©e Giles for If I Give You My Sorrows - 2023; 4) Artwork details left to right: Anna Ruiz, From Past; Liz Lozano, Illusions; Vegas Bray, Vegas In Paradise, ‍Photo: Minoosh Zomorodinia; 5) RJ Muna of Megan Lowe, Clarissa Rivera Dyas, & Melissa Lewis Wong for Megan Lowe Dances' Gathering Pieces of Peace - 2023
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