This Is What I Want 2011, redefining the relationship between intimacy and performance.

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This Is What I Want 2011, redefining the relationship between intimacy and performance.

This Is What I Want 2011, redefining the relationship between intimacy and performance.

About the Production

THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011

PRODUCED BY: JESSE HEWIT, RACHAEL DICHTER, AND THEOFFCENTER
CURATED BY: JIZ LEE, JESSE HEWIT, RACHAEL DICHTER, KEITH HENNESSY, AND MICHELLE TEA

PRESENTING WORK BY: MICA SIGNOURNEY, JASON TORRES HANDCOCK, XANDRA IBARRA, HAROLD BURNS, ANNIE DANGER, ANNA MARTINE WHITEHEAD, CHASE JOYNT, MONIQUE JENKINSON, BEN MCCOY, KEVIN SEAMAN, DACIA HOLLIDAY, VAGINA JENKINS AND TESSA WILLS.

CO-PRESENTED WITH: SOMARTS and The Garage

THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011 is an official performance festival of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival, and will take place on Monday and Tuesday Evening June 27 and 28th at 8pm at SOMArts at 934 Brannan St., and Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 29th and 30th at 8pm at the Garage at 975 Howard.

THEOFFCENTER is proud to support Jesse Hewit and co-producer Rachael Dichter in the 2nd year of THIS IS WHAT I WANT, a festival that is intently redefining the relationship between intimacy and performance.

From the first release of the curatorial statement and call for artists, this project has been charged. Within this theme (and within the consideration of performing this theme) there is density, trigger, confusion, risk, trickery, lying, and the telling of some serious truths. As creator and head curator, Hewit stumbled through extensive discourse about this event; fielding complex and perhaps impossible questions about the intent and social necessity of such a project.

In its 2nd year, the festival is formalizing its stand not only as a staple of the National Queer Arts Festival but also as part of the San Francisco Performance Arts Festival circuit; THEOFFCENTER is proud to co-produce this festival alongside Jesse and Rachael. We are also very excited to further develop our relationship with both The Garage and SOMArts as co-presenters of the festival.

Additionally, this year’s festival is thrilled to include a team of local arts leaders and visionaries as co-curators to Hewit and Dichter. They are joined by feminist porn trailblazer and alternative arts organizer Jiz Lee, Bessie Award-winning local dance and performance visionary Keith Hennessy, and queer literary queen Michelle Tea.

Hewit explains “In curating the artists for this year’s festival, we were reminded that the reasons for making performance work are as varied and complicated as the reasons for having (or not having) sex…as are the methods.”

62 proposals were submitted, of those 13 were accepted by the curatorial team.  The break down of offerings is as follows:

SOMARTS, June 27th and 28th:
Mica Sigourney, Jason Torres Hancock, Xandra Ibarra, Harold Burns, Annie Danger, and Anna Martine Whitehead

THE GARAGE, June 29th and 30th:  - SOLD OUT SHOW – BOTH DAYS SOLD OUT –
Chase Joynt, Monique Jenkinson, Ben Mc Coy, Kevin Seaman, Dacia Holliday, Vagina Jenkins, and Tessa Wills

For the thirteen artists showing in this year’s program, acts of art-making and acts of sex collide. The result will be equal parts frank, ferocious, urgent, and of course tender.

This kind of work is always such a huge a risk. We are told–in so many ways and by so many forces–that in order for desire or sexuality to be the centerpiece of rigorous art, that it must be codified, symbolized, or in some way interpreted with cleverness or clinical language; that the feelings and mundane truths of it are not enough. THIS IS WHAT I WANT rather awkwardly breaks this notion in half, and emmerges with projects that sit squarely in the very margins between sweet transcendence and reckless confusion…just like our blessedly complicated sexualities and our so often utterly simple wants.

Come see how brave and crazy and sexy we are. Come see what we want.

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THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011 is an official bright and shiny centerpiece of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival

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Curatorial Team

Curatorial Team:

Jiz Lee, Curator
Jiz Lee is a genderqueer porn star known for an androgynous look, authentic sexuality, and fun sex-positive attitude. The genderqueer performer, who prefers the pronouns “they/them”, is an advocate for ethical empowerment of realistic bodies and equal gender agency in pornography. In their short years in the adult industry, Jiz has performed for celebrated directors and renown female pornographers, has contributed as a writer to numerous print and online publications, and presents at colleges and universities. With an extensive background in arts management and dance/performance art (including the now deceased duo twincest), Jiz continues to moonlight within the arts community and blends their involvement with the non-profit sector via Karma Pervs, a philanthropic paysite that raises monthly donations for sex-positive, queer and kink-friendly non-profit organizations. Ever fascinated by the radical potential of sex, love, and art, Jiz runs a personal blog about sex work as an artistic medium for social activism at JizLee.com.

Keith Hennessy, Curator
Keith Hennessy is an award-winning performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer. He was born in Northern Ontario, lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Hennessy directs CIRCO ZERO and ZERO PERFORMANCE, and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (85-94), CORE (95-98), and Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard (98-02). Recent awards include a NY Bessie (2009), two Isadora Duncan Awards (2009), the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie (2007) and the Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship in Dance (2005). Zero’s current project is Turbulence (a dance about the economy) which will premiere in Spring 2012 at YBCA, DTW, and Queer Zagreb. Recent works include Delinquent, commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Crotch, a solo performance developed at L’Arsenic in Lausanne, and presented in New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Zagreb, Liverpool, Poznan, Berlin and at Impulstanz in Vienna. Keith’s 2010-11 teaching includes University of Dance & Circus (Stockholm), Touch & Play Festival (Berlin), Ponderosa (Stolzenhagen), UC Davis, Pontempeyrat (France), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), and American Dance Festival (Durham). Hennessy is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UC Davis. www.circozero.org

Michelle Tea, Curator
Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, a poetry collection, and a novel. Her work has been included in the Best Music Writing, Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Erotica collections. She is founder and Executive Director of RADAR Productions, curating literature and performance monthly at venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Public Library and the Luggage Store Gallery. She organizes the Sister Spit international performance tour and the annual Radar LAB writers’ retreat.

Racheal Dichter, Curator and Production team
Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer and performer. She grew up in and around the Bay Area, training and performing as a classical ballerina and majoring in Dance and Art History at Mills College. She then studied performance and classical techniques in New York and India before spening a year in Minneapolis dancing with the Dylan Skybrook Dance Company, and three years living and dancing in Brussels Belgium with Fougere Dance. Since returning stateside where she has had the pleasure of performing Keith Hennessy,  Kelly Kemp, Aura Fischbeck, Christine Cali, Alyssa Lee and Abigail Hosein, and she currently works with Laura Arrington.

Jesse Hewit, Creator and Head Curator
Jesse Hewit is a choreographer working primarily in San Francisco, and the leader of Strong Behavior, an ongoing performance project and company. Additionally, he curates and facilitates original performance and discussion through Dancer’s Group, CounterPULSE, and the National Queer Arts Festival. In the past year, besides working with his extraordinary company, Jesse has collaborated on original work with Erika Chong Shuch, Catherine Galasso, Sara Kraft, Travis Mathews, and Keith Hennessy, and was the recipient of the 2010 GOLDIE award for performance. He holds a BFA from Tisch’s Experimental Theater Wing (NYU) and an MA in Sexuality Studies from SFSU. To learn more, go to jessehewit.com, and come see Dog, premiering at Z Space in December of 2011.

SOMArts Dates

SOMARTS,
Monday June 27th and Tuesday June 28th:

SOMArts 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-1414

To get your tickets please go to BROWNPAPERTICKETS

Presenting work by:

Mica Sigourney
Mica Sigourney is San Francisco based performance artist and curator. As student of theater and performance for 25 years, Sigourney has specialized in physical theater, improvisation and site specific performance.  6 years ago he fled the proscenium stage and traditional venues and refocused his energies on go-go performance installations and the populace stages of the nightlife. 2 years ago he created drag persona VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! and since has performed on stages and festivals in San Francisco, L.A. New York, and London, and in the deYoung, the New Museum (nyc) and Yerba Buena Center for the arts. Sigourney  also produces the WORK MORE! series, a twice a year drag production featuring nightlife performers presented in a “real” theater context, where their processes are exposed, and their boundaries pushed. As a writer his work has been featured at the RADAR reading series. You can find him every Friday night at the STUD where he hosts SOME THING a weekly drag/art/dance party.

Jason Torres Hancock
Jason Torres Hancock is a performing artist native to the Bay Area. Jason is a recent graduate of Naropa University’s M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance. Before attending Naropa, Jason lived in San Francisco and performed with various dance companies and performance companies such as Out/Rage, Company Chaddick, and in Eric Rofes’ Test/Positive/Now. From 2002 to 2009 Jason created dance/theatre works as a solo-artist and for his performance collaborative, GROUP. GROUP was an AIRspace Artist-in-Residence at The Jon Sims Center in 2005 and was selected for an encore performance in the Queer Arts Festival in 2006. Jason has been a Patient Educator for medical students since 2006.

Xandra Ibarra
La Chica Boom/Xandra Ibarra is a performance artist, ecdysiast, and community organizer that explores Chican@ iconography, issues of race, gender and sexuality. Through the practice of ethnic drag, alternative dance, theatre, performance art, neo-burlesque, and clowning, La Chica Boom provides a biting satire that points to contemporary and historical escandalos. In addition to touring North America as a solo performer and with the various Vaudeville and Burlesque Roadshows, she is the founder and producer of Kaleidoscope, An Annual National People of Color Cabaret, the first national event dedicated to cabaret and neo-burlesque performers of color in the U.S.

Harold Burns Harold Burns
Harold Burns is a queer performer and organizer based in Oakland, CA.  He has performed with the Olimpias Project (Berkeley), Minna Harri (SF), and Alicia Ohs (NYC/SF).  He studied dance and performance art at Reed College and with several Bay area dance makers (Blanche Brown, Portsha Jefferson, Michelle Martin, Keith Hennessy, Petra Kuppers, Neil Marcus, Margit Galanter, Abby Crain, Jorge Rodolfo de Hoyos).

Brendan Burns is a activist and vagabond who currently lives between Central American and Baltimore, MD.  He is a recent graduate of Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC) where he studied dance and political science.  He trained as a an actor at Baltimore School for the Arts.

Anna Martine Whitehead
Anna Martine Whitehead uses video, puppets, sound, and movement to address queer, deracinated, disremembered histories. In a range of capacities – including burlesque performer, puppeteer, death metal drummer, lone wolf, and cowboy crooner – Anna Martine has shown and performed at numerous galleries, theatres, and backyards in the Bay Area and beyond (including Southern Exposure, Climate Theatre, SOMArts, and CounterPULSE in San Francisco, the Bronx Museum and Gallery The in New York, The High Museum in Atlanta, and galleri bob in Gothenburg, Sweden). Her work has been noted in the SF Bay Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, and LA Weekly. She is a recent graduate of California College of the Arts, with a Masters in Fine Arts, Social Practice.  She will be performing with the Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance in July at the African American Arts and Culture Complex.

Annie Danger
Annie Danger wants it all. She wants it deep. She is a fierce and determined proponent of the hybrid; the solution of all solutions: the way to cut the cake so everyone gets the biggest slice. In short, she has her compass firmly pointed toward utopia and is trudging, lovingly and gracefully, with you as her counterpart, toward that goal. She wants nothing less than your full and shining commitment to your own brilliant politics. She wants the fire in your belly to join forces with the fire in your heart and the screaming, brilliant logician in your brain: Annie Danger wants it all. She is an Albuquerque, NM, born and raised trans woman with a penchant for the theatrical and deep roots in the radical. Find her on Facebutt or at: www.dangertattoos.com

Garage Dates

THE GARAGE,

Wednesday June 29th and Thursday June 30th

The Garage
975 Howard Street @ 6th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
415-518-1517

To get your tickets go to BROWNPAPERTICKETS – SOLD OUT SHOW – BOTH DAYS SOLD OUT -

Presenting work by:

Chase Joynt
Chase Ryan Joynt is a Toronto-based filmmaker, performer and writer. Joynt’s latest film Everyday to Stay is currently showing at festivals in Canada, the US and internationally, his recent writing can be found in Original Plumbing Magazine, Shameless Magazine and the anthology Letters For My Brothers; and his most awkward emotional processing can be found both on a stage and in a journal near you.

 

Monique Jenkinson
Monique Jenkinson has created and performed everywhere in San Francisco from the de Young to the Stud, and in NYC, LA, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and London. Her solo show Faux Real played in New York and London after its premiere at Climate Theater, and Luxury Items, commissioned by ODC with an extended run at CounterPULSE, earned her an SF Bay Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award (GOLDIE) for Performance, SF Weekly’s ‘Best Performance Artist 2010’ and 7X7 Magazine’s ‘Hot 20 Under 40.’ Her drag queen persona, Fauxnique made history as the first woman to win SF’s infamous Miss Trannyshack Pageant and was named SF Bay Guardian’s ‘Best Drag Act.’

Ben Mc Coy
Ben McCoy is a writer, versatile performance artist, and at times, a short film vixen. McCoy has has toured the country twice, most recently with Sister Spit. Ben has slung words, stilettos, and served slices of LOL-pie to audiences while raising a well-manicured finger to homo-and-transphobia and misogyny everywhere. Surprisingly not a Leo, McCoy is a quardruple Scorpio.  In 2010 Ben was nominated for a San Francisco Literary Foundation of the Arts award and appears in the anthology Persistance: All Ways Butch and Femme available this April.

Kevin Seaman
Kevin Seaman is a 28 year old queer San Francisco resident that creates performance and video art with an absurd and comedic edge. By creating accessible and humorous work, he brings smiles to the faces of down-trodden people and belonging to those dealing with issues of isolation, acceptance, depression, and queer identity. Kevin has a background in theatre including various styles of acting and dance, as well as costume design and construction. In addition to bettering his arts community via the philanthropic sector by day, Kevin continues to develop his skills in creating and presenting independent performance art, expanding his knowledge of video production and post-production, and building queer community around the clock. His videos are viewable at youtube.com/user/grimlookdknight.

Dacia Holliday
Dacia Holliday is a self-identified Indigenous Queer who writes poetry. She has always found solace in words and poems because of their ability to help her make sense of the senseless. Dacia’s journey of sexual healing began this past December, on the longest night of the year, when the full moon gave her blood back (Winter Solstice/Lunar Eclipse). Since that glorious night, she has reshaped her experience of sex and her sexuality, discovering that they are sites of celebration, exploration, spirit work, and sun exploding pleasure. She now knows the value of an empowered sexuality, and the power cultivated through its reclamation. It is her purest intent to sing her soul songs through poetry, finding words as others uncover theirs.

Vagina Jenkins
Since 2003, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins has been gracing stages from London, England to Paris, Kentucky with her sensually charged brand of femme performance art meets classic burlesque. The Lady is so electric, she’s the very reason the lights went down in Georgia. She puts the Gee! In LGBT and is the sexiest thing to ever go bump in your night! The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins has been called “Atlanta’s Best Burlesque Dancer”, a “big, bold and beautiful treasure.“  Critics have called her “Sophisticated”, “Complex”, and “Unique.” No matter the adjective, she is sure to knock your stockings off! Check www.VaginaJenkins.com for dates in your town!

Tessa Wills
Tessa is a a choreographer and live artist with some success behind her as an artist and arts leader in Brussels, London and Vienna, who has chosen to live in San Francisco because of the sensuality of the city. Her background comes from Music through Ballet and Contemporary dance training to Live Art, and now moving back into an interrogation of dance, and its inherent value/not.  Her current concerns in practice are around wounds, punctures, liminality and the movement organizational principles of birds. As well as that esoteric aspect her work frequently embodies a ‘manically charged present’ with the audience which faces the terrifying aspect of sharing reality in the here and now; an ontology of presence.  Recently Tessa has completed a 22 minute solo, “bird and person  dyning” performed at Too Much!, a commission for the Meridian Gallery, Union Square San francisco called “flicker/follow”, and an 11minute dance film funded by the British Council called “mine/scratch/mine”. She is leading a bay area dramaturgy group to investigate and reflect the cultural identity of the area on an international scale.  She is completing the theoretical aspect of her masters in choreography at Middlesex University in London.

Production Team

Production Team:

Jesse Hewit (Creator and Head Curator)
Jesse Hewit is a choreographer working primarily in San Francisco, and the leader of Strong Behavior, an ongoing performance project and company. Additionally, he curates and facilitates original performance and discussion through Dancer’s Group, CounterPULSE, and the National Queer Arts Festival. In the past year, besides working with his extraordinary company, Jesse has collaborated on original work with Erika Chong Shuch, Catherine Galasso, Sara Kraft, Travis Mathews, and Keith Hennessy, and was the recipient of the 2010 GOLDIE award for performance. He holds a BFA from Tisch’s Experimental Theater Wing (NYU) and an MA in Sexuality Studies from SFSU. To learn more, go to jessehewit.com, and come see Dog, premiering at Z Space in December of 2011.

Racheal Dichter (Curator and Production team)
Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer, performer and producer. This is her second year working on TIWIW. She grew up in and around the Bay Area, training and performing as a classical ballerina and majoring in Dance and Art History at Mills College. She then studied performance and classical techniques in New York and India before spening a year in Minneapolis dancing with the Dylan Skybrook Dance Company, and three years living and dancing in Brussels Belgium with Fougere Dance. Since returning stateside where she has had the pleasure of performing Keith Hennessy,  Kelly Kemp, Aura Fischbeck, Christine Cali, Alyssa Lee and Abigail Hosein, and she currently works with Laura Arrington.

THEOFFCENTER, Producer
THEOFFCENTER is a San Francisco-based artist-run collective which goal is to support performance, especially the work of new and emerging queer performers and theater-makers. By offering artists residencies and programming that build skills while fostering collaboration and community we hope for a sustainable queer community. Founders include Julie Phelps, Program Manager at CounterPulse; Wolfgang Wachalovsky, Artistic Director of Collective Theater Productions; and Ernesto Sopprani, Artistic Co-Director of 1 1 11ArtGroup.

SOMArts, Co-Presenter

934 Brannan Street - San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-1414

Monday, June 27, 8pm
Tuesday, June 28, 8pm

The mission of SOMArts is to promote art on the community level, and to foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. Founded in 1979, SOMArts embraces the entire spectrum of arts practice and cultural identity, and it is beloved in San Francisco as a truly multicultural, community-built space where cutting-edge events and counterculture commingle with traditional art forms.

The Garage, Co – Presenter

975 Howard Street @ 6th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
415-518-1517

Wednesday, June 29, 8pm
Thursday, June 30, 8pm

WHAT: THIS IS WHAT I WANT, a festival whose implicit goal is to intently redefine the relationship between intimacy and performance.

WHERE & WHEN:

SOMArts
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-1414 

Monday, June 27, 8pm
Tuesday, June 28, 8pm

The Garage
975 Howard Street @ 6th Street,
San Francisco, CA, 94103
415-518-1517 

Wednesday, June 29, 8pm
Thursday, June 30, 8pm

– SOLD OUT SHOW -

TICKETS:
$15 to $20 sliding scale for purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets

Media Contact: Jesse Hewit  (jess...@gmail.com)

For further information, please visit: www.theoffcenter.org

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