But Tell Me What it Feels Like: A Multidisciplinary Performance Festival

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SOMArts Cultural Center
08:00 PM
Art, Theater / Performance Arts
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SOMArts Cultural Center presents But Tell Me What it Feels Like: The Erotic Practice of Liberation curated by Sarah Toshie Cargill. But Tell Me What It Feels Like features new and developing works by queer of color composers, performance artists, dancers, musicians and sound healers. The festival grounds itself in the theoretical framework articulated by black lesbian feminist poet and activist Audre Lorde in her essay, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power. While the erotic can and does allude to queer sexualities, sensuality and touch, it is also a point of reference through which artists and audiences alike are invited to locate a well of deep-seated bodily wisdom. 
Admission to all Festival events is free with RSVP on Eventbrite.BUT TELL ME WHAT IT FEELS LIKEFESTIVAL ARTISTSIndira AllegraSarah Toshie CargillAmber FieldLa FridaLeviathe Amy LikarMelissa PanlasiguiStacey PelinkaRain Ensemble, including Naoko Amemiya, Debby Kajiyama, Rachel Mock, Kallan Nishimoto and Kayla QuockAmadeus ReguceraAlice Sheppard
Festival Schedule:
Friday, May 4: Breath

8:00-10:30 PM: Opening reception with DJ set by La Frida and performances by Leviathe and Amadeus Regucera

Saturday, May 5: Tensions That Make Living Possible

2:00-3:30 PM: Body Work for Artists, A Community Clinic: Alexander Technique workshop presented by Amy Likar
4:00-4:30 PM: Curator’s talk with Sarah Toshie Cargill
5:00-7:00 PM: Performances by Sarah Toshie Cargill, Amadeus Regucera, Indira Allegra and Melissa Panlasigui

Sunday, May 6: Forces That Move (Through) Us

2:00–4:00 PM: “Free Your Voice” workshop followed by restorative sound bath led by Amber Field
6:00–8:00 PM: Closing performances by Alice Sheppard and Rain Ensemble

Image credit: "BODYWARP: Decommissioning X" (2017). Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco


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