Jan. 4-5; Jan. 11-12; Jan. 18-19; and Jan. 25-26; 8 pm all days
ALTERNATIVA, in association with Joe Goode Annex, launches FRESH Festival 2019, San Francisco's annual festival of experimental dance, music and performance, January 4-27, taking place in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. In addition to four weekends of performances and three weeks of training practices, classes, workshops, roundtables, and social and interactive community exchanges, FRESH will highlight the 20th Anniversary of ALTERNATIVA with the World Premiere of "Reckoning" by Artistic Director Kathleen Hermesdorf and Musical Director Albert Mathias, featuring FAKE Company, an eclectic international ensemble based in Berlin.
FRESH Performances feature radical and risk-taking dance, music and performance makers each weekend of the Festival utilizing the stage as a platform for embodied research and new material.
Weekend One, January 4 and 5, showcases physical and performative responses to personal identity, social influence, cultural perceptions and political phenomena by Sara Shelton Mann, Byb Kongo Bibene, Chrysa Parkinson and Aleta Hayes;
Weekend Two, January 11 and 12, brings together a spectrum and spectacle of perspectives in regard to the human body, the female body, bodies of water, gender games and climate change with Monique Jenkinson and Mica Sigourney, Amara Tabor Smith, Kinetech Arts, and Kim Epifano/Epiphany Productions;
Weekend Three, January 18 and 19, features artists from Mexico with projects about borders - of skin, of forms, of maps, of mediums, of walls and cages, of accessibility and invisibility - by NAKA Dance Theater, led by local artists/activists Jose Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama, and special guests, ProyectoCASA from Tijuana, The Oracle from Mexico City, and PaM from Guadalajara.
Photo Credit: Photo by Kevin Martínez