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Media Alert: Combustible Residency 2018

PUSH Dance Company (PUSH) announces their collaboration with technologist daevron’s TecTonic Shifts during the Combustible Residency at Counterpulse, September 14-22, 2018.

Contact: Justin Ebrahemi, Communications & Engagement Manager

415-626-2060 // justin@counterpulse.org

Creative technologists and choreographers deconstruct our digital divides with shattering new works

CounterPulse presents

Combustible Residency 2018

IN CIVILITY, #2: Outrage Machine
by Deborah Slater/Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko
TecTonic Shifts
by dævron & Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company
Premiere Sept 14-22, 2018
*pay what you can* Thursdays
Tickets: counterpulse.org/combustible-residency-2018

$5 off Promo Code: shift


Hien Huynh and Derrick Harris in IN CIVILITY, #2: Outrage Machine; Photo by Robbie Sweeny. Click for more photos and high-res >>  

June 2018, San Francisco — CounterPulse’s Combustible is back for year two with politically urgent and visually compelling interdisciplinary works. Combustible is a lab for intersecting dance and technology at the fringe of what is known This year CounterPulse presents works that confront San Francisco’s fractured geographies, behavioral retrograde, and the digital divides in our everyday lives. In a city deconstructed, our artists-in-residence look to technology as a tool for bridging fragmented interconnections, both on and offscreen.

Deborah Slater/Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko interrogate technology’s role in transforming how we perceive and interact with the world of others, normalizing unthinkable behavior through the guise of screens. IN CIVILITY, #2: Outrage Machine traces technology that augments an artist’s hand or a dancer’s body, bringing physicality to the experiences we have internally and with each other. Instead of succumbing to media-fueled outrage, can we instead dance with our common humanity, enhanced by the very technology that so often is used to wedge us apart?

Next, dævron & Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company use technology to track movement in virtual spaces and control movement in physical spaces.

TecTonic Shifts explores urban displacement and digital divides, shifting landscapes and cyber tremors. Sirens sound off in the face of chronic disaster with geographies fractured by evictions, increased surveillance and a legacy of redlining Black communities. Who decides what access and safety mean in the streets, circuits and software that shape a city?

CounterPulse is thrilled to present these new works and drive forward the conversation around art, the body, political divides, and technology.

“The current Combustible artists are responding to two crises that have been accentuated by new technology – political polarization and how housing discrimination of the past contributes to class segregation today. Their projects are using new technology as the vehicle and the theme of their works.” 
-Jodi Lomask, Artistic Director of Capacitor

“Humanity and technology are not separate. Our humanity if premised on our unique relationship to building tools. When they say that technology shapes you it is quite literal. Stone tools created more surface area on our hand joints in only a few generations. What I appreciate about the work of the Combustible artists is that they are turning the table. These artists are asking not how we’ve changed in meeting technology, but how technology will change to meet us.”
-Julie Phelps, Artistic & Executive Director of CounterPulse

The Combustible Residency is designed and curated by CounterPulse Artistic & Executive Director Julie Phelps and Jodi Lomask, the Artistic Director of Capacitor, a leading dance and sculpture company that creates performances and installations in collaboration with scientists about the natural world. The Combustible Residency is supported by a Building Demand for the Arts Implementation grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The Combustible Residency showcase will be a double bill evening featuring both IN CIVILITY, #2: Outrage Machine and TecTonic Shifts on September 13-15 and 20-22, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm. Tickets available at counterpulse.org and at the door, night of show, as available. Tickets are priced at a sliding scale of $20-$35 and Thursday nights are pay-what-you-can, reservable online.

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CounterPulse Combustible Residency New Works 2018: IN CIVILITY, #2: Outrage Machine by Deborah Slater/Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko andTecTonic Shifts by dævron & Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company

Creative technologists and choreographers deconstruct our digital divides with shattering new works.

Sept 13-22, 2018, Thu-Sat 8pm

TICKETS: counterpulse.org/combustible-residency-2018

HI RES PHOTOS: bit.ly/Combustible18Photos

About the CounterPulse Combustible Residency
Combustible is a lab for intersecting art practices from dance and technology. Artists are given real, raw Space and Time, to collaborate on the creation of innovative live performance projects with use state-of-the-art lighting and sound tools. Throughout a residency period artists share their research through designed public experiences and events. Combustible carves a place to be deeply inquisitive and experiment on the edge of what is known. For more information about the Combustible Residency, and to read blogs and more from our artists please visit counterpulse.org/combustible.

This program is made possible by support from the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts and by a Building Demand for the Arts Implementation grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.