Announcing PUSHfest Global
Announcing the launch of PUSHfest Global, a virtual dance festival every Wednesday from October 7 through November 18 at 6 pm PST at www.pushdance.org/festival.
Scott Horton Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PUSH DANCE COMPANY CONTINUES ITS DYNAMIC ONLINE PROGRAMMING WITH THE 7TH YEAR OF PUSHFEST FEATURING 18BAY AREA AND BEYOND DANCEMAKERS AND DANCE COMPANIES PERFORMANCES OF ORIGINAL WORK AND ENGAGING CONVERSATION
SEVEN WEDNESDAY LIVESTREAMS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER HELP SUPPORT BLACK DANCEMAKERS BY RAISING FUNDS THROUGH PUSH FOR CAMPAIGN
San Francisco, CA, September 1, 2020 – Choreographer, activist and community organizer Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company continues its 15th anniversary year by increasing its programming by presenting PUSHFest Global, an online streaming festival of current and contemporary dance. PUSHfest Global will feature 18 Bay Area dancemakers and companies—and a few from beyond the Bay–in seven live, online presentations every Wednesday from October 7 through November 18 at 6 pm PST at www.pushdance.org/festival. Tickets range from $10 donations and up.
Each live-stream of approximately one hour will include excerpts of several choreographers’ works and discussion of them with Simpson and other moderators from PUSH Dance Company. There will be a fundraising component, the PUSH For Campaign, that will use the online format as a venue for engaging public support of artists who enhance the creativity, health and wellbeing of Black communities in the Bay Area. Funds raised during the seven-week campaign will be made available to companies that may apply through PUSH Dance Company at www.pushdance.org/donate.
“We are proud to have participated in and propelled the evolution of Bay Area contemporary dance as a Black-led arts organization,” says founder and artistic director Raissa Simpson. “For 15 years, we have prioritized working with Black artists who represent and uplift Bay Area Black communities. We work with a diverse group of people who bring their own stories to the stage and coach young dancers and choreographers to develop and show their skills. This fall, PUSHFest Global audiences will see a broad range of dance and hear from creators who are focusing their art and skill on exploring and coming to terms with the range of issues that confront us all today.
Inspired by the urgent call-to-action embodied in the protests over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah Cummings, and countless others, the PUSH For Campaign raises money to assist Black-led dance groups and Black dance artists to respond to current times. As we navigate the economic downturn attributed to COVID-19, we are focused on making space for healing caused by police violence and centuries of systemic racism. The campaign acknowledges the invisible work and continuous contributions Black people have made to the cultural landscape of American dance and provides financial support to promote the growth and longevity of Black dance in the SF Bay Area.