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PUSHfest Spring 2018 Press Release

PUSH Dance Company (PUSH) announces the new program PUSHfest Spring, a mixed genre showcase of dance works by emerging choreographers and youth companies, April 27-28 at Buriel Clay Theater in San Francisco. These performances coincide with Bay Area Dance Week, April 27-May 6.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUSH DANCE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES
PUSHfest SPRING
A PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL & YOUTH SHOWCASE
FEATURING NEW WORKS BY
ROBERT HENRY JOHNSON AND RAISSA SIMPSON

April 27-28  at Buriel Clay Theater in San Francisco
Tickets on Sale February 15.
Tickets: $15-$20; 415-800-7943 or www.pushdance.org/festival
MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Carbonara, 415-845-9994 or marycarbonara@gmail.com

SAN FRANCISCO, January 24, 2018 PUSH Dance Company (PUSH) announces the new program PUSHfest Spring, a mixed genre showcase of dance works by emerging choreographers and youth companies, April 27-28 at Buriel Clay Theater in San Francisco. PUSHfest Spring will feature dance workshops open to the public, a youth showcase, a work-in-progress showing of Codelining by Artistic Director Raissa Simpson and a world premiere by Robert Henry Johnson for PUSH. Guest companies include LV Dance Collective and Visceral Roots Dance Company performing alongside local youth groups PUSH Youth Program, Handful Players, Rising Rhythm and The Village Dancers.  These performances coincide with Bay Area Dance Week, April 27-May 6.

PUSHfest Spring brings together professional companies and youth groups committed to dance training and cultural work in the Bay Area,” says Simpson. The week-long festival kicks off with fundraiser performances for the PUSH Youth Program at the African American Art & Culture Complex on April 27th. Then beginning on May 1st, PUSH will host free ballet, hip-hop, modern dance and musical theater classes for beginning to advanced dancers ages 4-14 years old. Also part of the festival will be a performance of the first installment of Codelining, launching #ReclaimSF, PUSH’s 10th anniversary of serving communities amid San Francisco’s affordability crisis by bringing dance programming to underserved areas, like the Fillmore/Western Addition, Bayview-Hunters Point, Tenderloin and The Mission.

For complete Artist Bios, go to https://www.pushdance.org/festival.

Video Teaser:  https://vimeo.com/252383645

Raissa Simpson’s Codelining

Raissa Simpson’s Codelining merges dialogues between Simpson, students from Bayview Opera House and We Inventing the Real (WIR), a technology and media collective invested in using new media tools to explore social justice issues.  Simpson will build a multimedia dance performance that integrates elements of new media tools like motion capture, wireless sensors, and projection mapping onto moving surfaces. With Codelining, Simpson again investigates the tech industry — redlining, gentrification, the digital divide, and the real or perceived barriers between artists, technologists, and communities of color.

“Access and hope are two of the greatest perceived and real barriers for African Americans in San Francisco,” explains Simpson.  “I’ve been working directly in communities of color for ten years, and it is the resilience of the people to simultaneously address inequities and avoid superficial solutions that empowers me to keep going during these trying times .”

Performers in Codelining are PUSH Company members as well as participants of PUSHLab, PUSH’s annual six-week performance workshop for pre-professional dancers,  March 24-April 28 at Studio 200.”  The world premiere of Codelining will be performed September 28-30 at ODC Theater as part of PUSHfest.

About PUSH Dance Company

Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company (founded in 2005) has performed to critical acclaim while building upon the philosophy that pure movement and intellect can coexist and with a commitment to outreach and dance education programs.  Since 2008, PUSH has had a decade-long history of working in underserved areas like the Fillmore/Western Addition, Tenderloin, Bayview-Hunters, Mission, and SOMA districts.  PUSH’s current programs for San Francisco youth of all ages include weekly dance classes at the African American Art & Culture Complex and an extensive outreach program which for over a decade has reached nearly 1,000 K-24 youth and students in schools, community centers, and public programs.

PUSH launched PUSHfest in 2014, an annual fall showcase promoting emerging and established choreographers. The 2018 PUSHfest takes place September 28-30 at ODC Theater.   

Hailed by Dance Spirit Magazine as “reflective contemporary choreography,” Simpson’s work has been performed in 50 venues across the country, including Dance St. Louis Spring to Dance Emerson Festival, Links Hall in Chicago, Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, Joyce SoHo, Washington Ensemble Theater, Evolve Dance Festival in NY, Los Angeles Theater Center, Black Choreographers Festival, UC Davis, Sacramento State, Stanford University, SF State University, ODC Theater, Museum of the African Diaspora, Renberg Theater, and other venues.   

Simpson has been honored with the Magrit Mondavi Award, ChoreoProject’s People’s Choice Award, BADw’s Choreographer of the Year 2012, and ATTAIN in association with Hewlett Foundation. She has held residencies at the Garage Artspace, Zaccho Studio, African American Art & Culture Complex, and Margaret Jenkin’s CHIME.   Simpson received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and her MFA from UC Davis.  She currently teaches as guest faculty at  American Conservatory Theater and Santa Clara University.

PUSH Dance Company and Raissa Simpson have received support from California Arts Council, the African American Art & Culture Complex and Resident Artist Incubator, San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, African American Theater Alliance for Independence (AATAIN) a project of the Hewlett Foundation,  CA$H, Dancers’ Group Lighting in Dance Award, SF Foundation, ODC Theater’s Fleishhacker Opportunity Fund, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Grants for the Arts , the Bayview Opera House (in association with the California Arts Council, CounterPulse, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission) and generous individual donors.

 

Tickets for PUSHfest Spring are priced at $15 in advance/seniors and students, $20 at the door.  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.  Tickets and Festival passes can be purchased online at www.pushdance.org/festival.

Hi-Res Photos are available for download at:  https://www.pushdance.org/photos.

Company Website:  www.pushdance.org

 

CALENDAR LISTING
DANCE, PERFORMING ARTS
“Ambitious” – The New Yorker
“Pushing the standard.” – SF Chronicle
“Sleek and sexy.” — SF Guardian


WHO/WHAT:

PUSH Dance Company Presents
PUSHfest Spring Dance Festival

Featuring a World Premiere by Robert Henry Johnson and work-in-progress by Raissa Simpson, and performances by PUSH Youth Program, LV Dance Collective,  Visceral Roots Dance Company, Handful Players, Rising Rhythm and The Village Dancers

WHEN:

Three Performances Only!
Friday, April 27 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm and 7:30pm

WHERE:

Buriel Clay Theater
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA  94102

TICKETS:

$15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for seniors and students with a valid I.D.
10% discount for groups of 10 or more
Tickets and Festival passes can be purchased online at https://www.pushdance.org/festival

BOX OFFICE:   415-800-7943 or www.pushdance.org/festival

MORE INFO:  www.pushdance.org

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MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Carbonara, 415-845-9994 or marycarbonara@gmail.com