WHEN: January 24-February 8, 2014
Thurs-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 6pm
**Please note that Sat, Feb 8 shows are at 4pm & 7pm
WHERE: Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street, SF CA 94110
www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006
INFORMATION: www.dancemission.com, 415-826-4441
“In an age overrun with art as a cold, slick, commodity, the Dance Brigade’s work remains the real thing.” – Dance Magazine
“Their work is richly detailed and nuanced; it also kicks ass… These women put on one hell of a show.” – SF Bay Guardian
Dance Brigade presents its latest dance-drama installation. Directed and conceived by Krissy Keefer, Hemorrhage captures the current crisis of world affairs by focusing on the connection between gentrification, global warming, racism and the continued attack on the rights of women. Using the backdrop of the Mission District and the onslaught of recent evictions, Keefer investigates the link between these current events via her hair trigger analysis and long
standing commitment to creating content-driven art. The all-female cast uses explosive text, drumming, dance and theater to examine the dismantling of the Mission District through forced displacement. Set in a junk-yard on the outskirts of town – a junk-yard full of car parts, boats, bathtubs, and found and discarded objects – ten exiled women dance and drum their way through their nightmares and dreams about the affects of local and global politics.
Drawing on the analysis of Rebecca Solnit, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and those who have been recently evicted, Keefer explores the efforts to transform San Francisco into a bedroom community for Silicon Valley, an action that has a farther reach than just the real estate involved. What does this mean for San Francisco, she asks, a city that has long been a beacon for discourse and action around social and environmental justice and global solidarity movements? And what does this mean for the world? Dance Brigade is known for the way it uses modern dance, storytelling, and Taiko drumming to create a compelling narrative. Honed over the company’s 37-year history, the all-female cast uses strong theatrics, humor and compelling original text to explore today’s political and social situation, while also employing contemporary dance forms such as hip hop, house and Reggaeton.
The post-apocolyptic set design is by Kate Boyd, Taiko composition is by Bruce “Mui” Ghent, lighting design by Harry Rubeck and choreography is by Krissy Keefer, in collaboration with cast. Says Keefer, “Dance Mission Theater has been Dance Brigade’s home for the past 15 years. We have weathered two other booms and busts and literally have a birds’ eye view of the new Mission, as we are located at the corner of 24th and Mission on the second story of a historical building – a building that has always been dedicated to the movement arts. Businesses, populations and transportation systems have transformed before our very eyes. San Francisco has long been a hotbed for the fight for social justice. But that is changing and our artistic response is ready.”
About the artists:
Dance Brigade is biting, intellectual, insightful wit, and provocative originality. This dynamic
multi-racial troupe of women proves that socially relevant dance can be technically brilliant, as well as exuberant with down-home hilarious fun. This company dances at full throttle. Artistic Director, Krissy Keefer explores the intersection between art and social issues with fierce inventiveness and a deft comic touch. Her content driven choreographies are a high-energy blend of ballet, modern dance, jazz, song, text, sign language and explosive Taiko drumming. The company has created over 12 full-length concerts of contemporary dance theater including Pandora’s Box, Ballet of the Banshees, Cinderella, Queen of Sheba, Cave Women, Spell, The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie and The Great Liberation Upon Hearing. For these productions, they received numerous grants and awards. Dance Brigade resides at Dance Mission Theater in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. At Dance Mission they operate a 140-seat theater, run three dance studios, offer adult and youth classes, produce groundbreaking events, and direct Grrrl Brigade, Dance Brigade’s youth company.
In 1984, Krissy Keefer and Nina Fichter, original members of Wallflower Order, founded Dance Brigade to create and perform dance-theater that addresses the complex problems of contemporary American women. Together they developed a new kind of modern dance-theater that was stylistically rooted in martial arts, athleticism, and social justice. As the Wallflower Order’s members went their separate ways, Keefer and Fichter created the Dance Brigade to carry forward their activist vision. Their original works continued to explore social issues such as war, poverty, breast cancer, women’s history, death and dying, and spirituality from a feminist perspective.
In 1998, Dance Brigade began to operate Dance Mission at 24th and Mission Streets in San Francisco. At Dance Mission, they created an affordable 140-seat theater and rehearsal space for San Francisco dancers and artists. They expanded the Adult and Youth Dance Programs to include a full range of dance classes in Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bhangra, Brazilian, Bollywood, Afro-Haitian, modern, ballet and more. Some of the groundbreaking events Dance Brigade has presented and pioneered include the SkyDancers, Women on the Drum, Women Against War, and the Manifest!val for Social Change. Each year Dance Mission helps emerging artists launch their professional careers through the bi-annual Choreographers Showcase and the Down & Dirty Dance Series. In 2004, the Grrrl Brigade was formed as an intensive dance/leadership development program designed to provide high quality dance training, performance opportunities, and a sense of self-empowerment for San Francisco’s girls ages 9 to 18. This program began with 10 girls and has now over 60 girls participating.
Dance Brigade recently toured to NYC and Havana in 2011 and to Cairo and Beirut in 2012. In 2011 Dance Brigade celebrated 35-years of female-driven art with a show called “From the Wallflower Order To Dance Brigade” and presented a weekend of free performance and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Dance Brigade also operates the Artist Retreat Center in Dos Rios, Mendocino County where they produce performances and workshops and provide space for artist residencies.