Upcoming Events

A DIGITAL EXHIBITION | Meet Us Quickly: Painting for Justice from Prison

October 1, 2020 – January 31st, 2021

Link to Digital Exhibition Here
Free Online

Museum of the African Diaspora is proud to present Meet Us Quickly: Painting for Justice from Prison, an exhibition of the work of twelve artists incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. The twenty-one works in the exhibition include linocut prints, acrylic paintings, ink drawings on paper, and collage and are organized and curated by Prison Renaissance co-founder Rahsaan “New York” Thomas. Eclectic in influence, certain works in this exhibition nod to pointillism and neo-constructivism while others honor the importance of Aaron Douglas and the Harlem Renaissance. These artists maintain significant artistic practices spanning diverse techniques and subjects. The works are presented with accompanying statements written by each artist, allowing these incarcerated men to speak for themselves and share their vision and perspectives in their own words.

A PANEL DISCUSSION | Finding Mercy: Black & Jewish Voices against Mass Incarceration

Recorded on October 1, 2020

Museum of the African Diaspora, Flyaway Productions, Prison Renaissance and Bend the Arc Jewish Action present this panel discussion that amplifies the voices of prominent Black and Jewish change makers, and the call for racial justice via an end to mass incarceration.

  • Where do anti-Blackness and anti-Semitism intersect, both historically and currently?
  • How has white supremacy been fueled by both these practices?
  • How can Black and Jewish activism work together to address systemic racial oppression through the criminal justice system and mass incarceration?

Opening with award-winning poet and prison reform activist Tongo Eisen-Martin, the panel includes Eric Ward, Emile DeWeaver and Ash Lynette. Robin Levi moderates the discussion.

This program is presented in conjunction with Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy, the second in a trilogy of outdoor aerial public art performances addressing the devastating effects of mass incarceration. The dance brings an intersectional feminist and racial justice framework to explore the failures of our criminal justice system.

Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy

It is with a heavy heart we are letting our audiences know that Flyaway will postpone the premiere of Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy until a safer environment exists for our cast and crew.  We had hoped to be able to burst through the sorrow of these pandemic times with a justice-driven piece of public art, but the Covid numbers in San Francisco remain too high. Stay tuned for rescheduling details as we know them.  Many thanks to our community partners at MoAD, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Prison Renaissance, and CounterPulse for ongoing support and investment in the project and in ending mass incarceration.  The show will not go on this fall, but the fight continues.

80 Turk Street, San Francisco, California

FREE Site Specific Performances
For reservations, stay tuned for the postponed dates

For health and safety reasons due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, audience size at each showing will be sharply limited.

Choreographer & Director: Jo Kreiter
Co-Creater: Rahsaan Thomas
Dancers: Bianca Cabrera, Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, Maddy Lawder, Megan Lowe, Sandia Sexton, and Helen Wicks
Composer: Jewlia Eisenberg
Set Designer: Sean Riley
Lighting Designer: Jack Beuttler
Costume Designer: Jamielyn Duggan

How can Black, Jewish, and JPOC voices work together to amplify the call for racial justice via an end to Mass Incarceration?

Flyaway Productions premieres Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy, the second in a trilogy of outdoor public art performances addressing the devastating effects of mass incarceration. Meet Us Quickly is presented in partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora, Bend The Arc Jewish Action, Prison Renaissance, and through CounterPulse’s curated co-production program. It will take place on the exterior facades of CounterPulse and the Dahlia Hotel next door.

After each show, come on in to CounterPulse to see a visual art exhibit by artists working behind bars at San Quentin.

Supported by the Bill Graham Foundation, CA Arts Council, Creative Work Fund, Ear Hussle/Radiotopia, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, MAP Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, and Zellerbach Foundation.

WATCH PARTY | PIVOT: from punishment to empathy
GIRFLY 2020 on Film

October 23, 2020
Friday, 5-6pm

Witness the culmination of dance making and activism by some amazing San Francisco teens. Instead of live performances this year, we will bring you highlights from the GIRLFLY program, captured on film.

RSVP to jo@flyawayproductions.com for Watch Party link!

Click Here for GIRLFLY Self Portraits – PIVOT: from punishment to empathy

More Info About GIRLFLY Here!

The Wait Room
Dance Film now Available

Flyaway is honored that our dance film has been officially selected by the following film festivals:

ADF’s Movies by Movers
Bodyscope Dance Film Festival
Dance Camera West
Greensboro Dance Film Festival
LA Dance Film Festival
Phoenix Dance Film Festival
ScreenDance Festival
Thessaloniki Cinedance International
Verve Dance Film Festival

Produced by: Jo Kreiter and Austin Forbord
Directed by: Austin Forbord
Choreographed by: Jo Kreiter
Director of Photography: Heath Orchard
Performed by: Clarissa Dyas, MaryStarr Hope, Laura Elaine Ellis, and Megan Lowe
Composed by: Pamela Z
Set Design by: Sean Riley
Community Partner: Essie Justice Group

Voices of Essie Justice Group Members: Jasmine Brown, Anita Wills, Catalina Palacios, Tanea Lunsford, Cheryl Diston, and Jo Kreiter
Musicians: Kate Stenberg, Lisa Mezzcappa, Polly Moller Springhorn, and Beth Custer
Assistant Cinematographer: Ben Estabrook
Production Assistants: Zach Chapple and Jared Tabayoyon
Costume Design: Jamielyn Duggan
Technical Director: Acacia Houle
Production Manager: Jack Beuttler
Stage Manager: Saskia Lee
Additional Project Dancers: Sonsherée Giles and Bianca Cabrera
Colorist: Robert Arnold

The Wait Room at the Act Out Festival in Portland, Oregon

June 27-28, 2020
POSTPONED – Reschedule Dates TBA

Zidell Yards
3121 SW Moody Ave, Portland, Organ

Flyaway will be performing The Wait Room during this three-day outdoor festival, which features international, national, and local outdoor theatre, site-specific performance, and circus. Presented by Boom Arts in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation.

More Info About Act Out Festival Here!

Next Flight School Workshop Coming in 2021

Building techniques for dancing on suspended objects. All levels welcome.

Stay Tuned for More Info!