An afternoon of performance and social practice investigating new layers of consent, accountability and the justice process
February 19 and February 26, 2022 (the same event happens twice)
ASL interpretation on 2/26
Zaccho Dance Studio
1777 Yosemite Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Artistic Direction: Jo Kreiter
Performance: Sonsherée Giles
Composer: Maddy MADlines Clifford
Set Design: Sean Riley
Restorative Justice Practitioner: Kevin Martin
Speakers: Leverett Grissom & Betty McKay
Gather with us for an afternoon to participate in an artist led approach to restorative justice. We will explore the question, well stated by activist Adrienne Maree Brown, “How do we believe survivors and still be abolitionist? And still practice transformative justice?” This participatory event includes live performance AND facilitated dialogue with the artists and audiences.
Hard Questions Welcome.
Audience Size is Limited
Supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the SFAC Individual Artist Grant
Flyaway in Residence at Bethany Arts Community – Ossining, NY
Bethany Arts Community
40 Somerstown Rd, Ossining, NY 10562
Supported by a 2021 National Dance Project Grant, Flyaway is being hosted by Bethany Arts Community to develop performance material for Apparatus of Repair. The residency is also supported by Hudson Link.
More Info Coming Soon!
The Wait Room presented by the Contemporary Arts Center – New Orleans, LA
May 27-29, 2022
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30pm
+ Saturday Matinee at 2pm
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans – Parking Lot
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
After 2 postponements, we are thrilled to announce The Wait Room will premiere in New Orleans in May 2022. The Wait Room, created in 2019, honors the experience of women with incarcerated loved ones.
Recently Past Events
Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy
October 14-17, 2021
Thursday through Sunday, 7PM & 8:30PM (two shows a night)
+ Saturday, 5PM matinee
80 Turk Street, San Francisco, California
FREE Site Specific Performances
See Annotated Program Here
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 and Shazad Ismali
Set Designer: Sean Riley
Lighting Designer: Jack Beuttler
Costume Designer: Jamielyn Duggan
Acknowledging the complicated, problematic, and honorable history of solidarity between Black and Jewish movements for social change, “How can Black and Jewish voices 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.
GIRLFLY in the Gardens 2021: Land, Belonging, and Racial Justice
Program Dates: July 6-30, 2021
Runs Tuesday to Friday 10:30AM -3PM
Performance Date: July 30, 2021
Friday 5:30PM and 7PM
1700 Block of Quesada Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
The 2021 Summer Arts & Activism Project will bring 20 young women from the Bay Area for four weeks to:
- Get hands-on experience in site specific dance, and make dances at Quesada Gardens in San Francisco’s Bayview District
- Earn $500
- Create original dances and perform them
- Learn from working with professional dance artists, writers, and gardeners
- Learn about issues of girls’ empowerment, community building, land acknowledgements, and racial justice
- Research and carry out a Writing as Activism project, led by an Ethnic Studies professor from SF State
- Connect with young women/GNC youth across neighborhoods, schools, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity
Funded by the Children and Youth Fund.
San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival – 2020 Video Project
December 19, 2020
View for Free at:
Live Q&A Panels:
December 19, 2020 at 11:00 am (PST)
December 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm (PST)
In this innovative and collaborative video project, Zaccho Dance Theatre brings together 16 international aerial artists to tell a collective narrative during this time of uncertainty and social chaos. Taking place on mountain tops, old forts, bridges, and in gardens, this work reveals an intimate perspective of the world we are navigating.
Video by Joanna Haigood and Mary Ellen Strom. In collaboration with composer Walter Kitundu and aerial artists Veronica Blair, Lindsey Butcher, Beth Clarke, Terry Crane, Joana Dias, Pamela Donohoo, Deon Fox, Jo Kreiter, Jodi Lomask, Wanda Moretti, Amelia Rudolph, Alice Sheppard, Xochitl Sosa, Jason Span, and Julia Taffe.
GIRLFLY 2020 on Film | PIVOT: from punishment to empathy
Available Online Now!
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.