Upcoming Events

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.

CounterPulse
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.

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

October 1, 2020 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Reserve Tickets for Online Panel Discussion Here
Pay What You Can

Museum of the African Diaspora, Flyaway Productions, Prison Renaissance and Bend the Arch Jewish Action are bringing together prominent Black and Jewish change makers, this panel discussion will amplify their voices, including Jews of color, and the call for racial justice via an end to mass incarceration. Both historically and currently, where do anti-Blackness and anti-Semitism intersect? How has white supremacy been fueled by both these practices? And 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, Rebecca Walker, Emile DeWeaver and Ash Lynette. Robin Levi will moderate 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. Partner Bend the Arc Jewish Action Bay Area is fighting for criminal justice reform in California and stands in opposition to Prop 20 on November’s Ballot. Learn more about No on Prop 20.
A digital exhibition of art curated by Rahsaan Thomas, co-founder of Prison Renaissance, and comprised of works by residents at San Quentin State Prison will be presented beginning on September 17, 2020.

GIRLFLY on Film!

Fall 2020

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.

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
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 Fall 2020

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

Stay Tuned for More Info!