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On Sep 14, 2016, at 1:49 PM, Jess Curtis/Gravity <info> wrote:

Sep 29 – Oct 9 • The Way You Look (at me) Tonight
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For two weekends in San Francisco

Fresh from in London and Glasgow, Jess and Claire Cunningham bring you the Rolling World Premiere of The Way You Look (at me) Tonight presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and CounterPulse

★★★★ – The London Times

"Cunningham and Curtis disrupt the traditional, linear performance, turn it inside out making it messy, interactive and philosophical, focusing on gaps and absences both in movement and text, aided by a triptych of screens on which there is a continuous interplay of texts, images, videos. In this deconstructed environment, there are no solutions, no rights or wrongs, only other possibilities and other ways of thinking about life and death." – London Dance

Thu-Sun Sep 29 – Oct 9

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Ivo Dimchev’s Songs from my Shows

Wednesday September 14th @ 7pm — [TONIGHT, one night only]

Bulgarian performer Ivo Dimchev, known for being bold and provocative, brings one of his live concerts to the stage at CounterPulse, presented in partnership with SFMOMA’s Open Space and Jess Curtis/Gravity.

His enormous musicality and remarkable vocal gift are part of all of his productions; for this unique event, he has selected 15 songs from his performances, detached them from their original context, presenting them as independent, individual opuses. Accompanied on the piano by Dimitar Gorchakov.

Please join us before the show for a happy hour in the theater at 7 p.m., including brief welcoming remarks by CounterPulse artistic director Julie Phelps and Open Space editor-in-chief Claudia La Rocco. In anticipation of Ivo Dimchev’s San Francisco debut, arts writer Rob Avila has curated a selection of experimental performance footage from the Bay Area; enjoy a free drink, and the screening, prior to the main event.

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Faggots Around The Labyrinth was a stellar success!

This project created by Jack Davis and presented as part of Gravity’s Pop Up Performance Project brought together a fabulous group of ‘faggots’ to physically repair, spiritually bless, and magically protect the labyrinth at Land’s End. Blending ritual and performance, this event left it’s mark (visit Land’s End to see the magic fruits)

Community Cross Promo
Thanks to our local colleagues helping us to spread the news about our premiere
On view in SOMArts’ Main Gallery
September 1–24

Presented by The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts, The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition presents a focused look at the future of Bay Area visual arts by showcasing 15 emerging artists from regional MFA programs. This year, the awardees represent a multifaceted snapshot of Bay Area visual arts, with many of the artists exploring and exploding expectations for identity-based work. More information on the exhibition, including a full list of participating artists, is available on SOMArts’ website here:

DROWNING MAN – A new work by Shinichi Iova-Koga and Edward Schocker
Co-Produced by Theatre of Yugen
September 16-17, 2016

“We chose water as our subject. We consider the implications, feelings and states connected to water in creating a performance for two bodies: one concerned with sound, the other with motion. Rather than create a narrative, the story emerges through a few choice prompts, allowing the body to speak in the moment.


Ground-shifting discoveries. Rapid growth and shifts. This 16-hour weekend workshop for performers, dancers, writers and directors is an ideal introduction to the rich and intensive training of Psychology of Movement and Character Transformation. Master teacher, writer, and Director, Tom Bentley Fisher will guide us to taking greater risks in our performance and creation.

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Brava Presents
Type/Caste: A Solo Show About Acting While Black (&Queer)
By Rotimi Agbabiaka
September 15 – October 1

Based on Rotimi Agbabiaka’s real life experience as a professional actor, Type/Caste uses monologue, song, dance, and drag to embody, explore, and expose the battles minority artists fight in the exclusive world of mainstream American theatre. Rotimi Agbabiaka’s “fantastic autobiographical one-person show, Type/Caste is equal parts hilarious, scathing, and emotional… a spectacular, neon-drenched coup-de-theatre.” (


Inspired by legendary dissident artist Lin Bo, local playwright Christopher Chen (The Hundred Flowers Project, Mutt) has created Caught, a labyrinthine exploration of truth, art, social justice, and cultural appropriation, where nothing is as it first appears. Produced in collaboration with The Xiong Gallery, Shotgun Players will host an installation of work by Xiong Gallery Artists at the Ashby Stage during each performance.

Running through September 25, plus repertory performances through 2017


In Crowded Fire Theater’s production of THE SHIPMENT, playwright Young Jean Lee uses her razor-sharp and unsettling humor to upend African American stereotypes that permeate our media and entertainment industry. Runs September 22-October 15 at the Thick House, 1695 18th St., SF.

Use the code JCGship for a 15% discount on advance sale tickets.


Photo Credits: All photos of The Way You Look (at me) Tonight by – Photo of Ivo Dimchev provided courtesy of the artist – All photos of Faggots Around The Labyrinth by Robbie Sweeny – All photos of community cross promo provided courtesy of the presenting organization

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight is made possible with the support from: Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and Spirit of 2012, co-commissioned by Tramway Glasgow and supported by The Place London, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and British Council The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The San Francisco Arts Commission, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Fonds Darstellende Künste, Kofinanzierungsfonds des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin – Senatskanzlei | Kulturelle Angelegenheiten

Pop Up Performance Project, Faggots Around The Labyrinth, and Gravity’s cotributions to the presentation of Ivo Dimchev are made possible by San Francisco Grants for the Arts

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