The News: Fresh Queer Performance

What: The News: Fresh, Queer Performance

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 7:30–9pm, house opens at 7pm.

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $5 admission. Advance tickets:

The News is the new place to see fresh, queer performance by Bay Area artists. On the first Tuesday of each month The News, created by Kolmel WithLove, will spotlight performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, groups, or troupes. An informal session for artist-led critical feedback follows the performances.

This December The News features contemporary dancers and movement artists selected by Jesse Hewitt, including Abby Crain, Detour Dance, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Phoebe Osborne, Mara Poliak and Maryanna Lachman, SexiTude, Mica Sigourney, and Vîv, as well as an additional non-dance performance piece by Bellows.

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Artists interested in performing at The News can find more information here.

Bellows is an emerging queer, Bay Area native drag performance duo, featuring Ms. Rachel Waterhouse on keys and singer/songwriter Kyle Casey Chu. Their theatrical murder ballad sound has been likened to that of Rufus Wainwright, Cat Power and the late Freddie Mercury. Bellows loves harping on their exes, publicly shaming “gaycist” queens and airing out only their moistest, stinkiest laundry.

Abby Crain makes anti-dances. She has shown work in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has worked extensively as a performer, most notably with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People and Sara Shelton Mann. Her writing and interviews have been published by “Itch Performance Journal” (Los Angeles), “PAPER FRONT” (Portland), “Critical Correspondence” (a project of Movement Research, New York), and THEOFFCENTER. She recently organized and curated an event called the “No Thank You Show,” which asked artists to represent or stage work that has been rejected by granting organizations, theaters, collaborators, or even the artist herself.

Detour Dance is comprised of Kat Cole and Eric Garcia. Cole is a choreographer, filmmaker, producer and fundraiser for the arts. She currently serves as the Program Manager for CounterPULSE, is the Co-Artistic Director of detour dance and the Tiny Dance Film Festival, and moonlights as a production manager for some awesome folks. Eric Garcia is a choreographer and filmmaker whose feet are deeply rooted in the Bay Area. Eric is the Co-Artistic Director of detour dance and the Tiny Dance Film Festival, and serves as the Production Coordinator for Fresh Meat Productions.

Kathleen Hermesdorf is a San Francisco based dance artist and Director of ALTERNATIVA/Alternative Conservatory. She has been making work since 1991, manifesting company contexts since 1998, and organizing dance and multidisciplinary events since 2010. She was a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells, and Collusion with Stephanie Maher. Her work has been supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, CASH/Theatre Bay Area, CHIME/MJDC, the San Francisco Arts Commission and The Suitcase Fund. Hermesdorf teaches, creates, performs, organizes and produces work around the world.

Jesse Hewit is a dance artist living in San Francisco. He makes work mostly about the various sociologies of people inside of their bodies, and is currently in collaborative projects with Laura Arrington (“ADULT”), Sara Shelton Mann (“Eye of Leo”), and with Keith Hennessy (“Turbulence: a dance about the economy”). He curates, teaches, makes, and performs regularly around the U.S. and in Europe. More information

Phoebe Osborne is a performance artist from San Francisco. Osborne’s formal dance training began in 2007 at University of California, San Diego. She has since studied and worked in Barcelona, London, Oakland, and San Francisco, formed by artists including Miguel Gutierrez, Frey Faust, Mal Pelo, Katie Duck and Susan Rethorst. During Spring 2013 Osborne performed for Oreet Ashery’s “Party for Freedom” in London. Her own work is understood to investigate social issues such as gender identity as well as explore ethereal matters like time and memory. Currently, Phoebe is working on a project “God Sees Everything” about the complexities of psychedelic drugs as a source of transformation.

Mara Poliak and Maryanna Lachman have collaborated since 2009 on various projects, including “Our Mass the Mass of Planets,” a dance film created with filmmaker Emile Bokaer (2010). They have been invited to present work at KUNST-STOFF Arts Fest (May 2013) and “The No Thank You Show” (November 2013). They are members of SALTA, a collective of dancers who curate a free mobile monthly performance series in Oakland, and will present at “Envisioning the Practice: International symposium on performing arts curation” in Montreal, April 2013

SexiTude is the body-positive, age-positive, sex-positive dance troupe. Created by D’Arcy Drollinger (AKA Baby D), SexiTude combines street jazz, funk, hip-hop, video dance and classic bump-n-grind. Birthed out of “Sunday Skool,” the weekly dance class party, now in it’s third year at the Academy of Ballet, SexiTude continues to wow audiences throughout the Bay Area with their sex appeal, attitude and rag-tag brand of dirty dancing.

Mica Sigourney is a tornado in a dress, fiction, mistakes, the SFBG Goldie winner 2013 for performance, a danceWeb 2013 scholarship program recipient, and VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! every Friday at The Stud.

Vîv is dancer powered dance.

Kolmel WithLove is the creator of The News. WithLove curates, builds cameras and costumes, collaborates with other artists, makes films, and performs. Their films have screened in a variety of settings including Frameline Film Festival, MIX Mexico, Seattle Center of Contemporary Art, RAID Projects and in the book and DVD project “Strange Attractors.”

WithLove has performed in venues including SOMArts Cultural Center, CounterPULSE, Highways Performance Space, The Velaslavasay Panorama Theatre, The Garage, various galleries, a few living rooms, two very nice leather bars, and a piano lounge.


Jesse Hewit pictured, photo by Gia Goodrich