Power Shift Dialogues
The Festival POWER SHIFT: Improvisation, Activism, and Community (2020), co-curated by Cherie Hill, Hope Mohr, and Karla Quintero, invited artists, activists, and audiences to share in the practice and performance of improvisation. The full program featured voices from contemporary forms, transformative justice, racial justice, Capoeira, and more. As part of this Festival, B.L.A. presented trainings and dialogues for artists, social workers, educators, activists, nonprofit professionals that offered practical and theoretical tools for connecting embodiment to social justice work, legal advocacy, teaching, strategic visioning, and more. An online exhibit also featured a series of recorded and transcribed conversations that offered additional pathways into the practices and perspectives of Black/African American, Latinx/Latin American, Asian American, female-identifying and queer improvisers and social justice activists. All series trainings and conversations took place online via zoom.
Artist interviews for the online exhibit were:
Bjorn Majestik and Miky Hustles of Legendary Cyphers
Debby Kajiyama & José Navarrete of Naka Dance Theater
Photo: Aisha Shillingford
SEPT 8, 2020: Embodiment, Strategic Movement Building, and Long Range Visioning
An Interview with Aisha Shillingford
SEPT 9, 2020: Life, Storytelling, and Activism As Improvisational Practice
An Interview with Debby Kajiyama & José Navarrete of Naka Dance Theater
SEPT 15, 2020: Race in Contact Improvisation
A Conversation with Taja Will, Richard Kim, Leslie Heydon, and Rebecca Bryant
SEPT 16, 2020: An In Depth Conversation with Bjorn Majestik and Miky Hustles of Legendary Cyphers
SEP 26, 2020: Artists as Agents of Change
Co-facilitated by Gibney Company directors Nigel Campbell and Amy Miller
OCT 17, 2020: Anti-Racism Training for the Dance Community
Facilitated by Beatrice Thomas, co-presented in partnership with Dance Mission Theater & Kambara+
OCT 18, 2020: A Conversation about Aesthetic Equity
with Jaime Cortez, Liz Lerman, Paloma McGregor, & Michael Orange, moderated by Cherie Hill.
NOV 21 - 22, 2020: The Keystone of the Arch: Embodied 100 Years Vision
Co-facilitated by Tammy Johnson & Yalini Dream
Power Shift Audience Reader
Power Shift Press Release
Power Shift public dialogues were made possible with funding from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Zellerbach Family Foundation and individual donors. Beatrice Thomas’ Anti-Racism in Training for the Dance Community was co-presented with support from Dance Mission Theater and Kambara+.