Director Biographies  -  Kathleen Hermesdorf  Albert Mathias

The mission is to create and instigate work of deeply integrated sound and motion within a process that is vigorously intertwined and viscerally transmitted.

Directed by Kathleen Hermesdorf with Albert Mathias in San Francisco, ALTERNATIVA is an apparatus for deeply integrated dance and music via creation, improvisation, performance, education and curation. Hermesdorf and Mathias create and instigate performance work based in visceral, dynamic and experimental investigations into ineffable aspects of the human condition.  They also share a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and roots in improvisation.  The organization supports the project-to-project creative work and acts as an umbrella for Alternative Conservatory, facilitated by Hermesdorf and AM Audio/Media, established by Mathias.  With support in San Francisco by ODC Theater in numerous residencies, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, CASH/Theatre Bay Area, CHIME/MJDC and the San Francisco Arts Commission, ALTERNATIVA has presented 8 home seasons since 1998, and toured nationally and internationally in affiliation with Movement Research/New York, Velocity Dance Center/Seattle, Bates Dance Festival/Maine, Ponderosa/Stolzenhagen, Germany, and Delfos & EPDM/Mazatlán, Mexico, among many others.  ALTERNATIVA was in residence at KUNST-STOFF arts from 2010-13, and is a founding member of [ABC] Arts Building Consortium with THEOFFCENTER, dedicated to shared resources, intentional curation and creative connectivity.

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