ALTERNATIVA

ALTERNATIVA CURRENT SCHEDULE

2018


Tuesday-Saturday, May 2-6
Improvisation Performance Workshop

Performance on May 6 at 8pm
featuring workshop participants
plus TONIC by ALTERNATIVA
MOTION PACIFIC | Santa Cruz, CA
www.motionpacific.com

May 7-18
GUT Motives

M/W/F | 10am-12pm
Joe Goode Annex | San Francisco, CA
A dance practice based in the act of motion from the inside out through improvisation, energetics, touch, physical and technical  experiments, and 3-dimensional phrase work. Viscerally, rhythmically and structurally informed and influenced by vivid live music.
www.joegoode.org


Thursdays, May 10, 17, 24
Contact is Mag[net]ic

6:30-8:30pm
Finnish Hall | Berkeley, CA
Contact Improvisation is a physically and creative collaborative form for wise freedom, thick physics, instinctual form, wild impulse, extreme grace and diligent practice. Explore this serious play alongside the visceral and atmospheric music of Albert Mathias.
www.finnishhall.org


Saturday, May 19
Mobility Jam with Albert Mathias

7:30-10pm | Athletic Playground | Berkeley, CA
6:30pm • Dance Improvisation Class with Shira Yaziv. Open to all levels.
7:30-10pm •  DANCE / MOVE / PRACTICE
Savanna: Live Music by Albert Mathias. All types of dancing welcome. No talking.
Canyon: Open space covered with mats. Talking OK. www.athleticplayground.com

May 21-25
GUT Motives

M/W/F | 10-11:30am
ODC Dance Commons | San Francisco, CA
A dance practice based in the act of motion from the inside out through improvisation, energetics, touch, physical and technical  experiments, and 3-dimensional phrase work. Viscerally, rhythmically and structurally informed and influenced by vivid live music.
www.odcdance.org


Saturday + Sunday, May 26-27
CORPOREALITY [humans in a room]
11:30am-1pm + 3-6pm
Finnish Hall | Berkeley, CA [Produced by Athletic Playground]
A 2-day workshop investigating the corporeality, humanity and artistry of being a body through dance, somatic modalities, energetic systems, improvisational practices, physical experiments and scores, both devised and open. Working with atmospheric, visceral and rocking live music, we'll explore the body from perspectives of instinct, impulse and intuition, as well as human nature, human  behavior and group dynamics, while experiencing the simplicity and complexity of moving and listening with attention, intention and imagination.
www.athleticplayground.com

JUNE 3-30  
P.O.R.C.H. Improvisation + Training Module

Ponderosa/Stolzenhagen, GERMANY
Facilitated by Kathleen Hermesdorf
P.O.R.C.H. Improvisation + Training Module is for dancers, improvisers, movement artists, and performers who are interested in a physical discourse engaging methods of contemporary dance training, somatic investigation and improvisational forms. The module is facilitated by Kathleen Hermesdorf, with weekly and weekend sessions by international guest artists, including Peter Pleyer, Stephanie Maher, Scott Wells, Jen Polins, and interactions with the Freedom/Moves Symposium with Polins, Thomas DeFrantz,  Jaamil Kosoko, and the Freedom to Move Caucus and Color Block with Joy Mariama Smith plus many more! Registration is now open.
www.ponderosa-dance.de


Ponderosa Open Workshops


June 4-8  

CORPOREALITY [humans in a room] at Ponderosa

Dancing the body as an instrument of perception, intuition and action. Deepening awareness and understanding of your physical materials and systems by investigating states of embodiment and the act of motion through a hybrid of traditional, contemporary and alternative forms. Exploring articulation and agency, form and function, materiality and imagination. Tracking impulses, testing and trusting instincts. Experimenting with the many bodies we inhabit - anatomical, elemental, emotional, artistic, animal, magical, mundane and more. Encouraging sensate virtuosity, interactive intelligence, personal presence and performative practice. Working with energy cultivation, touch and manipulation, technical modalities, somatic and contact improvisation, choreography, scores and creative processes.
We'll be developing material over the two weeks. The workshop is open to all for either week or both.  www.ponderosa-dance.de/our-full-program.html#corpo-reality

June 11-15 

CORPOREALITY [being in a body] at Ponderosa

Dancing the body as an instrument of perception, intuition and action. Deepening awareness and understanding of your physical materials and systems by investigating states of embodiment and the act of motion through a hybrid of traditional, contemporary and alternative forms. Exploring articulation and agency, form and function, materiality and imagination. Tracking impulses, testing and trusting instincts. Experimenting with the many bodies we inhabit - anatomical, elemental, emotional, artistic, animal, magical, mundane and more. Encouraging sensate virtuosity, interactive intelligence, personal presence and performative practice. Working with energy cultivation, touch and manipulation, technical modalities, somatic and contact improvisation, choreography, scores and creative processes.
We'll be developing material over the two weeks. The workshop is open to all for either week or both.  
www.ponderosa-dance.de/our-full-program.html#corpo-reality ​

August 11-18        

WILD West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival 2018

A week of dance, technique, improvisation, contact improv, Croí Glan LAB research, performance and community events at An Sanctoir, a 30-acre nature reserve with a beautiful hexagonal dance studio in West Cork, Ireland. Offering a high level of creativity, physical challenge, immersivity and interactivity. Experiencing the expansion of the surrounding environment, bodies in wild natural surroundings, drawing from collective of dance artists who stretch the limits of embodied research, from the local to the global, bringing together aesthetics from San Francisco to Berlin, Ireland, West Cork and beyond….. 

Produced by ALTERNATIVA + Croí Glan at An Sanctoir    

http://www.la-alternativa.us/wild-festival.html            


2019

FRESH FESTIVAL 2019
January 4-27, 2019


4 weekends of FRESH Performances
3 weeks + weekends of FRESH Practices
12 FRESH Exchanges [community events]
San Francisco  www.freshfestival.org



PAST EVENTS


2018

FRESH FESTIVAL 2018
January 5-28, 2018

4 weekends of FRESH Performances
3 weeks + weekends of FRESH Practices
12 FRESH Exchanges [community events]
San Francisco  www.freshfestival.org


March 2-30
GUT Motives

M/W/F | 10-11:30am
ODC Dance Commons | San Francisco, CA
A dance practice based in the act of motion from the inside out through improvisation, energetics, touch, physical and technical  experiments, and 3-dimensional phrase work. Viscerally, rhythmically and structurally informed and influenced by vivid live music.
www.odcdance.org

Wednesday, March 14
StrictlyAlbert  dancers only happy floor

6-9pm | no cover | all ages
F8 Nightclub | 1192 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA
Live music by Albert Mathias with special guest performers, including Frankie Tan and Kathleen Hermesdorf, in a funky SOMA club with a sweet dance floor. A great time to unwind, socialize, improvise, shake it up, get down and get happy.  Every 2nd Wednesday.

Sunday, March 18
Second Sundays Movement Practices
CORPOREALITY [humans in a room]

1-4pm | Dance Palace | Point Reyes, CA
A workshop investigating the corporeality, humanity and artistry of being a body through dance, somatic modalities, energetic systems, improvisational practices, physical experiments and scores, both devised and open. Working with atmospheric, visceral and rocking live music, we'll explore the body from perspectives of instinct, impulse and intuition, as well as human nature, human  behavior and group dynamics, while experiencing the simplicity and complexity of moving and listening with attention, intention and imagination. www.dancepalace.org

Sunday, March 31
Mobility Jam with Albert Mathias

7:30-10pm | Athletic Playground | Berkeley, CA
6:30pm • Dance Improvisation Class with Shira Yaziv. Open to all levels.
7:30-10pm •  DANCE / MOVE / PRACTICE
Savanna: Live Music by Albert Mathias. All types of dancing welcome. No talking.
Canyon: Open space covered with mats. Talking OK. www.athleticplayground.com

APRIL 3-15
Western Mass TOUR

School for Contemporary Dance & Thought
Hosted by Jen Polins and the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, ALTERNATIVA will be in residency at SCDT in Northampton MA, teaching, performing and creating a commission for The Hatchery, while offering classes at Mount Holyoke College and UMass/Amherst. Boston gigs include Moving Target, Boston Conservatory, Berklee School of Music and MassARTS. www.scdtnoho.com