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“Dancing with the So Called Dead” Festival 2016: Free Artist In-Conversation | SF

In a time of environmental and political crises, can seance, spirituality, and performance intersect to provide models for political action and contemplative inquiry?

Dancing With The So Called Dead is a month long festival of workshops and public conversation that examines the intersections of performance making and mediumship.

Dancing with the So Called Dead
October 8-25, 2016
California Institute of Integral Studies
Conversations are FREE with an RSVP. Workshops and a full festival pass have fees.

The MFA Program in Theatre-Performance Making and The Arts at CIIS are proud to host some of the most dynamic and thought-provoking voices in contemporary performance art:

  • Peggy Phelan (Unmarked, Mourning Sex, Live Art: LA) will deliver a keynote address;
  • Guillermo Gomez-Pena will lead an immersive workshop on performance and the body as a site for imagination, reinvention, activism, and radical spirituality, culminating in the creation of a performative human altar referencing the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos;
  • and artists Amara Tabor-Smith, Leslie Hill and Helen Paris (Curious), Sean San Jose, and Dohee Lee offer workshops and public conversations that mine the (im)materiality of performance through investigations of passing, loss, memory, mourning, death, and dedication.

2016 Festival Schedule

  • Saturday, October 8: Curious: Leslie Hill and Helen Paris
    5:00-8:00PM Workshop
    8:30-9:30PM Conversation with the Artists
  • Saturday, October 15: Amara Tabor-Smith
    12:00-3:00PM Workshop
    3:30-4:30PM Conversation with the Artist
  • Saturday, October 22: Sean San José
    11:00-12:00PM Conversation with the Artist
    12:30-2:30PM Workshop
  • Sunday, October 23: Dohee Lee
    11:00-12:00PM Conversation with the Artist
    12:30-3:30PM Workshop
  • Tuesday, October 25: Peggy Phelan
    7:00-9:00PM Keynote Address and Conversation with the Artist

Special Opportunities with Guillermo Gomez Peña

Tuesday, October 18: A Conversation with Guillermo Gomez Peña
7:00PM-9:00PM (Desai | Matta Gallery, CIIS)

Thursday, October 27: Workshop and Ritual with Guillermo Gomez Peña
4:00-8:00PM Workshop (Center for Sex and Culture)
10:00PM-12:00AM Participatory Ritual (Desai | Matta Gallery, CIIS)

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