“Hatorade Retrograde: The Musical” Live in the Park | McLaren Park
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McLaren Park | McLaren Park, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Southern Exposure presents Hatorade Retrograde: The Musical, a dance performance by Danish artist Lise Haller Baggesen.
Set in a San Francisco of 2069, HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL looks to San Francisco’s countercultures of the late 60s, science fiction, and camp, to imagine resistance to a future dystopia impacted by climate change and an oppressive technocracy.
The speculative narrative performed by seven local dancers evolved in collaboration with Southern Exposure’s Youth Advisory Board teen artists who shared their hopes and fears for the future with Lise Haller Baggesen, inspiring the development of a cast of characters who might inhabit stark, waterlogged landscapes, where technological advancements segregate the “innies” from the “outies”. Set in the toxic outskirts of a domed city, the characters of HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL struggle to survive and understand the world they live in.
HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL features a score by composer avery r. young that draws heavily on funk and psychedelic music of the late 1960s, and will be broadcast over “silent disco” headphone systems. Bay Area dancer Stephanie Hewett choreographed and dances this public performance, along with six other dancers, working in collaboration with local theater director Jackie Katz to stage the movement within San Francisco’s McLaren Park. The cast also includes Annie Aguilar, Valerie Mendez, Hannah Oliver, Sonia Pinto-Scherstuhl, Christan Thompson, and Yao Wang.
Performances of HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL will take place at the Wilde Overlook in McLaren Park in San Francisco, a brutalist 35’ high tower with a viewing platform built from an old reservoir tank. With this history, set within an idyllic grove of redwoods, with sweeping vistas of the Bay and the south-eastern parts of the city, it’s an ideal location to imagine the future of San Francisco.