Performance in Progress commissions local, national, and international artists to present groundbreaking live work and offers a platform for artists and audiences to come together to examine the creative process.
The artists in this season — Desirée Holman, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, and Jacolby Satterwhite — draw on the look and story arcs of science fiction and fantasy to create alternative futures. Instead of blockbuster superheroes and starships, however, their imagined spaces are filled with personal stories, heroes, and locales. A cappella recordings from Satterwhite’s mother, Patricia, are remade for an immersive, dance floor–like universe; the assassinated Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño’s transformative journey through the underworld is illuminated in Rincón Gallardo’s work; and the true believers of Northern California mysticism passing civilization on to a new human race is explored in Holman’s project. Through their fictional worlds, the artists offer epic possibilities for the real world.
Performance in Progress returns March 16–19, 2017, featuring works by Desirée Holman, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, and Jacolby Satterwhite. All three artists’ performances draw on the visuals and narratives of science fiction and fantasy to imagine alternative futures. Here, the scholar Mark C. Jerng describes the artists’ manifestations of an anti-racist future, LeiLani Nishime ponders race-related questions in Holman’s work specifically, and Naomi Rincón Gallardo and Sophia Wang discuss choreography as language.