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.