Education/Outreach Activities

(listed by date)

Cimarrón Lecture Demonstration
Thursday May 19, 6:00pm : Gallery 308

Cimarrón Lecture Demonstration

Cimarrón’s musical director and harpist Carlos Rojas leads an informative presentation about the history of traditional music from the Llanos Orientales region of Colombia.


The Role of Context in the Creative Process.
A Global Dance Panel Discussion

What role does cultural and social context play in the creative process in the abstract world of modern and post modern dance? Presentations by choreographers including Hiroshi Koike (Japan), Lora Juodkaite (Lithuania), Christine Cali (United States and Korea) and Jesse Bie (United States).


Classical Music at the Cultural Crossroads
Artist Panel Discussion

A panel of musicians and composers ask, “How can we redefine 'classical' music to reflect the diversity that it encompasses?” Given that living composers are drawing from traditions from around the world and contemporary 'classical' music is no longer only a western European art, the panel will also discuss the notion that ALL music (including our favorite historical masterworks) was once considered new music. Panelists include composers Stephanie Webster whose work will be featured at the Festival with Dana Lawton Dances, Sascha Jacobson of the Musical Art Quintet who will perform in collaboration with Compagnie Surya B from France and Charlton Lee of the Del Sol Quartet who will perform on Friday June 3. Martha Rodríguez-Salazar will present CMC's Mission District Young Musicians Program at the Festival on June 4.

Kate Perry Workshop - Page to stage - the torture and triumph of writing a comic monologue

A two-hour condensed workshop for aspiring monologists and solo performers to learn some of the techniques of the trade from Kate Perry.

Topics include: The hook - Developing your monologue - Comedy as truth and pain - Questions to ask yourself - Building a character – Rewriting - Completing the work – Rehearsals - Performance - The end.

Fandango-Pandanggo Artist Panel Discussion

Fandango-Pandanggo Artist Panel Discussion

Chus Alonso and Florante Aguilar will discuss the artistic and conceptual ideas behind the Fandango-Pandanggo, a project inspired by a history of rich musical cross-fertilization between the Philippines, Mexico, Cuba and Spain. Company artists will address questions from the audience.


Hatch Performance Collective Site Specific Performance Workshop

Join HATCHlings for a cup of tea before the performance and help us hatch a brand new performance in a matter of minutes.


#BlackLivesMatter Artist Panel Discussion

Several artists in this year’s Festival have projects that speak directly to the issue of systematic police violence perpetrated against people of color and specifically the Black Lives Matter movement. Panelists Amikaeyla Gaston, Charlie Levin, Jon Jang, Genny Lim and Dr. Anthony Brown discuss their work and the role of the artist within broader socio-political movements. Moderated by Ericka Huggins.


Social Media, 24 Hour News Cycles & the Future of Reviewing Theatre

Co-hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, this event features an august panel of Bay Area theatre critics and editors who take to the stage to predict the future of the business of reviewing theatre. Panelists include Randy McMullen (Bay Area News Group), Leba Hertz (SF Chronicle), Karen d’Souza (San Jose Mercury), John Wilkins (KQED), Barry Willis (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle), Rob Hurwitt (SF Chronicle, emeritus), Charlise Tiee (Opera Tattler) and Keli Dailey discuss the above and other questions about the future of the business of reviewing theatre. Moderated by Velina Brown of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.


Dada: Here and Now Visual Arts Symposium Part 1

12:00pm – 2:00pm Film Screenings presented by Tom Dunn
2:15pm – 3:15pm Panel Discussion featuring Tom Dunn and Christopher Squier
3:30pm – 4:00pm Curator Walk #1 with Hanna Regev and Matt McKinley

Pan Pan Theatre Mentorship Workshop

Suitable for active theatre makers or students who are engaged in making their own theatre projects. Participants should arrive with some information on an upcoming theatre project they are going to work on in the future. Over the course of the workshop the various ideas for projects will be discussed with Gavin Quinn who will act as an informal mentor to the participants.


Dada: Here and Now Visual Arts Symposium Part 2

12:00pm – 12:30pm Self Guided Viewing
12:30pm - 1:30pm Curator Walk #2 with Hanna Regev and Matt McKinley
1:30pm – 3:00pm Performances by Jasper Patterson with Art Riot!: Dada and Mass Schizophrenia, Ros Salters Acosta and Maria T. Allocco present At War With Language, Tim Roseborough’s I Am Not Human, But You Are and Nathalie Brilliant with Living Compositions.

Performance Art Symposium

Dada: Here and Now Visual Arts Symposium Part 3

To conclude the Dada Here & Now Symposia Program, performance installations and panel discussions featuring Ros Salters Acosta, Maria T Allocco, John Held Jr. and Jasper Patterson.


Laughter as a Catalyst for Change

A presentation by Touretteshero artistic director Jessica Thom who will also be interviewed by Cultural Odyssey’s co-artistic director Rhodessa Jones. As a person living with Tourettes syndrome and an artist whose work addresses the subject, Jess Thom has found that humor can be a powerful but subtle tool in overcoming prejudice and changing mainstream society’s perspective on, and acceptance of, people with disabilities and learning to over come their fear of “the other.”


The Legacy of We Insist:
Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite

"We American jazz musicians of African descent have proved beyond all doubt that we’re master musicians of our instruments. Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we’ve been through." Max Roach, 1960 Dr. Anthony Brown, lyricst/vocalist Amikaeyla Gaston and poet Genny Lim discuss the historic significance of the original We Insist! Freedom Now Suite album created by composer Max Roach and lyricist Oscar Brown Jr. and why the work has a continued relevance and importance in the United States and globally over half a century later.


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