Presented by Detour Dance (duration 75 minutes)
Eric Garcia & Kat Cole
Eric Garcia, Jana Griffin, Melissa Lewis, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Wiley Naman Strasser
These performances of Beckon were supported in part by a generous grant from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
Beckon unravels the complex territory between our bodies, our voices and our desires, portraying the divergent experiences of catcalling and cruising. Through a series of vignettes, Beckon portrays the dehumanized, colonized effect of catcalling, and experience where silence and grateful acceptance of a compliment is the expected reaction. Beckon also brings to light the subversive cruising culture that, for gay men, is a necessary means to communicate in an oppressive society. Beckon presents the very different ways in which women and gay men have developed behaviors in response to the dominant heterosexual male voice.
Founded in 2010 by Kat Cole and Eric Garcia, detour dance is a contemporary dance-theater company which produces multi-media, dance-theater, and site-specific work through an annual home season in San Francisco and the curation of the Tiny Dance Film Festival. detour dance has presented work across the globe, receiving 1st place in the Barbary Coast Film Festival, Movies by Movers, and SF Weekly’s Masterminds Competition. The company has been funded by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theatre Bay Area's CA$H Grant, and Dancers’ Group’s Lighting Artists in Dance Award.
Kat Cole (Co-Artistic Director) is a choreographer, filmmaker, producer and fundraiser for the arts. She has formerly served as Program Manager and Development Manager for CounterPulse, and has performed for several local dance companies, including 13th Floor Dance Theater, Amie Dowling, EmSpace Dance, Katie Faulkner, and kelly kemp & company/number 9 dance. She also moonlights as a Production Manager, House Manager, and Stage Manager for several local artists including Jesse Hewit, Laura Arrington, and THEOFFCENTER. She has been a guest speaker at the University of San Francisco and for Eventbrite.
Eric Garcia (Co-Artistic Director) is a choreographer, performer, filmmaker, teacher, and activist whose feet are deeply rooted in the Bay Area. Inspired by personal narrative and storytelling, Eric has collaboratively worked with groups of incarcerated men, senior adults, and self-identified non-dancers on various multi-media and site-specific projects. Since 2010, he has proudly worked as the Production Coordinator with Fresh Meat Productions and the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. He has previously served as a Development Associate for Quinn Associates, and has held administrative/production positions for artists and organizations such as Dancers' Group, Mica Sigourney/OX, Z Space, and CounterPULSE.