Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement


She Went/Between Mars and Jupiter (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 26, 7:00PM | Saturday May 27 2:00 PM | Sunday May 28 5:30 PM
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

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Artist Info


Work Sample


Alma Esperanza Cunningham’s Between Mars and Jupiter is an experimental performance installation shaped by the singular experience of being female. A compilation of movement essays that investigate art history, fashion and personal narrative to reframe and transform how we experience the female body in performance.

Between Mars and Jupiter features a prominent roster of powerful female choreographers and artists that include Aura Fischbeck, Maureen Whiting, Maxine Moerman, Ronja Ver, Leigh Riley, Caitlin Daly, Keryn Breiterman-Loader, and Christina Carter under the direction of Alma Esperanza Cunningham. Each artist is spotlighted in a dynamic movement essay made in collaboration with Cunningham.


The youngest of 3 sisters, Alma Esperanza Cunningham attended a professional ballet program with her older siblings. Ballet is the house that she continually tears down to create formal chaos and to ask visual questions. Cunningham integrates her life experiences and those of her collaborators to create work that is human and unpredictable. Cunningham reframes the role of the female dancer by creating movement essays as a way of challenging the viewer’s expectation. Cunningham references art history, fashion and personal narrative to show us that the female experience is both complex and heroic.

Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks. After moving back to San Francisco from New York, she formed her company Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement (AECM). Alma has been an Artist in Residence at ODC, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, and in 2004/05, she partnered with Robert Moses in CHIME (Choreographers inMentorship Exchange), a program of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Alma was the recipient of a 2004 GOLDIE (SF Bay Guardian’s Outstanding Local Discovery) award. In 2007, after giving birth to her daughter, she took a 5 year break from making and watching dance and in 2013 started back with a focus on female solos that have informed her current work.


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