But Tell Me What it Feels Like

But Tell Me What It Feels Like Performance Festival

May 4–6, 2018
SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street

SOMArts Cultural Center presents But Tell Me What it Feels Like: The Erotic Practice of Liberation curated by Sarah Toshie Cargill. The first-ever recipient of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency for Performing Arts, Cargill has benefitted from 5 months of intensive mentorship and support from SOMArts to execute her vision for a multidisciplinary performance festival exploring the liberatory potential of erotic practices.

But Tell Me What It Feels Like features new and developing works by queer of color composers, performance artists, dancers, musicians and sound healers. The festival grounds itself in the theoretical framework articulated by black lesbian feminist poet and activist Audre Lorde in her essay, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power. While the erotic can and does allude to queer sexualities, sensuality and touch, it is also a point of reference through which artists and audiences alike are invited to locate a well of deep-seated bodily wisdom. “By accessing the erotic, we witness a radical transformation of the mundane, where daily actions and decisions come to reflect one’s capacity for feeling, connection, desire, and unwavering pursuit of fully present embodiment. It is through this commitment to the erotic that we allow space for our bodies — our lives — to be animated by nothing less than joy,” Cargill notes in reference to the inspiration behind her curatorial debut.

Admission to all Festival events is free with RSVP on Eventbrite.

Indira Allegra
Sarah Toshie Cargill
Amber Field
La Frida
Amy Likar
Melissa Panlasigui
Stacey Pelinka
Rain Ensemble, including Naoko Amemiya, Debby Kajiyama, Rachel Mock, Kallan Nishimoto and Kayla Quock
Amadeus Regucera
Alice Sheppard

Festival Schedule:

Friday, May 4: Breath
– 8:00-10:30 PM: Opening reception with DJ set by La Frida and performances by Leviathe and Amadeus Regucera and Stacey Pelinka

Saturday, May 5: Tensions That Make Living Possible
– 2:30-4:00 PM: Body Work for Artists, A Community Clinic: Alexander Technique workshop presented by Amy Likar
– 4:00-4:30 PM: Curator’s talk with Sarah Toshie Cargill
– 5:00-7:00 PM: Performances by Sarah Toshie Cargill, Amadeus Regucera, Indira Allegra and Melissa Panlasigui

Sunday, May 6: Forces That Move (Through) Us
– 2:00–4:00 PM: “Free Your Voice” workshop followed by restorative sound bath led by Amber Field
– 4:30–6:30 PM: Closing performances by Alice Sheppard and Rain Ensemble

Image credit: But Tell Me What it Feels Like Performance Festival, photo by Robbie Sweeny.

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