Sarah Pritchard, Director of Communications & Strategy
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SOMArts Cultural Center Presents


May 4–6, 2018

March 27, 2018, San Francisco, CA— 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 writer, 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 noted in reference to the inspiration behind her curatorial debut.

On Friday, May 4, the festival will open with an evening of performances featuring compositional works by festival artists Leviathe and Amadeus Regucera. In an ambitious program that pushes artists to their physical limits, performers will explore the depths of somatic trauma, leaning into trust as both a necessary element to and potential byproduct of corporeal vulnerability and somatic release.

Day 2 of the festival on Saturday, May 5 begins with an Alexander Technique community clinic led by Dr. Amy Likar who guides participants in practical embodiment methods that allow artists to work with greater ease and freedom of movement. The day concludes with a collaborative performance by artist and “tension specialist,” Indira Allegra, along with new music composer Amadeus Regucera conducting artist Melissa Panlasigui and festival curator and flutist Sarah Toshie Cargill. By using the landscape of a deconstructed symphony orchestra, artists engage in a performative study of the erotic potential of group dynamics. They work in collaboration to ask: what could a chamber ensemble teach us about decolonial desire? When does sound become an expression of our subjectivity? What do intimacy and liberation have in common? The evening will conclude with an artist’s talk with Cargill and Regucera.

The final day of the festival on Sunday, May 6 begins with an invigorating vocal workshop and restorative sound bath led by multi-instrumentalist and sound healer Amber Field. The festival concludes with performances by choreographer and dancer Alice Sheppard and 5-person taiko drumming group Rain Ensemble. These performances work at the intersections of movement and sound to invite audiences to listen with their entire bodies, and create alignment between bodily and heart-centered expressions of purpose and joy.

All festival events are free and open to the public 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

But Tell Me What it Feels Like: Multidisciplinary Performance Festival
May 4–6, 2018

Free with RSVP on Eventbrite:

All festival events are free to attend with RSVP via Eventbrite. SOMArts Cultural Center is located at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th Streets), San Francisco, CA, 94103. SOMArts is wheelchair/ADA accessible. More information on accessibility is available here:



SOMArts Cultural Center, founded in 1979, cultivates access to the arts within the Bay Area by collaborating with community-focused artists and organizations. Together, we engage the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect and civic participation.

SOMArts plays a vital role in the arts ecosystem by helping activate the arts citywide. We do this by providing space and production support for non-profit events, as well as fairs and festivals throughout the Bay Area, and offering a robust program of art exhibitions, classes, events and performances that are affordable and accessible to all. SOMArts’ exhibition programs receive critical support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and The San Francisco Foundation, and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts.

SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan Street—between 8th and 9th—within 2 blocks of 101, I-80, Muni lines and bike paths.

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“BODYWARP: Decommissioning X” (2017). Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

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