Redefining the relationship between intimacy and performance.
THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011
PRESENTING WORK BY: MICA SIGNOURNEY, JASON TORRES HANDCOCK, XANDRA IBARRA, HAROLD BURNS, ANNIE DANGER, ANNA MARTINE WHITEHEAD, CHASE JOYNT, MONIQUE JENKINSON, BEN MCCOY, KEVIN SEAMAN, DACIA HOLLIDAY, VAGINA JENKINS AND TESSA WILLS.
THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011 is an official performance festival of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival, and will take place on Monday and Tuesday Evening June 27 and 28th at 8pm at SOMArts at 934 Brannan St., and Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 29th and 30th at 8pm at the Garage at 975 Howard.
THEOFFCENTER is proud to support Jesse Hewit and co-producer Rachael Dichter in the 2nd year of THIS IS WHAT I WANT, a festival that is intently redefining the relationship between intimacy and performance.
From the first release of the curatorial statement and call for artists, this project has been charged. Within this theme (and within the consideration of performing this theme) there is density, trigger, confusion, risk, trickery, lying, and the telling of some serious truths. As creator and head curator, Hewit stumbled through extensive discourse about this event; fielding complex and perhaps impossible questions about the intent and social necessity of such a project.
In its 2nd year, the festival is formalizing its stand not only as a staple of the National Queer Arts Festival but also as part of the San Francisco Performance Arts Festival circuit; THEOFFCENTER is proud to co-produce this festival alongside Jesse and Rachael. We are also very excited to further develop our relationship with both The Garage and SOMArts as co-presenters of the festival.
Additionally, this year’s festival is thrilled to include a team of local arts leaders and visionaries as co-curators to Hewit and Dichter. They are joined by feminist porn trailblazer and alternative arts organizer Jiz Lee, Bessie Award-winning local dance and performance visionary Keith Hennessy, and queer literary queen Michelle Tea.
Hewit explains “In curating the artists for this year’s festival, we were reminded that the reasons for making performance work are as varied and complicated as the reasons for having (or not having) sex…as are the methods.”
62 proposals were submitted, of those 13 were accepted by the curatorial team. The break down of offerings is as follows:
SOMARTS, June 27th and 28th:
Mica Sigourney, Jason Torres Hancock, Xandra Ibarra, Harold Burns, Annie Danger, and Anna Martine Whitehead
THE GARAGE, June 29th and 30th: – SOLD OUT SHOW – BOTH DAYS SOLD OUT –
Chase Joynt, Monique Jenkinson, Ben Mc Coy, Kevin Seaman, Dacia Holliday, Vagina Jenkins, and Tessa Wills
For the thirteen artists showing in this year’s program, acts of art-making and acts of sex collide. The result will be equal parts frank, ferocious, urgent, and of course tender.
This kind of work is always such a huge a risk. We are told–in so many ways and by so many forces–that in order for desire or sexuality to be the centerpiece of rigorous art, that it must be codified, symbolized, or in some way interpreted with cleverness or clinical language; that the feelings and mundane truths of it are not enough. THIS IS WHAT I WANT rather awkwardly breaks this notion in half, and emmerges with projects that sit squarely in the very margins between sweet transcendence and reckless confusion…just like our blessedly complicated sexualities and our so often utterly simple wants.
Come see how brave and crazy and sexy we are. Come see what we want.
THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011 is an official bright and shiny centerpiece of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival