Jesse Hewit is a choreographer working primarily in San Francisco, unhealthy and the leader of Strong Behavior, an ongoing performance project and company. Additionally, he curates and facilitates original performance and discussion through Dancer’s Group, CounterPULSE, and the National Queer Arts Festival. In the past year, besides working with his extraordinary company, Jesse has collaborated on original work with Erika Chong Shuch, Catherine Galasso, Sara Kraft, Travis Mathews, and Keith Hennessy, and was the recipient of the 2010 GOLDIE award for performance. He holds a BFA from Tisch’s Experimental Theater Wing (NYU) and an MA in Sexuality Studies from SFSU. To learn more, go to jessehewit.com, and come see Dog, premiering at Z Space in December of 2011.
Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer, performer and producer. This is her second year working on TIWIW. She grew up in and around the Bay Area, training and performing as a classical ballerina and majoring in Dance and Art History at Mills College. She then studied performance and classical techniques in New York and India before spening a year in Minneapolis dancing with the Dylan Skybrook Dance Company, and three years living and dancing in Brussels Belgium with Fougere Dance. Since returning stateside where she has had the pleasure of performing Keith Hennessy, Kelly Kemp, Aura Fischbeck, Christine Cali, Alyssa Lee and Abigail Hosein, and she currently works with Laura Arrington.
Ernesto coordinates location-specific and primarily community-based performance projects. Whether as an artist or as an arch-collaborator, his work is geared towards investigating innovative and self- sustainable models of presenting art and performance, specifically queer work, which expands upon the common definition of Queer and challenges his and his community’s relationship to live performance. As founder and director of THEOFFCENTER, Ernesto has overseen the production, curation and execution of dozens of site-specific, research-based art interventions, a number of large scale performance festivals, multiple performer centered art programs both at presenting houses (YBCA, Mission Cultural Center, Mission Dance, The Magic Theatre, SOMArts and others) as well as public spaces (BART trains, city streets, and a privately owned boxing ring).
Ernesto is currently chair of community engagement for Emerging Arts Professionals, was selected participant of the 2011 Yerba Buena Center for the Art’s “Bay Area Now 6 Program”. Ernesto has recently been awarded Dancers Group 2012 Dancers Choice Award, an award that recognizes “incredible contributions” that have impacted dance in San Francsico.
THEOFFCENTER is a San Francisco-based artist-run collective which goal is to support performance, especially the work of new and emerging queer performers and theater-makers. By offering artists residencies and programming that build skills while fostering collaboration and community we hope for a sustainable queer community. Founders include Julie Phelps, Program Manager at CounterPulse; Wolfgang Wachalovsky, Artistic Director of Collective Theater Productions; and Ernesto Sopprani, Artistic Co-Director of 1 1 11ArtGroup.
The mission of SOMArts is to promote art on the community level, and to foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. Founded in 1979, SOMArts embraces the entire spectrum of arts practice and cultural identity, and it is beloved in San Francisco as a truly multicultural, community-built space where cutting-edge events and counterculture commingle with traditional art forms.
934 Brannan Street – San Francisco, CA 94103
The Garage, Co – Presenter
Founded in 2007, The Garage mission is to create a “safehouse” for local performers and foster a creative community that is both inclusive and professional.
975 Howard Street @ 6th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103