Born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia, Anna Martine worked in DC advocating for community reentrants (ex-offenders) and survivors of gender-based violence, before choosing art as her primary operative. She spent the next several years in Philadelphia working with under-served populations to develop meaningful community-based puppet and street theater, and she continues to utilize theater- and arts-organizing tactics in her personal practice. Without formal dance training, she has spent the past five years focusing her creative energies on dance and gesture as an expression of collective memory, historical trauma, desire, and violence. Anna Martine has presented work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; TheBetty Pease Studio Theater, Ann Arbor; LA Contemporary Exhibits (LACE); galleri bob, Gothenburg, Sweden; Division of Human Resources, New York; and CounterPULSE, San Francisco. In addition, she has installed work and performed in numerous community commons, including the Fillmore District, San Francisco and West Philadelphia’s Clark Park. Anna Martine has lent her abilities as a performer and collaborator to projects led by Jefferson Pinder (Juke, 2007), Violeta Luna and Guillermo Gomez-Pena (Corpo/Ilicito, 2009), and Jesse Hewit (Tell Them That You Saw Me, 2010). As a recipient of a 2010 Art and Public Life Grant, Anna Martine joined forces as Community Arts Director with We Players theater group, the National Park Service, and the San Francisco County Sherriff’s Department in an installation of puppetry-based performance on Alcatraz Island. Most recently, Anna Martine has relocated to Los Angeles where she has begun investigating temporality and embodied experience, citizenship and economies amongst queers and people of color. http://annamartine.com/home.html
Doran is an artist, dancer, writer, and curator. His “live art” work has been staged across Europe and the United States and has ranged from him being encased in brick for a working day to having a sexual relationship as an art practice. He has been supported by the London Arts Board; The Arts Council of England; The British Council; Chisenhale Dance Space; Arnolfini, Artsadmin; The Finnish Arts Council; The Arts Council of North Savo (Finland); Stichting Fonds De Trut (The Netherlands); and others. He has curated for ?he International Transgender Film Video Festival (U.K. and The Netherlands), ?ital Signs Festival (U.K.) (interfaces between disability politics and contemporary art), and Chisenhale Dance Space. He regularly contributes to symposia and is published in print and on the web in dance, film, and performance art journals and art publications. Doran has a B.A. in experimental dance and choreography and an M.A. in Feminist Performance. He teaches in universities in he United States, Britain, and Central Europe.
Jesse Hewit is a SF/Bay Area-based artist and curator, and director/choreographer of Strong Behavior, an ongoing performance concept and project. He earned a BFA from Tisch:NYU, and an MA from SFSU, studying Human Sexuality/Ethnic Studies. Influential training has come from Karen Finley, Annie-B Parson, Meg Stuart, Ralph Lemon, and Sara Shelton Mann. His works have been shown at CounterPULSE (Artist in Residence, 2010), Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory (Artist in Residence, 2009), Kunst-Stoff, ODC, The Garage, Dance Mission Theater, YBCA, and Z Space (Technical Residency, 2011). As a collaborator, he recently worked with Erika Tsimbrovsky/AvyK (The Book), Big Art Group (The People), Erika Chong Shuch (Love Everywhere), Taylor Mac (The Lily’s Revenge), Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero (Turbulence), Sara Kraft/Kraftywork (Hyperreal), Jorge De Hoyos (STICK), Miguel Gutierrez (freedomofinformation), and Catherine Galasso (Lighting Never Strikes the Same Place Twice). As curator, Jesse created and curates the annual festival THIS IS WHAT I WANT in conjunction with the National Queer Arts Festival, was recently guest curator of THEOFFCENTER’s blog salon On Queer Economies, and served two years as curator and facilitator of Dancers’ Group/CounterPULSE’s 2nd Sundays. He has taught dance and performance workshops at Kunst-Stoff, YBCA, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and The Joe Goode Annex. Jesse is a 2010 Goldie Award winner, a 2011 YBCA Bay Area Now artist, and a recipient of the New Stages For Dance award in 2011. jessehewit.com
Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer, performer and curator. 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 spending 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 she has had the pleasure of performing with a number of folks, and she currently works with Laura Arrington and Mica Sigourney and assistant produces the live arts festival THIS IS WHAT I WANT.
Tessa Wills is a live artist and choreographer with a background in music. She is from England, trained in central Europe and now lives in San Francisco. Her work elevates flaws and wounds as portals, ways of staging humanity, and often integrates eroticism to charge the pieces, which happen primarily on stage and video. Choreographically she is interested in habitual organising principles; human power structures, notions of dominance and genius, and intuitive patterns of flocking in animals. She often investigates those in performances referencing ritual. Recently Tessa showed a triptich of her solo performances at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits. This year, Tessa has worked primarily in the Theater Counterpulse, staging her piece “reception” a quartet on four men in the summer, and creating a new piece with Mica Sigourney called “Masterwork”. Tessa is currently working on a video commission from the UK music ensemble Jetsam, working with the drag artist Diamanda Kallas. Last year, she received a distinction in her masters in choreography for work including the 22 minute solo “bird and person dying”, a commission for Meridian Gallery, (Union Square San Francisco) about death called “flicker/follow”, and an 11 minute dance film for the British Council called “mine/scratch/mine”. For more information: www.tessawills.com
Tessa has a background in arts and community leadership. In 2004, she founded the organisation Streetsoul (www.streetsoul.org.uk), a non profit dance organisation for young women, and has been arts leader for a community festival “nowhere” for the last seven years, instigating international exchanges between groups of European artists with funding from the British Council and private donations. In San Francisco, she is a leading member of THE OFFCENTER (www.theoffcenter.org), and has founded the organisation Lilly Ally, a business resource for sex workers.