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 Post subject: Silke Z. resistdance from Germany at CounterPULSE June 30-Ju
PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:30 am 

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CounterPULSE, in conjunction with the Goethe Institute, SF


Silke Z: Resistdance of Cologne, Germany in


WHO: CounterPULSE and the Goethe Institute Present Silke
Z: Resistdance.

WHAT: “THE DARE SERIES”- DARE 5 with added dances by
Twincest & Sheldon Smith (Saturday)

WHERE: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street @ 9th, San Francisco.

WHEN: DARE 5: Friday & Saturday, June 30 & July 1 @ 8pm.
[Post-performance bash on Saturday until midnight]

TICKETS: $10-15 Sliding Scale. Call 415-435-7552 for reservations.

Following on the critical and popular success of “Intercontinental
Collaborations,” co-produced with Jess Curtis/Gravity, CounterPULSE
presents acclaimed German choreographer Silke Z. in “THE DARE
SERIES,” an international collaborative performance project spanning
two continents, two years and six cities.

“The Dare Series” explores the concepts of daring and risk as they
manifest in both personal and cultural confrontations. According to
creator Silke Z, “Daring means confronting fear, self-doubt and
indifference. Daring has many facets. It arises in a simple situation
when an individual takes the risk of expressing an opinion and
withstanding the pressure to conform. The courage of one's
convictions develops when we do not become frozen in an indifferent
stance, when we become witnesses to discrimination or violence.
Daring in the intimate sphere requires us to remain true to ourselves.”

These performances incorporate dance, performance, video, graffiti
art, live music, installation and audience interaction. Jessica
Robinson, Executive Director of CounterPULSE, says “CounterPULSE
fills a niche for audiences hungry for challenging and provocative
interdisciplinary performance. Silke’s work is transgressive both in
terms of genre and content, making her projects particularly unique.
She is a rising star in the German dance world, and I believe Bay
Area audiences will be really engaged and excited by these

DARE 3 was created through a residency in Germany, and included both
German and American performers. It was performed on May 28th and 29th
to a very responsive and eclectic audience. DARE 5 is currently
being created through a month-long residency at CounterPULSE, and
will incorporate local performer Melissa Hudson as well as the
international company artists and guest artists.

As an added bonus, two guest artists have also been added to the
program, one a new work, entitled “Hello Again” by Sheldon B. Smith
of the acclaimed Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, is an excerpt of
their upcoming fall premeire. Twincest (Jez Kuono’ono Lee and Shawn
Tamaribuchi), an explicit experiemental performance art duo, will
perform a fractured slice of their extended work: [fluidseries],
drawing from the concept of shared bodily fluids such as spit, cum,
piss, and blood.

Of DARE, Silke says, “As opposed to the many current TV programs
which blatantly expose the intimate, our focus is not on making the
audience into voyeurs. Our interest lies in the respect for
individual risk. One of the project's challenges consists of
repeatedly creating situations, which allow for this risk. When faced
with a larger group of opponents and/or accomplices, personal courage
can spill over into brashness and defiance. It can mean daring all.”

Press Quotes
“Brutalities break boundaries and excess is not only used as an
effect but itself becomes the central topic. With her own brand of
sarcasm, Silke Z. once again exposes her audience to emotions ranging
from the excitement of being entertained and an admiration for the
stage heroes to the discomfort of being a passive voyeur.

“The scene owes its charm to the unique relationship between dance
and spoken word and at the end of this biting yet amusing and often
provocative evening, one wants to yell out "you passed" to the
performers – the dare of impulsive fantasy and creativity.”

Dare 1, Kšlnische Rundschau newspaper, May 10, 2005


“The audience voyeuristically observes the dancer, who in turn fills
the space with a dance characterized by generous movement...more
intuitive and more devoted.”

DARE 2, Neue Presse Hannover newspaper, November 1, 2005

"No one knew any of the others before the rehearsals began. The
various different characters were mixed together with exciting
results“, says Silke Z. In her so-called DARE SERIES, she places
emphasis on "putting the authentic on stage, that which hasn't been
rehearsed to death". And she has succeeded in doing exactly that.

DARE 3, Aachener Nachrichten newspaper, November 24, 2005

About Silke Z.
Silke Z. lives and works as an independent choreographer in Cologne.
She completed her studies as a dancer, choreographer and ski
instructor at the German Sports Academy in Cologne and then went on
to finish a second degree in the performing arts at the European
Dance Development Center (EDDC) in Arnhem and Düsseldorf. In 1996 she
was guest student at the Moving On Center – School for Participatory
Arts and Research in San Francisco. She has been a member of various
ensembles and has worked with Carol Swan (USA), Jess Curtis (USA),
Eszter Gál (Budapest / Hungary) and others. Silke Z. is co-founder of
resistdance and Studio 11. Her production, fractured was honored with
the Cologne Dance Theater Award in 1999 and the Theaterzwang Award in
2000. In 2000, Silke Z. was selected to participate in the Coaching
Choreographers Project under the direction of Rui Horta. Her work was
presented at the Aerowaves Festival in London in 2002, at the Baltic
Dance Festival in Vilnius/Lithauen and by Dance Link in Den Haag/
Netherlands. Her production caught up was developed as part of the
CHOREODROME choreography project at The Place in London and nominated
for the Cologne Dance Theater Award in 2003. Her production Look was
honored with the Theaterzwang 2004 award and her production Alife was
nominated for the Cologne Dance Theater Award in 2004. Since 2004
Silke Z. has been active as the artistic director and curator of the
dance series TANZKONKRET a performance platform for local and nation-
wide dance exchange in Cologne, Germany. Since 2005 she has been
working on the “DARE SERIES”, the individual productions of which
have been co-produced by the Orangerie Theater in Cologne, the
Eisfabrik Theater in Hannover and the Ludwigforum Museum in Aachen.
In 2006 further productions in this series will be co-produced by the
tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, Bröllin/Potsdam and CounterPULSE in San
Francisco. All of the “DARE SERIES” productions are full evening-
length pieces comprising dance, theater, video, live sound design and
various other art forms. All of the “DARE SERIES” productions (1-6)
will be compiled in a single spectacle in September 2006.

About André Zimmermann
André was born in 1979 in Cologne Germany. Since 1997 he has worked
as a musician and sound designer for theater and dance productions.
He works extensively with his sister Silke Z. on many of her projects
and has worked for the film-sound-postproduction company, Torus in
several different feature films. In 2003 he was nominated for the
Golden Reel Awards for the athmosphere design of the film "Whale
Rider" within the Acadamy Awards Los Angeles. Currently he works as a
freelance sound designer in Germany. In October 2006 he will start
his MA in filmdirecting.

About CounterPULSE
CounterPULSE (founded in 1992 as 848 Community Space) provides space
and resources for low-income and emerging artists, acting as a
catalyst for the creation of original, socially relevant art and
grassroots cultural experimentation by artists, activists, and
community builders. CounterPULSE offers a multi-disciplinary Artist
in Residence Program, the Aerial Dance Artists in Residence (ADAIR)
Program, and several annual festivals including STREAM/fest for
emerging performers. Other programs include a gallery showcasing
local artists, cultural events and participatory discussion forums,
as well as a high-quality season of contemporary dance and
performance. CounterPULSE works towards a world that celebrates a
diversity of race, class, ability, gender identity & sexual
orientation. No one will be turned away for lack of money for any
event held at CounterPULSE.

About the Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut San Francisco is one of 150 centers around the
world that promote the German language and culture through dialogue
with local cultural institutions.

About Sheldon B. Smith of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts
Sheldon B. Smith, Co-Artistic Director of Smith/Wymore Disappearing
Acts has been making dance, music and video art for twenty years.
Smith recently moved from Chicago to Berkeley, California where he is
investigating deeper connections between art, technology and the
body. He is a recent recipient of a Creation Fund Grant from the
National Performance Network and a fellowship grant from the Chicago
Dancemaker's Forum. He is also the recipient of the winter 2006
CounterPULSE, SF Artist Residency. His dances have been seen
throughout the Midwest, Alaska, Colorado, and California, as well as
in Philadelphia and New York City. For more information about SWDA or
about The Reception visit:

About Twincest

Twincest is a collaboration between performance and multimedia
artists Jez Kuono’ono Lee and Shawn Tamaribuchi. An exploration of
sameness and desire though movement, images, objects and sound,
Twincest was named one of the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Top Ten”
for Dance in 2005. Their work has been called “daring, hot, rough and
unexpected” and “intense, beautiful and disturbing”. (http:// <> )


Dare 5 by Silke Z: resistdance/ Cologne, Germany
Fri-Sat. June 30-July 1, 8pm $10-15 at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission @
9th in San Francisco
Silke Z. presents a DanceTheaterSoundVideoDjProject, connecting
artists from Europe with artists from the Bay Area. Bay Area
performer Melissa Hudson joins the company as guest artist for Dare
5, plus dances by Twincest and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts are
sure to please. Daring means confronting fear, self-doubt and
indifference-- daring and fear are of the same blood. The result of
an intensive creation process at CounterPULSE, and part of a multi-
year international project, this dance theater piece probes the
depths of possibility. Info/Res: 415-435-7552,

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