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In Performance: SQUART! at Headlands Center for the Arts (San Francisco)

at Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Simmonds Road
San Francisco


Video Capture © Mark McBeth | Projects

Taking off from the reality tv competition format, SQUART! (short for spontaneous queer art) challenges performers to create work collaboratively in a highly limited period of time, aspiring to stimulate altered states of mind, body, and attitude. Now in it’s second year SQUART has had over 200 participants; for this round, creator/choreographer Laura Arrington, Artist in Residence (AIR), and original instigator of the SQUART! series offers three opportunities for you to engage:

1) Participate as a performer! Given the themes of “Retreat” and “Endurance,” 40 participants will generate four original works on-site at Headlands over the course of 24 hours, beginning at 2PM on Saturday, March 26. – UPDATE: Participants selection process has been completed and announced – see below.

2) Witness the creative process! Visit Headlands between Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon to see the works in development.

3) See the final product! The resulting pieces will be performed on Sunday, March 27 at 3PM for a live audience and panel of celebrity judges, including J Headlands’ organic Mess Hall Café will serve beverages and light fare during the event.


Rotimi Agbabiaka, Dante Baylor, Randy Blaustein, Christine Bonansea, Maryann Brooks, Harold Burns, Lula Chapman, Annie Danger, Jorge de Hoyos, Rachael Dichter, Cara Rose DeFabio, Hana Erdman, Kiele Stewart-Funai, Mina Harri, Ara Glenn-Johanson, Macklin Kowal, Peter Max Lawrence, Allison Lorenzen, Sadie Lune, Pearl Marill, Honey McMoney, Elizabeth McSurdy, Michele Menard, Matisse Michalski, Kevin O’Connor, Kyra Rice, Maryam Rostami, Maria F. Scaroni, Matthew Milo Sergi, Stacey Swan, Michael Velez, Ronja Ver, Anthony Williams, Tessa Wills, Sara Kamara Yassky, Irina Zadov

Laura Arrington, The Off Center, SOMArts and special invited producer: Headlands Center for the Arts

Video Capture © Mark McBeth | Projects

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For GPS: 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965
The MUNI 76 bus runs to Headlands on Sundays
For directions by bus, bike, or car:

BIO | Laura has been living and making work in Bay Area since 2008. Most recently she was an artist in residence at CounterPULSE, creating the work Hot Wings under the mentorship of Joe Goode. Her work has been seen at The Lab, CounterPULSE, ODC, The Garage, Cell Space, Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, Supperclub, and her own home. She is the resident choreographer for the Cutting Ball Theater (voted best theater in The San Francisco Guardian’s Best of the Bay 2010), and has performed as a company member of with New York’s Christopher Williams, Ellis Wood, and Nina Winthrop. In the Bay, she has performed as a guest with Axis Dance/David Dorfman and Keith Hennessy.

We are a collective or artists and art makes whose main objective is to research Queer sensibilities as a lens for contemporary thought, art, action and community. By providing a multi-disciplinary forum we look to question issues around gender, race, resilience, identity, engagement, and evolution. Our focus is to provide resources and provocation to emerging and established art-makers who are dedicated to the intentional negotiation of concepts, modalities and/or voices of a Queer lens. Furthermore, we seek to contextualize ourselves, our programming and our mission within contemporary realities, historical wisdom, and global intelligence. To learn more visit

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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