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In Performance: THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011 (San Francisco, CA, USA)

THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011: Redefining The Relationship, Between Intimacy And Performance
June 27th and 28th – 8pm
SOMARTS – 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

June 29th and 28th – 8pm
The Garage – 975 Howard St @ 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

“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 emerges 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.” – Jesse Hewit, festival founder and lead curator

Simply stated – This is What I want is a festival of new works by dance and performance artists, dealing with sex. Within this forum, a bunch of exceedingly smart and crafy artists get together and tell the truth about some things that they might not otherwise.

Produced by: Jesse Hewit, Rachael Dichter And THEOFFCENTER
Curated by: Jiz Lee, Jesse Hewit, Rachael Dichter, Keith Hennessy And Michelle Tea

Monday and Tuesday
June 27th and 28th – 8pm – Tickets
SOMARTS – 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Presenting: Mica Sigourney, Jason Torres Hancock, Xandra Ibarra, Harold Burns, Annie Danger and Anna Martine Whitehead
SOMArts Tickets

Wednesday and Thursday
June 29th and 28th – 8pm – Ticktes
The Garage – 975 Howard St @ 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Presenting: Chase Ryan, Monique Jenkinson, Ben Mc Coy, Kevin Seaman, Dacia Holliday, The Lady Ms.Vagina Jenkins and Tessa Wills.
TheGarage Tickets

This is What I Want is a 4 day festival co-presented with support from SOMARTS and the The Garage. TIWIW is an official presentation of QCC 2011 National Queer Arts Festival.

THEOFFCENTER is proud to join Jesse Hewit and Rachael Dichter as co-producer in the 2nd year of THIS IS WHAT I WANT, a 4 day 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 Jesse 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 Hewit’s words “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. For those 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.


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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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