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January 26, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Echoing Sanctuary‘s ethos of plurality, the Sanctuary Salon series—a cornerstone of the exhibition’s public programming—will weave together the voices of artists whose practices span creative disciplines inlcuding spoken word, music, dance, and film. Invited guests will present and perform new or existing works that resonate with the thesis of the exhibition, allowing visitors to engage with and reflect on these themes in new and compelling ways.
Sanctuary Salon will be held at the Fort Mason Chapel on Friday, January 26th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm; the event starts promptly at 7pm.
Guests for the evening include:
Jacques Ibula is a Congolese singer-songwriter, painter, and activist. His unique, captivating voice has a refreshing artistic quality atypical to mainstream depictions of Congolese music. Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and from an ancestral lineage of Lunda, Jacques emigrated to California in 1997 in pursuit of a higher education. With a BA in Leadership and Organizational Studies, and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College, Jacques is passionate about inspiring human capacity in transforming community. Founder of Congo Bolingo Inc., a nonprofit focusing on supporting local initiatives with innovative programs in healthcare, education, and economic development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Throughout his journey as a refugee in the US, he rediscovered music and art as his comfort. Self-taught as an adult, he picked up the guitar in 1999 as a way to reminisce about his country and childhood in the midst of the political unrest. Jacques was moved by the magical properties he found in music. His inspiration fueled by memories of children’s performances at night and folk traditions of storytelling in his parent’s village.
Jacques plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, and reggae – beautiful melodies blended with searing messages that give voice to his passion for life and belief that “…we are defined by the inner striving of our hearts more than our outward struggles, as in between lays a story worth sharing.” Released in 2009, his first EP, “Zanzibar” is a true testament of the enduring and transformative forces of music in his own life’s journey in defining his voice and music.
Adam Bowers has played acoustic and electric lap steel guitar in California, Oregon and Hawaii for several years performing on stage with such greats as George Kahumoku Jr., Keoki Kahumoku, Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlain), and The Rowan Brothers. He learned the Hawaiian Style of Steel Guitar playing by training under Bob Brozman (R.Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders) and Sonny Lim (Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau). He currently plays with the bay area bands: High Heat, Will Hobo, and The Work.
Deema K. Shehabi is a poet, writer, and editor. She grew up in the Arab world and attended college in the US, where she received an MS in journalism. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, New Letters, Callaloo, Massachusetts Review, Perihelion, Drunken Boat, Bat City Review, Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, and The Poetry of Arab Women. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart prize three times, and she served as Vice-President for the Radius of Arab-American Writers (RAWI) between 2007 and 2010. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and two sons.
Lenora Lee Dance – Excerpts from Within These Walls (2017)
A site-specific immersive multimedia dance experience, which premiered September 2017 at the Angel Island Immigration Station, integrating contemporary dance, video projection, recorded original music, and poetry. The piece is inspired by experiences of those detained and processed at the Station, and serves as a meditation on healing, resilience, and compassion, speaking to the power of individuals and communities to transcend.
Performed by Lenora Lee Dance
Featuring Yi-Ting Hsu, Lynn Huang, Hien Huynh, Eric Koziol, Shannon Preto
With music score by Francis Wong & Tatsu Aoki
Text by Genny Lim & Wong Gung Jue
Media design by Olivia Ting
Lenora Lee Dance: LLD’s work integrates contemporary dance, film, music, and research and has gained increasing attention for its sustained pursuit of issues related to immigration, global conflict, and its impacts, particularly on women and families. LLD creates works that are both set in public and private spaces, intimate and at the same time large-scale, inspired by individual stories as well as community strength. For the last ten years, LLD has been pushing the envelope of large-scale multimedia dance performance that connects various styles of movement and music to culture, history and human rights issues. Its work has grown to encompass the creation, presentation and screening of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement and educational programming. www.LenoraLeeDance.com
The company is directed by San Francisco native Lenora Lee, who has been a dancer, choreographer and artistic director for the past 20 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. In 2013 she was an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, and was a Visiting Scholar at New York University 2012-2016. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission Theater.
Yi-Ting Hsu (Gama) is a native of Taiwan, and graduated from University of Taipei in 2015. Yi-Ting has trained in contemporary, ballet, Chinese martial arts, Tai-chi initiation, choreography, improvisation and composition. She has danced with Hsu Chen Wei Production, Les Petites Choses Production, Lenora Lee Dance, and David Harrera Performance Company, and has performed in Young Stars, New Vision and Faaaaat Festival, and shown her work at LevySalon. Since 2013, Yi-Ting has worked with Lenora in her film project “Light” and her dance projects “Fire of Freedom” and “The Eye of Compassion”. She is delighted to be working with Lenora again in “Within These Walls”.
Lynn Huang trained in modern dance, ballet, and Chinese dance, Lynn Huang has performed with Lenora Lee, Erin Malley, & Philein Wang in San Francisco, and HT Dance Company, Dance China NY & Ella Ben-Aharon/Sahar Javedani in NYC. She studied at Minzu University Dance Conservatory in Beijing, China on a Fulbright fellowship and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University.
Hien Huynh began with free-form movement. His background composes of Laban, hip-hop, contemporary, and modern. Exposure to the kinetically speaking world, he resources influences from all beings, textures, sounds, and forms-around and within. Through kinetic and communicative frequencies, Hien aims to link the human to human, heart to heart connection.
Eric Koziol is a media artist working at the intersection of documentary storytelling and the performing arts. As a staff video producer at Stanford University he profiles visionaries in science, design, education, and philanthropy. Eric’s artistic practice is centered on collaborations with dancers, choreographers and musicians for presentation on both stage and screen.
Shannon Preto has been dancing professionally since 1996. He has performed for BodiGram, Scott Wells, Smith/Wymore and Deborah Slater. Recently, he completed his Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of California. He hopes to work with children in the educational setting or in medical or private clinics.
Hope Mohr Dance and Sanctuary Artist Ranu Mukherjee
Hope Mohr and Ranu Mukherjee have collaborated to create a participatory performance with four dancers and a series of basic prompts that lead a participant audience through a meditation on trust, specifically designed to engage with Sanctuary.
Marlie Couto began her dance training at the age of two in San Diego, California. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from The Boston Conservatory in 2013, she moved to the Bay Area to join The Foundry and work extensively with Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Additionally, Marlie has had the pleasure of working closely with Bobbi Jene Smith, Christian Burns, Marissa Brown, and Ouroboros Shadow pictures. She is currently a collaborator with burnsWORK.
Cylie Kindval is a 2018 MFA Dance Candidate at Mills College. In 2013, She earned her Bachelor’s of Art degree in Theater and Dance from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She has since danced with the Virginia Opera performing in their productions of Salome and Orpheus in the Underworld. Most recently, Cylie performed Hope Mohr’s choreography included in the collection of Trolley performances organized by Epiphany Dance in San Francisco. Miss Kindvall is humbled and thankful for the opportunity to study dance here in the Bay Area and looks forward to developing her artistry.
Hope Mohr is a choreographer, curator and writer. She trained at S.F. Ballet School, studied theater at Yale and earned her B.A. at Stanford. She trained on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown Studios. She performed in the companies of dance pioneers Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown. In 2007, Mohr founded Hope Mohr Dance to create, present and foster outstanding art at the intersection of critical thinking and the body. In 2014, Dance Magazine editor-in-chief Wendy Perron named Mohr as one of the “women leaders” in the dance field. www.hopemohr.org
Karla Quintero is a dance artist based in the Bay Area. She has had the honor of performing locally in works by Hope Mohr, Christy Funsch, Trisha Brown (in conjunction with Hope Mohr’s Bridge Project), Jo Kreiter, Kim Epifano, Robert Moses, Dexandro Montalvo, Deborah Karp, Aura Fischbeck & Alma Esperanza Cunningham. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Shawl Anderson Dance Center where she will spend the year researching immersive and interdisciplinary performance experiences. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and a BA in Urban Studies from Barnard College. karlajohannaquintero.tumblr.com
Audience prompts read by Ranu Mukherjee, a visual artist who works in video, drawing, collage, painting and collaborative projects. Mukherjee’s works embody the experience of colliding time frames marked in cultural, ecological and technological terms and the ongoing construction of culture through the forces of creolization, migration, ecology, speculative fiction and desire. Her work is in the collections of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, NY, Kadist Foundation, NY and Paris, Oakland Museum of California and the San Jose Museum of Art. Mukherjee holds an MFA from the Royal College of Art, London and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.
All proceeds from the event support FOR-SITE’s presentation of Sanctuary.