Embodiment Project & Jesse Hewit

Sep 14 2017 — Sep 22 2017
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Transform Fest - Fall 2017
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The Fall 2017 presentation of Transform Fest has passed, but tickets are now available for the Spring 2018 lineup.

Transform Fest's Program A is a double bill featuring Embodiment Project and Jesse Hewit

Transform Fest features live performances, films, labs, pop-up events, and parties.

Embodiment Project is a street dance theater company based in San Francisco whose mission is to challenge systemic inequity by exploring issues of trauma, healing, womanist histories, race, and gender role disruption.

They will use their signature approach to hip hop theater to focus on how citizenship can be denied and slowly stripped away through structural racism, generational trauma, and mass incarceration. Rather than creating a portrait of the well-documented school-to-prison pipeline system, the piece will challenge the understanding of who ends up in these systems, how, and why. Who gets to be a citizen, and for how long?

We use street dance, live song, documentary theater, and spoken word to humanize stories often silenced by mainstream culture and create emotionally transformative narratives that serve as unifying calls to action.
—Nicole Klaymoon, artistic director

Jesse Hewit is a performance and dance artist based in San Francisco who creates visual and performative art works as a means to unsettle dominant ideas about power, narrative, safety, and beauty.

Hewit will collaborate with festival designer Giacomo Castagnola to script and enact a physical conversation about citizenship, where humans are merely a portion of the environment and the concept of citizenship is authored by the spirits of the objects in the room, the ghosts of the location, and the impulse of time and space. In this, there is an opportunity to reconfigure citizenship, reimagine the players, the storylines, and the actions that define it. Citizenship is broken, and its guts are now up for inspection.

Hewit uses the sheer weight of time to unsettle our usual, predictable, and tyrannical rhythms. . . He advances an invigorating and revelatory body of work exploring our myriad personal and social identities.
—San Francisco Bay Guardian

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Festival Programs on Sep 14 & Sep 22

Sep 14–23


Transform Labs gives guest experts and public a chance to discuss and respond to Why Citizenship?

Sep 16

Late-Night Dance Party

There’s nothing like a soulful night of music and beats to bring everyone together as citizens of the dance floor.

Sep 22

Happy Hour: Transform

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 17–18 are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 17–18: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The 17-18 Performance Season is made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Panta Rhea Foundation.

Additional Funding for YBCA Performances 17–18: Surdna Foundation,, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

YBCA Exhibitions 17–18 are made possible in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Meridee Moore and Kevin King.

Engagement and Education Programs in 17–18 are made possible in part by: Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, and The Sato Foundation.


Photo: Andrew Weeks