Redefining the relationship between intimacy and performance.

THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011
PRODUCED BY: JESSE HEWIT, RACHAEL DICHTER, AND THEOFFCENTER
CURATED BY: JIZ LEE, JESSE HEWIT, RACHAEL DICHTER, KEITH HENNESSY, AND MICHELLE TEA
PRESENTING WORK BY: MICA SIGNOURNEY, JASON TORRES HANDCOCK, XANDRA IBARRA, HAROLD BURNS, ANNIE DANGER, ANNA MARTINE WHITEHEAD, CHASE JOYNT, MONIQUE JENKINSON, BEN MCCOY, KEVIN SEAMAN, DACIA HOLLIDAY, VAGINA JENKINS AND TESSA WILLS.
CO-PRESENTED WITH: SOMARTS and The Garage
THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011 is an official performance festival of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival, and will take place on Monday and Tuesday Evening June 27 and 28th at 8pm at SOMArts at 934 Brannan St., and Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 29th and 30th at 8pm at the Garage at 975 Howard.
THEOFFCENTER is proud to support Jesse Hewit and co-producer Rachael Dichter in the 2nd year of THIS IS WHAT I WANT, a 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, 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 its 2nd year, the festival is formalizing its stand not only as a staple of the National Queer Arts Festival but also as part of the San Francisco Performance Arts Festival circuit; THEOFFCENTER is proud to co-produce this festival alongside Jesse and Rachael. We are also very excited to further develop our relationship with both The Garage and SOMArts as co-presenters of the festival.
Additionally, this year’s festival is thrilled to include a team of local arts leaders and visionaries as co-curators to Hewit and Dichter. They are joined by feminist porn trailblazer and alternative arts organizer Jiz Lee, Bessie Award-winning local dance and performance visionary Keith Hennessy, and queer literary queen Michelle Tea.
Hewit explains “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. The break down of offerings is as follows:
SOMARTS , June 27th and 28th:
Mica Sigourney, Jason Torres Hancock, Xandra Ibarra, Harold Burns, Annie Danger, and Anna Martine Whitehead
THE GARAGE , June 29th and 30th:
Chase Joynt, Monique Jenkinson, Ben Mc Coy, Kevin Seaman, Dacia Holliday, Vagina Jenkins, and Tessa Wills
For the 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.
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 emmerges 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.
Come see how brave and crazy and sexy we are. Come see what we want.
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THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011 is an official bright and shiny centerpiece of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival
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WHAT: THIS IS WHAT I WANT, a festival whose implicit goal is to intently redefine the relationship between intimacy and performance.
WHERE & WHEN:
SOMArts
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-1414
Monday, June 27, 8pm
Tuesday, June 28, 8pm The Garage
975 Howard Street @ 6th Street,
San Francisco, CA, 94103
415-518-1517
Wednesday, June 29, 8pm
Thursday, June 30, 8pm
TICKETS:
$15 to $20 sliding scale for purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets
Media Contact: Jesse Hewit (jesse.hewit@gmail.com)
For further information, please visit: theoffcenter.org

SOMArts Tickets

Garage Tickets

THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2011
PRODUCED BY: JESSE HEWIT, RACHAEL DICHTER, AND THEOFFCENTER
CURATED BY: AMARA TABOR-SMITH, JIZ LEE, KEITH HENNESSY, AND MICHELLE TEA
JUNE 29TH AND 30TH
*an official event of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

Dear Artists:
Last summer, THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2010 brought together 17 Bay Area performing artists and dared them to stage their sexual desires…or something like that.
From the first release of the curatorial statement and call for artists, this project was charged. Within this theme (and within the consideration of performing this theme) there is density, trigger, confusion, risk, trickery, lying, and some telling of some serious truths. As curator, I stumbled through extensive discourse about this event; fielding complex and perhaps impossible questions about the intent and social necessity of such a project. Though I was repeatedly confronted by the possibility that a show about staging sexual desires was tired or had been done, I always came back around to a steady notion of ” yes…it’s been done…but not like this.”
This event exists within an implicit understanding that the sexual is both constructed and essential; that the way we fuck or don’t fuck is based on how much money we have, who we are afraid of, which taboos we hurl ourselves toward and why, what feels good, what makes us feel dead and like nothing, what our friends like, what our parents fear, what we want our children to become, what we need RIGHT NOW. In this discourse, we confront our contradictions and do whatever they demand that we do.
Last year, the participating artists engaged at various levels through meet-ups, online forums, and also a whole lot of very personally sought silence. It was weird and it was sprawling, but there was something very sharp and very clear about the indisputable urgency driving the whole thing. We completely sold out both shows, garnered featured press in the SF Chronicle, and all walked away knowing some things we hadn’t known before about ourselves, about eachother, and about how this topic still resonates, terrifies, inspires, and frees us up. We are planning for a repeat occurrance.
This year, integrating our sexualities and sexual wants into our lived identities is becoming more and more necessary for many of us…and it is fucking hard. Sexually speaking, we are all at a strange and shape-shifting moment in our collective histories. Our lived choices are stillconstantly weighed in on by current trends in sexual self-expression, legislation, risk factors, gender-fucking, new drugs, new media, and a pervasive and very American push to know and answer to our selves, and therefore, we have some distinct questions on the table. So…THIS IS WHAT I WANT is back on the table too. And the prompt is simple.

Once again: we invite you to stage your desires, engage with the choice to perform sexuality, and in some way, just show us what.

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