DREAM #6 @ FLACC, Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers

I thank FLACC for being part of a festival that grows with strength and beauty in San Francisco. Thanks to my collaborators at DREAM # 6, Kenya Moses in the voice and Mara Hernandez performing.
DREAM # 6 is a dream where a person is plasticized while listening to strange explanations about who the people of America are. After being completely covered in plastic, the body hears a voice and initiates the liberation ritual, until it can leave space.
This piece was conceived in the Young Museum in 2010, as part of my artistic residency in the museum, where I created 5 pieces related to the use and abuse of plastic.

Dance Mission Theatre, November 9, 10 and 11, 2018

 

Day of the Dead @ Somarts and MCCLA

In collaboration with Mara Hernandez, we created two installations for “Dia de los Muertos 2018”.

At the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is a video-installation altar in memory of Mariee, the 18-month-old girl who died after leaving the ICE facility where she was detained and was not medically treated.

At SOMARTS an Alley-altar dedicated to our teacher, mentor and friend Rene Yañez, the Chicano artist who brought Dia de los Muertos to San Francisco more than 40 years ago, and who was always willing to help emerging artists, creating opportunities in the Arts.

Parades and Changes & Blank Placard by Anna Halprin

Blanck Placard (1970) and Parades and Changes: Dressing / Undressing and Paper Dance (1965) are two of the most iconic creations of Anna Halprin, and will be happening in the Young Museum this Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, and it is an honor to participate in them.

Parades and Changes (1965–67 and revivals)

Parades and Changes is always evolving; it is never performed in the same way. Although it includes distinct scores, which specify activities over time in space with people, these are not fixed; they simply tell people what to do, not how to do it. Certain scores may be dropped or new ones added to fit the demands of a particular performance environment or social situation. One of the best-known scores involves dressing and undressing, revealing how an ordinary task can become a dance when it is done with awareness by the performer. When the piece premiered in Sweden in 1965, this revolutionary use of nudity onstage was seen as a “ceremony of trust,” but two years later, in New York City, it led to a warrant for Anna’s arrest.

Blank Placard Dance (1970 and revivals)

At a time of multiple protests against the Vietnam War and social injustices, Anna invited people on the street to voice their concerns. A group of white-clad performers marched down city streets carrying blank placards, and taking care to keep 10 feet apart to avoid the need for a permit. When asked, “What are you protesting?” the performers inquired, “What do you want to protest?” and collected the answers. After writing the responses on the placards, they walked back, bearing the spectators’ messages. This piece has been reenacted several times, including the  performance What Matters to Us in 2015 in San Francisco’s diverse Mission District, home to many colorful murals addressing cultural and sociopolitical issues.

Adrian’s Open Studio

   

Sunday September 2nd, was a beautiful afternoon at the Red Poppy Art House, where we shared stories of my paintings, my theory of dreams, I painted live, with the guitar accompaniment of my dear friend Genie, and we took pisco sours with friends. Thank you Renee Baldocchi for all the curatorial work and the great help to carry out this art adventure.

September 2nd: Open Studio @ the Red Poppy Art House

Join Adrian Arias for this special opportunity to view and purchase recent works while relaxing and creating art with community. Pisco sours, coffee, garden-fresh organic fruits, along with sweet and savory pastries will be served. Everyone is encouraged to invite friends who are interested in collecting Adrian’s work.

The event includes:

– Artist talks by Adrian Arias
– Painting performance by Adrian Arias at 12:37pm
– Community drawing and writing circle
– Up-close and personal conversations with Adrian
– and more!

For more information, please contact the curator Renee Baldocchi.

More images about DREAM ESCAPES and other paintings here

Dream Escapes exhibition of new paintings

August 4 – September 29 / The Red Poppy Art House. Opening Reception Saturday August 4th, 6:33pm.