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AN INSTANCE OF THIS feat. jose e abad, Carlos Medina Diaz, Justin Morris, and randy reyes
November 1, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT$15.00 – $20.00
An Instance of This is an ephemeral micro-community made up of jose e abad, Carlos Medina-Diaz, Justin Morris and randy reyes, to hold a spatiotemporal experience filled with live actions, material bodies, and digital media.
Based on shared and individual experiences around existing in the margins of society, this performance jam is a contemplative, disorienting and celebratory act of embracing the dynamism and multidimensionality of queer people of color. As we tread through our lived experiences our paths often cross, interspersed at times for years or just a brief moment; nevertheless, these intersecting rhizomatic constellations serve as opportunities to weave together a support system and ecology of being that is in direct relation, opposition, and in subversive dialogue with the oppressive social systems of our daily lives.
Jose e abad is a queer social practice performance artist based in San Francisco, California. Born in Olongapo City, Philippines to a Filipinx Mother and a West Indian Father, Jose uses dance and storytelling to explore the complexities of cultural identity, feelings of landlessness and the memories and wisdom held within the body that the mind has forgotten, or history has erased. Abad has had the opportunity to perform in New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco in collaboration with a variety of companies and artists including Keith Hennessy, Scott Wells, Anne Bluethenthal, Brontez Purnell Dance Company, #DignityInProcess and Detour Dance.
Carlos Medina-Diaz was born in San Bernardino CA and grew up moving between different cities throughout the Inland Empire. As a child and into young adulthood Carlos dedicated their time to studying music and martial arts. They began their dance practice at Riverside City College in 2010, during which time they worked closely with Lux Boreal, Stephanie Gilliland, Intersect Dance Theatre, Holly Johnston and MULTIPLEX DANCE CO. Carlos continued their dance studies at California Institute of the Arts for one year, before transferring to San Francisco Art Institute to earn a BFA in the New Genres department. Carlos has had the privilege of working and performing with Andrei Codrescu in the SF DADA World Fair 2016, as an intervention to Mel Ziegler: A Living Thing – Flag Exchange in the Walter and McBean Galleries (San Francisco, 2017) and for photo-performances directed by Guillermo Gomez-Peña/La Pocha Nostra (Los Angeles, 2018). Medina-Diaz has presented their work in theaters, galleries, studios, as well as outdoor and indoor public spaces. Carlos is the recipient of Holly Johnston/Ledges and Bones Emerging Artists Scholarship (2012), RCC’s Student of Distinction Award (2014) and SFAI’s New Genres Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award (2017). Currently, Carlos teaches Dance for the Riverside Arts Council’s Arts and Mind programs in Riverside, CA.
Justin Morris began his dance training at Riverside City College in multiple genres including modern, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. Justin has performed in numerous choreographic works presented in the Inland Empire, the greater Los Angeles area, and nationally. These works include Trolley Dances Riverside with Jay Carlon, Sue Roginski and Kirsten Johansen, Histoire du Soldat with the Redlands Symphony, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has performed in works created by Kevin Williamson, Alex Shilling, Colleen Thomas, visual artist David Lamelas, Rebecca Bryant, Rosa Rodriguez-Fraiser, Summation Dance Company, Kirsten Johansen, Holly Johnston and as a member of Intersect Dance Theatre. Justin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from CSU Long Beach’s Department of Dance, where his dance training continued under instructors Lorin Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, Gracie Whyte, Rebecca Bryant, Keith Johnson and Summer Brown. Justin is a current faculty member at Renaissance High for the Arts in Long Beach.
randy reyes is a queer-AfroLatinx brujx, choreographer, performance artist, and healer from NJ y Guatemala. They currently reside and are making love in Oakland / San Francisco after oscillating between here, LA, Berlin, and NYC. randy is interested in choreography as a process of excavation, task as meditation, psychosomatic state work, Chinese Energetics, grief/joy/praise, and getting messy by conjuring contemporary rituals within quotidian/natural landscapes. Most recently in the Bay, randy was a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Creative Dissent Fellow and premiered a collaborative work titled Lxs Desaparecidxs through the Performing Diaspora residency at CounterPulse (SF). Currently, randy is a 2019 Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange mentee with lead mentor, Margaret Jenkins, is a Shawl Anderson Emerging Artist in Residence, a danceWEB | Impulstanz scholarship programme recipient, and a National Association for Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) grantee. randy has questions about autonomy, collective consciousness, radical ecologies, intimacy, shifting the eco-socio-political paradigm, and conjuring queer ancestry/lineage. they’re hella angry about the U.S. border crisis and is mobilizing to do something about it.