The Bloom Community is gathering around an experiential performing arts showcase in Downtown SF! The Plan:
About the Meetup
Join Bloom Members and the CounterPulse community in a pre-show mixer! We'll have facilitated questions to help you all meet fellow beautiful humans, make new friends (and more if you want), and break the ice before we enjoy art together. We are here for the connections!
The Meetup will happen onsite at CounterPulse in their lovely upstairs studio, and the show will directly follow on the main stage! Beverages included! Please note RSVPing to the Bloom event will cover you for the pre-show mixer, but NOT the show. Please follow the ticketing link to purchase tickets for the show!
About The Show
In Try, Hye!, Armenian drag king VERA! explores their complicated lineage by learning from their queer SouthWest Asian and North African (SWANA) diasporic dance teachers. Dance, drag, theater, performance, comedy, and art as healing – “Try, Hye!” (“Try, Armenian!”) is Step Up: SWANA Edition. The audience will see and experience the learning process, the void of cultural knowledge that queer SWANA people seek to fill, and celebrate the end culminating achievement.
Dwelling for Unsettling invites audiences into an immersive night market featuring performance altars and audio-visual installation. Part immersive theater and part community gathering, Dwelling for Unsettling interrogates and resists the entanglement of the diasporic and the settler colonial for Asian diasporic communities on Turtle Island. Incorporating performance altars, embodied testimonies, public rituals, and audio-visual installations, Dwelling for Unsettling attends to the stakes of embodiment in a settler colony—How have we inherited settler colonialism in our bodies as a modality of moving/being? What might be the kinesthetic strategies to denaturalize and destabilize the settler body and its movement tradition? Drawing from archival studies, family histories, and movement research, this project is an invitation to imagine new embodied senses of who we are and how we move in Asian diasporas that refuse further incorporation into the settler colonial project.
CounterPulse is a dynamic movement of experimental art that sparks personal transformation and builds enduring community. We provide space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. CounterPulse acts as a catalyst for art and action; creating a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, sparking transformation in our communities and our society. We work towards a world that celebrates diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We strive to create an environment that is physically and economically accessible to everyone.