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But Tell Me What it Feels Like: Performance Festival

SOMArts Cultural Center
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SOMArts Cultural Center presents But Tell Me What it Feels Like: The Erotic Practice of Liberation curated by Sarah Toshie Cargill.

But Tell Me What It Feels Like features new and developing works by queer of color composers, performance artists, dancers, musicians and sound healers. The festival grounds itself in the theoretical framework articulated by black lesbian feminist poet and activist Audre Lorde in her essay, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power. While the erotic can and does allude to queer sexualities, sensuality and touch, it is also a point of reference through which artists and audiences alike are invited to locate a well of deep-seated bodily wisdom.

Admission to all Festival events is free with RSVP on Eventbrite.

Indira Allegra
Sarah Toshie Cargill
Amber Field
La Frida
Amy Likar
Melissa Panlasigui
Stacey Pelinka
Rain Ensemble, including Naoko Amemiya, Debby Kajiyama, Rachel Mock, Kallan Nishimoto and Kayla Quock
Amadeus Regucera
Alice Sheppard

Festival Schedule:

Friday, May 4: Breath:
- 8:00-10:30 PM: Opening reception with DJ set by La Frida and performances by Leviathe and Amadeus Regucera

Saturday, May 5: Tensions That Make Living Possible:
- 2:00-3:30 PM: Body Work for Artists, A Community Clinic: Alexander Technique workshop presented by Amy Likar
- 4:00-4:30 PM: Curator’s talk with Sarah Toshie Cargill
- 5:00-7:00 PM: Performances by Sarah Toshie Cargill, Amadeus Regucera, Indira Allegra and Melissa Panlasigui

Sunday, May 6: Forces That Move (Through) Us
- 2:00–4:00 PM: “Free Your Voice” workshop followed by restorative sound bath led by Amber Field
- 6:00–8:00 PM: Closing performances by Alice Sheppard and Rain Ensemble

Image credit: "BODYWARP: Decommissioning X" (2017). Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.