Co-Production Option 3 - Photo of Dana Michel by Ian Douglas.jpg
Pop Up Performance - Photo of Side by Side By Alley Wilde.jpg
Fiscal Sponsorship - Photo of Snake Talk by Robbie Sweeny.jpg
Mentorship - Photo of Rachael Dichter by Robbie Sweeny.JPG
Co-Production Option 2 - Photo of Dana Michel by Ian Douglas.jpg
IMG_6033.jpg
Co-Production Option 3 - Photo of Dana Michel by Ian Douglas.jpg

Programs


Programs

SCROLL DOWN

Programs


Programs

Pop Up Performance - Photo of Side by Side By Alley Wilde.jpg

Pop Up Performance Project


Pop Up Performance Project

Pop Up Performance Project


Pop Up Performance Project

Woman Is God To Woman :: a RITUAL mas
By C. Chibueze Crouch
Sun dec 15 :: 12:00pm in San Francisco

Chibueze Crouch stands with her heels raised on a white stage in front of suspended white sheets cut into angular shapes. A red light is cast over her body and her slightly bent arms hang down as she leans forward. She wears a raffia skirt and a mask made of long curly black hair that covers her face and bare chest. She looks like she is floating.

Jess Curtis/Gravity's Pop Up Performance Project Presents
Woman Is God To Woman :: a RITUAL mas
By C. Chibueze Crouch

Woman is God to Woman is an interdisciplinary disruption of public space using song, masquerade, movement, and live music. Critically embodying the mythic “mad woman” archetype in the context of Igbo maiden spirit traditions, the work of Christina Sharpe, and her own personal memories, C. Chibueze Crouch will perform at the Fillmore Center Plaza, next to an open air farmer’s market. Chibueze's performance ritual-in-progress is a nuanced investigation of Diasporic placement and radical agency for the liminal hyper-legible being, as constrained by the hegemonic constructs of miscegenation.

:: DATE + TIME ::
Sat December 15
12:00pm-1:00pm

:: COST + LOCATION ::
FREE!
@ Fillmore Center Plaza
1475 Fillmore Street, SF, CA 94115
Click here for exact location Google Maps

:: ACCESSIBILITY :
:
The event space is wheelchair accessible. The event will take place outside in public space. Gravity will not be providing chairs. Gravity will not be providing sign language interpretation or audio description for this event.

:: ABOUT THE ARTIST ::
C. Chibueze Crouch is a performer, teaching artist and (grant) writer born and raised in the East Coast. She is currently based in the Ohlone territory known as Oakland, CA. Chibueze's multidisciplinary creative praxis is grounded in theater, postcolonial feminist theory, villages, original song // music, and interdependent relationships between land & community.

:: FUNDING ::
Jess Curtis/Gravity's Pop Up Performance Project is supported by Grants for the Arts and individual donors.

Image description: Randy Reyes is laying face down, naked on the dirt between a body of water and some leaves. There is mud on his forearm and leg and there are candles burning in the corners of the image.

The Pop-up Performance Project (PPP) is just what it sounds like: pop up performances.
Conceived by Artistic Director Jess Curtis as an opportunity for emerging artists to bring experimental material into public view to share with accidental audiences on San Francisco streets, plazas and parks. Gravity pays a small fee to 3 artists a year to present durational performance events at bustling sites presenting performance as a public resource and encouraging artists to bring their work outside to non-traditional performance sites.

To date Gravity has presented artists in projects throughout San Francisco, including:

  • Randy Reyes with Gabriel Christian - encuentro cuarenta y tres, or orgy for my lungs at Pier 43 Ferry Arch

  • Nicholas Navarro/Pseuda - Love Eternal a durational walking procession beginning at The Stud Bar (event info)

  • Gabriel Christian - Looking? a procession through The Castro

  • Rachael Dichter - Watch Me Watch You Watch Him throughout Market Street

  • Maria Francesca Scaroni, Tove Sahlin, and Empress Jupiter - *** and Oracles at UN Plaza

  • The Empress Jupiter and Jess Curtis - Prototype This presented by CounterPulse at Market Street Prototyping Festival

  • Mica Sigourney - Excerpt with Maryam Rostami

  • Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Minoosh Zamora - Side by Side at Union Square

  • Jack Davis - Faggots in the Labyrinth at The Labyrinth at Land’s End

  • Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis - excerpt from The Way You Look (at me) Tonight at The 16th & Mission BART Plaza

  • Ue Chua - Serendipity at Ferry Building Plaza as part of Bay Area Dance Week

PPP is set up to make a minimal administrative demand on the artists involved, the selected works are curated by Jess Curtis and artists are provided a simple $500 fee plus professional documentation of the event, with the intent that they bring work they are currently working on or processes they are currently engaged in that might benefit from being shown in  a non-theatrical context.

If you would like to be considered for a PPP, please contact Gravity.

Fiscal Sponsorship - Photo of Snake Talk by Robbie Sweeny.jpg

Fiscal Sponsorship


Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal Sponsorship


Fiscal Sponsorship

Gravity is currently in a pilot-phase of our recently initiated fiscal sponsorship program as we ascertain the time and resources necessary to provide this service and determine how many artists we are able to serve. 

Sponsees receive the ability to receive institutional and  tax-deductible donations under the umbrella of Gravity’s 501c3 non-profit status, financial oversight, and related accounting services. Sponsees are selected with regard to their alignment with Gravity’s mission, community, and aesthetic priorities.

Current fiscally sponsored projects include Abby Crain Projects, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, jose e abad and Yuba Libre.

In 2017/18 Gravity will be expanding our family of fiscally sponsored projects to include 3 more bringing them to a total of 5. 

If you are interested in being a part of Gravity’s fiscal sponsorship program, please contact us.

Mentorship - Photo of Rachael Dichter by Robbie Sweeny.JPG

Mentorship


Mentorship

Mentorship


Mentorship

In combination with, our fiscal sponsorship program, Gravity offers mentorship support to the artists we serve, providing information and consulting on everything from overall funding strategies to the nit-picky specifics of creating budgets and fill out grant forms.

Beyond these artists, Artistic Director Jess Curtis, provides numerous artists annually with a variety of mentorship services ranging from critical feedback on work to advice about getting their work out into the world particularly drawing from his extensive experience with international touring, teaching and co-production.

Co-Production Option 2 - Photo of Dana Michel by Ian Douglas.jpg

Co-Productions


Co-Productions

Co-Productions


Co-Productions

Gravity regularly partners with Bay Area venues such as CounterPulse and the SFMOMA to financially support the presentation of internationally important contemporary artists that we believe it is important for Bay Area audiences to see.

To date Gravity co-presentations have brought such artists as:

  • Dana Michél - Montreal
  • Isabelle Schad - Berlin
  • Shake it Collaborations - Stockholm
  • Miguel Gutierrez - New York
  • Ivo Dimchev - Vienna/Bulgaria
  • Meg Stuart - Brussels/Berlin
IMG_6033.jpg

Access Services


Access Services

Access Services


Access Services

Gravity Access Services

Gravity Access Services offer a range of services to make live performance more accessible to audience members with diverse sensory modalities and physicalities. These include live and recorded Audio Description services, pre-show Haptic Access Tours, ASL referral services, Site Visits, Media Assessments and General Accessibility consulting to assess and advise artists, producers, venues and events on best practices for making their presentations as accessible as possible.

Live Audio Description

Audio Description provides access to the visual elements – action, costumes, settings, gestures, facial expressions, objects and other visually communicative elements – of theater, dance or live art performances, television/film screenings, museum exhibitions, academic or industry presentations, even sporting events.  Almost any event that has a meaningful visual component can be made more accessible thru Audio Description. Audio Description (AD) is usually a live audio track spoken by one of Gravity’s Professional Audio Describers to patrons with visual impairments through a wireless headset system, but the service may also be pre-recorded if appropriate.

Gravity’s Audio Description Team is comprised of performers, themselves professional dancers and actors trained by Gravity Artistic Director Jess Curtis to provide clear and engaging descriptions of the meaningful visual details of a performance that might otherwise be inaccessible to audience members with visual impairments.

For live productions Gravity’s service includes the use of our wireless headset system and a muffled microphone setup suitable for use in small venues and rooms without sound separated tech facilities.

For productions with a longer presentation life or videos, Gravity can also produce recorded audio description tracks in collaboration with the artists involved.

Haptic Access Tours

In tandem with the audio description Gravity helps to construct and present a live pre-show tour that allows patrons to haptically (thru touch, their own movement, hearing and kinesthetic senses) experience the space, performers, costumes and objects in addition to key movement elements in the performance. Usually lasting 20 to 30 minutes and ending 30 minutes before house opening, these tours lay a multi-sensory foundation to support the audio description service and are intended to focus on access for patrons with visual impairments The Haptic Acces Tour is not generally offered to curious sighted patrons who are not accompanying a visually impaired person, although on occasion we offer, by pre-arrangement, an example Tour that is open to the greater public in order to share the practice with other artists or theater managers or audience members, but this is only by pre-arrangement

General Extra-Visual Accessibility Services

As part of Gravity’s services, our associate, blind activist, and visual access consultant, Tiffany Taylor, will assess the PR/Marketing and other materials connected to your event (such as box office forms, evening program formats etc.) and offer accessible solutions to make sure all audience members have access to all the services and information surrounding your event.

Gravity is excited to offer these services to help you make your events more accessible to diverse audiences. We are striving to provide an affordable, mobile service at a reasonable cost so that smaller, independent venues, producers, and artists are able to provide access to more diverse communities. We hope to make live contemporary performance more accessible to people across a range of sensory modalities and physicalities and to advance Bay Area practices of access accommodation in the performing arts.