Fire House / Water’s Edge – Photos & Interview!

It’s been an exciting week!

The two Rebeccas, Rebecca Longworth & Rebecca Schultz, visited the Arts In Review show hosted by Gregory Scharpen on KALX 90.7FM this past Thursday, May 19 to chat about the wild performance-making project we’re calling Fire House / Water’s Edge. You can listen to the half-hour show right here.

And the next day we gathered at Fort Mason — curators Megan CohenAdam Sussman, Joan Howard and Lili Weckler, along with sound/noise designer Casey Van Portfleet and a slew of performing collaborators — to set our pieces. Some of us came with choreography and/or text and/or props, some with just ideas… and by the first performance on Saturday at 2pm, we had a show.

Come on out this Saturday 5/28 at 4pm or Sunday 5/29 at 2pm to see for yourself!

Meanwhile, enjoy these photos by Serena Morelli.


HATCH at the 2016 SFIAF

Get your $12 Early Bird tickets here

As part of the 2016 San Francisco International Arts Festival, HATCH Performance Collective presents a site-specific meditation on opposing forces–coming and going, ebb and flow, boom and bust, fire and water–in and around the Fort Mason Firehouse at the edge of San Francisco Bay

Using material culled through collaborative work and play, HATCHlings will spontaneously create a progressive suite of genre-defying performances. What will they be? Join us Saturday and Sunday afternoons, May 21-29, to find out.

On Friday, May 20, passers-by can witness the creative process in action, as we set our pieces around the site and prepare for the opening of our show the next day. If you’re in the area, you might see all manner of strange goings-on at the edge of the Bay.

Starting May 21, audience members are invited on a journey of discovery from the depths of their imaginations to the water’s edge…

$12 Early Bird tickets available now through March 31!

HATCHlings were inspired by the success of No There There in 2014 and 2015, both spontaneous site-specific performance-creation events. While No There Theres have been one-day-only affairs, with HATCHlings and guests creating and performing their work in a single day, Fire House / Waters’ Edge will encompass one day of on-site creation (Friday, May 20), and five performance tours during Saturday & Sunday afternoons, May 21-29.

Performances will be curated by Megan Cohen, Rebecca Longworth, Rebecca Schultz, Adam Sussman, and Lili Weckler, with sounds by Casey Van Portfleet and artistic support from Emlyn Guiney. HATCH is thrilled to welcome Megan & Rebecca S. to curating with us for the first time — and stay tuned for a list of collaborating artist/performers!

Fire House / Waters’ Edge – Performance Dates & Times
Saturday May 21 @ 2pm
Sunday May 22 @ 2pm*
Saturday May 28 @ 2pm & 4pm
Sunday May 29 @ 2pm

*Join us at 12:30pm on Sunday, May 22 for Tea With HATCH – a free tea, chat & performance-making demonstration before the 2pm performance.

Tickets? Yes, tickets are on sale here.


Hatch Resides Here – tech rehearsals

Today we gathered in San Anselmo to rehearse Hatch Resides Here… putting all the pieces together for the first time to get a sense of how the entire evening will flow. There’s a lot of exciting work, from an installation in the bathroom, to a solo for a homing pigeon. Here’s a link to tickets.

Nicky takes a snapshot of Emlyn's "psychiatric practice."
Nicky takes a snapshot of Emlyn’s “psychiatric practice.”

Some pieces occur at designated times, while others continue throughout the evening…

Nicky and Jessi rehearsing their hallway duet
Nicky and Jessi rehearsing their hallway duet

Between performances, audiences can explore visual and interactive installations, have a drink, or enjoy delicious treats from Vive La Tarte.

Lili and Hannah rehearsing
Lili and Hannah rehearsing

We hope you can join us at our house / installation / performance this weekend! Reserve your place here.

Duo Solo

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A double bill of solo performances

May 14, 15 & 16 at 8pm
May 17 at 5pm

PianoFight Theater
144 Taylor Street
San Francisco

Tickets Now Available

EmReady, Set… 
Created and performed by Emlyn Guiney
One woman. A question. Her decision. The wait.
In this new solo work, one woman investigates her best made plans and invites you along as she navigates through the delights, failures, assumptions, and unknowns of her biggest decision yet.  A lot can happen while we wait. How do we face plans gone awry? How do we let go? How do we stay the course? How do we listen to our intuition when we’re in a battle against the clock?

****Grey Matter
Created and performed by Julie Katz
You probably know some of the people that work for The Company in San Francisco. There’s the IT prodigy who’s bored out of his mind, the office manager who can’t catch a break, the dreamer in legal who longs for a creative life, and the deep thinker who started it all. When The Company makes a controversial decision, its employees are forced to examine their morals and what it means to show up to work every day. Come see how they deal with a matter that is not all black and white, because you might discover you’re part of their team too.

Getting cozy with cell phones and feedback


Adam, Emlyn, Julie and I (Rebecca) met tonight to debrief about No There There 2015, and to just talk about art — no shop talk allowed. BART delays foiled Julie’s physical presence, but as you can see, that didn’t stop Adam from snuggling with her.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the agreement of those present that Hatchlings are in a unique position to give feedback on one another’s work, especially as we see more and more of it and increase our familiarity with each other’s processes and preoccupations.

Figuring out how best to frame, give and receive that feedback is an ongoing process, though! Feedback is also such a gross word… And for many of us, conjures nightmare images of onerous post-show talkbacks. Maybe we need to create our own lexicon…

That said, we managed to feed back to each other tonight whilst swilling Martinelli’s sparking cider (courtesy of Emlyn’s awesome husband) and plenty of laughter. It’s always difficult to make time for this sorry of thing, but we’re always glad when we do.

No There There 2015

Hatchlings gathered at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland on Saturday, February 28 for No There There 2015, a one-day site-specific performance-making event. After collaborating and devising during the morning and early afternoon, we invited a small audience to witness what we’d created during the day. Like last year’s No There There, we led the audience on a tour of the small performances that happened sequentially throughout the park. The weather was threatening all day — rain was predicted, we got a few drops, and it even hailed nearby — but we took our chances and the ominous clouds made for a spectacular sunset backdrop to the end of the performance tour. Photos on this post by Melina Meza.

Hello World!

We are HATCH. We’re a collective of nine artists creating new performance. We formed in late 2013 and produced some exciting work in 2014. Now we’re making the plunge from a Facebook Page into having an Actual Website. Here it is. Welcome.