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.

 

Duo Solo / May 2015

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A double bill of solo performances

May 14, 15 & 16, 2015 at 8pm; May 17 at 5pm

PianoFight Theater, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco

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.

This Place (or) Dis Place

A laundry room installation for Hatch Resides Here, April 24-26, 2015. With found photographs and handwritten notes addressed to San Francisco created from found text, my own writing, and the additions of audience members.

Getting cozy with cell phones and feedback

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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.

Grey Matter

Chair

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.

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

PianoFight Theater
144 Taylor Street

Tickets available soon.

Home/Words

She’s a little strange. She doesn’t belong here. It’s almost comical, this gypsy-like-creature.
She has teacups tied to her apronstrings and too-many scarves.
Oh god, she’s going to make us do something. Crowd around her in a circle. Some of us take hold of the teacups. She wants us to hold them a certain way. She knocked my hand with her hairbrush! Now we have to make a wish. We’re wishing on the cups, I think.
Then turning them upside down. She taps them with her brush. (Why is she carrying a hairbrush? It’s one of those cheap travel-size kind from Walgreen’s.) We lift the cups, and there are strips of paper in our hands. She shows us we can let the cups fall, and we do, and we’re still standing close.

We each read our papers. Little images of comfort, cozy rooms, baking bread, loved ones near. Homey images. We repeat some phrases, some words. Over and over. She seems a little enraptured, like we’re an orchestra that she’s conducting.

She turns to each of us in a little circle, slowly, then faster as we repeat. She’s humming a little, spinning.

We keep speaking. Should we stop? Not yet. She closes her eyes. Inhales. Spins.

And then she’s gone, slipping away past the garage, teacups clinking.

Home/Words, created for and performed at No There There, March 1, 2014.

By: Rebecca Longworth

Performer / Co-Creator: Emma Jaster

Text by: Emlyn Guiney, Judy & Ron Longworth, Rebecca Longworth, Sam Ricci, Ross Travis, and Marlene Yarosh.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Spreen, Hope Hutman, and Alicia Coombs.

More info here. Please contact Rebecca for a recipe to make your own Home/Words performance.

See Me See… (2015)

Brain-child of Nichele Van Portfleet, See Me See… is the working title of an ongoing challenge and exploration into the work of performed improvised movement. How do we release into an “authentic flow” while under the watchful eyes of viewers? What are the states of being through which we pass and reside while performing? Does the audience inhibit or support a deeper dive inside ourselves? How do we as performers travel to places unknown and find something new when we don’t know what it is we’re looking for? How do we find comfort in the uncomfortable?

See Me See… is an attempt to answer these questions and more, using guided, interactive, and experimental improvisational techniques. Please stay tuned for findings to this research process. See Me See… may be opened for future public participation.

WINDQUAKEWAVE

WINDQUAKEWAVE was an exploration into what happens to communities in the aftermath of natural disasters. It featured an ensemble of seven performers and about 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes and shapes.