Ponderosa on the Road is back again! Yes, our little occasional series of events will be coming to the FRESH Festival, San Francisco, on January 20., 2019.
Ponderosa on the Road is an occasional event series in which we try to figure out ways for the spirit and essence of Ponderosa to be presented in other places around the world. And FRESH Festival is the premiere event celebrating and showcasing new work, research and ideas in performance, music, and dance in San Francisco and the bay area of California. It is presented by ALTERNATIVA, directed by Kathleen Hermesdorf.
And Ponderosa on the Road — SF 2019 will bring together international artists from the expanded, interconnected communities of Ponderosa and ALTERNATIVA worldwide, at the FRESH Festival 2019, in San Francisco — or, more specifically, at the Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, in Berkeley — on January 20., 2019.
Read on for all the details...
Ponderosa on the Road — SF 2019 will be a unique event, at which participants will aim to share Ponderosa’s creative, inclusive and communal spirit with you. The participants are a group of people from all over the world who have been to Ponderosa (Ponderosa? What is that?), and they will be gathered together to host you for an evening of multiple experiences -- to carry the feelings, functions, fields, and forests of Stolzenhagen to FRESH at Finnish Hall in Berkeley.
The evening will start with a cathartic aural research experience led by Coral Short, followed by a potluck shared dinner featuring sublime culinary-conceptual offerings from Jesse Hewit. Evolving from this, there will be actions and interventions in the space, which may (or may not) include the following practices, contributions, and balms:
The line-up of all the participants in the event is not yet completely clear, but will include at least most of the following: Larry Arrington, Chani Bockwinkel, Adi Brief, Alex Crow, Caitlin Fisher, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Jesse Hewit, David Jensen, Kata Kovács, Kentaro Kumanomido, Ursula Marlee Marcussen, Tom O’Doherty, Gareth Okan, Thomas Anthony Owen, Coral Short, Jessy Tuddenham, Cathy Walsh, Hannah Wasielewski, and Miriam Wolodarski.
There is a Sugarmountain event here, and there will be more info soon...
Ponderosa and ALTERNATIVA are sister entities, who have been collaborating, creatively and programmatically, since 2000. FRESH was launched in 2010, the same year as P.O.R.C.H. — and it was through P.O.R.C.H. that FAKE Company came to be born, which will perform with ALTERNATIVA in FRESH. It’s all connected.
Of course, Ponderosa has deep roots in San Francisco. During the early years of Ponderosa, much of the activity here involved Stephanie Maher, a long-time denizen of San Francisco, inviting friends to travel from San Francisco to Berlin, and on to Stolzenhagen, to present their work. In the early 2000s, the then-new Ponderosa was, in some ways, a Berlin-oriented countryside equivalent to 848 Community Space in San Francisco, and with many of the same participants — Stephanie, Keith Hennessy, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Jess Curtis, and many more.
So we’ll be very happy to finally go back and reconnect these two threads through this event and its surroundings. We’re looking forward to it all — we’ll see you there! 💥
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