You can now support individual artists via our website. SAFEhouse provides these artists with FREE space, marketing support, technical support, networking, and so much more. However, these artists still have other expenses, such as costumes, photographers, videographers, paying their dancers, etc. We have set up a fund for each of the artists below. Please consider making a donation to their specific fund. You will have the option to select their name on the second page when submitting your donation. 50% of you donation made this way, will go directly to the artist, the other 50% will go to SAFEhouse in order to support the other resources that we provide for these artists. Thank you so much for your continued support to Save Art From Extinction!
Bio: Raven Malouf-Renning received their BA from UC Santa Cruz in 1997, where they studied extensively with Mel Wong and Silvia Martin's. Over the past 23 years, Raven has performed with SpectorDance, Big Moves Mass Movement, emFatic dance, and numerous local choreographers including Chris Black, Jesse Bie, Dawn Frank Holtan, and Eric Kupers. Raven is the Assistant Director of IIE & DanceSingDrum Company as well as a guest collaborator with Bandelion. This is Raven's first residency with SAFEHouse Arts.
About their work: Glass Ceiling Mosaic is a dance theater piece which explores what happens to the proverbial glass ceiling as it shatters, how we navigate the shards, and how we strategize to dislodge the pieces that haven't yet fallen.
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*You will have the option to select the Raven Malouf-Renning Fund on the second page of the donation process*
Bio: Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Andi Salazar is a dancer, choreographer, and sociologist living in the Bay Area since 2017. She started her professional training at the age of 8 at the Professional Institute School of Modern Music where she was trained in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Jazz for 10 years. She is the founder of Kazé Dance Company, a Contemporary Dance Company located in Santiago, in which she was the Artistic Director and Choreographer for eight years. Since relocating to the Bay Area, Andi obtained her MFA in Dance and Choreography from Mills College and has had the opportunity to perform with Emergence Dance Company, Mogli´s Movers Dance Collective and Mills College Repertory Dance Company, as well as showing her own work along with her recently founded Dance collective "A Pulso Dance Project" in different festivals and showcases in the area like Push Festival 2019 and Spector Dance 2019.
About their work: This work explores the depth and complexity of human beings as social beings and the need to act according to the expectations of others. In this context, the limit of what feels “correct”, the complexity of social relationships, and the emotional implications of crossing the threshold to more raw and real places, are investigated. What is that “something” in us that is difficult to face and that frightens to socially explore so we hide it trying to please the eyes of others? In this line, this piece tries to embody the complexity of the encounter with our hidden side, with the unseen and the unsaid.
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*You will have the option to select the Andi Salazar Fund on the second page of the donation process*
Bio: Born and raised in Chicago, She began training at Chicago high school for the Arts (ChiArts) and Chicago Multi-cultural dance center under Homer Hans Bryant. While in high school she attended Alonzo King LINES ballet summer intensive in 2012, where She then became apart of the four year BFA program in 2013. Graduated in 2017 with honors, she has had the opportunity to work with Amy Seiwert, Keelan Whitmoore, Amanda Miller, Gregory Dawson, Alivia Schaffer, and many more. Additionally she’s worked with artists outside of the BFA including: Sidra Bell, Benjamin Wardell, Penny Saunders, Guy Sharomi, and Kyle Limin. Since graduating, she has worked with Alive and Well Productions, Call-It-Art, Sarah Bush Dance Project, and Brannigan Danceworks. she is currently teaching youth contemporary class at ODC and is excited to expand her voice with other movers in space.
About their work: "Expansion. Expression. Love. Gratitude. These are the fundamental principles I incorporate in creating work. I believe in having an interdependent relationship. Whether it solo material or working with other dancers, I believe the best research comes from an honest space; a space where mistakes are welcomed and communication is valued. A space where dancers are accountable for their choices and are able to explain clearly and efficiently their process to other movers. Collaboration fuels my process. Gratitude fuels my process. I know I do not have all other answers so I welcome input from dancers and other outside forces (friends, families, and other artists), when I am in need of assistance."
Photo Credit: Connor Bruce
Support Dominique Hargrove!
*You will have the option to select the Dominique Hargrove Fund on the second page of the donation process*
Bio: Directed by Mariana Sobral, eMotion Arts is a Bay Area-based Dance Company with the vision of celebrating Inclusion and Oneness through Arts by bringing together dancers, and artists of different backgrounds and their unique styles and artistic visions.
About their work: In its third season, eMotion Arts presents “Sombro”, a collaborative work that dwells on individual and collective experiences around mental health. This work is meant to open up a conversation about this subject, helping end the stigma associated with mental health.
Photo Credit: Kyle Adler
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*You will have the option to select the eMotion Arts Fund on the second page of the donation process*
Bio: Esra Coskun started dancing in 2013, while she was working towards her PhD in Philosophy and Literature at Purdue University, where she took contact improvisation, modern dance, and ballet classes while writing her dissertation. Her interest in semiotics lead her to experiment with dance composition as she choreographed pieces for Purdue University Dance Department’s student concerts, Obsessive-Compulsive Dance, Purdue Contemporary Dance Company, and UPROAR: the Pole Collective. She joined SAFEhouse Arts as a lead artist in 2017 to start Es "Delight" Co and the "delightful moves" project, where she brings distinct dance forms together in duets with artists who have different dance backgrounds than herself.
About their work: "I'm interested in creating interdisciplinary works that bring various media and styles together while engaging with different themes. I like to collaborate with artists whose areas of specialization are completely new to me, and create works that merge their styles with mine."
Photo Credit: Will Crabtree
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*You will have the option to select the Es "Delight" Co Fund on the second page of the donation process*
Bio: A recent graduate from the Alonzo King LINES Training Program, Genevieve has been traveling the past summer choreographing not only in San Francisco, but also in Huntsville TX, Boston MA, and Inwood WV. Recently she has been working as a freelance dancer and choreographer and continues to deepen her connections to the bay area dance scene.
About their work: Solidifying and manipulating what has already become staples in the creation of an order. As someone who doesn't always feel worthy, to deepen the connection of the movement coming from them and relating to the stage. Playing with augmenting the material to fit the one or two people sharing the moves.
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*You will have the option to select the Genevieve Rochefort Fund on the second page of the donation process*
Bio: Gina Stella dell’Assunta is a writer, cultural worker, teacher, and performer from San Francisco, with deep roots in both local & international queer & trans, sex worker, and disability communities. She’s performed and taught everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms to the Ivy Leagues, and her work is anthologized dozens of places, including Sublevel, Foglifter, Sex Still Spoken Here, The Revolution Starts At Home, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, and Coming & Crying. She is currently at work on How To Have A Body, which is both a book of experimental prose & poetry about the intersections between sexuality & disability; and a solo theatrical show making its SAFEhouse Arts debut January 17th-18th, 2020. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. You can find her online as @queershoulder, and support her work directly at patreon.com/queershoulder.
About their work: How To Have A Body is a multi-media solo theatrical show, based upon Gina Stella dell’Assunta’s highly-anticipated forthcoming book of experimental prose & poetry about the intersections of queerness and disability. Using storytelling, spoken word, ritual, and music, Stella dell’Assunta explores the trials and joys of living in a queer disabled body in San Francisco in 2019. How To Have A Body takes the audience on a journey through public and private spaces: The hustle & bustle of MUNI, BART, the Pride parade, CopWatch, the Welfare office, the Social Security Administration, airports, the haunted streets of San Francisco; and the private, intimate respite of a magical cripple femme bed palace, a rent-controlled studio with fruit trees in the backyard, a long-distance lover’s bedroom, an old friend’s living room, a warm bright kitchen. Consider this a spell, an incantation, an invitation to intimacy, a call to action, a rallying cry.
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*You will have the option to select the Gina Stella dell'Assunta Fund on the second page of the donation process*
Bio: Jesselito Bie moved to the Bay Area in 1992 to dance with the High-Risk Group and has performed with many local companies such as Scott Wells and Dancers, ,Kulintang Arts and Joe Landini. He is a lead artist at Safehouse Arts and co-directs AIRspace, a QTPOC artist residency program.
STEAMROLLER Dance Company creates physically articulate dances that examine how language and mass media shape ideas of race, sexuality and gender. Steamroller’s performances seek to elevate queer and brown bodies and narratives that are typically ignored in mainstream culture. The intersection of artistic and popular culture makes our dances more accessible and our message more palpable.
About their work: STEAMROLLER Dance Company presents Kiki Extravaganza, an immersive, interactive dance theater performance set in the framework of Jesselito's 51 first birthday, Kiki Extravaganza uses dance, music, song and theater to reflect on his long, rich, surprising life. Expect surprise guest appearances from Jesselito's history. The audience may be asked to participate as well. Food and libations will be available, this is a party after all! This is presented as part of a shared evening with Rhea Speights on December 13, 14.
*You will have the option to select the STEAMROLLER Fund on the second page of the donation process*
Bio: Brenda Perdue, San Franciscan, 1st generation Mestizo has always enjoyed performing with Saint Kevin's Church Baile Folklorico, Cumbia, Salsa, etc. Brenda studied West African four years with Malonga and Alberta Rose, Afro Haitian and the Dunham Technique, while earning her BA in Criminal Justice at SFSU. Winning 1st place in 2014 Carnaval SF for MCCLA, she was inspired to form United Rhythms SF in 2016 to provide a venue through the art of dance performance to uplift her participants due to her awareness of the need to provide more outlets for self-healing, stress reduction, clarity & inspirational direction.
About their work: Brenda Perdue will be performing for the 1st time as an act demonstrating love, betrayal, hurt, and drive to rise above and reground herself. This will be a spectacular show you don't want to miss. She will incorporate her cultural pride, spiritual guidance and love for the natural forces of Mother Earth to show her transformation of health and strength.
Support United Rhythms!
*You will have the option to select the United Rhythms Fund on the second page of the donation process*