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Krista DeNio’s Contact Project

CounterPULSE’s Artist Residency
Commissioning Program Presents:
Krista DeNio’s the CONTACT project
March 14-15, FRI-SAT,  8PM, 2014
March 20-23, Thursday-Saturday, 8PM, Sunday 3PM
1310 Mission Street  @9th Street

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The CONTACT project is a contemporary performance training and development model, bringing together mixed ensembles of veterans of war and military service with non-veteran civilians, to co-create an audience-interactive performance installation.

Acknowledging the societal divide between veterans and the rest of the civilian population, CONTACT asks us to consider our relationships with territory, survival, violence, trauma and our real and perceived needs as individuals and communities.  What do we have in common? Where do we differ? What can we learn from our different, but connected histories?  Investigating our individual, daily realities, personal histories and [connection to/disconnect from] war, we begin to trace patterns in relationship with our communities, and the larger global events. One to one relationship building, in the context of larger group performative sharing [performers and audience] becomes an intimate, global experience.

Visit Krista DeNio‘s artist page for blogs about the creation of their work.

Performances will be a double bill with Charya Burt’s Silenced,  which tells the story of Cambodian pop star Ros Serey Sothea, whose life was cut short by genocide.

Special Engagements:
Friday, March 14 (Opening night): Post-Show Audience Q & A
Thursday, March 20: Pay-What-You-Can-Night! 
Friday March 21: Post-Show Panel Discussion “Before and After War”

  • Susan Maxwell – PTSD clinical psychologist
  • Misty Snyder – Veteran and performer
  • Khatharya Um – Professor of Asian American Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Thida Buth Mam – Survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide

Sunday, March 23: 3pm – Matinee Performance!

the CONTACT project Features:  Daniel Bear Davis (Assistant Director), Sonia Decker, Katarina Eriksson, Stephen Funk, Remi Frazier, Hope Hutman (InterMedia Design), Daniel Lippel, Bill McQueen, Utam Moses, Susan Pfeffer, Misty Snyder, and Tina Taylor.