Theater Rhinoceros back on Corona Radio Theater – ODC: Drinks & a Dance – Hope Mohr Bridge Project
This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, host David Latulippe welcomes Rhinoceros Theater on the virtual stage of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater, and their performance of then and nowperformed by John Fisher and Gene Mocsy.
then and now was written by playwright and executive director of The Rhino, John Fisher. The Rhinoceros Theater is the oldest queer theater in the world. Written especially for the radio, then and now shows us Jeff, who “at the start of Shelter-in-Place, [..] receives a very strange phone call that gives new meaning to the word enemy.”
We speak with ODC Artistic Director Brenda Way and Composer Paul Drescher in regards to Drinks and dancing, an “in” evening and a trip to the 1930s, presented as an immersive virtual event on September 10. – San Francisco ban. After that, guests can sip and settle in for a lively conversation with Artistic Director and Founding ODC/Dance Choreographer Brenda Way and Composer Paul Dresher. A live broadcast of the ODCs Back off the cat culminates the evening.
Back off the cat by Brenda Way, created in 2016, explores the choreographic process and arrives in a world inspired by visual artist Thomas Hart Benton’s brawny and vital murals of American urban life in the 1930s. The work includes visuals by the photographer RJ Muna, a video by Ian Winters, plus a commissioned jazz-inspired score and live performance by Paul Dresher and musicians.
Plus, we chat with participating artists Ranu Mukherjee and Cherie Hill about the tenth anniversary edition of the Hope Mohr Bridge Projectentitled Power Shift: improvisation, activism and community, which runs from September 13 to November 22.
Change of power invites artists and activists to share the practice and performance of improvisation. Co-hosted by Cherie Hill, Hope Mohr and Karla Quintero, Change of power takes you inside the improvisational practices of Black/African American, Latino/Latin American, Asian, female-identifying and queer improvisers and social justice activists. The Festival program highlights the voices of African dance, jazz aesthetics, social and street dance, contemporary forms and Capoeira.
The festival offers art and activism workshops, panel discussions, intensive sessions, practices, live-streamed performances and anti-racism training for the dance community, hosted by Beatrice Thomas and co-hosted with Dance Mission Theater and Kambara+.
Change of power opens September 13 with Imagine the future. A collaboration between The Bridge Project and ARTogether, a non-profit organization based in Oakland, imagine the future is a story-building workshop focused on imagining how we want to live in the future. Co-directed by painter Ranu Mukherjee and choreographer Hope Mohr, this workshop is aimed at artists of all mediums, using the tools of writing, movement and drawing.
Open Air with host David Latulippe, heard live on September 10 at 1 p.m., and later at this location…