Performing Arts Showcase | Saturday, October 21 1:30pm-4pm | Asian Art Museum (Samsung Hall) 200 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA
Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, proudly presents APAture, a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival featuring a lineup of some of today's most exciting emerging artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.
ADMISSION: $10 (pre-sale), $12 (door), $20 (supporter), $35 (festival pass)
CURATORS: Kimberley Arteche, Shelley Kuang, Lisa Pradhan
Featured Artist: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is an artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent and spent most of his life in Karachi, Pakistan. His practice investigates complex identity politics formed by centuries of colonialism and exacerbated by contemporary international politics. In his performances he explores the politics of queerness, its intersections with Islam and how it exists in a constant liminal and non-aligned space. Bhutto has performed and shown work in the U.S, Colombia, Pakistan and Dubai.
Three bay area raised artists that are involved in filipino cultural works in the mediums of sound and movement. Josh Icban is a composer/performer who utilizes sound to explore the link between history and memory. Jonathan Mercado is an inter-disciplinarian artist exploring the connection between his experiences of hip-hop and traditional filipino movement. Kimberly Requesto is a principle dancer with Parangal Dance Company and the apprentice of Kalinga dance master Jenny Bawer Young.
BAD Repertory Theatre is a performance group based in the San Francisco Bay Area, founded by alumni of UC Berkeley’s Theatre Rice after a night of feelings spurred by moderate drinking. BAD Rep Theatre is dedicated to providing artists -- predominantly, but not exclusively of Asian American heritage -- with a collaborative space to create entertaining and provoking work with the added benefit of scheduled fun time with friends.
Arvind Nandakumar (he/him) is a 1.25-1.75 generation Indian-something immigrant. He has lived in various countries all over the world, including Canada, Australia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. He is currently a student at UC Berkeley studying Microbial Biology, and has competed at the International Brave New Voices Festival in 2015 (representing Baton Rouge), and the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016 (representing UC Berkeley).
Laura Coelho was raised and schooled in the Bay Area and identifies as a mixed, womxn of color, daughter to immigrants, tita/tia, and aspiring artist. She came to performance through community health work. In the last year-ish, she did two ritual performances with a group led by Korean performance artist, Dohee Lee, and one monologue through Yoni ki Baat, a South Asian vagina monologues. She is still working with Dohee and hoping to perform to heal.
Lisa Pradhan is a Nepalese-American multimedia artist and writer from San Diego by way of Western Mass. Her background ranges from traditional mediums such as drawing and painting to pieces exploring identity through sound ephemera and performance. Currently, she's writing one to five poems a day and experimenting with the physical markers of transnationalism.
Golda Supernova, Manila born, Alaska raised, living in Oakland, sings and writes with local bands -- Golda + the Guns, Death Glam, and Soft Stars, performs, directs, and produces at Bindlestiff Studio in SF, and helps run a bookstore in the SOMA. Currently, Golda is working DARKHEART, a concert story, comprised of original music and multimedia performances.
Estée Longah broke out of San Francisco's gritty Polk Street bar scene in the early aughts and hasn't stopped since. Her old Hollywood glamour has graced many stages as an on-screen personality, emcee and entertainer around the Bay and beyond. Currently she can be found at her monthly show at her home base, the Lookout Bar every 2nd Thursday of the month, along with her drag family, the Rice Rockettes - SF's premier A&PI drag troupe.