Mission Street Dances 2016

Featuring “Bending Over Backwards”

June 4, 2016 – Exterior side of ODC Theater on Shotwell St. San Francisco

The 5th Annual Walking Distance Dance Festival explored identity with a curated selection of local and national artists. June 4th is Walking Distance Dance Festival’s “Mission Street Dances.” Audiences joined a walking tour of the Mission District as local dance makers set their works on the streets of our city in a true interplay of life and art.

Featured Artists

Kim Epifano’s Epiphany Productions
Susan Greene, Muralist & Collaborator
Dance Brigade, 13th Floor
David Herrera Performance Company
Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts

Bending Over Backwards

Choreography by Kim Epifano
Performance by Zoë Klein
Aerial Rigging by Richard Kittle
Music by Steven Kent
Song by Kim Epifano
Poem “Constantly Risking Absurdity” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Cofounder of City Lights Bookstore
Mural by Susan Greene “Bending Over Backwards”

Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15)

Poem used in “Bend Over Backwards” with permission from the artist.

Constantly risking absurdity

               and death
whenever she performs
          above the heads
                              of her audience
the poet like an acrobat
   climbs on rime
            to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
       above a sea of faces
     paces her way
             to the other side of day
  performing entrechats
             and sleight-of-foot tricks
            and other high theatrics
         and all without mistaking
       any thing
             for what it may not be

For she’s the super realist
       who must perforce perceive
taut truth
   before the taking of each stance or step
in her supposed advance
    toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
       with gravity
                  to start her death-defying leap
    And her
    a little charleychaplin woman
         who may or may not catch
    her fair eternal form
       spreadeagled in the empty air
    of existence