Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco
Thurs June 18, 2015  5:00 – 8:00pm

With Jeepneys with Brian Tester, Julz Hale Mary, and Raphael Noz. 
Special contributions by Alexiteric Tea Clinic, Jessalyn Aaland, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Stephanie Rolfs, Savannah Rusher, and Tessa Watson.


5:00-8:00pm: Gongfu Tea Service with the Alexiteric Tea Clinic & Cocktails

5:30-6:15pm: LAUGHTER YOGA with Raphael Noz
Laughter yoga brings the lightning energy of laughter into spaces that need to be broken open. The hallowed temples of museum spaces can hush voices and inhibit ideas, impacting the health of our communities and our cultures. Come ready to laugh out loud.

6:15-7:00pm: HEALING SOUND AND MOVEMENT with Jeepneys. Live music by Brian Tester
Jeepneys leads a group performance of a Pauline Oliveros Sonic Meditation score and a discussion of Deep Listening in relation to perception, empathy, and the body. Wear comfortable layers and socks, and bring something to lie on. Herbal eye pillows and hand-painted Jeepneys space-bodysuits in limited sizes
will be available.

7:00-7:45pm: PUMPED UP FOR NOTHING with Julz Hale Mary
A rebellious exercise class where you’ll get pumped up to do nothing, while looking luxurious! The harder you try not to try, the more you’ll succeed in this campy, motivational, NOPE-posi workout. Dress lazy, fun, or "glamorously frumpy” - anything loose, silky, bright, sloppy, or wildly patterned. Bring props for activities typically devalued as “doing nothing,” and come ready for NOPE!

read the review, Sweating to Sappho in The JULY 23, 2015 issue of the New Yorker


Heavy Breathing #2: Sweating to Sappho with Chani Bockwinkel and Caroline Alexander

Lake Merritt Bandstand, Oakland  June 27, 2015


Imagine somatics + Kate Bush + Ciara: we'll get sweaty and circular, moving our A$$ muscles and feeling our insides together. Read at least one passage of Sappho (your choice; see resources below), and come ready to project yourself into history while invoking ancient greek women and contemporary goddesses. Wear gym shoes and an outfit that brings out your deep femme/tough exercise queen. 


Anne Carson's "If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho"


Poems of Sappho (Julia Dubnoff, trans.)


CHANI BOCKWINKEL is a dancer person who works in photography and video. Her work was most recently shown at AUNTS, NYC and the Collage Festival in Philly. Though she has yet to reach wide acclaim within her own family- her brother's girlfriend has repeatedly praised her work. 

CAROLINE ALEXANDER was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated with a degree in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. She likes to dance with Chani. Along with dance, Caroline enjoys brewing homemade beer, sewing, and plant-art projects.

Heavy Breathing #3: THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE with BONANZA (Lana Williams, Lindsay Tully, and Conrad Guevara). Featuring Laura Boles Faw & DJ 8ulentina

Real Time & Space, Oakland
Saturday July 11, 2015

"I am looking for the body, my body, which exists outside its patriarchal definitions. Of course that is not possible. But who is any longer interested in the possible?" Kathy Acker


How is the imaginary possible? Compound movements, balancing between the push and the pull, thinking through it. Participants will discuss Emily Roysdon's essay "Ecstatic Resistance" while doing a series of resistant training exercises. Bring a yoga mat and work out gear. 

"Ecstatic Resistance" by Emily Roysdon

BONANZA is the collective practice of Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams. The formal cohesion of a filmmaker, sculptor, and painter is the result of their shared way of thinking and making. Bonanza centers around ideas of abstraction, questions of authorship, and dismantles the ideas of the heroic artist. They have exhibited at Tmoro Projects, Interface Gallery, Artists’ Television Access, and n/a in the Bay area. They recently finished the short film, The Initiation, which premiered at 100% in the vibrant Mission. 

8ULENTINA's name is inspired by Bulent Ersoy, a legendary transgender Turkish singer. For 8ulentina, DJing is about creating a personal archive that tells a story; it can take the form of a Turkish trance remix, an Egyptian Mahraganat track, or a sad R&B track. "They keep it feminine, fast, and worldly." -Interrupt Mag  http://interruptmag.com/article/top-crews-putting-oakland

LAURA BOLES FAW's work consists of investigations through sculptural objects, installations, curatorial projects and collaborative ventures. She examines spatial and social constructions and looks to create new meanings and transformative fictions. She has exhibited at Scrawl Center for Drawing, Ever Gold Gallery, Alterspace, Meridian Gallery, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and Vast Space Projects in Las Vegas. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Green Chalk Contemporary in Monterey this fall and an exhibition titled Resonant Forms with her collaborative partner Cathy Fairbanks at the Mystic Hotel in San Francisco opening in August.

Heavy Breathing #4: Getting Dirty with Cullwick and Munby
Featuring Kate Rhoades & Eli Thorne
Real Time & Space
Sunday July 19, 2015


Hannah Cullwick and Arthur Munby had a wacky 19th century S&M affair. Get a little taste of their fascinating, though sometimes problematic relationship through S&M-inspired exercises and a lively discussion. Bring a partner you trust and wear clothes and shoes (preferably leather boots) that can get dirty. Queer and trans folks warmly welcomed.


Recommended reading: Imperial Leather: Race, Cross-Dressing, and the Cult of Domesticity by Anne McClintock


KATE RHOADES is an Oakland-based multimedia artist. She received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and her MFA from Mills College. Rhoades has been a guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and has taught art students of all ages. Her work has been exhibited in art venues, alleys, and hotel rooms across the United States and Canada. 

ELI THORNE is a transgender Oakland based hybrid artist born in Harrogate, England, and raised in Santa Cruz, California. He received his BFA from UC Berkeley, and his MFA from Mills College. His work has shown in a variety of spaces in the Bay Area, the greater US, and Canada.

Heavy Breathing #5: Innovating Ether with Larry Arrington
Omni Oakland Commons, Oakland
Sunday July 26, 2015


A note from Larry: I am choosing this astrological form of periodizing global history-future-time as a technology to bypass dualist thought in all its modalities. The organizational tool of astrological ages is space as time and time as space in which the body is absorbed and absorbent. While I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the structure of astrological ages, I hesitate to share any specific texts about the shifting of ages as I find the discussion of the aquarian ideal of “freedom” still tethered to the problems of verticality and power of the age of pisces (a historical freedom is not freedom). Our notions of freedom are on distant horizons. We do not know what we are gazing at. We cannot imagine the kind of human beings society will produce within this 2000 year cycle, but we can play at their prefigurative forms. 


LARRY ARRINGTON is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher whose choreography has been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Z Space, The Lab, CounterPULSE, ODC, The Garage, Cell Space, Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, Supperclub, backyards, living-rooms, and in New York at The American Realness Festival. She has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, CounterPULSE, Kunst STOFF Arts, the Garage, and through ODC’s Sandbox Series. She created/curates SQUART, a show that gathers artists to create spontaneous performance works. She has been a guest artist in the University of San Francisco’s Dance and Social Justice Department and for YBCA’s Bay Area Now Festival. She has a BFA in dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she focused on choreography, art, and gender studies. Her work has been supported by The MAP Fund, Rainin Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, New Stages, Dancer’s Group Lighting Artist in Dance Grant, and Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H grant.

Heavy Breathing #6: PRE-PARTY DANCE PARTY with Brontez Purnell
Omni Oakland Commons Disco Room
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
Saturday Aug 8, 2015 8-9pm

A workout disguised as a mixtape: or the other way around? Chance operations, non-sequiturs, and a lot of walking, looking, and running around. Come dressed for your Saturday night out. Live drums by Adan Ortega!
Brontez Purnell has been publishing, performing, and curating in the Bay Area for over ten years. He is author of the cult zine "Fag School," frontman for his band "The Younger Lovers," and founder and choreographer of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company. Formerly a dancer with Gravy Train!!!, a queer electro indie band that gained national prominence in the mid-2000s, Purnell's other prominent artistic collaborations include his supporting role in the queer independent feature film, "I Want Your Love" (Dir. Travis Mathews, 2012), and as a dancer for local artist-choreographers Amara Tabor-Smith, Keith Hennessy, Eric Kupers, and Nina Haft, South African artist-choreographer Athi-Patra Rugra, and American performance artist William Pope.L. Since founding his dance company in 2010, Purnell has presented his original dance and movement theatre works at prominent Bay Area cultural institutions that include the Berkeley Art Museum, CounterPULSE, the Garage, Kunst-Stoff Arts, the Lab, SOMArts, and CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

With cinematographer Gary Fembot Gregerson and lighting designer Jerry Lee, Purnell produced, choreographed, and set the sound score for "Free Jazz" (2012), a 8mm B&W dance film documenting "various dance parties, structured improvs, rituals and happenings" performed by the company between 2010 and 2012, and which has been shown internationally. He was a guest curator for the Berkeley Art Museum's L@TE program in 2012, awarded an invitation to the 2012 Radar Lab queer arts summer residency, honored by Out Magazine's 2012 Hot 100 List and 2013 Most Eligible Bachelors List, and most recently won the 2014 SF Bay Guardian's Goldie for Performance/Music. He earned a B.F.A. in Theatre and Contemporary Dance at California State University, East Bay, just published his first novella,"Johnny Would You Love Me (if My Dick Were Bigger)," with Rudos and Rubes, and will publish a second novel, "Since I Laid My Burden Down…," with the Sister Spit imprint of City Lights Books.

Heavy Breathing #7 : BODY PARADOX with Zen Cohen at The Palace Theater in Oakland, CA

Saturday Aug 15, 2015


Participants are taken through a series of movement exercises and styles ranging from Butoh to Voguing while embodying wearable sculptures to create a total mise en scène inside The Palace Theater, the oldest theater in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. Discussions include excerpts from Antonin Artaud’s The Theater and Its Double and a selection of texts that address bodies, non-bodies, fluidity, queerness, ritual, and transcendence.

ZEN COHEN received her MFA in Art Studio at the University of California at Davis and her BFA in Media Arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. Her video, photo and performance projects have been presented in venues such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, deYoung Museum, Centro Atlántico Arte Moderno, ARTSpace New Haven, Vanity Projects, Center for New Music & Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, Recombinant Media Lab, SOMArts, Krowswork, 21 Grand, Roxie Cinema and Artists Television Access (ATA). Additionally, she has studied various movement and theater modalities ranging from Alexander Technique, Ballet, Butoh, Flamenco, Laban Therapy, West African, Near Eastern and Yoga.

Heavy Breathing #8: Topos: That's What She Saidwith Olivia Mole
YMCA SF Chinatown POOL, San Francisco
Sunday Aug 16, 2015

There can be no knowledge without a community of researchers, nor any inner experience without a community of those who live it… Collective swimming with immersive audio. Bring bathing suit or immersible outfit (no cotton please); goggles + nose clips if desired; water bottle recommended. Towels and flotation devices will be provided.

OLIVIA MOLE was born in London, England in 1975. She currently lives and works in San Francisco. She worked as a set designer in the mainstream film and animation industry for over a decade and has recently returned to art practice. She attended The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University, and received an MA in Production Design from the National Film and Television School in the UK. She has designed sets for John Frankenheimer, Michael Radford, Wes Anderson and multiple productions at Dreamworks Animation. Her work has been shown guerrilla style in her own garage, at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Southern Exposure, the Wattis Institute and Pro Arts Oakland.

Heavy Breathing #9: Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics with Christian Nagler, Featuring DJ Kit Clayton
The Lab, San Francisco
Aug 22, 2015


In this session we will delve deeply into some embodied non-solutions to the problem of global risk management. What are global risk management practices and how do they relate to our nervous systems? Engage in an athletic and de-armoring session of Reichian somatics, full-corpus spasms, and galactic tingles. Wear comfortable clothes. Come prepared to move, breathe intensely, yell, and freak out a little. 

**Bring a pillow please**

  • Some issues we might hit on, either discursively or somatically:
  • The fear of life and the network of political unrest insurance
  • The miracle-terror of the vagus nerve
  • The level of co2 in the bloodstream
  • The 18th century grain tradeforming an internal intentional community of alkalinoids
  • Decalcinating and repotassiumizing the nervile chemoducts
  • Blue sky in mind
  • Lloyd’s of London
  • Who am I and why am I so anxious
  • The circulation of financial derivatives
  • Foucault’s critique of the repressive hypothesis
  • Tremoring polar bears


1. Ulrich Beck, Living in the World Risk Society, 2006

2. Michel Foucault, Security Territory, Population, Lectures at the College de France, 1979
(especially lecture #2)

3. Benjamin Lee and Edward Lipuma, Circulatory Risks and the Speculative Habitus

4. Dusan Makavejev, WR: Mysteries of the Organism, 1971

5. Claire Souch, Pushing the Boundaries of Catastrophe Modeling, 2014


CHRISTIAN NAGLER is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. He works at the intersection of bodily movement and geo-financial systems. Recent projects include Market Fitness and Yoga for Adjuncts, which pursue economic critique through kinesthetic, participatory performances. Currently, he is doing graduate research on issues of performance in economic discourse and completing his first novel, The Capitalist. 

JOSHUA KIT CLAYTON is a musician, artist, and deejay based in San Francisco. He has been releasing and deejaying music in the space that spans and surrounds techno, house, dub, and noise for over 15 years, with recordings on a variety of labels including Orthlorng Musork, Cytrax, ~Scape, DropBeat, Soul Jazz, Context, Parallel, Mille Plateaux, Vertical Form, Background, Nummer, Musique Risquée, and Car Park.

Heavy Breathing #10: Monsters Herding Cats, and Ducks in a Row with Christina Linden and Claude Linden Smith
Starline Social Club, Oakland
Sunday Aug 23, 2015


Stretching, rolling, crawling, and light contact improv for adults and baby or toddler friends. Readings of selected excerpts from children's books and Moyra Davey's Mother Reader. Bring blankets and comfortable clothes, and practice movements your child makes and/or prepare a movement for both of you to do together.


CHRISTINA LINDEN began working as Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture at the Oakland Museum of California in the winter of 2013 and has since led several projects, including a reinstallation of Beat and counterculture-era artworks in the Gallery of California Art, a presentation of archival material from Judy Chicago’s 1974 installation “A Butterfly for Oakland,” the dance and poetry event but what you want is far away, and an exhibition of work by photographer Marion Gray documenting several decades of performance and installation work in the Bay Area. Prior to her tenure at OMCA, Linden worked as an independent curator and writer based in Oakland with projects at SFMOMA, Kadist Art Foundation, and Stanford. She teaches as visiting graduate faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, holds a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from New York University.

CLAUDE LINDEN SMITH was born in September 2014. Claude screams a lot and mostly in a happy way. While rolling used to be a favorite hobby, as of May 2015 there is a lot of crawling by sliding around on the belly like a lizard. Standing up with support is also a current interest, and a good guess is that there will be walking and running by August.

Heavy Breathing #11: Step by Step with Stairwell’s
Kezar Stadium, San Francisco
Saturday Aug 29, 2015

We will combine stair trivia and aerobics inspired by ‘80s and ‘90s dance routines to travel up and down the Kezar Stadium steps. Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing suitable for stretching, light aerobics and stair climbing. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen. 

Watch the YouTube video for the New Kids on the Block song “Step by Step” for inspiration

STAIRWELL’S is a hybrid project – part curatorial platform, part social engagement – run by artists Carey Lin and Sarah Hotchkiss. Founded in 2011, we organize site-specific exhibitions, interactive events and facilitated explorations of the urban landscape. We aim to create new models for audiences to engage with art by shifting exhibitions out of traditional gallery settings and into transitional spaces like stairwells, garages, balconies and windows. For more info, visit stairwells.org.

Heavy Breathing #12: Training For Exhaustion (For The Unintelligible) with Xandra Ibarra
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland
Sunday August 30, 2015


The means for enduring the bombs of whiteness are not going to be exclusively cultural or political, you will have to train: run, invade, perform, smile, and reinvent yourself as a cockroach. Bring running shoes, headphones, mp3 player/phone, water, and weed (optional). Electric wheelchairs welcome! 

We will run Lake Merritt. Please don't be discouraged if you don't run often, we will stop frequently so our cucaracha crew can stay together.

XANDRA IBARRA is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border who performs and works under the alias of La Chica Boom. She uses hyper-raciality/sexuality/gender as an experience based mode of inquiry into her relationship with coloniality, compulsory whiteness and Mexicanidad. Ibarra uses video, objects, photography and sex acts to evoke comedic and melancholic racial and sexual expectation. Her aim is to amplify gendered and racialized iconography and make such problematic constructions via spectacle more transparent to the spectator‚—what she calls spictacles—camp spectacles of degeneracy and power.

Heavy Breathing Movement Panel Discussion, organized by Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé.  

A group discussion on CRITICAL SOMATICS with:

Olive Blackburn, dancer/phd candidate, dance history
Lydia Brawner, phd candidate, performance studies
David Buuck, poet
Zen Cohen, multimedia artist
CA Conrad, artist/poet
Shanti Ganesh, cognitive/neuroscientist/founder of kladlab
Christina Linden, OMCA curator
Julz Hale Mary, video/performance artist
Neve Mazique, literary/movement artist
Lucas Murgida, video/performance artist
Christian Nagler, artist/writer
Oscar Tidd, dancer/movement artist

This Movement Panel was part of The Lab's 24hr Telethon event.  The Lab - San Francisco CA  Oct 17, 2015