Thank you for coming to the
22nd Annual FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL!
Our hearts are full from the multi-generational, diasporic, cross-genre, trans and queer kaleidoscope of art and community!
Sending mountains of appreciation to the over 500 people who came to the festival, and to our FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL performers, designers, collaborators, staff, production crew, front-of-house support, funders, donors, Community Partners, friends, and beloved community!
We hope you were filled with as much magic as you gave to us!
Date & Time:
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA
ASL interpretation provided:
* Program A – Thursday, June 15 @ 7:30pm
* Program B – Friday, June 16 @ 7:30pm
* Program C – Saturday, June 17 @ 2pm
Scroll down for accessibility information & COVID safety
Wed, June 14 @ 7:30pm
Thur, June 15 @ 7:30pm (ASL)
Host: Churro Nomi
Fri, June 16 @ 7:30pm (ASL)
Sat, June 17 @ 7:30pm
Host: Churro Nomi
Program A – Thursday, June 15 @ 7:30pm
Program B – Friday, June 16 @ 7:30pm
Program C – Saturday, June 17 @ 2pm
The wildly-popular FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL celebrates its first in-person festival in 3 years with an extravaganza of world premieres and an exciting new format.
This year, the festival expands to 6 performances featuring 3 different Programs … and the festival itself will take advantage of Z Space’s 13,000 square feet, with artists performing all around the building: on balconies, in the lobby, in quirky nooks and crannies, and on the mainstage. This ‘site-specific’ format means that tickets will be limited, to allow for smaller audiences to enjoy this ‘up-close and personal’ intimate site-specific format.
KN95 masks will be provided and required. Event ACCESSIBILITY INFO is listed further down this page.
The 2023 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL features:
- 18 artists and ensembles, most performing world premieres!
- Artists from the Bay Area, Seattle, Austin, New York, Portland and more performing: Bomba dance and music, vogue performance, opera, Afro-Latin dance, aerial dance, stand-up comedy, live music and much more.
- World premieres commissioned especially for the festival, by 6 FRESH WORKS! commissioned artists: Andrea Horne, Charles Peoples III, Elena Rose, LOTUS BOY, NEVE, and Peekaboo.
CAN’T ATTEND IN-PERSON EVENTS SAFELY?
Fresh Meat Productions resists and opposes the rush to “re-open” without regard for the well-being and safety of our communities — especially our most marginalized, under-resourced and/or vulnerable folks.
If you cannot attend in-person events safely, we still want this work to be accessible to you!
We will make an online, on-demand, Closed-Captioned video version of the FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL available this August (sliding scale tickets with no one turned away).
- Z Space’s entrance, lobby, bathrooms and audience seating areas are all wheelchair accessible.
- This site-specific festival format means that audiences will first sit in one area of the theater, and then will move collectively to another area of the theater.
- Accessible seating areas will be reserved and available in both seating area.
- The lobby audience seating area is at floor level; in the theater seating area, the front row of seating is at floor level; all other rows of seating are on risers and require climbing stairs.
- The lobby audience seats are armless; in the theater, the front row of seating features armless chairs; all other chairs in the theater have non-moveable arms.
- Program A, Program B and Program C all feature one performance with ASL Interpretation: please let us know when you’re coming (Email email@example.com)
- Program A – Thursday, June 15 @ 7:30pm
- Program B – Friday, June 16 @ 7:30pm
- Program C – Saturday, June 17 @ 2pm
- If you need to reserve accessible seating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify your access need (eg. if you’re a wheelchair user coming with one companion; if you need an extra-wide, armless chair; if you need to be seated in the ASL seating area).
- Z Space’s bathrooms are all-gender.
- Identification (ID) is not required to purchase or pick up tickets.
COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR THIS EVENT:
- Each performance will have limited seating — to allow for more space between audience members.
- Audience is required to be KN95 masked for the entirety of their time inside the building. Our staff will provide KN95 masks to everyone before they enter the building (unless someone’s disability, chronic illness or health condition means they cannot wear a mask).
- By attending Fresh Meat in person, you agree to the following:
- You do not have any signs of contagious illness (COVID or otherwise), including pink eye, that aren’t fully explained by a non-contagious health condition that you have
- If you have had COVID, it’s been at least 10 days since your first symptoms or positive test if you were asymptomatic.
The 2023 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is a proud community partner
event of the National Queer Arts Festival!
They began their work together in Boston, MA in 2016 while teaching for Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), where they touched the lives of hundreds of immigrants and inner city youth. At this art-based youth development organization, they helped direct El Barrio, a production on Boston gentrification, and Raíces, a compilation of folk stories originating from Indigenous and African culture in Latin America. Angie and Audrey also founded and led HSTF’s alumni salsa troupe, Oshun, where they choreographed Afro-Latin dance pieces and performed all over the greater Boston area. The couple also co-directed, choreographed, and performed in the original production Yo Soy Lola 2017 and 2018, a multimedia show that sought to rewrite the Latina narrative. Concurrently, Angie and Audrey also danced and coached at world-renowned Afro-Latin dance company Masacote until 2020. In early 2021, Angie and Audrey moved to Austin, TX to establish ORO Dance Company.
Together Angie and Audrey have performed and taught at several dance congresses across the U.S. and Canada. In 2022, they were featured on PBS’s Emmy-winning web series, “If Cities Could Dance” by KQEDArts.
Jocquese is currently signed to Molly House Records and has opened for as well as performed alongside internationally recognized artists and organizations.
Charles has performed his music at multiple conferences, workshops, and theaters; significant mentions include the 9th International Sound Healing Conference, the New Living Expo, Oakland Pride Festival, San Jose Pride Festival, and the Lesher Center for the Arts.
Currently a grad student at Dartmouth College, Charles is researching societal/individual misremembering and the therapeutic value of performance. He is now merging his interests in ancient ritual, storytelling, and shamanism with technology to create transformative, mystical, and immersive performances. @CPIIIMusic
“We are love. We are one.”
Dorsey is a 2020 Doris Duke Artist and an inaugural Dance/USA Artist Fellow. He has been awarded five Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. In 2009, Dorsey was named in Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch;” in 2019, he became the first openly-transgender person on the cover of Dance Magazine.
A longtime social practice artist, Dorsey creates his works over 2-3 years in deep relationship with/in community. Dorsey’s dances are powerful explorations of human experience – a fusion of full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater. Highly physical, accessible, rooted in story, and danced with precision and guts and deep humanity, Dorsey’s works have been praised as “exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly).
As a teaching artist, Dorsey leads workshops, classes and DREAM LABS with a trans-positive pedagogy – and centers and celebrates gender non-conforming and trans bodies, voices and aesthetics.
Batey Tambó’s mission is to facilitate a discussion through teaching and sharing space for Bomba (Batey’s) that intervene discussion and practice on racial, gendered, geopolitical contexts by offering an opportunity for dialogue about capitalism and colonization through Bomba. As an embodied musical tradition Bomba is the result of the transatlantic slave trade and a tool for survival practiced by freed Africans (Cimarrones) in alliance with Taínos in Puerto Rico to communicate, pray, to agitate and organize revolts.
As with many spaces and cultural traditions of resistance, Batey Tambó plays a role in healing the long-standing patriarchal influences that interplay and are passed on into the very fabric of a society through generations. Within the Bomba musical tradition, the most celebrated musical role, that of drumming, were held primarily by men. “La Bomba es Nuestra” in 2007 was the first ever convening of an all women drumming ensemble bringing Bomberxs from the Diaspora (New York, Chicago, California) and Puerto Rico to the San Francisco Bay Area to learn from each other, share experiences and collaborate in series of performances, community Bateys (the space where Bomba is practiced and a place of healing) and workshops offered to the Bomba community in the Bay Area. Denise Solis was one of the directors/facilitators of this first ever convening in 2007. This was the catalyst for the formation of her two projects/ensembles Las Bomberas de la Bahia and later Taller Bombalele (with Julia Caridad Cepeda).
Batey Tambó continues in that service of healing and liberation by facilitating spaces through the music and dance tradition of Bomba, offering classes, workshops and performances both on the stage and in community honoring our complex histories and experiences in our diverse Latinx Diaspora.
NEVE loves life, the delights and pains of love, the higher power inside us, the earth’s lullabies and war cries, drinking color, and dreaming with their queer family (especially their cat child Caravaggio). They collaborate with fellow Seattle multidisciplinary artist Saira Barbaric as MouthWater.