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50 Cent Tabernacle: Labor and Contraband Edition

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents

50 Cent Tabernacle: Labor and Contraband Edition

  • Photo: Tommy Lau
  • Photo: Tommy Lau
  • Photo: Tommy Lau
Photo: Tommy Lau
Sat, Dec 5, 11:00 AM

FREE with a suggested donation of 50 cents.

The 50 Cent Tabernacle is a series of open, mixed-level dance classes with some of the Bay's foremost masters of the craft. For just 50 cents participants receive an all-day pass good for up to 4 one hour classes.

The Labor and Contraband Edition, held in relation to Sara Shelton Mann's performance Erasing Time at YBCA, will feature classes from Kathleen Hermesdorf with Albert Mathias, Jesse Hewit, Kara Davis, and Momo LeBeau.


11 AM Kara Davis, Music and Dance Improvisation: Mother Tongue
Kara Davis will begin this dancer/musician improvisation workshop with a series of warm-up exercises intended to heighten one's sensitivity to creative connection with the other participants. By engaging the intelligences of the dancing body with the thinking mind, this workshop connects the creative ideas with the physicality of intuition. Attendees will be given tools to disrupt habitual tendencies, allow new creativity to emerge, and deepen creative connectivity with one another. No previous dance training required for this workshop.

12 PM ALTERNATIVA, Kathleen Hermesdorf with Albert Mathias: GUT Motives
GUT Motives is an alternative contemporary dance class focusing on a general unified theory of the act of motion from internal impulse to external expression. The work utilizes a hybrid of forms to encourage deep awareness and understanding of the body and the body in motion. The practice is a progression of energy cultivation, hands-on investigation, somatic improvisation, technical experiments and methods of falling, flying and inversion, culminating in dynamic, 3-dimensional phrase work. The class is an intimate, animated arena for physical and artistic exploration, deeply informed by live, original music.

1 PM Jesse Hewit: Energetic Directionality
Energetic Directionality (created by Jesse Hewit and rooted in the teachings of Sara Shelton Mann) is a dance form in development, based in training the sensitivities of the socialized body. It is the physical practice of believing in forces that cannot be proven, and it is political resistance to too much logic and sense-making. Through exercises designed to hone extraordinary energetic sensitivity, Energetic Directionality proposes that attuning to live properties of space can allow the moving body to be ultimately responsive, revealing choreographic and sociological information. We will obsess over the invisible, dance with the dead, and create our own moving realities!

2 PM Momo LeBeau: BodyWerk
A high energy class that mixes Hip Hop, Jazz, and contemporary movement and is accessible to all levels of dance abilities. BodyWerk incorporates performance techniques and ways with which to effectively engage an audience; this class doesn’t only teach the dance steps but the art of performance itself. Expect to learn fresh techniques that involve the most current dance trends, gaining knowledge of basic steps and body alignment to increase strength and flexibility.

Sara Shelton Mann, Photo: Robbie Sweeney
Fri, Dec 4, 5:00 PM | Sat, Dec 5, 5:00 PM

Celebrating 30 years of a radical dance legend.

Associate Director of Program and Pedagogy

YBCA Performances 15-16 are made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and

Additional Funding for YBCA Performances 15-16: Zellerbach Family Foundation and Surdna Foundation.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 15-16 are made possible by: The James Irvine Foundation

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 15-16: National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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