FRESH is produced by ALTERNATIVA, directed by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf with musician Albert Mathias, is an apparatus for deeply integrated contemporary dance and music via collaboration, creation, improvisation, performance, production, curation and education. Active in San Francisco since 1998, the organization supports the creative work of the directors, known for research, practice and performance pieces that explore human behaviors and conditions, corporeality and other ineffabilities. Activities, including an annual FRESH Festival, workshops in the Bay Area, residencies at universities, festivals and studios worldwide and PORCH/Ponderosa/POSSE in Germany, engage an extensive population of artists, audiences and participants. ALTERNATIVA is fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group and has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CA$H Grant, CHIME/MJDC, San Francisco Arts Commission and The Suitcase Fund.
FRESH 2020 features 4 weekends of Performances, 3 weeks and weekends of Practices, and 12+ Exchanges, accessible and inclusive community events. The 24-day Festival offers a diverse feast of art, action and interaction showcasing new and reactivated creative research, work and ideas in dance, music and performance. FRESH 2020 is inspired by the theme of TENDER and its multiple meanings, and transmitted through the experience of 50+ cutting-edge artists from the Bay Area and beyond. The Festival is open to all curious, adventurous and serious bodies.