ALTERNATIVA is an apparatus for cultivating cutting-edge contemporary dance and music through practice, performance, improvisation, education, curation and production. Guided by a mission to articulate and transmit the transformative powers of bodies in motion, deep listening and artistic impulse, it offers interactions in corporeality and creativity worldwide. In action in San Francisco since 1998, ALTERNATIVA is led by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf with musician Albert Mathias and supports the work of the directors, known for their collaborative inclinations, radical dance classes and music events, and performance pieces exploring human conditions, behaviors and other ineffable states.
ALTERNATIVA also engages an extensive population of artists, participants and audiences with ongoing programming, featuring an annual FRESH Festival of Experimental Dance, Music + Performance every January with 3-4 weeks of main stage shows, studio work, salons and social events with 50+ artists from the Bay Area and beyond; ongoing series and workshops in the Bay Area; residencies at universities, festivals and studios; and PORCH summerschool at Ponderosa in Germany. ALTERNATIVA has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CA$H Grant, CHIME/MJDC, the San Francisco Arts Commission and The Suitcase Fund.
Dancers' Group has invited ALTERNATIVA to participate in the pilot round of their Matching Fund. DG is committed to fostering supportive conditions in which dancers, dance-makers and their collaborators can create and perform work, develop their artistry and fulfill their creative potential. ALTERNATIVA is honored to be included in the launch of this excitng initiative. We invite and invoke your support in raising $3000 by the end of August, to be matched by DG, totaling $6000. These funds will directly affect FRESH Festival 2018 and current creative projects, providing opportunities for artists, participants and audiences. Donate now and become part of the future of ALTERNATIVA and FRESH.