About Marina Fukushima

Marina Fukushima, born in Tokyo, Japan, is a dancer and choreographer based in San Francisco. From a cross-cultural perspective, her current creative focus is on the themes of silence, family, and intergenerational relationships. Recently, she presented the multimedia dance performance Family Seasons at NOHspace (2016), preceded by the thematically connected works At Rest and Place for Family in Dance (as a resident artist at Deborah Slater’s Studio 210 in San Francisco). Prior, in collaboration with visual designer Olivia Ting, she created the works Wrinkle in the Horizon and Room in a Pinhole and was a resident artist at Treasure Hill Artist Village in Taipei. Her works have been supported by multiple grants from Theatre Bay Area CA$H and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Also, since 2005, she has performed with numerous dance companies and choreographers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Catharine Galasso, Christine Bonansea, Epiphany Productions, KUNST-STOFF, Lenora Lee, Mark Foehringer, ODC, project agora, and Tableau Stations and toured across the United States and internationally in Germany, Greece, Peru, and Japan. She received her BFA in Dance from Butler University and MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa.

About Jesse Hewit

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Jesse Hewit is an American performance and dance artist, currently based in San Francisco.

Jesse’s work is an attempt to synthesize unlikely contexts into a singular experience that unsettles dominant ideas about power, narrative, safety, and beauty.

He attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with Annie B Parson, Steve Wangh, Raina Von Waldenburg, Karen Finley, KJ Holmes, and Mary Overlie. In 2005, Jesse moved from New York to San Francisco to pursue graduate study in cross-disciplinary sociology, and upon graduating in 2007, began making work under the moniker Strong Behavior. Since 2007, five longer works and many shorter works have been created, and over time, Jesse has collaborated on the making of multiple works with Keith Hennessy, and with Sara Shelton Mann, among others. He has also, taught, written about, and curated dance and performance practices extensively up and down the U.S. West Coast and throughout Western Europe.

Jesse’s work has been supported by residencies from CounterPulse, Headlands Center for the Arts, Z Space, and Ponderosa Tanzland, as well as grants and awards from Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The New Stages for Dance Initiative, MAP Fund, and many amazing individual donors. Recent Honors include a 2010 San Francisco Bay Guardian Award for performance and a 2014 Isadora Duncan Dance Award nomination for Individual Performance.