Switch Lab: Findings from (X)change

An experimental performance by San Francisco and Zurich artists created in collaboration and (X)change.

Event Details


80 Turk Street, San Francisco, California United States


June 19, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Switch Lab at CounterPulse in San Francisco, presents findings from (X)change.

At the heart of the (X)change micro-festival is a shared experience between San Francisco and Zurich performers, who began collaborating back in March in Switzerland during the zurich moves! festival and continued working together online and in-person through a blog and residency at CounterPulse in June.

At this performance, expect experimentation, conversation, and unfinished musings of cross-cultural work on gender and performance. Come early for the gallery opening of photographic works from Lukas Beyeler, also at CounterPulse.

(X)change is a collaboration between the sister cities of Zurich, Switzerland, and San Francisco. It is organized and supported by CounterPulse, zürich moves!, swissnex San Francisco, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, the City of Zürich Department of Culture, Presence Switzerland, and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.


Ivan Blagajčević

Ivan Blagajčević works and lives in Zürich, Switzerland. He studied at the Theatre School in Amsterdam (Bachelor in Dance), and he did a number of workshops in Croatia, Germany, Holland, Spain, and elsewhere. He was named the best dancer in ‘Blue Friday,’ choreographed by Andrea Gotovina (CRO), performed at dance platform in Almada, Portugal, and won a best performance at the danceweek Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. He also worked with Jacqueline Pasanisi (CH) ‘Heads in Bags,’ Andrea Boll (CH) ‘Bollwerk2 and Bollwerk3,’ graduation performance with Francesco Scavetta (IT), Dance Theater performance ‘Tainted’ with Sanja Tropp Frühwald in Croatia, Austria and Poland. He teaches dancers and actors in Poland, Croatia, and Switzerland. Photo courtesy of Lukas Beyeler.

Keith Hennessey

Keith Hennessy is a performer, choreographer, teacher, writer, and organizer. Born in Sudbury Canada, he lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual, and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Hennessy directs CIRCO ZERO and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (with Sara Shelton Mann), CORE, and Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard. Recent awards include the USA Kjenner Fellowship (2012), a NY Bessie (2009), two Isadora Duncan Awards (2009), and a Goldie (2007). Current projects include Turbulence (a dance about the economy), Almost a duet with Jassem Hindi, Bear/Skin a solo folk dance, and Sara (the smuggler) a solo for Sara Shelton Mann. Recent teaching includes Ponderosa (Germany), Impulstanz (Vienna), AEx-Corps (Dakar), UBC (Kelowna), HZT (Berlin), Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam), Texas Women’s University, and FRESH Festival (SF). Hennessy has an MFA in Choreography and is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UC Davis.

Marie-Caroline Hominal

Marie-Caroline Hominal received her dance education at the Schweizerische Ballettberufschule in Zurich and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, where she joined the National Youth Dance Company in her last school year.
She develops her own work using different media such as dance, text, song writing, music, and video. She produces works under pseudonyms such as MadMoiselle MCH, Silver, Fly Girl. She has collaborated with other artists like François Chaignaud, with whom she created “Duchesses” (2009), Clive Jenkins, Cristian Vogel, and visual artists Kim Boninsegni, David Hominal, as well as Delphine Coindet (who created the set design of “Froufrou” (2013)).
She danced for the Tanztheater Basel, Irène Tassembedo, Blanca Li, Gisèle Vienne, Gilles Jobin, La Ribot & Marco Berrettini. She was also a guest performer for Human Writes by William Forsyth and B.O.B. by Dick Wong. Photo courtesy of Lukas Beyeler.

Monique Jenkinson (Fauxnique)

Monique Jenkinson (Fauxnique) is a multi-genre performing artist (dance, drag, theater, video) whose work always comes from physicality, often using drag to consider the performance of femininity as a forceful, vulnerable, and subversive act. She and her drag queen alter ego Fauxnique have created and performed in such varied venues as the Stud Bar, City Hall, YBCA and de Young Museum in San Francisco; the New Museum, Judson Church, and the Stonewall in New York; and in Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, London, Rome, Catania, and Zürich. Her ever-evolving cabaret show Faux Real has played in NYC, London, New Orleans, Seattle, and Provincetown after sold-out runs in San Francisco.

As a 2012 de Young Museum Irvine Fellow, Jenkinson created  a  group  piece inspired by the work of Jean Paul Gaultier, made space for kids to dress drag queens, and premiered her acclaimed solo  Instrument. She was a recent participant in CHIME Across Borders with Tere O’Connor, an inaugural recipient of the Della Davidson Award, and her solo Beautility, a site-specific solo for the City Hall staircase, was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award. She also received a Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery (GOLDIE) Award for Performance, SF Weekly’s ‘Best Performance Artist 2010,’ and 7X7 Magazine’s ‘Hot 20.’

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson is a Bay Area based actor, playwright and teaching artist. He has devised two full-length solo plays, Pansy for New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) and Don’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer for Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory. His directed work, F*CK MY LIFE was performed by Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom locally at CounterPULSE and also at The Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC. A graduate of The Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, Evan has also collaborated with Bay Area choreographers Jesse Hewitt (FREEDOM), Hope Mohr Dance (ridetherhythm), and Liz Tenuto (The Two Legits).

In 2011, Evan was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award (Best Actor in a Drama) for Treefall at NCTC. Don’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer was featured in the SF Bay Guardian’s year end review as one of the best small theatre productions of 2010. He is currently working on a mask/puppet performance entitled Hang on to Your Hats with artist Michele Menard for the SF Fringe Festival. His show Pansy will be performed in NYC at The United Solo Festival (more info: http://www.pansytheplay.com) and at Dell’Arte’s 40th Anniversary Alumni Festival later this Summer. As a teaching artist, Evan is the founding director of Harvey Milk Center for the Art’s Junior Acting Troupe, a 14-member company of talented and hard working young people. Photo courtesy of David Wilson.

Nils Amadeus Lange

Nils Amadeus Lange lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland. He studied drama at the University of Arts in Bern, where he also did his MA in scenic art practice. He has acted in theatre productions in Basel, Berlin, Bern, Cologne, Heidelberg, and at the Theater an der Ruhr. He has worked with Viviane de Muynck, Albrecht Hirche, Daniel Cremer, and Ivo Dimchev, with whom he collaborated on “the favor.” 
His work has been shown at Kunsthalle Bern, Les Urbaines Lausanne, Theater Spektakel Zürich, Aua wir leben Festival Bern, Theater Discounter Berlin, Skena up festival Prishtina, Südpol Luzern, Perla Mode Zürich, Tanzhaus Zürich, Bone Performance Festival. Photo courtesy of Lukas Beyeler.

Mica Sigourney

Mica Sigourney hosts the weekly Friday drag party SOME THING, at the historic Stud bar. He is a House Artist at CounterPulse and artistic director of OX performance group which produces the commissioning program Work MORE!. He has performed on the coasts of North America and at festivals in Dublin, London, Vienna and Zurich. This year he toured with the Sister Spit literary tour as a poetess. Photo courtesy of Cabure Bonugli.

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Featured image credit: Ivan Blagajčević. Photo courtesy of Lukas Beyeler.

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