Dancers’ Group is pleased to present He Moved Swiftly But Gently Down the Not Too Crowded Street: Ed Mock and Other True Tales in a City That Once Was…,a site-specific performance conceived by Amara Tabor-Smith that reflects the life and spirit of beloved dancer, teacher and choreographer Ed Mock.
Traveling through multiple locations in San Francisco, Tabor-Smith in collaboration with the performers creates a “moving séance” that conjures the spirit of Ed Mock: an African-American, gay artist who influenced a generation of future artists with his combination of tap, jazz, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Cuban, modern dance and mime-an artist who had a passion for performing and for teaching, and an artist whose untimely death from AIDS in 1986 left a lasting impression on Tabor-Smith and many of the region’s artists.
Together with a cast of over 30 local artists, Tabor-Smith tackles questions of legacy, lineage and collective memory. He Moved Swiftly…is conceived by Tabor-Smith in collaboration with Ellen Sebastian Chang (Co-Director), Dr. Anthony Brown (Music Director), Marvin K. White (Poet), and David Szlasa (Video Artist).
Tabor-Smith-who began her career in the Bay Area as a member of The Ed Mock Dance Company, and whose work tackles complex issues surrounding race, discrimination, culture and social change-writes, “Ed Mock is the reason why I dance and why I became a choreographer, and paying homage to him through my work is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Ed un-self-consciously owned the complexity of his identity. The question of how my choreographic work can express the complexity of my identity, especially my queer identity, remains unanswered.”
He Moved Swiftly… begins at 3:30pm in front of 32 Page Street, the original site of the Ed Mock Studio. The work will travel through the streets and through some of the quintessential San Francisco sites where Mock performed and frequented. Attendees will be guided from site to site on foot and may stay for the entire five hours or for a portion of the performance. All performances are free of charge.
Saturday, June 15, Friday – Sunday, June 21, 22 & 23
The Séance Begins
32 Page Street
Zuni Café (1658 Market Street @ Rose Alley)
A Room Full of Black Men
Salle Pianos (1632C Market Street)
Sparrow Alley (off Valencia Street between 15th & 16th Streets)
When They Die We Eat Chicken
In front of Picaro Café (3120 16th Street @ Valencia)
Intermission: Parade of spirits
Valencia (btwn. 17th & 21st. sts.)
Tell My Story/Ride My Horse
The corner of 21st and Valencia Streets
in the Silent Space
Joanna’s Score (June 21, 22 only)
After You’ve Gone
Abadá-Capoeira (3221 22nd Street between Mission & Valencia formerly Footwork’s studio)
(22nd and Mission to 17th and Shotwell)
Mighty Real: The Night Before the Epidemic
ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street (@ Shotwell)
He Walked Swiftly: Ed is Everywhere
Shotwell Street outside ODC Theater (between 17th and 18th Streets)
He Moved Swiftly…is presented as part of Dancers’ Group’s ONSITE Series. Through the ONSITE series, Dancers’ Group presents large-scale public projects that allow the organization to engage new audiences and to increase the visibility of local dance and dance artists. Previous ONSITE projects have included The Shifting Cornerstone by Joanna Haigood and Zaccho Dance Theater in August 2008; Spirit of Place at Stern Grove, by Anna Halprin in May 2009; Hit & Run Hula by Patrick Makuākane and company, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu in August 2009; Love Everywhere by the Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project in February 2010; Intimate Visibility by LEVYdance in March 2010; We Don’t Belong Here by Katie Faulkner in 2011; and Niagara Falling by Jo Kreiter in 2012.
About Amara Tabor-Smith
San Francisco born, Oakland based, Amara Tabor-Smith began her career in the Bay Area as a member of The Ed Mock Dance Company and has worked with other choreographers and companies such as Anne Bluethenthal, Priscilla Regalado, Pearl Ubungen, Jacinta Vlach/Liberation Dance Theater, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Ase Dance Theater Collective and Joanna Haigood/ Zaccho Dance Theater. Amara is the former Associate Artistic Director and dancer with The Urban Bush Women Dance Company of New York City (1996-2006). She is the artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater and co artistic director of Headmistress along with movement artist Sherwood Chen. She is currently a Lecturer at UC Berkeley in the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.
Dancers’ Group promotes the visibility and viability of dance. Founded in 1982, we serve San Francisco Bay Area artists, the dance community and audiences through programs and services that are as collaborative and innovative as the creative process. As the primary dance service organization in the Bay Area, we support the second largest dance community in the nation by providing many programs and resources that help artists produce work, build audiences, and connect with their peers and community.