Sights & Sounds: Jesselito Bie

May 18, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dancer and choreographer Jesselito Bie told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

To celebrate five years as a professional dance company, Tim Rubel Human Shakes will present RE; a series of reconstructed, re-imagined and re-worked excerpts from their existing repertoire. There will be moments of nudity in the performances, so keep that in mind. There will be performances at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco on May 18th, 19th and 20th. 

BIE: It's a dance theater hybrid, but he does it really well. [Tim's] exceptionally gifted ... I'm very suspicious most times because most people don't do it well. 

SF Porchfest is an afternoon of music on the porches, backyards, and the front steps of the Mission. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether as performing artists, porch hosts, volunteers, or members of a roving audience. Porchfest is celebrating its third year of hosting musical acts across many genres, ages, and backgrounds. There is a map and a schedule at Porchfest's website.

BIE: I really like that DIY esthetic, because that's what I was exposed to when I first moved here ... It's something spontaneous and exists outside corporatization. 

Skin(s) project is multi-faceted in order to demonstrate the multitude of ways contemporary Native people view themselves in the world. Skin(s) is a visual art exhibit, a dance, a film, and a web-based media project that will grow over the years. The Skin(s) project was inspired by director Rosy Simas’ visits with other Native people in cities and rural areas. Native people are mostly invisible to the wider population, yet the diversity of Native identity is vast. Skin(s) will play at the La Peña Center on May 19th at 8 p.m. 

BIE: I like the scope of it ... I also think it's important to have this discussion about Native American identities in ways that expose people to the breadth of what it means to be a Native American, especially in light of Standing Rock.