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03/29/2012: A Joining of Rivers, Curated by Nancy Hom


A Joining of Rivers, curated by Nancy HomThursday, March 29, 2012 Reception 5 pm | Presentation 6pm- 7:30pm Donation $5-$15 sliding scale, no one turned away through lack of funds.

International Museum of Women 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 Space is limited. RSVP for this event HERE.

A Joining of Rivers - A project inspired by the song - Yemaya Assesu who is regarded in Cuban and African cultures as the Mother of Oceans and protector of children. The project involves a group of women writers/performers whose work envoke spiritualism and resonate the image of Mother, Ocean, and Protector of Children. The song celebrates the moment where the rivers meet the ocean. Each artist is a separate river, joining together to meet the sea - the great ocean, the source - and rejoicing in the common spirit of strength and protection of the earth and the children.

Presenting Artists

Ellen Reiko Bepp is a visual artist, taiko musician and educator. For over 30 years she has exhibited her art nationally since 1980, spanning various media ranging from textiles and mixed media to theatrical costume and set design. She began taiko training in 1974 under Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, founder of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, and went on to become an original performing member of San Jose Taiko and founding member of Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble.

Arlene Biala is a Filipina poet and performance artist. She is the author of bone, her first chapbook of poetry published in 1993, and continental drift, published by West End Press (through University of New Mexico Press distribution) in 1999. She was the recipient of an artist residency at Montalvo. Performances include University of Texas at El Paso, Writers’ Week at UC Riverside, DiVERSEcity in NYC, SF Asian American Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, I-Hotel Manilatown Center, La Pena Cultural Center, APAture, Santa Clara University, and SOMArts in San Francisco.

Yuko Tamura Biala has been involved in traditional and contemporary Brazilian dance for more than 8 years with her teachers in Japan and in Brazil. She has been practicing Capoeira Angola (a style of Brazilian martial arts) for 10 years and studies Brazilian and Cuban percussion. She has focused her dance study on the Orixa dances of the Yoruba people of West Africa and Brazil. Another area of her focused dance study is Silvestre Technique, an integrative dance technique developed by Rosangela Silvestre of Salvador, Brazil.

Nancy Hom is a visual artist, writer and curator whose contributions to the Bay Area art scene span over 35 decades. Her writing has been published in several publications, including So Luminous the Wildflowers (Tebot Bach 2003), The Other Side of the Postcard (Citylights Foundation, 2005), and Cheers to Muses (AAWAA 2007). She has participated in and curated many literary events, most recently Rhymes & Rhythms, a series co-curated with Avotcja. Her interest in movement and music over the last five years, plus the deepening of her spiritual journey and her growing concern over the environment, prompted her to create A Joining of Rivers.

Genny Lim has performed in poetry/music collaborations with Max Roach, Herbie Lewis, Francis Wong, John Santos and Jon Jang and at World Poetry Festivals internationally. Her play 'Paper Angels,' was performed in Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square in 2010 and won the San Francisco Fringe Festival Top Ten Award for Best Site Specific Work. Genny’s solo performances include, 'Where is Tibet?' at CounterPULSE, S.F., 2009, AfroSolo Arts Festival and Women on the Way Festival, 2010, and 'Falling Flags,' at Shotwell Studios, 2011. Genny is the author of two poetry collections, Winter Place, Child of War and co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island.

Evelie Delfino Sáles Posch is a sacred song singer/writer; recording artist; drummer; dancer; Pranic and Sound healer and therapist; choral director; storyteller; actress; music educator; independent scholar; and magical activist whose talents have for over forty years spanned the traditions of her ancestors and the progressive edge of ceremony, world music and dance. Evelie sings in 30 languages and writes many original songs. She performs regularly with the groups she founded – Mahal and Kismat-Mahal Kirtan Ensemble (KSME) – plus Robert Gass (chantmaster), Jennifer Berezan, and Dharma Band. She has taught Masters of Women’s Spirituality classes at CIIS, Dominican University, Center for Divine Feminine/WSMA Program at ITP, as well as teaching singing, drumming, ritual, movement and dance at other places.