and then the time comes for you to say goodbye to all that you have known as a critical juncture in the process of integration. to grieve yourself like you never have before, to put all those things that have haunted you to rest. to rest. it is okay to fucking rest. it is okay to outgrow those things that did not serve you because there is more waiting for you on the other side. what you are seeking is also seeking you. i feel this on the level of my bones. it always takes a prayer and a leap of faith and deep trust that the universe will sustain you, us. permission to surrender. permission to co-create. permission to cry and be vulnerable and be messy and unapologetically boundaried and generous. permission to reclaim my time, energy, and body.
Daria is a transgender refugee of Russian and Chinese-Kazakhstani descent. Daria came to art after a decade of Transformative Justice, Harm Reduction, and queer/trans organizing. His movement work is largely autobiographical, pushing for justice and searching for connection inside a fragmented past. Daria founded the QTBIPOC Hive with randy reyes in 2018.
At Accountability Mapping, Daria teaches Transformative Justice skills through the body, helping people align their actions with what deeply matters to them. The practice came to him in a dream.
Daria's currently honing his clairvoyant medium skills through the I-Ching, Qi Gong and Chinese BaZi astrology.
Bhumi B Patel is the Artistic Director of pateldanceworks and is a queer, desi artist/activist who creates intersectionally feminist performances from a trauma-informed, social justice-oriented perspective. Her work traverses dancing, choreographing, curating, educating, writing, and scholarship. Patel aims to support marginalized and oppressed voices through performance and movement education. While Patel has trained in Western forms, she seeks to create movement outside of white models of dance through use of improvisational practices and tapping into kinesthetic processing. She earned her MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University and her MFA in Dance from Mills College. She is on faculty at West Valley College and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Patel’s work has been presented at SAFEhouse Arts, LEVYsalon, Shawl Salon, max10, Studio 200, Molissa Fenley and Friends, Summer Performance Festival, RAWdance's Concept Series, The San Francisco International Arts Festival, Berkeley Finnish Hall, PUSHfest, Shawl-Anderson’s Queering Dance Festival, and Deborah Slater’s Studio 210 Residency. Patel has curated “fem(me),” a performance of femme-identified, radical queers, for SAFEhouse Arts since 2017. Bhumi was a 2017-2018 Lead Artist with SAFEhouse Arts, a 2017-2018 Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow and a 2019 Women of Color in the Arts Leadership through Mentorship Fellow. She is a member of Dancing Around Race and a performer with Cat Call Choir. She has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Life as a Modern Dancer, Contact Quarterly, and InDance. Bhumi would like you to know that some of her best friends are white.
c. chibueze c. [aka Chibueze Crouch] is a performance artist and culture-maker working across theater, ritual, movement, prose and video. her interdisciplinary practice explores the borders and nuances of Diasporic Black experience, queerness, and decolonial forms of collaboration. she is a proud member of the HIVE, a co-curator with the Performance Primers, and a company member with Rhodessa Jones' Medea Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women. chibueze has shared her work all across Ohlone land and outside Turtle Island, including at CounterPulse, Theatre Bay Area, and the Black Choreographer's Festival most recently.
creativv lil freak, channeler of the good stuff
a child of bay area and bay area culture
mixed blood latinx native/colonized roots
lights, sound, brainstorms, movements, I am down!
purple, pink, orange glimmers, weird sneaky baby green
Audrey is a Black, queer, and mixed race person invested in Black feminist embodiment praxis as a route towards adapting with and creating change. She is a dancer, maker, teacher, writer, (and is currently, slowly, in the process of learning to become a healer.) You can find Audrey's teaching schedule, creative work, contact, and more at www.audreyjohnson.space. She lives in Oakland and calls Detroit, Michigan home.