2022 Event Schedule

Friday, June 24th

4:30pm Film Screening

City Heights Annex

Same program as 4:30pm showing – live audiences will vote to award a cash prize for one of 10 finalists from over 300 international films submitted. Two more prizes will be awarded to films chosen by our team and announced at the end of the vote. ** This film screening includes adult content and is an 18+ event.** Film Contest Artists: Sam Arrow, Anna Brown Massey, Earl Paus, Al Ellison, Che Che Luna, Mirrored Fatality, Maria Hermeto, Patrick Trigoso, Ana Cavazzana, and Edrian Pangilinan.

5:30pm Panel Discussion

City Heights Annex

This discussion will focus on dance performance representations in film. How are visual representations of dance subverting dominant and social understandings of performance, gender, and sexuality? How does dance performance tackle machismo, heteronormative representations of dance, and how are visually driven dance performances speaking to expressions of queerness? Facilitated by José Héctor Cadena.

6pm Film Screening

City Heights Annex

Same program as 4:30pm showing – live audiences will vote to award a cash prize for one of 10 finalists from over 300 international films submitted. Two more prizes will be awarded to films chosen by our team and announced at the end of the vote. ** This film screening includes adult content and is an 18+ event.** Film Contest Artists: Sam Arrow, Anna Brown Massey, Earl Paus, Al Ellison, Che Che Luna, Mirrored Fatality, Maria Hermeto, Patrick Trigoso, Ana Cavazzana, and Edrian Pangilinan.

7:30pm Queer Partner Salsa Dance Lesson w/ Michelle Morales

Art Produce

Degendered Latin dance class open to all levels. Learn the basics of salsa dancing or refresh your skills. Enjoy Latin rhythms spun by local DJ in our open air garden dance party. Check out the documentary,  Dear Queer Dancer: “Two LGBTQ dance couples trailblaze to compete at the World Latin Dance Cup. What happens when they defy the legacy of machismo in the Latin dance scene? Watch as queer and trans dance history is made” by Sarah Taborga. Video projection by dancer/designer Angel Acuña, EPIFANIO-DV no.0001 introduces the dancer’s entity, EPIFANIO. EPIFANIO is the disruptive party dancer with inelegant mannerisms. Visually transfixed on the body, EPIFANIO persists in conflict with submission. Surrender is the completion of its energetic interference between the entity and the dancer. “i just want to dance, the rest is just in the way.” -EPIFANIO

8:30pm Opening Garden Party

Art Produce

Enjoy the summer night while you dance, celebrate, and gather in community in honor of our first ever Queer Mvmnt Fest! Film awards will be announced at the party.

Saturday, June 25th

10am: Workshop w/ Xochii de la Noche

BalletCenter Studio

In this beginner silk fan workshop, we will cover the basics of silk fans, foundations of movement with the silk fans, flow arts/silk fans as a form of active mediation, and how to find your unique ‘flow’. No prior experience needed. All abilities/ages are welcome. Silk fans will be provided. **This workshop has a maximum capacity of 15 participants.**

11:30am: Workshop w/ Bernard Brown

BalletCenter Studios

Fast-paced and educational, this class will challenge participants to engage body, mind and spirit, learn movement phrases, push beyond technique and to explore their own individual performance choices throughout. Focusing on breath, alignment and articulation, this contemporary movement experience will incorporate many influences including post-modern aesthetics, Dunham and Horton techniques. Some experience necessary. **This workshop has a maximum capacity of 20 participants. You can also register for a live, virtual option.**

6pm Performance

City Heights Annex

This show features Southern California dance makers exploring their expression of queerness through movement in an intimate setting. Presented artists include: Xochii De La Noche, Avery Polster, Anna Brown Massey, Victor De La Fuente, Jasmyn Hamblin, and Jay Carlon. **This show includes partial nudity. Minors  in attendance must be accompanied by an adult.**

7pm Panel Discussion

City Heights Annex

This conversation will focus on the artist using the body as a canvas to relate meaning, emotion, and queer identity via conceptual dance. How does the performance artist use the body to convey intimacy, emotion, negotiation, and queer identity? How is movement used in dance to give depth to expression? How does dance become an opportunity to reclaim personal narratives? Facilitated by José Héctor Cadena.

8pm Performance

City Heights Annex

Same program as 6pm – This show features Southern California dance makers exploring their expression of queerness through movement in an intimate setting. Presented artists include: Xochii De La Noche, Avery Polster, Anna Brown Massey, Victor De La Fuente, Jasmyn Hamblin, and Jay Carlon. **This show includes partial nudity. Minors  in attendance must be accompanied by an adult.**

Sunday, June 26th

10am: Workshop w/ Mirrored Fatality

BalletCenter Studio

A Performance / workshop of our sonic metamorphosis container, COCOON WEBS, an affirmation of chaos to harness our ancestral power, primal spirit, collective fury, and interconnectedness to our multiverse in a world numbing us with toxic forces. BLOOM, UTOPIA, INVALIDATION, REINCARNAGE, and EARTHBODY(S) are restorative anthems to sustain us through the revolution.  For our workshop, we will have participants co-create a multimedia community altar and an immersive collective experience. We encourage participants to bring 1 or 2 offerings for their piece. ***This workshop is ages 18+***

11:30am: Workshop w/ Avery Polster

BalletCenter Studios

Sharing stories and mining gestures, let’s discover something beautiful together. Come share and feel inspired to create with the community. Movers of all skill levels and age engage in conversation and work on expanding creative tools for composition and gestural movement generation. Participants are invited to choose how to take class for themselves. All ages and abilities welcome.

12pm: Workshop w/ Jay Carlon

BalletCenter Studios

“queering technique, reclaiming space, decolonizing the body” What a title, huh? This class is a synthesis of my evolution and [re]discoveries as a movement artist navigating the white-contemporary art world as a queer, colonized body. We will focus on integrating attunement of external influences (architecture and space) with internal sensory embodiment. Participants will be asked to privilege imagination, tap into cellular awareness, practice doing-and-undoing, and rediscover primal presence and awareness.

2pm: Workshop w/ Marty Dorado

BalletCenter Studios

Finding and playing with movement with our naked selves can be a liberating experience. This all-levels, all-inclusive, clothes-free dance class features a guided improvisation and naked exploration of the self. All are welcome to begin class clothed and undress to their comfort as the class flows on. (Ages 18+) Special thanks to Brokers Building Art Gallery Guild for their contribution to this workshop.

4pm Performance

10th Ave. Arts Center

Performance featuring local and touring dancers presenting works reflecting their intersectional experiences as artist in a typically heteronormative, Eurocentric field. Presented artists include: Guillermo Castro, Lavina Rich, Sebastian Eusebio Arredondo, Tylor Bradshaw, Sara Celaya, Alyssa Rose, Sol Dela Rosa, Bernard Brown, and featuring special guest performance by James Gilmer of Alvin Ailey.

5:15pm Panel Discussion

10th Ave. Arts Center

This conversation will center on collaborative dance performances. How are group performances speaking to a community? How do collaborative dance performances unsettling eurocentric ideals of dance? How are artists contesting cultural appropriation within dance collaborative efforts?  How are artists challenging the dominant expectations among dance and performance circles? Facilitated by José Héctor Cadena.

7pm Performance

10th Ave. Arts Center

Same program as 4pm performance – Performance featuring local and touring dancers presenting works reflecting their intersectional experiences as artist in a typically heteronormative, Eurocentric field. Presented artists include: Guillermo Castro, Lavina Rich, Sebastian Eusebio Arredondo, Tylor Bradshaw, Sara Celaya, Alyssa Rose, Sol Dela Rosa, Bernard Brown, and featuring special guest performance by James Gilmer of Alvin Ailey.

9pm Closing Party

Urban Mo's

Close out the weekend of events and festivities with us after the final show keep the celebration of queer art and community going!

Monday, June 27th

4:30pm: Workshop w/ Alyssa Rose (Youth & Family Night)

Mingei Museum

Come celebrate and support LGBTQ+ youth with us at Mingei Museum’s La Atalaya Foundation Theater! “Exploring Queer Identity Through Intuitive Expression” In this workshop we will use intuitive expression as a tool to get to know ourselves more. We will breathe mindfully, move our bodies intuitively, and explore our queer identity through creating a visual art piece to take home.

6:30pm Show (Youth & Family Night)

Mingei Museum

Live performances and short dance films that highlight LGBTQ+ youth and family experiences.

7:00pm Panel Discussion/Info Session (Youth & Family Night)

Mingei Museum

This conversation will focus on the possibilities within dance performance for the queer community. How does dance help queer youth become accepted? How does dance performance carve out space for emerging queer youth? How can dance empower and promote inclusivity, diversity, and cross-cultural awareness? Facilitated by José Héctor Cadena.

This festival will feature artists whom identify as part of the queer, trans and gender-nonconforming dance community in San Diego and beyond. Queer Mvmnt Fest will empower and showcase LGBTQ+ artists from all backgrounds through performance, workshops, discussions, and classes geared for affinity groups as well as open to the general public. The festival will further highlight the work of BIPOC artists within the LGBTQ+ community, examining and centering the need for addressing inequity through an intersectional lens. This festival is the first of many actions towards representation and celebration of queer and BIPOC dance artists in the San Diego community.

Interested in supporting the festival? Questions and inquiries can be directed to Queer Mvmnt Fest Lead Artists, Desiree Cuizon and Trystan Merrick at queermvmntfest@discoriot.org

DISCO RIOT IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING ACCESSIBILITY TO ALL PARTICIPANTS AND THE WIDEST POSSIBLE AUDIENCE, REGARDLESS OF TECHNOLOGY OR ABILITY. INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES, WHO WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF OUR EVENTS, ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT [ERIKA WEXLER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EMAIL: INFO@DISCORIOT.ORT, PHONE: 210-865-4279] REGARDING ANY SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION NEEDS.