The Seashell & the Clergyman with Lori Goldston & Friends
8:00 PM20:00

The Seashell & the Clergyman with Lori Goldston & Friends

The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928, France)
Directed by Germaine Dulac
Presented on 16mm film
With live score by Lori Goldston with Judith Hamann, Dave Abramson and Corey Brewer

March 29 | 8pm
Tickets: $10-$20, available online

The Seashell and the Clergyman is a Surrealist film directed in 1928 by Germaine Dulac, from a screenplay by Antonin Artaud. At the time of its release the British Film Censors banned it, noting that “This film is apparently meaningless, but if it has any meaning it is doubtless objectionable.” 

More recently the British Film Institute included it on their list of 10 Great Feminist Films, stating:

"Germaine Dulac was involved in the avant garde in Paris in the 1920s. Both The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922) and The Seashell and the Clergyman are important early examples of radical experimental feminist filmmaking, and provide an antidote to the art made by the surrealist brotherhood. The latter film, an interpretation of Anton Artaud’s book of the same name, is a visually imaginative critique of patriarchy – state and church – and of male sexuality. On its premiere, the surrealists greeted it with noisy derision, calling Dulac 'une cache'."

Lori Goldston and her collaborators improvise a live score, channelling the hallucinatory dream-logic of the film. Featuring Goldston on cello with 

Judith Hamann, cello
Dave Abramson, percussion, found objects, etc.
Corey Brewer, vocals, found objects, etc.

“Goldston’s score for the Seashell and the Clergyman builds a dark and emotionally resonant motif that compliments the surrealsim of the film. Goldston’s cello, filtered through guitar pedals for this film, helps tropes of the silent film that could look melodramatic to a contemporary audience seem once again strange and otherworldy.” –Christy LeMaster, Cinema Borealis, Chicago

The program includes short early “trick” films TBD

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Audition: 12 Minutes Max
10:00 AM10:00

Audition: 12 Minutes Max

Audition for 12 Minutes Max!

Presented by Base, 12 Minutes Max is an informal, low-tech showcase of contemporary and experimental performance works in dance, theater, music and multimedia art. Auditions are open to artists working across disciplines, at all levels of their career. Each edition is curated by a different set of community curators. If you can't make the April 22 audition, you can audition by video.

Launched by On the Boards in 1981, 12 Minutes Max provides a platform for artists to showcase 12 minutes of material supported by limited technical elements. The next edition will be presented at Base May 21-22, 2018. Learn more and submit an audition application. Application deadline is April 15, 2018 to secure an April 22 audition slot.

Photo of Jenna Eady and Carl Lawrence by Catlyn Griswell

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12 Minutes Max @ Base
to May 21

12 Minutes Max @ Base

12 Minutes Max is an informal, low-tech performance lab for new and in-progress work in contemporary dance, music, theater and multidisciplinary art. Each edition is curated by a different pair of community curators; curators for the May 2018 editions will be announced soon.

12 Minutes Max is a performance lab for new and experimental works that was first developed by On the Boards in 1985. In this performance short series artists present 12 minutes of material, while audiences get an opportunity to be the first to see works-in-progress, some of which will go on to become full-length pieces. 12 Minutes Max has inspired similar programs in Vancouver, B.C., Bellingham, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Houston, and the works presented range from performance art to dance, from experimental theater to sound art, from spoken word to comedy, and more.

After a three-year hiatus at On the Boards, 12 Minutes Max was revived in 2017, with Base as the program’s new organizational host.

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Dada Films with Lori Goldston
9:00 PM21:00

Dada Films with Lori Goldston

Cinema of the Bearded Heart: Film Dada

Friday, Jan. 26
Doors at 8:30pm, screening at 9pm
Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 students/seniors

An evening of Dada short films projected on 16mm film with live accompaniment by cellist Lori Goldston. Dave Abramson on drums.

Includes films by Viking Eggeling, Hans Richter, Man Ray, Fernand Léger & Dudley Murphy, and René Clair. Also on the program is Un Chien Andalou by Luis Bunuel

The Sprocket Society seeks to cultivate the love of the mechanical cinema, its arts and sciences, and to encourage film preservation by bringing film and its history to the public through screenings, educational activities and archival efforts.

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what can be (un)done?
7:00 PM19:00

what can be (un)done?

what can be (un)done?
Shannon Stewart: Performing myself giving a lecture as a performance

Tues., Jan 23, 2018 | 7pm
Tickets: $5-$10 suggested donation

Inspired by theories that conceptualize the body, identity and performativity, "what can be (un)done?" asks what is possible through our ritualized engagement in bodily training. Shannon examines her own somatic research and analysis of where theory intersects materiality. What has been embedded in her body? How are social structures choreographed and what does this have to do with making dances?  Shannon will try to explain as much as possible without talking.

Shannon Stewart is a choreographic artist who splits her time between New Orleans and Europe (with her heart deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest). Her company, Screaming Traps, explores the intersection of dance practices, embodied identities and social choreographies.  For Shannon, the body’s participation in everyday life and social systems is an opportunity for choreographic research.  Simultaneously, the practice of dance rituals holds potential for untraining, retraining, making and unmaking. She has started, led and researched art spaces in different cities in the US (including co-founding the Vera Project in Seattle), which underpins much of her thinking about what we make, how we make it and how we exchange in different settings.

Shannon Stewart’s performance work for stage, film and gallery has been presented in the US, Canada and Europe. She interpreted the work of Tino Seghal, Joan Jonas, and Deborah Hay and performed with tEEth, zoe | juniper, Kathleen Hermesdorf and many others.  She works as an independent scholar, educator, and choreographer in festivals, universities and contemporary art centers. She has a BA in Urban Design from the University of Washington and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Dance Performance from Tulane University.

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Base Independent Productions: Out of Nowhere
to Dec 16

Base Independent Productions: Out of Nowhere

Sleep Nod presents three dance works, 20 minutes each. Petra Zanki presents a new solo work in collaboration with Dylan Ward about the politicization of pleasurable acts. 

Also on the bill is an elaborated version of "The Lesser Evils" by Sleep Nod, a farce about the ever present struggle for social and physical resources. 

And FACTSF performs "Platform," set to Holly Herndon's 2015 album of the same name. "Platform" investigates the relationships between people, the digital spaces they occupy, and the attendant homogeneity that arises from their echo-chamber-creating algorithms. 

Dec. 15 - 16
Tickets are $20 and available online

Out of Nowhere is a Base Independent Production.

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Very Open House
to Dec 10

Very Open House

Drawings, paintings and two live bands. As part of Equinox Studios' "Very Open House," Base presents a group show organized by Dave Proscia along with sets of live music by Asscomb and Marion Walker. 

Dec. 9
6pm - midnight

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Markeith Wiley/Sylvia_Cilvia
to Nov 19

Markeith Wiley/Sylvia_Cilvia

In Base's third and final Artist Residency of 2017, choreographer Markeith Wiley works in collaboration with Laura Aschoff on a new project, "Being All Feeling or 6 to 8 white women," under the name Cilvia_Sylvia or Sylvia_Cilvia.

11/17 @ 8pm $5
11/18 @ 8pm followed by hang out/dance party with dj Onesies $5
11/19 @ 6pm followed by conversation with Laura, Markeith & a specail guest! Free!!

Cast: Fenja Abrams, Allison P. Burke, Kim Holloway, Sierra Hendrix, Drew Santoro and Julia Sloane

2017 Base Artist Residencies are made possible with support from Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation.

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Base Occasional
to Sep 7

Base Occasional

Base launches the Base Occasional, a periodic platform for new work in contemporary dance, Sept. 6 -7, 2017. The Base Occasional No. 1 features experimental and in-progress works by Seattle-based choreographer Heather Kravas and Oakland-based choreographer Maureen Whiting, along with excerpts of new works by Base co-founders Dayna Hanson and Peggy Piacenza.

Wed. Sept. 6, 8pm

Thurs. Sept. 7, 8pm

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