This fall, the Triangle Lab presents the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M (5th and Mission) in San Francisco. The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya’s The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June. The Festival will feature a new performance piece with text by renowned California playwright Luis Alfaro, commissioned songs from seven California jazz greats including Howard Wiley and Terrence Brewer, visual art from Joan Osato, Andrea Blum, Mia Nakano and others, as well as a myriad of community voices.
Working to continue crossing boundaries in their art-making, the Triangle Lab asks what kind of change can happen when an arts event features a letter from a Dream-act youth next to portraits of and by women living in SOMA SRO’s next to the work of Macarthur-award winning Luis Alfaro, next to a crowd-sourced playlist of California songs. This is the Califas Festival: a place to discover how our journeys – individual and shared – can help us dream the future of our state..
Our communities are changing, the ways we engage with culture are changing and our art-making is changing too. The Triangle Lab wanted to learn from artists how they envision the performances of the future. We issued a call seeking experiments that would investigate how artists can engage with communities in a specific place (a "where" experiment) or using a particular new method (a "how" experiment).
From 140 submissions across disciplines, we selected that ten 2013 Artist-Investigators. You can follow their experiments through the year here on this site.
This summer, the Triangle Lab will be shaking things up at Cal Shakes' Bruns Ampitheater, inviting patrons to connect to each other at our events, share their thoughts after performances, and experience different artistic responses to the plays. Stay tuned for our full schedule of Triangle Lab @ the Bruns activities.