The perfect Craigslist rental posting for emerging choreographers might look like this: Wanted: a space big enough for presenting new work, cheap enough for a starving artist’s budget, and in a part of town where I won’t have to wear body armor (last condition is negotiable).
Choreographers in the San Francisco Bay Area have responded to the space crunch with 8x8x8, a program in which eight choreographers present eight new works in alternative venues, such as punk clubs or pubs, for an $8 ticket price. It’s a chance to try new styles of presentation and develop new audiences, as well as a quest for creative elbow room.
Bay Area dance lovers can check out an 8x8x8 show February 4 at the Starry Plough, an Irish pub at 3101 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. The artists involved are Duniya Dance & Drum Company/Joti Singh, Kimiko Guthrie, Rebecca Johnson, Mutt 49, Navarette x Kajiyama, Nina Haft & Company, project agora/Kara Davis, and Vitali Kononov.