Circo Zero Presents Winter Circle X
Sun December 16, 2018 :: 12:30pm - 6:00pm
@ The Polish Club (3040 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110)

An unsettling winter gathering of talking, listening, healing, ritual, and performance with food and a punk band. A three-part event to support moving into winter, considering indigenous/settler relations, healing from political harm, celebrating queer solidarity.

All are welcome. Come for one part or stay all day. Everything free.


As part of Winter Circle X, we commissioned two writers to respond to the event. Click the link below to download a PDF of their writings:

Encounters through, around, and within Winter Circle X
By P. Dante Cuauhtémoc

Unsettling Cycle (Winter Circle X)
With the voices of Kanyon Coyote Woman Sayers-Roods (Mutsun-Ohlone, California Native), Mary Jean Robertson (Cherokee), SissySlays the Indigecunt (Paiute Two-Spirit from the Walker River Paiute Reservation), and Snowflake Towers (Yoeme, Mayan)
As heard/arranged by Jess Dorrance


ONE :: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Talking & listening circle prioritizing indigenous voices
with Kanyon CoyoteWoman Sayers-Roods (Mutsun-Ohlone, California Native), Snowflake Towers (Yoeme, Mayan), Mary Jean Robertson (Cherokee), and SissySlays, the Indigecunt (Paiute Nation)

TWO :: 2:30pm-4:30pm
Community political healing clinic
with a diverse team of 10 healers using hands, prayer, sound, divination, fun, and/or love to address issues of political harm, trauma, ancestor healing, and dis/ease, with:
Sara Shelton Mann, Gerald Casel, Nekia Wright, Amani Will, Philip Huang, Hannah Wasielewski, Cuauhtémoc Peranda (Mescalero Apache, Mexika-Chichimeca/Cano), Snowflake Towers, and Keith Hennessy

THREE :: 4:30pm-6:00pm
A punk winter ritual performance
with punk band Hemorage and dancers jose e. abad, Europa Grace, Bhumi B. Patel, randy e. reyes, Daria Garina, Snowflake Towers, and Keith Hennessy

:: NOTES ::
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
In respect for some of our indigenous partners there will be no alcohol at this event.
Vegan and meat-based soups will be served.
Times are approximate.

Winter Circle X is instigated by Keith Hennessy in collaboration with Snowflake Towers
See above for speaker, healer, dancer credits
Produced by Circo Zero
Producing Director: Alley Wilde
Healing Clinic Coordinator: Emelia Martinez Brumbaugh
Tech Crew: Alexandria Maria Archuleta (Two-Spirit Mestiza), Grisel GG Torres
Soup Chef: Jesse Hewit
Kitchen Support: Ryanaustin Dennis
Costumes for Dancers: Jack Davis
Photography: Kalima Amilak

Special thanks to Javier Stell-Fresquez, Neil McLean, The Polish Club, Kate Gibson, Carin McKay, Kirk Read, and Tupili Lea Arellano

:: BIOS ::
jose e. abad is a queer social practice performance artist trying to find their way home.

Gerald Casel is a dance artist and educator. He leads Dancing Around Race, a community engagement process that interrogates racial inequity within the Bay Area. He is also a Thai yoga bodywork practitioner.

Daria Garina arrived in the Bay as a 6-year-old refugee from Moscow, Russia and he began studying dance at 25. Daria’s movement work explores displacement, chronic illness, being transgender, and mixed race.

Europa Grace is a spoken word poet, movement artist and educator, living in San Francisco. They forge movement as a tool to embody joy and healing as a black, queer, gender non-conforming person.

Hemorage was formed in 2007 by a group of friends at a high school in San Francisco. Members of Hemorage are Jon on Lead Guitar/Vocals, Toby on Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals and Beto on Drums. From different countries (Philippines, Cambodia, Guatemala), each were brought together by their musical interests and has persisted since then.

Keith Hennessy is an internationally recognized performance artist, teacher, and choreographer. He is the artistic director of Circo Zero, a production house for politically charged, queer, and experimental live art.

Jesse Hewit is a multi-disciplinary artist and cook from Orlando and New York, living in San Francisco for 13 years now, and working across intersections of contemporary art, friendship and relational social work, and domestic creativity. It is his honor to feed you.

Philip Huang is an artist, writer, and bodyworker living in Berkeley.

Sara Shelton Mann is a choreographer, dowser, and writer.

Bhumi B. Patel is a listener, an artmaker, and a queer femme waiting for her spaceship to come back for her, but creating about grief in the meantime. Her intention is to open channels to the humane and to open channels of communication. Making is her way of coping with the world at the moment.

Cuauhtémoc Peranda (Mescalero Apache, Mexika-Chichimeca/Cano ) is a 4th-year Ph.D. student at the UC Riverside. Their research focuses on the history of the United States’ House Ballroom Scene, in particular the West Coast Ballscene, and its involvement in how queer and two-spirit Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere have deployed the dance form of vogue (voguing/Performance) as a method of decolonization, anti-colonialism, transformational resilience, and quare Indigenous knowledge reclamation.

randy reyes is a kuir-AfroLatinx-choreographer, performance artist, and healer originally from NJ/Guatemala and currently making love in Oakland. They have questions about how sea urchins turn themselves inside out, whether we can all get what we need as we preserve or surrender our autonomy and enter hive consciousness, and structures of trauma-informed intimacy and practices.

Kanyon Sayers-Roods is Costanoan Ohlone-Mutsun and Chumash; she also goes by her given Native name, "Coyote Woman". She is an Artist, Poet, Published Author, Activist, Student and Teacher. The daughter of Ann-Marie Sayers, she was raised in Indian Canyon, trust land of her family, which currently is one of the few spaces in Central California available for the Indigenous community for ceremony. She is motivated to learn, teach, start conversations around decolonization and reinidgenization, permaculture and to continue doing what she loves, Art.

SissySlays is the Indigecunt of the Bay Area, a Paiute Two Spirit from the Walker River Paiute Reservation. A lead organizer in Bay Area Ballroom, Sissy is the creator of King of the Lions Ball, an annual mini ball fundraiser for QTPOC focused organizations. SissySlays is a Vogue Fem performer in and out of ballroom as well as a poet and speaker, utilizing each medium to accelerate the decolonization of spirit, body and community. Follow @sissyslays for upcoming slayage xoxo

GG Torres - riddler/do-er

Hannah Wasielewski is a dancer, craniosacral therapist, and arts organizer living in San Francisco.

Alley Wilde is a low-income genderfluid arts and culture worker engaged in a practice fusing art-administration, art-making, and radical activism. Their aim is to advance equity and build community through the production and progeneration of queer culture.

Amani Will; Singing Poet BeatMan, Meditator, Educator, Shit talking Irreverent Reverend, Liberation Fractalist -- Co-Midwife of the Creative Liberation Network

Winter Circle X is support by funding from the California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Grants for the Arts.