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History

Avant garde performance at Artaud 1980-1986 (mostly George Coates)

This is Edward Sisson, manager for George Coates 1978-79 and 1983-1987, and producer of the San Francisco International Theater Festival 1980 & 1981, of which George Coates was Artistic Director. I thought you might be interested in our experience at Project Artaud theater in the…

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Impetus for studying dance.

I took my very first modern dance class with Mangrove during their residency in Chicago in late 1979. It had such an impression on me that that a few months later, I moved to the Bay Area so that I could learn more. This led…

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The very beginning!

I was a founding member in 1971. The entire story and a selection of photographs appear on this webpage: http://www.artaudsf.org/Marino.html Let me know if you would like to see the entire collection. The page I’ve submitted was put together by Mari Eliza a long time…

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Play the Ploy

Walking down the dirtied streets I watch as pointed heels strut nonchalantly by outstretched palms. My body aches from awareness and I believe I am different than the others because I feel. But the truth is, that ain’t real. To be out of the ordinary…

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Summer of ’75

Two high school boy musician dreamers took the train west to San Francisco. Older brother, writer, artist entrepreneur, bon vivant and outlaw Ken Hixon Jr. let his little brother and his friend stay in his lofts space at Artaud…it was a seminal time…and to this…

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My Time at Project Artaud

In 1972 I joined Project Artaud. My space, #218, had 720 Sq.Ft. and two curved walls. I added a 20 ft., free-span loft using three 2×12’s (glued and bolted). My space cost me 10 cents a sq. ft. ($72. per mo.) Next to me was…

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Jake and the Steamers

A friend recommend that I checkout a band called “Jake & Steamers”, who at the time was looking for a funky Electric Bass player type guy. Well at the time, I was one day from quitting another band and was just not ready to join…

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Come back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

In the early 80s, not having a car or money for a cab, we walked from the bus to the theater to see Ed Graczyk’s play. It was fenomenal! I am very pleased to see that you are still going and going strong. Too bad…

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Contact Improvisation Men’s Workshops, mid-1970s

In the mid-1970s I was a ballet dancer living in San Francisco. A friend took me to a men’s Contact Improvisation class at Project Artaud and it was a revelation in many aspects. I continued through the workshop and another as well, before my career…

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Clown Alley

CLOWN ALLEY Veterans Cabbie crabbed old man Creaks dirty neck, squint of rimmed eyes Through film of wind shield to Fog blown Factory Dried blood red brick Three stories machine oil thick Nineteen Twenties blue collar Bull Durham smokers bad backs Hard work for a…

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