Radius with Julie Phelps and Marc Kate at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco. Courtesy of CounterPulse. Photo: Robbie Sweeny.

Radius with Julie Phelps and Marc Kate at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco. Courtesy of CounterPulse. Photo: Robbie Sweeny.



A site-specific performance empowers dancers and electronic musicians to create an improvisational zone governed by collaboration and fluidity.

Radius is an improvisational performance that uses dance and music to reveal the dichotomies of intimacy and power. Realized as a site-specific performance, Radius is influenced by the outdoor urban oasis of McEvoy Arts.

The work is performed by a group of experimental dancers and electronic musicians that aim to create a temporary zone governed by collaboration and fluidity rather than hierarchy and structure. Performers are both responsive and generative, with inspiration and influence moving in both directions. The composition is collectively devised, continuously revealing emergent poetics within the stream of images, movements, and sonics. Responding to both harmony and dischord, Radius is a rehearsal of being with—with other people, with the land, with whatever comes next. 

Radius arises from research instigated by CounterPulse executive and artistic director Julie Phelps and Marc Kate on the relationship of dance and music to how power and intimacy are brokered in varying forms of social (dis)orders, from the club to the neo-fascist nation-state. The radius of this research grows as it’s moved from stage to site—further exploring the intersection of context and content. 


Dancers include Larry Arrington, Hannah Ayasse, Amy Cranch, Chloe Crotzer, Gerald Casel, Krista DeNio, Heidi Erickson, Margit Galanter, Rosemary Hannon, Jesse Hewit, IDHAZ, Monique Jenkinson, Jonah Kagan, Jo Kreiter, Megan Lowe, Bae laurel, Carmina Márquez, Gizeh Muniz, Julie Phelps, mara poliak, Frances Rosario, paige starling sorvillo, Ainsley Tharp, Shamsher Virk.

Musicians include Amma Ateria, Chris Duncan, Marc Kate, Nihar, and Joel St Julien.


CounterPulse is building a movement of risk-taking art that shatters assumptions and builds community. It provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. CounterPulse acts as a catalyst for art and action; creating a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, catalyzing transformation in our communities and our society. It works towards a world that celebrates diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation and strives to create an environment that is physically and economically accessible to everyone.

Radius is a co-production of CounterPulse and McEvoy Arts in conjunction with the exhibition Next to You and the CounterPulse Festival (September 9–18).