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An immersive evening of contemporary dance by Sonsheree Giles & Sebastian Grubb
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FABRIC ANIMAL is an immersive evening of meticulous sensing, daring trust, and physical intimacy in a new contemporary dance work by Sonsherée Giles and Sebastian Grubb. Premiering June 6-8, 2019 in San Francisco.

Help bring Fabric Animal to life!

We are raising funds to support Artists' Fees in creating our multimedia performance in San Francisco. Please check out our various Rewards and tell a friend!

Your generous donation supports:

  • Local Composers, directed by Caroline Penwarden, as they create original music for the entire show
  • Our Dance Film and Video Artist Collaborator, John Carnahan
  • Accessibility Night, offering increased accessibility for audience members with disabilities: sign language interpretation, audio description, and a pre-show "touch tour" of the set and stage (Saturday, June 8th)
  • Set and Costume Materials, sculpted by Sonsheree Giles to create a landscape of body, earth and fabric

Tickets available at counterpulse.org/fabricanimal

Giles and Grubb. Photo by M.W. Guthrie.
Giles and Grubb. Photo by M.W. Guthrie.

Fabric Animal examines the self as a body-through-time, a psychological and physiological threadwork that leaves poems in its wake.

Fabric Animal is the culmination of Giles’ and Grubb’s 10-year history as choreographer peers and dance partners. This embodied kinship roars to life through deep sensing, daring trust and athletic contemporary dance. The detailed choreography challenges endurance and strength, and is enveloped by an original musical score by local composers directed by Caroline Penwarden. Also featuring an original dance film with videography by John Carnahan.

The creative process for Fabric Animal draws from contact improvisation, anatomical science, Grubb’s original poetry, and Giles’ otherworldly sculptures and landscape paintings made entirely from fabric.

Giles and Grubb have been steeped in the Bay Area dance scene for the past 15 years, engaging in--and often helping to drive--the creative processes of numerous choreographers and collaborators. Collectively they have performed hundreds of times in San Francisco, the East Bay, up and down the West Coast, across the U.S., and abroad.

Fabric Animal is a moving meditation on the artists’ past and present, a living tribute to the dynamic fusion of creativity in the Bay Area. It is a reflection of our culture, landscape, dance and music.


"Refreshing, unique, and pushing boundaries…"

  • Nancy Karp, Artistic Director of Nancy Karp + Dancers

"Sonsherée Giles and Sebastian Grubb are dynamic, intelligent and inquisitive dance artists… their physical chemistry yields fierce movement, intuitive partnering and rare sensitivity."

  • Marc Brew, Artistic Director of AXIS Dance Company
Giles and Grubb. Photo by M.W. Guthrie.
Giles and Grubb. Photo by M.W. Guthrie.

About Sonsherée Giles
Sonsherée Giles is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and costume designer. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Mills College and received her MFA in performance and choreography. Sonsherée enjoys making dances based on observations of animals, landscapes, art history, and daily life experiences. She has taught contemporary dance in public school systems, institutions, dance festivals and universities. She has toured and performed for audiences throughout the world including the United States, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Russia, Scotland and Canada. Please visit sonsheree.com

About Sebastian Grubb
Sebastian Grubb is an award-winning dance artist and fitness trainer in San Francisco. He has performed with many local dance companies and choreographers since 2008, especially AXIS Dance Company and Scott Wells & Dancers. Sebastian’s commissioned choreographic works for AXIS have been shown in 8 U.S. states, in Russia, and on FOX TV's "So You Think You Can Dance". Sebastian has been honored with an Isadora Duncan Dance Award and also received the CHIME award, a choreographic mentorship project of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Additionally, Sebastian teaches biomechanics and anatomy to dancers in a series of workshops. Learn more at bodywagging.dance

Giles and Grubb. Photo by M.W. Guthrie.
Giles and Grubb. Photo by M.W. Guthrie.

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    Warm and Fuzzy Thanks

    We hold you dearly in our woven hearts, connecting you to our well of inspiration and earthen selves.

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    Fabric Animal E-Book

    Sonsheree's fabric landscapes and Sebastian's woven poetry come together in this mini-book PDF for your perusing. Immerse yourself in the original motivation and inspiration for Fabric Animal.

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    Open Rehearsal (in-person or online)

    Join Sonsheree and Sebastian for an open rehearsal ahead of our June premiere. Hear from the artists about their process in real time. Live-stream online access if you cannot join in person in the Bay Area.

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    VIP Seating (for 1) and Meet & Greet

    Get early choice of seating as soon as the theater doors open to get closer to the action! Meet & Greet with the artists after the show. **Price includes 1 ticket to the performance.**

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    Live Coaching w/ Sebastian

    Enjoy a 50-minute movement coaching session with Sebastian in San Francisco (or health coaching on the phone). Sebastian will do a postural assessment and movement assessment and lead you through exercises to improve your balance, strength, endurance and posture.

    For phone-based health coaching, Sebastian will help you craft the next stage in your health journey, focusing on increasing the nutrient-density of your diet, upping your movement/exercise game, and building healthy habits step-by-step.

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    Sonsheree's Original Fabric Landscapes

    Get an original work of art by Sonsheree Giles! Sonsheree's surreal fabric paintings are 2-D sculptures that reference the Bay Area landscape. (Each piece is about the size of a small painting and can be displayed on your wall.)

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    Sunrise with the Artists

    Join Sonsheree and Sebastian for a sunrise you'll never forget! From one of the SF Bay Area's peaks we'll welcome the dawning of a new day with a simple, accessible movement meditation and poetry ritual. At Grizzly Peak in Berkeley or Twin Peaks in San Francisco, date TBD.

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    Sunset with the Artists

    Join Sonsheree and Sebastian for a sunset you'll never forget! From one of the SF Bay Area's peaks we'll bid farewell to day and welcome the night with a simple, accessible movement meditation and poetry ritual. At Grizzly Peak in Berkeley or Twin Peaks in San Francisco, date TBD.

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