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Couple’s multi-media dance work addresses race, prejudice and inequity

Photo by Caitriona Quirk

"It's a very stark look at issues about of race and issues about equity and it takes on the contemporary moment in very non-staring way," says visual artist Douglas Rosenberg, who provides audio clips and video projections for "Here Lies the Truth."

Much of visual artist Douglas Rosenberg’s work touches on intimacy, caregiving and identity. His latest work with his wife, choreographer Li Chiao-Ping, was born out of anger and confusion in the wake of the 2016 presidential election and the years since.

“The pandemic-slash-really troubling rise in Asian American violence, equity issues around the way people of color have been marginalized — a real frustration with the state of things,” the Marin native says.

In “Here Lies the Truth,” an hour-long multi-media dance theater piece, Rosenberg and Chiao-Ping explore “truth” as it relates to race, power, access, erasure and equity. In collaboration with sound designer and composer Tim Russell and dramaturg Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento, they bring together 11 racially diverse dancers with live music and Rosenberg’s audio clips and video projections, using the words of the dancers who were interviewed about their experiences with racism as well verbatim transcriptions from court hearings and broadcast journalism. It will be performed at CounterPulse in San Francisco from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.

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