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Love, a state of grace
Love, a state of grace is a four day performance installation between February 11 and February 18, 2022, at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. Each performance will be presented in 30 minute cycles repeated over 3 hours, during which the audience may move freely within the Cathedral. With over 90-foot ceilings, stained glass, and multiple chambers, Grace Cathedral will provide a multifaceted platform for the audience’s experience.

Choreographed and directed by Joanna Haigood, the performance will feature six of the Bay Area’s most talented aerial dancers who will interact with original props created by collaborating designers Wayne Campbell and Sean Riley. These props include an anchored 100 foot ladder and 70-foot swinging pendulum, each a unique response to the rhythms and height of Grace Cathedral’s Gothic design. Composer Walter Kitundu’s sound score will incorporate recorded material and the Cathedral’s massive pipe organ, all in conversation with the Cathedral’s cavernous interior space and prolonged reverberation. Artist theologians Yohana Junker and Cláudio Carvalhaes will design a series of meditations that the audience may engage throughout the Cathedral.

The original concept for Love, a state of grace was in response to the rise in violent attacks and vandalism directed at sacred places in the United States. The objective was to bring together diverse communities to share and celebrate our common humanity and the tenets of love in religious practice. Since our initial development of the work, our country has increasingly experienced the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the surge of social uprisings against racial injustice. In light of these events, we have reframed Love, a state of grace to include reflection and dialogue around these issues. It is our hope that the performance will create a shared experience that will reaffirm the role of kindness, compassion, love, and righteous social action in the national healing process.

Performance Dates:
Friday & Saturday - February 11 & 12, 2022
Thursday & Friday - February 17 & 18, 2022

Tickets are on sale now!

COVID SAFETY: All patrons must show proof of full vaccination (2 weeks after receiving final dose) upon entry to Grace Cathedral. Additionally, all patrons will be required to wear masks inside Grace Cathedral regardless of vaccination status. We appreciate everyone's participation in helping us to safely bring live performances back to the Bay Area.

Live Audio Description and Haptic Access Tour
For blind and visually impaired audience members, Zaccho Dance Theatre is partnering with Gravity Access Services to offer live audio description and a Haptic Access Tour for the Friday, February 18th performance at no extra cost.

Haptic Tour begins at 6:00 pm
Audio Description performance begins at 7:00 pm

Audio description is a live audio track spoken by a professional audio describer to audience members with visual impairments through a wireless headset system. It provides clear and engaging descriptions of the meaningful visual details of a performance. Haptic access tours (20-30 minutes) are a live pre-show tour that allows patrons to experience - through touch and their own movement - the space, performers’ costumes, and the original aerial set pieces in addition to key movement elements in the performance.

For more information, to reserve a spot on the Haptic Access Tour, or to reserve the Audio Description headset, please call (415) 822-6744 or email office@zaccho.org.

Community Engagement
Our community partner, Grace Cathedral, has a well established tradition as a cross-cultural sanctuary. Its leadership and innovative programming has inspired much of the conceptual aspects of this work. We are pleased and honored to be collaborating with Grace’s staff to further our goals of safe public dialogue within the context of an arts experience.

On February 12th at 7:15pm and February 17th at 4:15pm, the performances will be followed by community panel discussions with activists, artists, and theologians, who will discuss the concept of “otherness” and strategies that lead to greater acceptance and understanding.

We are also excited to offer free performance tickets to all residents of San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point through our community partners.

Director & Choreographer: Joanna Haigood
Composer: Walter Kitundu
Scenic Designers: Wayne Campbell and Sean Riley
Rigging Designer: David Freitag
Lighting Designers: Norm Schwab and Krissy Kenny of Lightswitch
Costume Designer: Joan Raymond
Ritual Designers: Yohana Junker and Cláudio Carvalhaes
Performing Artists: Veronica Blair, Suzanne Gallo, Ciarra D’Onofrio, Nina Sawant, Saharla Vetsch, Helen Wicks
Organist: Christopher Keady

Love, a state of grace is made possible by generous support from the California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, MAP Fund, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Gadomski Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Distracted Globe Foundation, Piece by Piece Productions, Felix Lighting, and Zaccho’s community of individual donors. Haptic Access Tour and Audio Description provided with support from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.