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San Francisco, CA
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Invidious is an intimate and surreal dance-theater experience that delves into the drama beneath the shiny veneer of the American Dream. Performed site-specifically inside of a home in San Francisco's Mission District, Invidious will submerge audiences into a world occupied by the deranged desires, disoriented hopes, and broken realities of American life.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These words have become synonymous with the American Dream - the idea that anyone can succeed and prosper if they work hard enough. But, what happens to our character in the process? How does our pursuit of happiness sabotage our contentment in the here and now, and breed animosity and envy? Charles Slender and his contemporary dance company, FACT/SF, confront the dark underbelly of the American Dream in Invidious, and intimate and immersive work of dance-theater created site-specifically inside a home in San Francisco's Mission District.

Cross the threshold of the Invidious house and delve into the drama that lives beneath the shiny veneer of the incessantly optimistic (and frequently invidious) myth of the American Dream. Audiences will experience four separate performances, occurring in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room. Much like flipping through the channels of a television, the audience will be lead through the house, viewing short snippets of each performance as they move from room to room. As the audience enters and exits each room, performances continue uninterrupted, so when the audience returns a few moments later, the scene has changed, information has been missed, and it is up to each audience member to put the pieces together.

Concept & Direction: Charles Slender

Choreography & Performance: Liane Burns, Michaela Burns, Eric Garcia, Catherine Newman, Kegan Marling, LizAnne Roman Roberts

Lighting Design: Darl Andrew Packard

Production Manager: Jeanne Pfeffer

Invidious is made possible with support from Theatre Bay Area/Dancers' Group CA$H Awards, Dancers' Group Lighting Artists in Dance Awards, and many generous individuals.


Founded by Artistic Director Charles Slender in 2008, FACT/SF's primary mission is to produce sophisticated and rigorous contemporary dances that encourage viewers to feel intensely, think critically, and broaden their perspectives. In pursuit of this mission we have performed 19 new works in 102 performances in 14 cities worldwide for over 14,000 audience members, and provided 39 artists and arts workers with jobs and opportunity. FACT/SF has received commissions from CounterPULSE, Electric Works Gallery, and the Chelyabinsk Pedagogical State University in Russia. Our first large-scale work as a company, The Consumption Series, premiered in spring 2010 in San Francisco and has since been performed 25 times in eight cities for nearly 2,000 people. In 2011 we were selected for the Artist Residency Commissioning program at CounterPULSE through which we premiered the "utterly absorbing" (SF Bay Guardian) POv.3.

A banner year for FACT/SF, 2012 featured: our first international tour of eight cities across Russia under the auspices of the 'American Seasons' program conducted by the US Department of State, Charles' mentorship with extreme action choreographer Elizabeth Streb via CHIME Across Borders, and his certification as a Teacher of Countertechnique, a movement system developed by Dutch choreographer and pedagogue Anouk van Dijk. In 2013, we celebrated our fifth anniversary with the premiere of our third full-length work, Falling, at ODC Theater. "Conceptually demanding, convincingly realized" (Rita Felciano), Falling has so far been seen by over 700 people. The work is planned for touring across the US and Eastern Europe in 2015.

Throughout our history, FACT/SF has found success thanks to support from Theatre Bay Area/Dancers' Group CA$H Grants, Dancers' Group Lighting Artists in Dance Awards, the Columbia Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the US Department of State, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and numerous individual donors.


Private Residence (Mission District)
(Exact address released with ticket purchase)
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: Charles Slender-White
On BPT Since: Mar 04, 2010

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