Give a Woman a Lift takes flight at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco

MaryStarr Hope in Jo Kreiter's GIVE A WOMAN A LIFT (Photo: Kegan Marling)

MaryStarr Hope in Jo Kreiter’s GIVE A WOMAN A LIFT (Photo: Kegan Marling)

Last week, Jo Kreiter’s company of six female dancers were climbing the walls and swinging from the rafters of the interior of the former premises of the American Can factory, a lofty industrial space now repurposed for dance and theatre.

Their repeated scrambling and failure to reach higher ground recalls the searing images of women with their children struggling to escape rapidly rising waters on the Philippine island of Leyte, victims not only of a deadly typhoon but of a corrupt and inept government that for generations has failed to provide the basic infrastructure for survival.

Kreiter’s airborne paean to resourceful women unearths the poetry in their daily attempts to make do, to conquer the machinery of our so-called civilization.

– For more on this thrilling, daredevil performance, see our review on Bachtrack

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