Application for New Experiments at CounterPulse
The San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival is currently accepting applications from independent choreographers and small companies to participate in the New Experiments program at CounterPulse on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 7pm.

New Experiments is a unique opportunity for aerial artists to come together to build community, share ideas, and present short new works in a mixed program presented in partnership with CounterPulse. In advance of the public performance, artists will participate in an open rehearsal at Zaccho Studio where they can share feedback among fellow participants as well as established dance and aerial choreographers in the field.


Time length: 7 -10 minutes

Performers: Solos and Duets

Production Support: This will be a low tech format. CounterPulse will provide lighting, technical, and rigging support. For rigging, only a single point anchor will be provided.

Honorarium: $100 honorarium offered per performer or performance duo.


Please complete the online application form by following this link.

Deadline: Applications must be received by no later than June 15, 2022.

Please contact Lizzy Spicuzza with questions, or (415) 822-6744.

About the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival,

Founded in 2014, the biennial San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival is the Bay Area’s premiere aerial arts event featuring internationally recognized aerial artists and exciting new artists breaking into the field. Produced by Zaccho Dance Theatre, this festival features spectacle, daring athleticism, aerial dance, and circus to create a dynamic three day performance event. Our mission is to create a world-class festival devoted to aerial artistry in all its shapes & forms. We bring together many of the finest performers and practitioners working today and showcase their artistry as it is rarely seen: side-by-side in a multi-faceted, site-specific celebration against the backdrop of our co-presenter Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, a major historic & cultural facility in San Francisco’s Marina District. The 2022 festival’s New Experiments program will also mark our first collaboration with San Francisco’s premiere experimental performance venue, CounterPulse.

About CounterPulse,

CounterPulse is a dynamic movement of experimental art that sparks personal transformation and builds enduring community. We provide space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. CounterPulse acts as a catalyst for art and action; creating a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, sparking transformation in our communities and our society. We work towards a world that celebrates diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We strive to create an environment that is physically and economically accessible to everyone.