Between the tables (BTT) is an afternoon event where artists share their creative works literally between the tables at Back to the Grind located in the heart of downtown Riverside. BTT happens every three months on the third Sunday at 3pm.
Santiago Rivera is a dance educator and choreographer in the Southern California area and completed his M.F.A in Dance at California State University, Long Beach in the Spring of 2023. He started dancing and training in the competitive world when he was in eighth grade. In 2016 he received his B.A. in Drama and minor in Educational Studies from the University of California, Irvine. In 2021 he received his Certification in Dance Instruction from Orange Coast College and completed the 2020/2021 Jose Limon Technique Certification Training Program. His works focus on the amplification of closetted queer LatinX and BIPOC voices in “safe” dance spaces.
Katia Hage and Mark Ansah are local Redlands musicians who have met through their love for music and art. They are playing together for the first time and hope to bring the audience new flavors of music from different parts of the world, as a way to connect cultures and people together.
Megan Fowler-Hurst (They/Them) is a queer multidisciplinary artist whose work can be seen, heard, felt and worn. Their movement exploration includes release technique, floorwork, body communication through gesture and improvisation. They are drawn to dance in unconventional spaces, expanded cinema and vocal expression which is often present in their work. Megan is a part of P.L.A.C.E. Performance, a non-profit in Riverside, Ca where they founded the dance film festival, Some Dance Screen Fest. As acting director they created a Mentorship Program that provides community members with tools and equipment to create dance films. Megan holds a BFA in Dance and a Math/Science Minor from California Institute of the Arts. They are a certified CI (conditioning the body with imagery) trainer.
For more than 20 years, Tracy has immersed herself in the world of dance and choreography. As a resident of Riverside, she has become a part of the Inland Empire’s dance community. Tracy’s heart beats for the stage, where she thrives as a performer and choreographer. Beyond her enjoyment for performances, she finds immense joy in passing on her skills through teaching. Even today, her passion for learning and sharing continues to shape her journey in the world of dance.
Araceli Rosales is a first generation Chicana improviser, choreographer, and performer.
Born and raised in Riverside CA, she went to school at Riverside City College and joined the dance department. She is currently attending California State University of Long Beach finishing her last semester for her BA in Dance. During her time there she presented her screen dance “The House is Full” in the 2023
CSULB Spring Contemporary Dance Festival and in the 2023 Between the Tables in Riverside.
Her work consist of improv scores, and choreography about her life and the things that make her happy.
Emmanuel and AIBOHPHOBIA
Emmanuel is a multidisciplinary artist based in Riverside CA who utilizes sculptural and performative methods to visualize themes of marginalization and labor in immigrant communities. He graduated from the University of California Davis with a BA in Art Studio and Chicana/o studies in 2023.
AIBOHPHOBIA is an experimental artist collective based in California that melds .audio.visual.digital.sculpture.fashion.body. through improvisational feedback loops. Current members include Maya, Kai, and Emme.
Gerry Syn is a Chicano musician, singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, and performer. Born in San Bernardino and raised in Colton, CA, he attended Chaffey College and studied dance and psychology. He also studied music at San Bernardino Valley College. He is attending Cal State, Los Angeles, continuing to study psychology and minor in theatre arts, starting his second year there. He is in a band called Sssssss!, Goosewind, and creating his solo music. His debut solo LP is expected to be released between late summer or fall.
An enchanted and experimental moment awaits us . Inland Empires cryptid returns ..Glitter Ghost ! Music for the Shadow , and the entities in-between
Chav’ is an artist based out of Riverside California. She is a graduate from Riverside City college where
she has received three associate degrees by the end of 2022. An AA in Dance, an AA in Fine & Applied Arts, and an AA in Social & Behavioral Studies. She also completed her Pilates certification with the RCC Dance and Pilates program. Chav’ has also been certified as a gravity colonic hydro therapist in July 2023. As an artist she specializes in Dance and Music, mainly rapping. She has a project out called
“Ready” by Chav’ available on all platforms and the link can be found in her Instagram bio. She is very
excited to showcase some new music with us at BTT and cannot wait to see all the other amazing artists.
Micah Tasaka (田坂舞花) is a queer, nonbinary poet, multidisciplinary artist, and reiki master from Colton, California. They are author of Expansions (Jamii Publishing, 2017) and editor at innateDIVINITYbooks. Currently, Micah is working for the Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance, providing programming and art workshops to LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Empire. www.micahtasaka.com (http://www.micahtasaka.com/)
An artist that crawl’d out of Alaska onto California, J.T. Hood (They/She) has been making musical projects and films since 2017 (filmmaking a lot longer). She will be debuting a musical performance filled with IDM and drones, set against a compilation of footage of short films detailing issues relating to identity and alienation brought upon by environments of suffocation.
counterpoint/shift reflects a weekly process with local dancers. This practice facilitated by dance educator and activist Sue Roginski involves solo, duet and ensemble work in the form of improvisational scores and every now and again, the sharing of a choreography created by the linking together of scores. This work relies upon the “close read” of several movement skills that become a central theme of a score. Each dancer helps to shape the work with their ideas and movement contributions.