New Performance Traditions
created by the Paul Dresher Ensemble
New Performance Traditions is a hub for incubating multi-disciplinary arts projects from conception and production through performance, recording, and broadcast. We are dedicated to the creation of risk-taking and challenging performing artworks and to supporting the artists that conceive them in order to engender a more equitable, inclusive, and creative community.
In order to support the current and incubate the next generation of creative performing artists we provide community access to:
- Rehearsal studio and artistic production space for both short- and long-term rental
- Professional sound, lighting, and projection equipment at below-market rental rates
- High definition Video recording and live streaming technologies
- Performances opportunities on our In Studio Performances and West Oakland Sessions
- We annually provide – through the Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency Program – six early/mid-career artists with free multi-week studio residencies, production stipend, and technical assistance/mentorship.
- Fiscal sponsorship to Bay Area multidisciplinary artists with a commitment to taking risks in the creation of new performing artworks
We offer co-production support for projects aligned with our mission.
Current projects include:
- Both Eyes Open (Philip Kan Gotanda & Max Giteck Duykers chamber opera)
- The Electronic Lover, a podcast opera by Lisa Mezzacappa
- MEKONG — The River Runs by Vân-Ánh Võ
- The Rebirth of Apsara by Charya Burt Cambodian Dance
- MIMI (Museum of Invented Musical Instruments and Interval Archive for Microtonal Research)
- Actors’ Reading Collective
We continue to work with Oakland Unified School District teachers:
- Awele Makeba (Skyline High School Theater program)
- Helena Moss-Jack (music program at Elmhurst Middle School and the all-district Oakland Eastside All-Stars Jazz Band).
For over 35 years, the Paul Dresher Ensemble has been a creative force and active member of the San Francisco Bay Area and our the national arts community. In addition to our artistic programs — creating and performing new works of music theater, commissioning and premiering contemporary chamber music for electro-acoustic ensembles, and collaborating with artists other disciplines — we offer regular community programs that promote the health and vitality of artists and arts organizations across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our community programs provide local artists and arts organizations with:
- Low cost or free technical, managerial, and marketing consultations
- Fiscal sponsorships
- Use of our well-equipped facilities, including:
- large studio (now with a professional dance floor)
- well equipped construction shop
- extensive inventory of sound, recording and lighting equipment.
Finally, through our Dresher Ensemble Artists Residency program, we provide up to 6 multi-week studio residencies each year to Northern California artists working in the time-based arts.