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CounterPULSE and Erin Malley present as part of the Winter Special program:


First in a four-part series, Murakami Hotel

Created and directed by Erin Malley

Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8PM

San Francisco, November 2012Hotel in a Bottle invites audiences to explore the subconscious through an immersive experience directed by dance, sound, and video. Channeling the imagination of Haruki Murakami, the performance reveals a lush world full of vivid imagery. In this piece, four women dive into their subconscious, losing their external selves in the process.  They use dance to wordlessly search for their lost halves.


Hotel in a Bottle begins with an installation in the lobby, where the performers are drawn into television sets – portals into their subconscious – and remain trapped. The audience is invited to follow the performers, who are now on the “other side,” into a mysterious location frequented by Murakami’s characters. It is a world full of sheep professors who observe and research these women; jellyfish that possess their thoughts and movements; and the figurative wells that trap them. The dualistic nature of this piece is balanced between the movements of these four women and an interactive video design created by Erin Malley, with sound design developed by Bert Bergen and Erin Malley. By the end of the performance, the women, and the audience, are left to question what is real, and what is subconscious? Which side is truly the “other side?”


Hotel in a Bottle is the first in a four-part series of interactive performance works inspired by the fiction of Haruki Murakami. The second piece in this series will be an expanded version of Hotel in a Bottle. The third installment, Room 406/208, will take place inside a single hotel room, viewed intimately by six people at a time. And the fourth installment, Murakami Hotel, will take place as a roving performance inside a hotel, viewed by a single participant for each performance. The Murakami Hotel series takes thematic inspiration from books such as “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles,” “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World,” and ”After Dark.” The attention to detail, the lush imagery, and the music – frequently setting the scene in Murakami’s work – additionally serve as inspiration for this piece. In Hotel in a Bottle, characters explore Murakami’s world, while building a new narrative of their own. Audiences are invited to follow the future development of the series over the next two years.


The performance has been developed collaboratively with performers Silvia Girardi, Lynn Huang, Daria Kaufman and Melissa Kennedy. To fully partake in the performance atmosphere of Hotel in a Bottle, patrons are requested to wear black tie apparel. Priority seating will be available for those who comply.        

Calendar Editors:

What: Hotel in a Bottle

Created and directed by Erin Malley

When: Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11, 2012.  Both shows are at 8PM.

Where: CounterPULSE 1310 Mission Street @ 9th, San Francisco

Tickets: Regular $20 | Early bird pricing (before 1/15/12) $15; discount code: CUTTYSARK or 1-800-350-8850


About the Artists:

Erin Malley is an independent dance artist based in San Francisco. Her choreography has been presented internationally and nationally at venues and festivals such as the Prague International Dance Festival, the fringe festival of Independent Dance Artists (Toronto), Joe’s Pub (NYC), HERE Arts Center (NYC), Dance Place (Washington, DC), and the Painted Bride Art Center (PA). She recently relocated to San Francisco from NYC in 2009, where she was the founder and Artistic Director of Malleable Dance Theater. She is a two-time recipient of the Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant, and received an Education for the Arts Artistic Development Grant.

About CounterPULSE:

CounterPULSE provides 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, catalyzing 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 & sexual orientation. We strive to create an environment that is physically and economically accessible to everyone.

About WinterSpecial:

CounterPULSE is pleased to offer Winter Special, an experiment in offering radically affordable and accessible performance opportunities to a diverse array of emerging performance-makers.  Ten lead artists present eight weeks of contemporary dance, experimental theater, multimedia performance, provocative drag and more.  Ranging from raw experiments to polished premieres, this winter is FULL of new performance at CounterPULSE.  Featuring: Miriam Wolodarski and Rosemary Hannon, CatherineMarie Davalos, Kitka, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura, Erin Malley, Ben Randle with Trixxie Carr, and Katsura Kan and Shoshana Green.


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