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Dia Dear is fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group
My performance art combines gay club aesthetics of appearance, movement, and attitude with their opposites.
I use trickery, sincerity, and pop culture to create emotionally visceral and visually fascinating live performance.
I am educated in performance and art practice largely by participating in San Francisco, California’s diverse drag community. I began performing at San Francisco clubs ‘Something’ and ‘High Fantasy’ in 2011. In that year, I produced and performed approximately 100 unique pieces in clubs throughout San Francisco.
Since then, my work has been featured in various festivals and curated shows in the United States and internationally. I have danced for and collaborated with celebrated choreographers and emerging international artists. Most recently, I was a recipient of the Maroc Artist Meeting Residency in collaboration with Marrakech Biennale 6: Not New Now Marrakech, Morocco (2016) and Musik I Syd Future Legends Residency in Malmö Sweden (2015).
2019 – 2020
CounterPulse Edge Artist in Residence with Rachael Dichter, San Francisco, CA
Maroc Artist Meeting Residency in collaboration with Marrakech Biennale 6: Not New Now Marrakech, Morocco
Musik I Syd ‘Future Legends’ Residency in collaboration with Zofia William Åsenlöf, Malmö, Sweden
Airspace Performance Residency, San Francisco, CA
Performances in Festivals & Group Shows
On Use & Dis-Use of Images in Performance: A Study in Tension
Live performance / installation for Touch On at SOMArts, SF, CA
Collaboration with Zofia William Åsenlöf, Palladium, Malmö, Sweden
The Fascinator Project
SALTA curated evening of performance, Finnish American Hall, Berkeley, CA
SALTA curates ‘The News’, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
We Found Luv
SFMoMA’s 24 Hour Future Countdown Live, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA
We Found Luv
‘Araxes’ at Highways Performance Space & Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Nada Gallery Pool Party at Art Basel Miami, Miami Beach, FL
In This Shirt
Special Friends: ein queeres Kabarett, Monster Ronson, Berlin, Germany
Collaboration with Jonathan Solo
WorkMORE, CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA
This Is What I Want Festival, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
Collaboration with boychild
Best Revenge Festival, 22nd St. & Co-op, San Francisco, CA
Cripple and Starfish
The News at SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
Winner: Trannyshack Star Search Pageant
DNA Lounge, San Francisco CA
Contestant: Tiara Sensation Pageant
Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA