October 12,13 and 14, 2012 – Astrid Bas: Life or Theater?

PAI cordially invites you to an evening of dance-theater, history and music.

Gala Reception and Performance of
‘Life or Theater?’

October 12, 2012

Cocktail Buffet: 6pm
Performance: 7:30pm
Dessert & Coffee: 8:30pm
Fine cuisine by Michael Kirk

Admission: $50 (click here for tickets)
Seating is limited

Performances : Saturday Oct 13 at 7:30pm
Sunday Oct 14 at 4pm
Admission: $20 (click here for tickets)

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The performance is an early treatment of French actress and director, Astrid Bas’s project inspired by the life and work of Charlotte Salomon.

Cast members include San Francisco dance artists:

Astrid Bas


Christina Marie Linskey

Isabella Roncaglio

Erik Wagner


Michael Nick

Film Projection Artist:
Anna Geyer


Sarah Cillaire


Aimee Duddridge-Picard

Please view our videos and contribute to our project:

Astrid Bas’ Website:
Contact: 001 917 951 9784

Sundays, Sept 16th to Oct 7th: Mauro FFortissimo & Robert Soper

The Performance Art Institute hosts “A Brief History of the Piano”, a tribute to Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, John Cage, and Sun Rah, by Mauro FFortissimo and Robert Soper.

Sundays at 4:00pm from September 16th through October 7th
$15 advanced tickets (click here)
$20 tickets will be available at the door

Mauro FFortissimo has literally “played” the insides of pianos for over 25 years. People who haven’t heard it before will frequently ask, “What is it?!?”, “How did you come across this instrument???”, and “Did you invent it…?” Actually, FFortissimo “plays” an upright piano from which the keyboard and “action” (the hammer mechanism) are removed: thus opened and liberated from its original construction. Hence, the musical aspirations behind FFortissimo’s efforts are revolutionary: since the keys are removed the audience is freed from the 12 tone scale of the western mind.

“Piano,” FFortissimo says, “is the most sophisticated instrument; similar in sound range to the African cora, the Persian dulcimer or Indian saranghi. As Plato put it, ‘When modes of music change, societies change along.’ ”

Mauro FFortissimo along with fellow musician Robert Soper will use their liberated pianos to enlighten and enchant audiences at PAI. They will be accompanied by guest musicians: Chus Alonso, Kash Killon, Gearry Basserman, Joe Suecz, Sandy Poindexter, Allison Lovejoy, Lisa Lamantia, Ralph Carney, India Cooke, Viviana Guzman, Tregar Otton, Ander Meyer, and Linda Bouchard.