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Born, Never Asked.

@  Dance Mission Theater, SF Feb 2018

Choreography by

Zoë Klein

Sound, Set, Video, Light Design

& Gallery Installation by:

Zoë Klein

Performed by:

Zoë Klein, Andrey Pfening, Hien Huyhn,

Jeremy Vik, and Xedex.

Piece Length:  50 min

Born, Never Asked. is an auto-biographical acrobatic and aerial dance theater piece and gallery installation that addresses the  complexity of international adoption, the importance of bloodline, and how US privilege glosses over issues of loss, race, genocide of native peoples, immigration, and citizenship. 


Extraordinary and captivating acrobatic imagery serves as a vessel of the difficult raw truths that international adoptees must face within an anti-immigrant political climate.  This performance  work is rooted in images of early ancestral body memory and  is driven by the core question, how one can achieve wholeness in the face of conflicting loyalties between:





Photos by Robbie Sweeny
Special Events

Sun Feb 4, 2018 5:30-9pm


Field Trip #4: Born, Never Asked.

Dance Mission Theater

3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

About The Field Trip:

How can dance performance be a way of learning about adoption?  We'll consider that question during this Field Trip at the closing performance of Born, Never Asked. 

When we want to learn about adoption, we tend to gravitate to certain resources: books, films, blogs, news, and people perceived as experts in the field. Dance performance is rarely considered as a way of learning about this complex topic. It is often seen as a temporary moment of entertainment, abstraction, or emotionality. This Field Trip invites you to see dance performance differently, as a unique and lasting kind of learning about adoption that is available to everyone.

This is an interactive, reflective and intimate experience limited to 12 people.  Participants will engage in pre-show discussion, then view a gallery exhibition and the Feb. 4th, 7 PM performance of Born, Never Asked. The artist, Zoë Klein, will join us for a private, post-show conversation. All are welcome, whatever your connection to adoption may be. 

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Thank you to all generous support for Born, Never Asked. provided by :

East Bay Centerfor the Performing Arts Logo
Dance Mission Theater Logo
Dancers Group Logo
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