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Born, Never Asked.

Feb 2-4, 2018

Dance Mission Theater

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:





3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Preshow:  Come early and enjoy a Gallery Installation in the

                  Dance Mission Theater lobby. 

Choreographed by: Zoë Klein

Performed by: Zoë Klein, Andrey Pfening, Hien Huyhn,

                          Jeremy Vik, and Xedex.

Light Design by: Daniel Weiermann

Special Events

Sun Feb 4, 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 :

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