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Beyond Binary will explore the myth of “us vs. them” – from the world premiere of Praise Song for Tulsa, challenging the fear of Black power and joy, to Stephen Paulus’ Kin to Sorrow, encouraging us to embrace sorrow as we pay tribute to those lost to COVID-19.


We examine gender stereotypes through the lens of a West Coast premiere by Rex Isenberg and Pollerita Roja by Gabriela Lena Frank. A reading of the poem "Searching My Rage" reveals the invalid dichotomy between rage and beauty, and stories surrounding the origin of the bisexual rights movement round up this rich program of music composed after the year 2000 –illustrating the interconnectivity of our American continent. 


Come and challenge your False Binaries and experience the shattering of the perceived audience/performer binary.

Enjoy this performance of 21V's first commission, “Praise Song for Tulsa” by poet Christina Springer and composer Charlie Griffin.

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The first performance of Beyond Binary will be held in the beautiful Taube Atrium Theater at the San Francisco

War Memorial & Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2022.

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We are thrilled to share that we will be partnering with the African American Museum & Library in Oakland for our second performance on April 2, 2022, which will be free and open to the public.


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April 1, 2022 @ 8pm

Beyond Binary

Taube Atrium Theater at

San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center

401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco (map & parking information) 

April 2, 2022 @ 4pm

Beyond Binary


African American Museum & Library at Oakland

659 14th St, Oakland (map & parking information)

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