San Francisco

United States




CounterPULSE is the new name for 848 Community Space, which has played a unique and significant role in the SF performance community since the early 90's. No other single space has supported a comparable breadth of performance, queer art, improvised dance, cutting edge lit and word, and contemporary ritual. 848 hosted the first performances or premieres of many of SF’s most exciting and successful dancers and choreographers (from Potrzebie to Pearl Ubungen, new works from Robert Henry Johnson to Krissy Keefer, and full company concerts from Scott Wells to Jess Curtis/Gravity). 848 hosted San Francisco’s longest-running Contact Improvisation Jam, and has been a key site in the global network of improvised dance and somatic experimentation. With a special focus on women visual artists, 848 nurtured emerging and risk-taking art for over a decade, and has been a pioneering venue for experiments in sexual liberation, hosting a diverse crowd of artists, performances, rituals, workshops, and parties. Responding to an increasingly alienated society, 848 was a home to all manner of soulful and participatory celebrations from weekly early morning meditations to raucous pagan festivals to intimate healing circles. CounterPULSE retains 848’s classic slogan: “we have done and will continue to do almost anything.


Cost may vary due to variety of shows and exhibits.

Opening hours

Times may vary according to shows and exhibits.

Getting there

CounterPULSE is located just west of the corner of 9th Street and Mission, at 1310 Mission Street (north side of Mission Street).

Here's how to get there...

BICYCLE: is the easiest way to get to CounterPULSE but we do not have indoor bike parking, sorry! There are many parking meters nearby to lock bikes to. You can also lock your bike inside the paid BART area at the east end of the Civic Center BART station if you so choose.

by BART: Civic Center station, exit at 8th and Market, walk one block west to 9th, turn left (south) and walk one block to Mission, and then 20 feet right (west) to our front door.

by MUNI: 14 Mission runs directly in front, and we are just a one block walk from Market Street where countless MUNI lines run. For directions from the J, K, L, M, N, see BART above.

by GOLDEN GATE TRANSIT: Most Golden Gate Transit buses arriving from Marin and Sonoma counties turn at 8th Street and Mission. We are one block west of that corner.

by SAMTRANS: Routes MX and DX go down Mission and stop within a short walk of our front door.


from the East Bay: take the Bay Bridge to the 9th Street/Civic Center exit. Drive north on 9th Street until you reach Mission. We are just off the corner of this intersection.

from the Peninsula: take 101 north to 7th Street exit, proceed north to Howard Street, turn left two blocks to 9th, and then right to Mission.

from Marin and points north: Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard, Van Ness to Civic Center. Turn left from Van Ness onto Fell Street, cross Market, and proceed one block to Mission. Turn left on Mission and we are at the other end of that block.

PARKING: All day parking is available behi...+ [ Read all ]

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The Winter Artist in Residence Program extends CounterPULSE’s commitment to provide a nurturing space for low-income and emerging artists committed to innovation and growth. This program offers artists an opportunity to rehearse, perform, and make money too! Two selected artists or companies will receive 50 hrs free rehearsal space from November 1st, 2007 until January 31st, 2008. In exchange, they will each teach a 15-hour public workshop, and will present the work developed during the residency in a shared weekend of performances in early February, 2008 (financial details below).

Who we’re looking for
CounterPULSE is seeking both emerging and mid-career artists and companies in any performing discipline. We’re looking for people who:

* Are making exciting and innovative performance (dance, music, theater, etc.)
* Can demonstrate the existence of an audience for their work (for established artists)
* Have teaching experience
* Are willing to fully and enthusiastically participate in promotion and publicity for residency activities (this is a commitment)
* Are interested in participating in artistic feedback sessions and are excited by the possibilities of cross-pollination with other artists

Our curatorial philosophy:
We are open to many different proposals from a wide variety of artists, and there are no hard and fast rules about who we will select. However, we tend to choose applicants who:

* Blend more than one performance genre or discipline. Collaboration with other artists is strongly encouraged.
* Are community-based and socially aware. We are interested in work that addresses current social, political or enviro...+ [ Read all ]

Venue hire

CounterPULSE’s facility at 1310 Mission Street is available to artists, activists, and community-makers for rehearsals, meetings, performances, public discussions, rituals, art exhibits, and educational events.