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Red Poppy Art House: A Challenge of Being: A Collective Exploration by mariA

January 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


The Red Poppy Art House invites you to join “A Challenge of Being,” a collective exploration on empathy, presence, authenticity, and vulnerability. How vulnerable is it to be real? What prevents us from being authentic? What is the challenge to be present for another? How can we empathize with the uncomfortable?

“Within a simple and respectful structure, that is based on my practice of Authentic Movement, I let myself dive into the depths of the subconscious, to move and be moved. I have no intention to entertain you. I challenge myself to be wholeheartedly real at your presence, and I challenge you to be active witnesses; because “the soul cannot exist without its other side, which is always found in a ‘You’ (Jung, 1954). I surrender to the unknown, and You become the owners of your experience. I follow my inner impulses and You have the free will to just witness or to participate by ‘making special’. In any case, we are all co-creators of this collective Alive exploration.”

Originally from Greece, Maria Lentzou is an expressive arts therapist, interdisciplinary performing artist, and the founder of Authentic Movement SF. Her performance work has been presented locally at Z Space, PianoFight, Red Poppy Art House, and CounterPulse, as well as internationally in England, Peru, and Argentina. mariA enjoys creating simple performative acts as an invitation to the imaginary through embodied experiences that provide an all-time-in-between space, where playfulness meets sacredness and vice versa. Her mission is to honor the beauty of our multifaceted existences, along with the mystery of life-death-life in its paradoxical nature; to embody and communicate the power of authenticity, of humbleness, and of love.


January 20
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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(650) 731-5383