Special Performance


October 13, 2019, 4:00-5:00PM
Wilde Outlook, John McLaren Park



Southern Exposure presents HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL, a dance performance by Danish artist Lise Haller Baggesen presented in John McLaren Park in San Francisco on October 12-13, 2019.

Set in a San Francisco of 2069, HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL looks to San Francisco’s countercultures of the late 60s, science fiction, and camp, to imagine resistance to a future dystopia impacted by climate change and an oppressive technocracy. 

The speculative narrative performed by seven local dancers evolved in collaboration with Southern Exposure’s Youth Advisory Board teen artists who shared their hopes and fears for the future with Lise Haller Baggesen, inspiring the development of a cast of characters who might inhabit stark, waterlogged landscapes, where technological advancements segregate the “innies” from the “outies”. Set in the toxic outskirts of a domed city, the characters of HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL struggle to survive and understand the world they live in.

HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL features a score by composer avery r. young (with assistance from Jonathan Ross) that draws heavily on funk and psychedelic music of the late 1960s, and will be broadcast over “silent disco” headphone systems. Bay Area dancer Stephanie Hewett choreographed and dances this public performance, along with six other dancers, working in collaboration with local theater director Jackie Katz to stage the movement within San Francisco’s McLaren Park. The cast also includes Annie Aguilar, Valerie Mendez, Hannah Oliver, Sonia Pinto-Scherstuhl, Christan Thompson, and Yao Wang.   

Performances of HATORADE RETROGRADE: THE MUSICAL will take place at the Wilde Overlook in McLaren Park in San Francisco, a brutalist 35’ high tower with a viewing platform built from an old reservoir tank. With this history, set within an idyllic grove of redwoods, with sweeping vistas of the Bay and the south-eastern parts of the city, it’s an ideal location to imagine the future of San Francisco. 

Please note: due to the "silent disco" headphone system, reservations are required and free tickets are limited to 50 attendees per day. Please only reserve the amount of tickets you plan to use, and return the reservations if you are no longer able to attend the performance.