Born in 2016 in the Mission District of San Francisco from the need for a more productive response to street harassment, Cat Call Choir is a group of irreverent but hopeful female-identified artists from the California Bay Area who create live performances about gender based violence using satirical song, dance, and physical theater.
Cat Call Choir song lyrics come from the words, actions and mannerisms of perpetrators and from the stories of the people who share their experiences with us. These words are then fashioned to the tune of nursery rhymes and other widely recognizable songs.
Cat Call Choir's work has evolved to include many types of gender-based violence, commentary on pop culture, and an archive of songs of SoundCloud.
In 2019 the choir began working with Stronghold - a Bay Area organization dedicated to anti-oppression analysis and framed by Restorative and Transformative Justice philosophy and practice. This collaboration was inspired by a desire to understand the ways in which white-supremacy infiltrates and influences our art-making, and to transform our creative process into one in which racial justice drives our work.
Cat Call Choir is a fiscally sponsored project of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center & Fractured Atlas
Cat Call Choir is a 2019 recipient of a generous Artist In Communities Grant from the California Arts Council.