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"Your efforts to educate your community of the complexities of general-based harassment while supporting the creative arts is truly inspirational."

-U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Nevertheless. Cat Call Choir pictured. P

Nevertheless is supported in part by the 

Zellerbach Family Foundation, 2018 Frank Shawl Artist-in-Residence program at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, CA$H Grant (a program of Dancers' Group), FACT/SF Co-Production Grant, and generous individual donors.




ka·nei·see | collective presents Nevertheless, a collaboration with the Bay Area’s all-women Cat Call Choir. Drawing inspiration from the feminist battle cry, “Nevertheless, she persisted,” Nevertheless surveys the field of gender-based harassment from the subtle to the violent, in a marriage of song and dance, comedy and horror.

Organized in a series of 16 vignettes of varying length, Nevertheless interweaves the companies of Cat Call Choir and ka·nei·see | collective in explorations of topics that will feel familiar to some and frightening to others, ranging from being told to smile to being followed home at night.

With over 1400 attendants, 8 sold-out shows, 42 collaborating artists, endorsements from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Dianne Feinstein, a multitude of press, and, most importantly, outstanding audience feedback, Nevertheless was the instigation of empathy and catharsis that it was designed to be.



Premiere: April 19-22, 2018 at CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

2nd Installment: March 7-10, 2019 at Z Space, San Francisco, CA

Up next: Accepting touring offers at

Visual Art Exhibition:

Pre-and-post show gallery featuring installations inspired by gender-based harassment by artists from New York City, Detroit, Seattle, and San Francisco. Collaborating artists include Sarey Ruden, Allison Bouganim, Kaye Richad, Zoe Scwartz, Kate Marsh, Sherri Ling Lu, Amanda Thomas, and Veronica Wang.


Tanya Chianese

Song Writer:

Heather Arnett


Heather Arnett, Mika Banks, Allegra Bautista, Blair Bodie, Chelsea Brown, Rosanna Chiu, Lydia Clinton, Maggie Connard, Emily Deckert, Clarissa Dyas, Kelsey Gerber, Greta Hadley, Kalani Hicks, Alexa Manalansan, Mercilee Jenkins, Mallory Markham, Madeline Matuska, Jennifer Minore, Sheena Miraftabi, Rebecca Morris, Amelia Nommensen, Celine Alwyn Parker, Bhumi Patel, Emma Salmon, Vera Schwegler, Sarah Stephen, Ali Toia, Lucca Troutman, Jenna Valez, Jordan Wanderer


Lighting Design: 

Linda Baumgardner

Costume Design:

Carol Salmon


Ramallah Underground, Lawrence English, John Kander, Richard Reed Perry, Heather Arnett, Colleen, Dustin O’Halloran, Ekkehard Ehlers & Paul Wirkus, Michael Gordon


Heather Arnett, Mitch McConnell, Fox News, Women’s Self Defense Tutorial

**In order to adequately address this subject matter, a limited amount of profanity as well as uncomfortable, potentially triggering imagery is used in this show. Parental guidance is suggested. Feel free to reach out to us at for more details, we will gladly discuss subject matter with parents or guardians before the performance in order to make an informed decision for you and your child.

For all press inquiries please contact Mary Carbonara at

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