SF International Arts Festival Announces 2016 Program. Multiple Artists from 13 Countries and the Bay Area to Feature in Over 100 Performances, Installations and Exhibitions.

"SFIAF returns to the glorious bayside setting with a three week program... designed to highlight Fort Mason's versatility as an arts locale... (and) roaring back into action with its most ambitious program ever."    -- Bay Area News Group

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November 16, 2015
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For Immediate Release          

San Francisco International Arts Festival Announces 2016 Program

Multiple Artists from 10 Countries and the Bay Area to Feature in Over 100 Performances, Installations and Exhibitions 

Headline Ensembles from Colombia, Japan and the Republic of Ireland 

All Taking Place at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture        

Calendar Editors Please Note:
Who: Multiple Artists
What: San Francisco International Arts Festival
Where: Fort Mason Center for Art and Culture
When: May 19 – June 5, 2016
Tickets: $12 - $35 (Early Bird Tickets and the NEW Festival Pass on-sale March 1, 2016)
Box Office: 415.345.7575 www.sfiaf.org
Info: 415-399-9554 info@sfiaf.org

San Francisco November 16, 2015: The Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture is thrilled to announce the line up for the 2016 San Francisco International Arts Festival, which will take place from May to June 5 in six venues on the Fort Mason campus as the culmination of the 2015-16 FMC Presents series.

More than 50 performance ensembles will participate in the 2016 Festival including some of the Bay Area’s best as well as companies travelling from as far afield as Colombia, England, France, Japan, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Switzerland and Taiwan.

SFIAF 2016 will be headlined by Hiroshi Koike’s Bridge Project from Japan with the US premiere of their acclaimed dance theatre performance Restaurant of Many Orders based on Miyazawa Kenji’s 2006 novel where the hunters become the hunted. This will be Koike’s first visit to San Francisco since changing the name of the company, previously named Pappa Tarahumara.

The headline theatre artists visiting from Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and making their San Francisco debut is Pan Pan Theatre as they tackle Chekhov with the award winning theatrical production Americanitis Presents the Seagull and Other Birds. Pan Pan’s is a roller coaster reimagining of the much-loved comic masterpiece. The performance centers around a concise new version of The Seagull integrated with a number of works specially commissioned by the company. Through the wormhole of the new work, Chekhov’s characters find themselves in extraordinarily different contexts: classic plays, TV shows, YouTube and stuff they’ve just made up. The result is playful and uncompromising – expect lots of talk about art, some action, and tons of love.

International music offerings are led by Cimarron from the cattle rearing, Llanos Orientales region of Colombia with a fierce display of rippling melodies and powerful rhythms, combining Andalusian, Indigenous Indian and African roots. Led by harpist Carlos Rojas, the musicians explore and experiment with their rich heritage while retaining the essence of the tradition.

From Serbia the Festival welcomes Trio Balkan Strings, a family ensemble led by Zoran Starcevic that is virtuosic and unconventional, spontaneous and brimming with energy.

From London, England the Festival will feature the US debut of the ground breaking company Tourette’s Hero and their unique performance piece Backstage in Biscuit Land. Jessica Thom, the artistic director of Tourette’s Hero has Tourette’s syndrome and the performance is a brave, honest, touching and, in turns, incredibly humorous look at her approach to living with the condition, including a neurological tic that causes her to involuntarily say the word “biscuit”16,000 times a day.

From Northern Ireland, the Festival eagerly awaits the heralded San Francisco return of solo performer Kate Perry in the Very Perry Show. Other international artists performing at the Festival include: choreographers Lora Juodkaite from Lithuania making her US debut with an evening length piece titled Atmintis (Memory), Shang-Chi Sun from Taiwan with the male duet Traverse, T42 Dance a Euro – Japanese collaboration based in Switzerland with Another Chopstick Story and a new work to be created by Surya Berthomieux from France in collaboration with San Francisco composer Sascha Jacobson.

Bay Area ensemble performing as part of the 2016 Festival include (in alphabetical order): Alma del Tango, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Jazz Orchestra performs Brown’s 1945: A Year of Infamy, Arje Shaw will perform the autobiographical 74 n’ Sunny, Bandelion will present Dance of Changes: Spring to Summer, Black Geomancy and Tantric (G)Hosts (Genny Lim, Marshall Trammell and Lama Pema Tenzin) will create the Sound Temple of Kailasa,  CALI & CO in collaboration with OngDance Company and Matt EL will perform HERE, the Caravan Band with the Aswan Dancers present music and dance of the Middle East, Chus Alonso and Potaje with Fandangueros, Cascada de Flores and Charmaine Clamor will present Fandango-Pandanggo, Dana Lawton Dance Company will present the US Premiere of Silence Of… and the west coast premiere of Wax and Wire, Del Sol String Quartet will perform the works of Mohammed Fairouz and Chinary Ung, First Voice (Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu) will present the historical tale Uncle Gunjiro's Wedding, Hatch Performance Collective, Inferno Theatre, Jon Jang Quintet, Musette will perform The Nightingale by Deborah Henson-Conant, the Musical Arts Quintet program who will include Aljamiado composed by ensemble member Sascha Jacobsen, Namita Kapoor will present the world premiere of Hindu Swing, composer and instrument builder Peter Whitehead and Friends will present a mini-marathon featuring Whitehead’s hand made musical instrument collection, Steamroller, ViBO Simfani will fuse elements of Latin jazz, folk, classical music and Brazilian styles such as bossa nova and choro, Theatre MadCap will present a new interpretation of August Wilson’s Radio Golf, and the Wooden Fish Ensemble will perform the work of composer Hyo-Shin Na.

Travelling from the East coast will be the Borromeo String Quartet from Boston who will perform the world premiere of the Bay Area composer Hi Kyung Kim’s Percussion Quintet with guest artist William Winant. Also Erica Essner Performance Co-op from New York City will make their second trip to the Festival to present the west coast premiere of Versailles Undone.

The Festival will also feature the return of a certain script from Iran and one of the runaway hit shows of SFIAF 2012, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nasim Soulemainpour. Twelve local luminaries will be in the hot-seat in 2016 including: Rotimi Agbabiaka of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Russell Blackwood of Thrill Peddlers, stage director Tony Kelly, Shinichi Iova-Koga of inkBoat, Rob Melrose of Cutting Ball Theater, Ava Roy of the We Players and Nancy Wang of Eth Noh Tec.

The visual arts component of SFIAF 2016 is still being developed and is led by curators Matt McKinley of McKinley Art Solutions, Hanna Regev and Justin Hoover, Fort Mason Center’s creative director. They are working with a number of artists and arts organizations to present the program including Fort Mason resident organizations Embark Gallery and the Mexican Museum. More details will be available on February 1, 2016.

San Francisco International Arts Festival is supported in part by grants from: the Bernard Osher Foundation, British Council, California Arts Council, California Endowment, Christensen Fund, Culture Ireland, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pro-Helvetica, Saison Foundation, Taiwan Ministry of Culture and the Western Arts Federation.

Calendar Editors Please Note:
Who: Multiple Artists
What: San Francisco International Arts Festival
Where: Fort Mason Center for Art and Culture
When: May 19 – June 5, 2016
Tickets: $12 - $35 (Early Bird Tickets and the NEW Festival Pass on-sale March 1, 2016)
Box Office: 415.345.7575 www.sfiaf.org
Info: 415-399-9554 info@sfiaf.org

 

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