SFIAF 2019, May 23 - June 2 - The Path to Democracy

2019 Dance

Artists are listed in alphabetical order

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco

USA & Brazil - Spirit of Brazil 2019 (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 31, 7:00pm; Sunday June 2, 2:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
Reserved Table Seating: $30, 35
At the door: $28 - $38

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco’s Spirit of Brazil ’19 presents the artistic elements of Capoeira through a fusion of contemporary and traditional music, dance, and martial arts from Brazil. Presented by an international cast, the dynamic acrobatic and athletic movements, history and tradition, and heart-thumping rhythms will leave you inspired!

 

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Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose

USA - Stories of Justice (2018, San Francisco Premiere)

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 2:00pm
Duration: 45 minutes, no intermission, Shared Program with Guru Shradha
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Stories of Justice will examine the non-violent resistance strategies of Martin Luther King, Jr. to demonstrate that the fight for social justice is ongoing and that past struggles provide lessons that enable us to confront our current problems.

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Amy Lewis / Agnes Szelag

USA - ANIMA MAGNETA (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 24, 9:30pm; Saturday May 25, 9:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse
Ticket Information:  
General Admission: $22
At the door: $25

Experience a surrogate reality where seemingly disparate ideas and dimensions suddenly coexist. ANIMA MAGNETA, by choreographer Amy Lewis and sound artist Agnes Szelag, transforms sensory awareness through the interweaving of dance, video, and sound. Get ready for time to shift and other worlds to appear.

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Caminos Flamencos

USA - Flamenco Generation X, Y, Z (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 24, 9:30pm
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
Reserved Table Seating: $30, $35
At the door: $28 - $38

"Flamenco Generation XYZ" is a variety showcase by Caminos Flamencos featuring the next generation of dancers and musicians comprising a span of 50 years in a concert of solidarity, collaboration and the passion of flamenco culture.

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Chen-Wei Lee & Zoltan Vakulya

Taiwan & Hungary - Together Alone (2017, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 24. 7:00pm; Saturday May 25 6:30pm; Sunday May 26 6:30pm
Duration: 50 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse
Ticket Information:  
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Together Alone is a solo in dancing together, which counters the individual loneliness with the power of being together. Deprived of all external concealment and decorations, the two of them return to the primitive in dance and face each other with their most naked selves.

 

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Compagnie Virginie Brunelle

Canada - Complexe des Genres (2012, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 8:30pm
Duration: 65 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Overwhelmed by their fears, men and women collide in a forlorn attempt to validate their own existence. Their excesses lead them on the road to ruin, guided by their desperate desire to feel something, to feel alive. A physical and acrobatic choreography imbued with remarkable visual poetry.

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Deborah Slater Dance Theatre

USA - Solos Lost & Found

Date and Time: Friday May 31, 9:30pm; Saturday June 1, 8:00pm; Sunday June 2, 7:00pm
Duration: 50 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Short solos tell stories of love and loss. In Grace Floats, a Maine woman waits for the return of her fisherman husband. In Beneath the Thin Skin, a standstill monologue surrounds the remnants of innocent loved ones. And finally, a table and chair pay homage to timeless classics that put DSDT on the map.

 

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Gamelan Sekar Jaya

USA & Bali - Serasi! Gamelan Sekar Jaya Celebrates 40 Years of Balinese Music & Dance

Date and Time: Friday, May 31st, 8:15pm & Saturday, June 1st, 2pm
Duration: 100 minutes with intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Gamelan Sekar Jaya returns to SFAIF with a thrilling mix of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance! The internationally acclaimed performing arts troupe celebrates its 40th Anniversary under the direction of legendary gamelan composer, I Nyoman Windha, and dance master, I Nyoman Cerita. These two luminaries of the Balinese performing arts lead the 50-member Bay Area company through a dynamic range of Balinese music and dance that resonates in the heart and captures the imagination with its intricacy and depth.

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Guru Shradha

USA - An Enchanting Odissi Odyssey

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 2:00pm
Duration: 45 minutes, no intermission, Shared Program with Abhinaya Dance Company
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Odissi dance, one of the oldest surviving Indian dance forms, is captivating through its unique grace and poses evoking temple dance sculptures. An Enchanting Odissi Odyssey takes the audience through a spiritual journey showcasing contemporary and traditional choreography revealing a tapestry of its devotional, emotive, intricate dance and haunting music.

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Jessica Fudim & The Dance Animals

USA - Sheepish & Frank (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 5:00pm; Sunday June 2, 2:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes with intermission
Location: Firehouse
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

A journeying sheep, weary fairy godmother, lonely shepherdess and forest imps trek through Jessica Fudim’s solo, Sheepish, and her world premiere of Frank. Mixing magical realism, movement, text and whimsical, lo-tech effects, the Dance Animals cast spins tales of loss and longing, immigration and freedom to form a chosen family.

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Joe Landini

USA - Wishes Before the Apocolypse (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 24, 9:30pm
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Ritual and performance collide in an evening of immersive theatre and contemporary dance where audience members move through Fort Mason’s historic Army Chapel, witnessing vignettes, memories and lost moments.

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Lili Weckler | Unhinge

USA - SiSTARS Strange and the Shatterer of Worlds (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 6:30pm; Sunday May 26, 5:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

The punk Lovechild of the Earth and Death must reunite their estranged parents in order to take a stand against the Shatterer of Worlds. In a gender-bending, mischievous rock-opera, a group of contemporary dancers and musicians will investigate themes around good death, veils, bonds between the human and the universal, and the end of time.

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Lucia August/Everybody Can Dance

USA - Speaking From The Body

Date and Time: Sunday June 2, 4:30pm
Duration: 50 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Speaking From The Body ‘A dancer of tremendous joy’ **** (Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival Magazine: Fest, 2014) Intimate queer and not-so queer storytelling in movement and spoken word. New works and old favorites! Expand your ideas of who can beautifully dance, regardless of age or size! www.luciaaugustdance.com

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OOMPH Dance Theater

USA - femmes refusal

Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 7:00pm; Saturday June 1, 3:30pm; Sunday June 2, 4:30pm
Duration: 35 minutes, no intermission, Shared Program with pateldanceworks
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

“femme’s refusal” is a reimagining of “The Rite of Spring” by OOMPH Dance Theater’s Zackary Forcum. This solo interdisciplinary work examines how society asks men to sacrifice the feminine within themselves for cultural renewal and stability. OOMPH is proud to share a festival program with peer company, pateldanceworks.

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pateldanceworks

USA - all the things we'll never be

Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 7:00pm; Saturday June 1, 3:30pm; Sunday June 2, 4:30pm
Duration: 35 minutes, no intermission, Shared Program with OOMPH Dance Theater
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

all the things we’ll never be is a work that explores femininity, femmephobia, and the collective safety that queer women seek in one another as a means of solace for the grief that we feel as artists, as queer folks, as people of colour, as womxn, as people who believe in equity and justice. It is a fully immersive, meditation on the versions of ourselves that we’ll never be and will examine the choices we’ve made to honor the expectations set forth for us, either internally or externally.

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Samudra Dance Creations / Jyotsna Vaidee

USA - Earth Speaks (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 5:30PM
Duration: 45 minutes, no intermission, Shared Program with Shambhavi's School of Kathak
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Earth Speaks is a dance-music production that explores humankind’s intricate physical, emotional and spiritual relationship to the EARTH (PRITHVI in sanskrit). When that connection, that umbilical cord is disturbed or even severed what happens to our being, our existence? The production incorporates indian mythology , greek mythology and contemporary stories to tell the story of Mother Earth in HER voice. Don’t miss the world premiere of “Earth Speaks” at the 2019 festival.

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San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company

USA - Don Quixote Rides Again

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 2:00pm
Duration: 45 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Get ready for another whimsical flamenco adventure for the whole family. Master Flamenco artist Luis de la Tota stars as Don Quixote in this bilingual, rhythmic adventure filled with dazzling footwork and colorful costumes. He can rap, he can tap, he will make you laugh! Don Quixote rides again and you’re invited!

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Shambhavi's International School of Kathak (SISK)

USA - Horizons... Kathak and beyond!

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 5:30pm
Duration: 45 minutes, no intermission, Shared Program with Samudra Dance Creations
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

‘Horizons…Kathak and Beyond’ is a beautiful array of choreographic work in Indian Classical Kathak dance style. Horizons features traditional as well as contemporary themes in Classical Kathak. The performers include SISK’s founder, principal dancer and choreographer Shambhavi Dandekar along with her highly trained and accomplished disciples from India and USA.

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Steamroller Dance Company

USA - Dead Weight

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 5:00pm and Sunday June 2, 7:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

A performance exploring temporality and legacy. What if you could attend your own funeral? What would people remember about your life? Would it be somber, a wake or joyful celebration? How would you want to be commemorated? Using archival choreography, the performance is framed as eulogy for choreographer Jesselito Bie.

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Tango Con*Fusión Dance Co with Redwood Tango Ensemble

USA & Argentina - Tango Night (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 8:00pm
Duration: 45 minutes, followed by Milonga
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $35
Reserved Table Seating: $45, $100
At the door: $48, $103

Tango Night -- This is not your mother’s tango! In this groundbreaking performance, Tango Con*Fusión, San Francisco’s all women company, dances to original music composed by Charles Gorzynski and his Redwood Tango Ensemble. Both groups push the traditional boundaries of the genre. Following the performance, guests are invited to stay for a “milonga.”

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Tara Brandel

Republic of Ireland - Circus (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 8:30pm; Friday May 31, 7:00pm; Saturday June 1, 2:00pm
Duration: 40 minutes, no intermission, Shared Program with Felicity Hesed
Location: Firehouse
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Who gets to dance? What does Irish look like? An aging pole dancer. A street dancer as new migrant in Ireland. Mixing twerking, contemporary dance, aerial pole, and video projection, Circus weaves diverse stories about masculinity, queerness, MeToo, and new immigrants in collaboration with Nigerian street dancer Nicholas Nwosu.

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Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco

USA & Spain - Rock Flamenco (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 31, 9:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
Reserved Table Seating: $30, $35
At the door: $28 - $38

Rock flamenco inspired by the time of rock in Spain and Usa In the late 1970’s through the 1990’s, which will combined flamenco singing and clapping with electric guitar, electric bass, and a drum set. Artistic Director Carola Zertuche will adapt six compositions of flamenco rock to created a unique Flamenco Performance.

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