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

Family Program

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:
Early Bird: $15
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:
Early Bird: $15
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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Gamelan Sekar Jaya

USA - 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:
Early Bird: $15
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:
Early Bird: $15
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:
Early Bird: $15
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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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:
Early Bird: $15
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:
Early Bird: $15
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:
Early Bird: $15
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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