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USA - Shifts in Consciousness (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 24, 7:00pm; Sunday May 26, 6:30pm
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Shifts in Consciousness embarks on the creative journey of altering mainstream perceptions of oppressed peoples. The hope of this production is to enable viewers to think more critically and empathetically about injustice and the sufferings of an emerging generation. Love, power and healing will take place in this space.

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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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Jessica Lá Rel

USA - We Are (A Live Recording)

Date and Time: Thursday May 23, 8:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Join Jessica Lá Rel and a full band for a live recording & concert of new music from her latest album, War Love. Weaving together music and storytelling, Jessica will be sharing music and stories about life, love and justice.

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Brian Copeland

USA - The waiting Period

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 8:30pm
Duration: 105 minutes with intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Brian Copeland has taken the personal struggles of depression and channeled them into The Waiting Period, a powerful solo show chronicling the 10 days he spent waiting for the permit to get the gun he needed to kill himself. With intense honesty and unrelenting humor, Copeland shares his insider's perspective on the deepest wells of depression.

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Abdul Kenyatta

USA - The Speakeasy Storyteller Series

Date and Time: Friday May 31, 9:00pm
Duration: 120 minutes with intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $10
General Admission: $17
At the door: $20

The Speakeasy Storyteller Series is a new program founded by poet and storyteller Abdul Kenyatta as a forum for storytellers celebrating the art and craft of story-making. The Series promotes and encourages participation in storytelling and storytellers in the Bay Area- in a supportive atmosphere. The performance at the Festival on Friday May 31 will mark the Series inaugural San Francisco event.

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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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Phone Number: 415-399-9554 | Email: info@sfiaf.org
870 Market Street, Suite 1258, San Francisco, CA 94102