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Artists are listed in REVERSE alphabetical order

Wind Weavers

USA - Wind Weavers & StringQuake in Concert

Date and Time: Thusday, May 23, 8:00pm
Duration: 120 minutes with intermission, Shared bill with StringQuake
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

StringQuake and Wind Weavers come together in an evening of innovative instrumental music, led by two Bay Area native composers Amelia Romano (electric harp) and Diana Strong (accordion). Expect superb musicianship, rhythmic depth and playful improvisatio

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We Players

USA - Mother Lear (2017)

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 3:30pm; Sunday May 26, 7:00pm
Duration: 75 minutes, with intermission and discussion
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $18
General Admission: $30
At the door: $33

An irascible middle-aged scholar with dementia communicates with her caretaker daughter using only the text of King Lear, as the two struggle with aging, love and their own balance of power. The performance is immediately followed by a conversation with the audience.

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Us in the U.S.

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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Toolbox Percussion

Hong Kong - Grant Avenue (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 8:00pm
Duration: 55 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $18
General Admission: $30
At the door: $33

Grant Avenue - West Coast Percussion Tour is a newly curated percussion programme by Hong Kong leading Percussive Collective - Toolbox Percussion for the San Francisco International Arts Festival 2019. It focuses on music composed by composers have west coast influences and it also provides the opportunity to collaborate with Jack van Geem, former principal percussionist of San Francisco Symphony

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Tomoko Momiyama

Japan - New Work TBA (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 23, 7:00pm; Saturday May 25, 3:30pm; Sunday May 26, 3:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

An original site-specific work by Tomoko Momiyama, a composer and interdisciplinary artist from Japan. Inspired by conversations with Japanese-American and Native-American communities as well as specialists in different disciplines including seed science, migratory birds, and geology, the work explores the issues of home and diaspora identities in the Bay Area and beyond.

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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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Theatre de la Feuille

Hong Kong - L'Orphelin 2.0 (2014, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 24 8:15pm Sunday, May 26 5:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

A Chinese Legend Retold Through the Art of the Body. As with any classic, several versions exist. It first appeared in Zuo Zhuan, the well-known Commentary of Zuo on The Spring and Autumn Annals and then described by the great historian Sima Qian in his Records of the Grand Historian. But is there a ‘true’ version?

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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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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:
Early Bird: $21
General Admission: $35
Reserved Table Seating: $45, $100
At the door: $38, $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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StringQuake

USA - Wind Weavers & StringQuake in Concert

Date and Time: Thusday May 23, 8:00pm
Duration: 120 minutes with intermission, Shared bill with Wind Weavers
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Performing dynamic arrangements of world music from Latin America, Greece, and American jazz to original repertoire with influences from Balkan to classical chamber music and Indian classical, StringQuakes' unique instrumentation and compositional style will challenge and excite the listener. Unusual meters, intricate melodies and improvisation make this ensembles live performance unforgettable.

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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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Spitfire Company

Czech Republic - Antiwords (2013, West Coast Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 8:30pm; Saturday June 1, 7:30pm; Sunday June 2, 7:00pm
Duration: 55 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Internationally acclaimed performance influenced by the works of Václav Havel, especially his play Audience and its legendary film adaptation. What happens when a brewer and a persecuted politician, alter ego of Václav Havel himself, meet on stage? Two actresses, a crate of genuine Czech beer, huge original masks and absurd humour. A hit in Berlin, Prague, Milan, Florence, Krakow, Washington, New York, London, Beijing, Oslo, Seoul, Edinburgh…

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Source Material

USA - I Should Have a Party for All the Thoughts I Didn't Say

Date and Time: Friday May 24, 7:00pm; Saturday May 25, 9:00pm; Sunday May 26, 2:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: FREE
General Admission: FREE
At the door: FREE

I Should Have a Party For All The Thoughts I Didn't Say is a devised piece dedicated to the social awkwardness of grief. Staged site specific in a chapel, utilising everything from physical theatre to polyphonic singing, the piece is a cinematic love letter to celebrated playwright Anton Chekhov.

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Sha Sha Higby

USA - Emeralds in Ice

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 6:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25.00
At the door: $28

Sha Sha Higby sculptures are complex and layered, informed by her experiences in Asia and many countries More than mere visual delights, these sculptures are made to move with her living body as the driving force.

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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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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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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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Pablo Estigarribia

Argentina - Pablo Estigarribia in Concert

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 9:00pm
Duration: 50 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
Reserved Table Seating: $30, $35
At the door: $28 - $38

Maestro Pablo Estigarribia is back in SFIAF to bring his unique approach on Tango music. This time the program will be focused on his latest compositions, a work that although is based in Tango structure and expression, is openly influenced by jazz and music. An alluring night of passion and elegance.

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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tec

USA - Shadows and Secrets

Date and Time: Sunday May 26, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

More than a Mystery! Multi-media, storytelling, intrigue! The early 1900s in Chicago beckoned immigrants with possibility – but danger was never far behind – tong wars (Chinese mafia), gambling, murders, prohibition… Grandfather and Grandfather’s mega-restaurant were the talk of the town, but one late night the phone rang ... A staged reading.

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Melody of China with Sound of Dragon

USA - Dragon Song

Date and Time: Sunday June 2, 6:00pm
Duration: 75 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $12
General Admission: $20
Reserved Table Seating: $25, $30
At the door: $23 - $33

Melody of China joins forces with Sound of Dragon Ensemble from Vancouver. The program will feature new arrangements of traditional Chinese repertoire mixed ensemble including Chinese chamber ensemble and flute, guitar, cello, harp and percussion. The program will include exciting new works by composers from the U.S. and Canada.

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Melody Takata

USA - Mu No Kukan, Space for Nothingness (2019, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 23, 8:30pm; Friday May 24, 9:30pm; Saturday May 25, 2:00pm
Duration: 45 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $12
General Admission: $20
At the door: $23

The US Premiere of “Mu No Kukan, Space for Nothingness" pays homage to Yukio Mishima’s “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion.” The work explores the human psyche and the correlation between desire and destruction through film footage, live music, and text.

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Magic Theatre

USA - Oedipus El Rey

Date and Time: Wednesday-Saturday May 29 - June 1, 8:00pm. Sunday June 2 2:30pm
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Sam Shephard Theatre
Ticket Information:
General Admission: -
Reserved Table Seating: $50

Oedipus el Rey is a gritty and electrifying take on the Greek tragedy, written by the acclaimed Magic playwright Luis Alfaro. Oedipus is re-imagined as a young man whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar beyond the prison walls where he’s spent his life. In a place where everyone is trapped by desperation, violence, and history, can one man transcend his own story?

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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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Ledoh

USA & Burma - POOLREADY! (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Tuesday May 28, 8:00pm; Wednesday May 29, 8:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

POOLREADY!, choreographed by Salt Farm's founding artistic director Ledoh, explores the complexities of climate change, and the irony in the futility of individuals being able to act collectively in their self-interest and for the good of humanity. Ledoh's character is prepared for the next Noachian flood-at the ready, with floaties, snorkel and fins.

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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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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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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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Jessica Fertonani Cooke

USA - Spectacle of the Snake II

Date and Time: Friday May 31, 7:00pm
Duration: 26 minutes no intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $9
General Admission: $15
At the door: $17

Spectacle of the Snake II performance alludes to the nature of ‘spectacle‘; the pop showcase in the art world in juxtaposition to issues of urgency. The utilization of the SNAKE is a reference to shamanic healing where the ambiguity of the snake is in its venom that kills as heals.

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Jeremy Talamantes and Jordan Cerminara

USA - The Art Critique Comedy Show

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 9:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $9
General Admission: $15
At the door: $17

{comedians roasting thrift store art} puts the best stand-up comics in front of the most ridiculous second-hand disasterpieces we can find. You'll love this treasure trash so much, you'll wanna bid on it for the chance to take it home in the post show auction!

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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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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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Florante Aguilar

USA - UTOM (World Premiere

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 2:00pm
Duration: 50 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

UTOM is inspired by the T’boli’s practice of expressing the mysteries of our world in music, Master musician Florante Aguilar creates compelling narrative of human emotion in his music using both western and indigenous instruments.

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Felicity Hesed

USA - Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto (World Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 8:30pm; Friday May 31, 7:00pm; Saturday June 1, 2:00pm
Duration: 25 minutes, no intermission, Shared Program with Tara Brandel
Location: Firehouse
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto is a solo clown piece which explores the joys, sorrows, and hilarity of romance, relationships, and child-rearing through music, acrobatics, and magic. Created and performed by Felicity Hesed, this comedy offers a female perspective on life.

 

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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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Conspiracy of Venus

USA - The Sixth Extinction? Songs of Lament and Celebration

Date and Time: Sunday June 2, 2:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes, with intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Conspiracy of Venus women's vocal ensemble sings songs by Joni Mitchell, the Pixies and many others, and original compositions by Joyce Todd McBride.

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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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Collective Ma'louba

Syria & Germany - Your Love is Fire (2017, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 7:00pm; Friday May 31, 9:30pm; Saturday June 1, 4:30pm
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

In “Your Love is Fire” the Syrian author Mudar Alhaggi deals with his personal experiences of the war in Syria, the loss of his home country and being exiled in Germany. Neither hero nor victim story, it portrays the behaviour of those in Syria – who wait silently.

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Chris Carlsson

USA - The Hidden Histories of Fort Mason, Black Point, the North Shore

Date and Time: Saturday June 1, 12:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

We begin in the shadow of the Fontana Towers at Van Ness and Bay and conclude at the Fort Mason gates. During our excursion we’ll traverse the grounds of the old military base and discover nearby histories of farms, soldiers, lost lagoons and water flumes, and an epic World’s Fair.

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Chirgilchin with Yuliyana Krivoshapkina

Republic of Tuva - In Concert

Date and Time: Friday May 24, 7:00pm
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

Khomus master Yuliyana Krivoshapkina will present the traditional music of the Sakha Republic, drawing on the wisdom and traditions of the Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe. Following, world-renowned throat singing ensemble Chirgilchin performs folk music from the Republic of Tuva.

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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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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:
Early Bird: $15
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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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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BATS Improv

USA - Objet d'Art

Date and Time: Fridays, May 3, 10, 17 & 24, 8:00pm
Duration: 105 minutes with intermission
Location: Bayfront Theatre
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $12
General Admission: $20

Each performance BATS will welcome artists other artists from the SFIAF to our stage. They’ll share a taste of what they’ll be presenting, and then BATS improvisers take over, spontaneously creating scenes based on the themes, setting and ideas presented by our guest artists.

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Ancient Future

USA - Ancient Future World Without Walls Reunion

Date and Time: Sunday May 26, 5:00pm
Duration: 100 minutes with intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
Reserved Table Seating: $30, $35
At the door: $28 - $38

This lineup featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Jim Hurley (violin), Doug McKeehan (keyboards), and Ian Dogole (percussion) reunited in 2011. In honor of the reunion, 22 years after its 1990 release, World Without Walls was reissued by Capitol Records and voted in the top 5 world music releases of 2012.

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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:
Early Bird: $14
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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Aco Tomine

Japan - Aco Tomine in Concert

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 5:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $12
General Admission: $20
Reserved Table Seating: $25, $30
At the door: $23 - $33

Aco Tomine, born in Japan, is a singer songwriter and accordionist. Aco sings old Japanese folk songs (Min-yoh) in her own unique style with her accordion and her original folk songs, hoping that they will be sung for hundreds of years to come.

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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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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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Abdolreza Monjezi

Iran - The Shop Window (2018) & Abadani (1990, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Tuesday May 28, 7:30pm
Duration: 30 minutes (The Shop Window), 90 minutes (Abadani).
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
Early Bird: $5
General Admission: $5
At the door: $7

"The Shop Window" was completed in September 2018. This artistic short film was accompished with a minimal budget while it's artistic content is magnificint. "Abadani" was filmed and completed in the years 1989-1990. This film has not been shown since. This film recently has been released from archive and has been prepared with English subtitle.

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