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

International Performance Pass Suggestions

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 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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Spitfire Company

Czech Republic - Antiwords (2013, West Coast Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 9:30pm; 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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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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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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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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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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