THE FESTIVAL CONTINUES THIS WEEK WITH 20 UNIQUE ARTISTS IN 30 GREAT CONCERTS
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FULL SFIAF 2023 PERFORMANCE LISTINGS!
Ranko Ogura Dance
HAMON-ring on the water (world premiere) (60 minutes w/out intermission)
Joe Goode Annex; Sun Jun 11, 2023 3:15 PM, Sun Jun 18, 2023 2:00 PM
HAMON-ring on the water is a new multi-media performance. Representing the unifying nature of water, HAMON-ring on the water integrates Butoh, contemporary dance, storytelling, sound instrumentation and digital projections. The mission of my dance-journey is to raise awareness on water stewardship.
Nash Baroque & Dance through Time
Pulcinella's Dream (60 minutes w/out intermission)
Joe Goode Annex; Fri Jun 16, 2023 7:00 PM, Sun Jun 18, 2023 5:30 PM
A lively spectacle of music, dance and pantomime of eighteenth century Italian theater. Live music, live dancing, live acting and audience participation for those who dare. A period instrument ensemble, choreographies and stage performances from original sources will transport you to a world where story is everything and everyone dreams.
Steamroller Dance Company
Young Gods Reimagined (2000) (45 minutes w/out intermission)
Joe Goode Annex; Thur Jun 15, 2023 8:00 PM, Sat Jun 17, 2023 3:30 PM
Shared bill with Jessica Fudim
Young Gods, Reimagined re-investigates one of the company’s seminal works by interviewing former company members to delve into their experiences of the creative process. Choreography from the original work is reconfigured so former dancers can engage with new dancers cast for the performance. The interviews and archival footage are woven throughout the performance to create an immersive experience for the audience.
Venomous (world premiere) (45 minutes w/out intermission)
Joe Goode Annex; Thur Jun 15, 2023 8:00 PM, Sat Jun 17, 2023 3:30 PM
Shared bill with Steamroller Dance Company
Her tale is more than two thousand years old, but what would Medusa say if she could speak for herself? Jessica Fudim’s dance-theater solo, Venomous, combines contemporary movement, storybook tableaus, and unabashed party dancing, playing between whimsy and darkness as she moves Medusa’s story beyond that of a monster.
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company
JUSAT (120 minutes with intermission)
BRAVA Theater; Sat Jun 17, 2023 8:00 PM
This original work by one of the Bay Area’s foremost West African dance companies, explores a personal journey and its universal expression in ritual. JUSAT blends traditional West African dance with contemporary American influences and features both traditional and pop music from Senegal and Mali. This dynamic suite has four scenes, beginning with, JUSAT, which represents the cyclical stages of life’s trajectory. The piece uses traditional West African dance and music as its focal point, which is enhanced by contemporary moves and music.
Abhinaya Dance Company
Trial by Fire (world premiere) (60 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Theater; Sun Jun 18, 2023 2:00 PM
Shared bill with Samudra Dance Creations
Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose presents Trial by Fire, a new work performed to scintillating music. The concert will include traditional depictions of the Sun-god, the primal and immortal flame; Jwala Devi, a goddess worshipped in the Himalayas; as well as a new work on the wildfires that have devastated Northern California, a direct consequence of global warming.
Samudra Dance Creations
The Earth Speaks (2019) (60 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Theater; Sun Jun 18, 2023 2:00 PM
Shared bill with Abhinaya Dance Company
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.
Neblinas del Pacífico
In Concert (120 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Cabaret; Fri Jun 16, 2023 8:00 PM
Marimba music from the Pacífico Afro-Colombiano. Neblinas del Pacífico hail from Colombia, the Bay Area, and Canada/Holland/Indonesia, and are based in La Mission and East Oakland. They study and share this music in the spirit of respect and solidarity with the maestros and communities who are the guardians of this music.
Tribute to the Buffalo Soldier and the Afro-Filipino (60 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Cabaret; Sat Jun 17, 2023 2:00 PM
John Calloway will give a work-in-progress presentation of the piece that will premiere at the Asian Art Museum in October 2023. Tribute to the Buffalo Soldier and the Afro-Filipino examines the confluence of the African / Filipino aspects of the Calloway family history.
The BluesFem Project: Smile Orange (world premiere) 60 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Cabaret; Sat Jun 17, 2023 5:00 PM
The BluesFem Project: Smile Orange is a musical experience arranged and directed by Bay Area virtuoso Dee Spencer, pairing the 1976 film Smile Orange with a live performance of the soundtrack composed by trombonist Melba Liston. Spencer’s arrangement combines soul, R&B, jazz, pop and blues with traditional Jamaican sounds and pays homage to two great artists: Author Trevor D. Rhone (1940–2009) and Melba Liston (1926–1999).
Gisela Tangui and The Voodoo Cabaret
In Concert (75 minutes with intermission)
BRAVA Cabaret; Sun Jun 18, 2023 6:00 PM
The Voodoo Cabaret is an ongoing musical performance project driven by the songs and theatrical presence of Gisela Tangui. Her compositions reflect a singular relationship to the Orishas/Loas of the African diaspora and are written to fulfill her personal spiritual quest as well as entertain, educate and inspire. Gisela uses extensive percussion, rock instrumentation, humor, devotion and her operatic voice to connect and uplift her audience and community.
Cup of Tea (60 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Studio; Thur Jun 15, 8:00 PM, Sat Jun 17, 2023 9:00 PM
Galli revisits Cup of Tea, her 2015 video-performance, now bearing the body of a mother that comes back to the art scene and questions why the systemic oppression of women is still so prevalent: laws still place boundaries in women's sexuality, caregiving and domestic work are invisible labors mostly performed by women and rape culture is still widely spread.
Strong Like Bamboo 2: Stories of Resilience for Healing in the Era of Anti-AAPI Violence.
Theatre of Yugen; Tues Jun 13, 7:00 PM
Nancy Wang, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and guests present stories of fortitude in support of Asian American communities afflicted by racist violence and discrimination.
The Last Supper Party
LSP Season End Celebration (120 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Cabaret, Sat Jun 17, 8:00 PM
Tickets: FREE Admission
The wildly successful Last Supper Party concludes its second season with a move to the Mission district. Series curator, Kimi Sugioka, brings together an all-star cast of local artists and wordsmiths to mark the occasion. Included in the still evolving line-up are: Darius Simpson, devorah major, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Mimi Tempestt and Ayodele Nzinga.
deCoy Gallerina. Radical Medicine Project. Theatre Movement International
Haunting our His & Her Stories: Indigenous Children’s Boarding School & Related Experiences (world premiere) (45 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Studio; Sat Jun 10, 2023 8:30 PM, Sun Jun 18, 2023 2:00 PM
A presentation that explores the circumstances and state of being of Indigenous children taken from their families and placed in boarding schools. Utilizing a magical realism format, the piece spans a century of actual accounts married with sleuthed deduction. The stories include, Two Mason Jars and Haircutting: A young boy and his sister leave home, to pad the shock, father tells son a tail of a little skunk who goes off to ‘find roots’… Cause in the past, effects in the present, many presents.
Crescent Moon Theater Productions
Hold On, When Everything Changes in a Flash (60 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Stud, Fri Jun 16, 7:00 PM, Sat Jun 17, 2:00 PM
Four young adults share harrowing and courageous stories of fleeing their home countries of Guatemala, Afghanistan, Iraq and Venezuela, and starting their lives in the United States. An evening of storytelling with live music accompaniment that reveals intimate and honest accounts of the refugee experience.
US in the U.S.
What Had Happened Was... (world premiere) (60 minutes w/out intermission)
Theatre of Yugen; Fri Jun 16, 2023 8:00 PM, Sat Jun 17, 2023 5:30 PM, Sun Jun 18, 2.30pm
What Had Happened Was… takes the audience through a process of shedding identity. It is a journey through the past exploring generational trauma and letting go. Making choices in the present moment and navigating the future. It is about selecting one’s own identity or deciding not to have one at all!
Alive & Well Productions / Annie Kahane
Meeting #7 (world premiere) (50 minutes w/out intermission)
Joe Goode Annex; Fri Jun 16, 2023 9:00 PM, Sat Jun 17, 2023 8:00 PM
Meeting #7 is a one-woman show created and performed by dance theater artist Annie Kahane, with projections by filmmaker Ethan Alesch. In Meeting #7, an orientation-leader welcomes the audience to a parody PowerPoint presentation, as if they are in a breakout session at a corporate conference.
Crawfish - We The Invisible (60 minutes w/out intermission)
BRAVA Studio; Sat Jun 17, 2023 6:00 PM, Sun Jun 18, 2023 4:30 PM
Written and performed by Gamal Chasten and directed by Marieke Gaboury, Crawfish chronicles one man's journey from home to homelessness, while also sharing his insights on gentrification, global warming and Alzheimer's. Time and place: September 11th, 2020, Berkeley CA, under the overpass of the 580 Freeway. Crawfish did not move here. He was moved.
Put Ur Play On Productions
Unapologetically Black: Here for Facilitating Harm Reduction Services for Those in Need, Incorporated (world premiere) (60 minutes w/out intermission)
Theatre of Yugen; Sat Jun 17, 2023 2:00 PM
Unapologetically Black is a great jumping-off point for dialogue about racism and the possibilities of ally-ship. This initiative is a celebration of Black creatives coming together with allies to use art as a way to usher in the change we want to see in the world.
A Mission History of Urban Food Production (60 minutes w/out intermission)
Theatre of Yugen, Sat Jun 17, 1:00 PM
Discover the northeast Mission's remarkable history of industrial food production. Including the buildings repurposed during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s that led to today's organic food abundance. The tour starts at the old American Can Company (today's Project Artaud) and ends at one of the neighborhood's most inspiring pandemic responses: the Mission Food Hub at Alabama and 19th Street.
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SFIAF 2023 is made possible in part by the support of Bernard Osher Foundation, BRAVA Theater Center, California Arts Council, California Office of the Small Business Advocate, California Venues Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, New Place Fund, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, the Western Arts Federation (WESTAF) and many generous individuals.