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Dancers’ Group and World Arts West present:

Opening of 38th San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with El Tunante 

Friday, June 3, 2016, 12pm
San Francisco City Hall

solo male Peruvian dancer holding hat and scarfThis June, the Rotunda Dance Series presents the opening of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with El Tunante. Founded 30 years ago, El Tunante will perform Marinera Norteña, a traditional dance with its origins in Peru’s struggle for independence from Spain in the 1800’s. The marinera and its predecessor, the zamacueca, originated in crowded colonial ports, merging stylized Spanish court dance and lively African rhythms and footwork with indigenous Peruvian forms. Within a tight sequence of coquettish dancing, partners enact a romantic game of cat and mouse. The men move close and the women move closer. The partners never touch, and never take their eyes off one another. The dance is intense and formal, with fluttering handkerchiefs to reveal what happens in the heart.

This event will serve as the grand opening of the 2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which will run June 3-19, featuring dance and music from more than 20 world cultures, including 12 world premieres and two North American premieres. This year, the Festival celebrates its 38th year with performances by 32 extraordinary Bay Area dance companies.

The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival celebrates and fosters appreciation for the world dance and music artists living throughout the greater Bay Area’s diverse ethnic communities.. For more information, visit sfethnicdancefestival.org.

El Tunante, the first dance academy of Marinera Norteña in Northern California, was formed in Peru thirty years ago to promote the Peruvian Marinera nationally and internationally. The group has been in the US since 1998. The company produces quality dancers that compete at an international level and Ruiz dedicates his time to teach and mentor professional dancer.

Download the full press release here.

photo by RJ Muna

 


Save the Date for the full 2016 Rotunda Dance Series:

August 5: NAKA Dance Theater
September 2: Mix’d Ingrdnts
October 7: AXIS Dance Company
November 4: Mussel Rock Cloggers


 

Previous Artists:

Cypress String Quartet & Academy of Danse Libre (May 2016)

San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program (Apr 2016)

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company (Mar 2016)
Read “One Chinese Foot, One American Foot: Talking with Lily Cai” published in the March issue of In Dance

Chinyakare Ensemble (Feb 2016)
Read “What I Do is Medicine: Julia Chigamba and the Healing Power of Dance” published in the January/February issue of In Dance 

Halau ‘o Kawainuhi and Eddie Madril (Dec 2015)
Read “Paying Tribute to the Guna of Panama: Mark the Closing of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition” published in the December issue of In Dance

Nimely Pan African Dance Company (Nov 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

Mary Sano and Her Duncan Dancers (Oct 2015)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Did you know? Mary Sano” published in the October issue of In Dance

Lenora Lee Dance (Sep 2015)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Organized Chaos: Lenora Lee’s Fire of Freedom tackles PTSD” published in the September issue of In Dance

Los Lupeños de San José (Aug 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

Halau ‘o Keikiali’i and Halau ‘o Ku’ulei (June 2015)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Sustaining the Lineage: Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche shares the multi-faceted training of a Kumu Hula” published in the June issue of In Dance

inkBoat / Shinichi Iova-Koga (May 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

San Francisco Taiko Dojo (Apr 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

Minoan Dancers (Mar 2015)
Press Release (pdf)

Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Swedish Dancing (Feb 2015)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “A Labyrinth of Cultural Histories: Exploring the Legacies of the 2015 Panama–Pacific International Exposition” published in the January/February issue of In Dance

De Rompe y Raja (Dec 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Finding Freedom in Beat and Song: A Conversation with Gabriela Shiroma of De Rompe y Raja” published in the December 2014 issue of In Dance

Karavansaray Dance Company and Bal Anat (Nov 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Mizmar, Ghawazi and Swords – Oh My! Celebrating Community Through Dance” published in the November 2014 issue of In Dance

Dimensions Dance Theater (Oct 2014)
Press Release (pdf)

Garrett + Moulton Productions (Sep 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Expanding Possibilities: Garrett and Moulton’s Latest Work Illuminates Borders Between Realms” published in the September 2014 issue of In Dance

Dohee Lee (Aug 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “SPEAK” by Dohee Lee, published in the Jul/Aug 2014 issue of In Dance

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela with performances by Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Jikelele Dance Theater’s Thamsanqa Hlatywayo & CK Ladzekpo (July 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Bringing the Message: Naomi Diouf and Diamano Coura West African Dance Company” published in the July/August 2014 of In Dance

La Tania Baile Flamenco (May 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Nothing to Prove: Talking with Tania of La Tania Baile Flamenco,” published in the May 2014 issue of In Dance
Watch video here.

Tiruchitrambalam School of Dance (April 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (March 2014)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “SPEAK” by Emiko Saraswati Susilo, published in the March 2014 issue of In Dance
Watch video here

Pampa Cortés (December 2013)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here

Arax Dance (November 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Emotional Histories Become Movement: Speaking with Noemi Araxi of Arax Dance,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the November 2013 issue of In Dance

Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro (October 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

Asociación Cultural Kanchis (September  2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Discussing Peruvian Dance with Miguel Sanchez of Asociación Cultural Kanchis,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the September 2013 issue of In Dance

Opening of the 2013 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl and Fogo Na Roupa Performing Company
(June 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “With Their Own Special Flair: Five Mexican Folklórico Companies Perform New Traditional Work,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the June 2013 issue of  In Dance

Chitresh Das Dance Company (May 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “A Legacy of Innovation Within Tradition: Talking About Creating New Work with Celine Schein and Rachna Nivas,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the May 2013 issue of In Dance.

San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program (April 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

ODC/Dance (March 2013)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Finding Inspiration: ODC Forges New Partnerships,” an article by Mary Ellen Hunt, published in the March 2013 issue of In Dance.

Chris Black (December 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Chris Black’s Multigenerational Edition of the Rotunda Dance Series,” an article by Julie Potter, published in the December 2012 issue of In Dance

Los Lupeños de San José (November 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “From Mexico to California and Back: A Look at Los Lupeños de San José,” an article by Claire F. Meyler, published in the November 2012 issue of In Dance.

SoulForce Dance Company (October 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Creating Space for Hip Hop: A Spotlight on Micaya & SoulForce,” an article by Brittany Delany, published in the October 2012 issue of In Dance.

Duniya Dance & Drum Company (September 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

AXIS Dance Company (August 2012)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “AXIS’ Scope: What Lies Ahead,” an article by Emmaly Wiederholt, published in the July/August 2012 issue of In Dance.

Lowiczanie Polish Folk Dance Ensemble (May 2012)
Watch video here

San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program (Apr 2012)
Watch video here

Murphy Irish Dance Company (Mar 2012)
Watch video here
Read “Murphy Irish Dancers: A Family Tradition,” an article by Julia Cost, published in the March 2012 issue of In Dance.

Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco (Feb 2012)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “Travel to move: An Interview with Zenón Barrón,” an article by Micaela Nerguizian, published in the January/February issue of In Dance.

Dance Brigade (Dec 2011)
Press Release (pdf)

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Nov 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Read “Gamelan Sekar Jaya: Practicing the Art of Community Engagement,” an article by Vivian Chu, published in the November 2011 issue of In Dance.

Grants for the Arts Celebration Grants (Oct 2011)
Watch video: Beach Blanket Babylon; Theatre Flamenco; Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu
Read “Grants for the Arts, On A Mission,” an article by Julie Potter, published in the October 2011 issue of In Dance.

Parangal Dance Company (Aug 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2; Video 3
Read “Parangal Passes It On,” an article by Vivian Chu, published in the July issue of In Dance.

Nimely Pan African Dance Company (July 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2; Video 3
Read “A Messenger Creating Community: An Interview with Nimely Napla,” an article by Rob Taylor, published in the July 2011 issue of In Dance.

Rumsen Ohlone Tribe’s Humaya Singers & Dancers (June 2011)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2
Read “Homecoming for the Ohlone: Honoring Tribal Recognition,” an article by Mary Ellen Hunt, published in the June 2011 issue of In Dance.

Hui Tama Nui (May 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2; Video 3
Read “A Breath Of Fresh Air: Emerging Within Tradition,” an article by Vivian Chu, published in the May 2011 issue of In Dance

Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique (Apr 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video here
Read “The Consummate Conversationalist: An Interview with Monique Jenkinson,” an article by Kegan Marling, published in the April 2011 issue of In Dance.

Halau o Keikiali`i (March 2011)
Press Release (pdf)
Watch video: Video 1; Video 2
Read “Embracing the Past and Guiding Tomorrow,” an article by Mary Ellen Hunt, published in the March 2011 issue of In Dance.

Leung’s White Crane Chinese Lion Dancing (Feb 2011)
Press Release: (pdf)
Watch video here

Joanna Haigood/ZACCHO Dance Theatre (Oct 2010)
Press Release: (pdf)
Read “Sailing Away: Joanna Haigood Choreographs San Francisco History,” an article by Claudia Bauer, published in the October 2010 issue of In Dance.

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