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Jul 2019

Afro Urban Society: Uniting the African Diaspora through Dance

Aries Jordan

The question ‘Where are you from?’ can mean different things depending on where you are in the world. For Nkeiruka Oruche, the Artistic Director and founder of Afro Urban Society, this once was a simple question but became more complex when she moved to the United States. Nkeiruka was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, grew up in New York, Georgia and came of age and found her tribe in California. Each place she has lived has shaped her identity and commitment to preserving Afro urban dance culture. Through original and curated arts and event production, popular arts education and community engagement Afro Urban Society create spaces for people of African descent all over the world to tell their own stories. In a candid interview Nkeiruka describes the essence of Afro Urban dance and community cultivated to celebrate the fullness of African identity; that spans many cultures and nations.

Three women standing in dresses on a rocky desert landscape.
May 2019

Finding the Fog Beast

Damara Vita Ganley

My hairdresser is obsessed with tracking Mountain Lion sightings in the Santa Cruz mountains. She follows locals on instagram who live along the lion’s territorial maps and also the online  Santa Cruz Puma Project tracking system. I understand the appeal. There is something about these majestic, elusive creatures that pulls our imagination. Perhaps it is the tingle of possibility that comes from thinking about a being that sets its own trajectories within an organic relationship to ecological principles that operates outside of our constrained territorial grids and power lines. It is incredible that something so wild, so powerful, so mysterious lives so close. A sighting feels both magical and sacred. That is how I feel about Fog Beast.


Jul 17

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet company co-presents with ODC the ninth annual SKETCH series, entitled SKETCH 9 : Perspective.  Featuring original works by Artistic Director Amy Seiwert, Artistic Fellow Ben Needham-Wood, and Chicago based choreographer Stephanie Martinez (winner of the Joffrey Ballet’s "Winning Works: Choreographers of Color” commission). $25-55

Jul 19

Join us for the inaugural performance of Vishwa Shanthi’s new series, “Samarpanam: A Dedication to Art”. Smt. Shreelata Suresh takes the stage to perform Bharatanatyam in its traditional and pure form in an intimate chamber setting for connoisseurs and serious students to enjoy. The one-hour performance will be followed by Q&A with the dancer.

Jul 20

Expanding our notions of what a dance performance can be, The Big Reveal is a convening that weaves physicality with original songs and interactive learning sessions, bringing into focus human migration, living history and belonging. Join us for the the world premiere of Fog Beast’s new work, The Big Reveal.  Performances will be Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with additional interactive learning sessions with world class facilitators throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Jul 20

A movement-based performance exploring perceptions of East-Asian female-presenting bodies in the context of "Whitening" in the US. We asked: how are we expected or not expected to be in space? Then we do both. We keep it neat, we make a mess. We play uneasily with “passing”, Whiteness, and finding our place. Part of Summer Performance Festival Program G, produced by SAFEhouse for the Arts. Created by Irene Hsi in collaboration with performers Erin Yen and Liselle Yap. Costume Styling by Dana Kawano, Artistic Support by Belinda He.  Supported by Dancers' Group CA$H Grant Program and SAFEhouse for the Arts Resident Artist Workshop (RAW).

Jul 20

Spanish night when the floor burns with pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar for a riveting display of this true Spanish art form.  A mother & daughter duo, Carolina’s y Carole’s, high energy and passion defines a new dimension in Spanish dance traditions  In the heart of North Beach, Pachamama is a small colorful nightclub, full of charm and  known for its tapas and great selections of wine, beer and specialty cocktails. "Flamenco star Carolé Acuña brings the soul of Spain to San Francisco" - Peter Fish, Sunset Magazine. "Carolina Lugo is one of the top flamenco artists in San Francisco" Rachael Howard, SF Chronicle.

Jul 26

Delight in the fervor of summer with a sampling of what ODC has to offer. From full company pieces to solos to collaborating choreographers, experience the breadth of ODC’s flagship company in their intimate home space. This year Summer Sampler features two unique programs over two back-to-back weeks. ODC’s Artistic Directors and Choreographers (Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kate Weare and Kimi Okada) collaborate and cross-pollinate on a new work exploring survival and escape during trying times over the first weekend. The second weekend features works by Brenda Way. Fri-Sat, Jul 26-27 & Aug 2-3, 8pm, $30.

Jul 2019

In Practice: Reconstructing Reconstruction with Chris Evans

Sima Belmar

What does it mean to grieve in the context of perpetual marginalization and terrorization? What are the contours of grief in the afterlife of ancestral, epigenetic, and intergenerational trauma? And what if what is grieving is the earth itself? What if there’s no way to move on?


Review: San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival brings the noise

“In a program that spanned swirling Indian kathak and infectious Afro-pop, springy Highland Scottish dance and thundering Japanese taiko drums, this 41st iteration of the World Arts West event played to an enthusiastic big crowd in the first of four weekend performances, all with family-friendly 3 p.m. curtain times. An entirely different bill runs Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14.” – Read the full review on San Francisco Chronicle

Urban Bush Women Announces New Artistic Directors at 35th Anniversary Celebration

Urban Bush Women (UBW), the world-renowned dance company, announced that Chanon Judson-Johnson and Samantha Speis are the new Co-Artistic Directors of the UBW Company. In this capacity, they will lead the company’s touring arm while maintaining their roles as Performers and Directors of the UBW BOLD (Builders, Organizers and Leaders through Dance) program. UBW Founder, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, will continue in her role as Chief Visioning Partner, providing overall direction for the organization and its programs including the Summer Leadership Institute and the Choreographic Center Initiative.  Read More...

2019 Ebony McKinney Award Applications are Open!

The Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award acknowledges the work of a San Francisco-based arts and/or culture worker who is in the early phases of their career.  It recognizes rising leaders in the arts and culture field who represent and uplift historically underrepresented communities.  The award recognizes emerging leaders who center racial equity in their work, address critical issues facing San Francisco’s artists of color, and work toward a vision for the future in the field.  Ebony McKinney was deeply committed to these values and made a lasting, positive impact locally and nationally before her untimely passing in 2017.

The Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award is $5,000 of unrestricted funds to recognize the early achievements of an arts and/or culture worker uplifting historically underrepresented communities in the San Francisco arts and culture field.  Applications are due Monday, August 12, 2019 at 12PM noon PST.
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New Music USA announces 114 project Grants totaling $529,420

New Music USA announced its ninth round of project grant awards, determined on June 30 after extensive outside panel review. Awardees include local artists Christy Funsch, Jo Kreiter + Flyaway Productions and Stanford Live. Read More


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