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COVID-19 Information and Resources

We are thinking of you. The health and well-being of the artists, organizations, and communities we work with is vitally important to us. We’re aware that many are adjusting to new realities and facing hardships, and Dancers’ Group will continue to collect and share information.

Share with us the ways you are celebrating dance while honoring the need for physical spacing (gotta use a dance term!).

Theatre Bay Area, Dancers Group and IntermusicSF have partnered on the COVID-19 Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

Open to any worker in the region’s performing arts community who has lost expected income because of the pandemic. The fund aims to dispense grants of $500, $1,000, and $1,500 in a transparent and expeditious manner. We want to make sure our Bay Area arts workers have the immediate relief they need to survive this crisis.

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Working remotely - office closed

As of Fri, Mar 13 Dancers’ Group has closed our office and staff is working remotely. However you interact with Dancers’ Group we will continue to be as responsive as possible.

CA$H Dance: New Deadline Thu, Apr 9

CA$H Dance is a granting program for individual artists and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Spring round invites proposals that describe projects (creative activity) that can include performances, research, or an educational initiative and these activities must take place between July 1 and Dec 31, 2020.

Summer Workshop Guide: Updated Deadline - Thu, Apr 16

Acknowleging that many dance activities have gone online- Dancers’ Group will use this guide to be responsive to summer activities as you plan them.

If you’ve already submitted a workshop, we will be in touch with you as things change.  Deadline may be extended or changed.

Understanding AB5 and the Arts

Dancers’ Group is sharing information on Assembly Bill 5.  Read this white paper and fact sheet to learn more about the bill.

Mar 2020

In Practice: Photographer Pak Han

by Sima Belmar

My father is a photographer, and growing up, whenever I was minding my own business, doing my homework or vaccinating my stuffed animals, my father would sneak up to me and say, “Si-i-maaaa…” I’d look up to face a cyclopean cyborg, a phantom of the opera, half human, half Leica. And before I could turn away, click! I fell for it every time.

Mar 2020

Diamano Coura Celebrates 45 Years of Dancing with a Message

By Aries Jordan

For 45 years Diamano Coura has used West African dance as a vehicle to further the preservation, education, and appreciation of traditional West African music, theater, and culture. Under the leadership of Director Dr. Zak Diouf and Artistic Direction of Naomi Diouf Diamano Coura has proven to be more than a dance company, but a community.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Apr 3

At this time, LINES Ballet has cancelled their upcoming performance. Read more here. Join the LINES Ballet | BFA at Dominican students as they premiere four original works by Kara Davis, Gregory Dawson, Dexandro Montalvo, and Laura O'Malley to close out the school year.

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Apr 3

At this time, CounterPulse has postponed their upcoming performance. Read more here. SOFTEN THE BODY AND UNLEASH THE FEMALE VOICE Join CounterPulse for a double bill evening featuring works by their Edge 2020 residency artists. Edge is an incubation residency and commissioning program for contemporary choreographers whose work is deeply curious about the intersection of art practice and social change. WITH by Rachael Dichter & Dia Dear blends physical practices and nightlife for a multi-generational queer phenomenon. WITH invites the audience to engage in a deep, extensive physical exploration of movement to move beyond singularity. Together Rachael & Dia blur boundaries of real/unreal and distance/intimacy to activate performance as a non-performative act. These Teeth by Ishan (Armineh Astanbous & Rachael Sharkland) explores the conditioned figure of the female voice as it influences subjectivity and embodied experience. We draw on personal history and consider the female voice and body more broadly as it has been disciplined into thinking, speaking, and moving along ligatures that re-inscribe its voicelessness. In refusing these terms that subjugate and censor, our process exalts the range and capacity of the feminine body and voice.

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Apr 3

At this time, ODC/Dance has postponed their upcoming performance. Read more here. ODC/Dance, San Francisco's internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company, is pleased to present Dance Downtown, its 49th Home Season featuring two programs of bold and bracing choreography. From March 26 - March 29, ODC presents powerful works by ODC Founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way and Co-Artistic Director KT Nelson. Both pieces in the opening week embody values that continue to compel the artists: the world of nature and the power of community. Nelson's 2009 work Grassland, is "pulsing with life," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. Moved by the grievous disappearance of natural diversity, Nelson's Grassland is set to a lush, commissioned score by Marcelo Zarvos. The work's physical language is derived from observing a wide range of grass, including extinct grasses. Way's celebrated 2011 work, Speaking Volumes, is set to an original score by Jay Cloidt and conceived as a treatise on building: a facility, a dance company, and a community. It begins, in a fleeting gloss on the opening of the Marriage of Figaro, with a solo dancer measuring the space, inviting us to consider both construction and perception. It accumulates to a final boisterous section featuring the whole company amplified by a chorus of young dancers and returning ODC alumni. Over the second weekend, April 2-5, the company performs Up for Air (Decameron). A collaboration woven from all four ODC choreographic voices: Brenda Way; KT Nelson; Associate Choreographer Kimi Okada; and Resident Choreographer Kate Weare, Up for Air (Decameron) is performed by dancers from both ODC/Dance and New York-based Kate Weare Company. As in Bocaccio's 14th century novel, The Decameron, the dance is comprised of erotic, touching and raucous tales of love and connection. It features a range of contemporary music and live vocal and instrumental music by Lisa Berman of the celebrated Old Time Band, The Crooked Jades.

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Apr 3

At this time, Cal Performances has cancelled their upcoming performances. Read more here. Now in its seventh decade, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater stands tall as an enduring cultural touchstone, especially when it comes to work that speaks directly to the times. With artistic director Robert Battle at the helm, the Ailey company has cultivated the best and brightest choreographers working today—gifted artists exploring themes of hope, sorrow, joy, and resilience. Performances will include classics from the Ailey repertoire, and new works that extend and honor the legacy of Ailey himself, whose masterwork Revelations “becomes brighter, its brilliance more memorable, every year” (The New York Times).

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Apr 3

At this time, The Water Project has postponed their upcoming performance. A multidisciplinary performance work focused on dance, The Water Project explores all things water: its sacred essence and beauty, its productive and destructive power, its essential life force, and humanity’s predilection to control and commodify water. Acknowledging water’s central role in human history, The Water Project incorporates landmark events both locally in the Santa Clara Valley watershed and around the world. Through the power of performance, The Water Project seeks to reconnect to the beauty of water, cultivate personal awareness and foster activism that will ensure fresh water for the benefit of future generations. Events such as a lecture presentation from consulting scientists and a College+Youth Environmentalism Q+A are scheduled for April 4th, in support of The Water Project. Please visit our website for additional information. We hope to see you there! - The Water Project Team

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Apr 3

At this time, SAFEhouse Arts has cancelled this upcoming performance. Read more here. In its third season, eMotion Arts presents “Sombro”, a collaborative work that dwells on individual and collective experiences around mental health. This work is meant to open up a conversation about this subject, helping end the stigma associated with mental health. Directed by Mariana Sobral, eMotion Arts is a Bay Area-based Dance Company with the vision of celebrating Inclusion and Oneness through Arts by bringing together dancers, and artists of different backgrounds and their unique styles and artistic visions.

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