Jul 2019

Swing Dance Lives On in the Bay Area

Mina Rios

Impossible to resist. You know that toe-tapping, pre- World War II tune Sing, Sing, Sing that commands you to dance the moment you hear it? That was the point of the catchy jazz arrangement by Louis Prima, famously performed by Benny Goodman and his orchestra – to get listeners up on their feet. Swing music worked its magic back then – as it does today, conjuring up an intoxicating social dance experience. Jazz music of this kind, treasured by countless people over multiple generations, will never be forgotten. Enthusiasts wouldn’t allow it. For this reason, swing music and dance live on – as it must – in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the globe.

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Jun 2019

Dancing Again: My Body After a Near-Death Experience

Juan Manuel Muñoz

As a dancer and choreographer, I always expected I would experience an injury, but I never imagined it would be something so significant as re-learning to walk, shower, and eat. Neither did I imagine I would learn how to dance with PTSD. In 2017, I suffered a near-death experience in Mexico City during the turbulent week of September when catastrophic earthquakes left hundreds dead. I was there to conduct research about dance companies that formed in the aftermath of the 1985 earthquake that left the city in ruins and thousands dead. Coincidently, thirty-two years later, I experienced a tectonic shift too after falling from the third story as I evacuated a building.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

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Jul 26

Genevieve Rochefort’s new work explores partnerwork and use of the gaze. Rochefort is a recent graduate from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. Mel Mark examines games and play in “No one can play this game alone.” Mark is originally from New Jersey, earned her BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, and has performed and taught in Denmark through C.L.E.M. Summer Art Dance Project. Presented by SAFEhouse’s Resident Artists Workshop.

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Jul 26

Studio 210 Resident Artists Nol Simonse and Emelia (Jubilee July) Martinez Brumbaugh will showcase original works-in-progress developed over an 8-week residency at Studio 210 with mentorship from founder Deborah Slater, Artistic Director of Deborah Slater Dance Theater, now celebrating its 30th anniversary. Intended as an incubator and research laboratory for artists of all performance genres, the Studio 210 Residency provides dancers, choreographers, actors, directors, visual artists and teachers with time, space and the much-valued artistic guidance and support of Slater, known for her own ground-breaking and highly praised dance theater work. *Please note: These performances contain adult content and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

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Jul 26

IncivilitySF is an irreverent showcase of politically-inspired work from San Francisco’s underground. Our new development series (Subversion) invites artists working with themes of social justice, community-empowerment, and political awakening to come try out new work/work-in-progress in front of a live audience. Each evening we’ll have four featured performers, plus an optional facilitated feedback session afterwards for those seeking input on their creations. Come be a part of the process and get incivil with us! Doors open at 8:00, show at 8:30. The bar will be OPEN, so come grab a beverage before the show and settle in. We must start and end on time! Co-curated by Sabrina Wenske of Naked Empire Bouffon Company, Nicole Gluckstern of EXIT Theatre, and Larry Bogad, Director of the Center for Tactical Performance, and co-founder of the Clown Army.

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Jul 27

NewGround Theatre Dance Company under artistic director Coleen Lorenz presents Star Seed, a poetic weave of dance, voice, and imagery focusing on 3 powerful seeds that live inside each of us. When these 3 seeds are planted in the human heart, a new humanity is born. Sat, Jul 27 & Aug 3, 7pm, $25. Discount available to DG Members.

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Jul 27

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.

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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?

NEWS

Call for Cultural Ambassadors in SF

Do you have a knack for networking and identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, Latinx, Asian American, African American, and/or a person with disabilities? Are you passionate about the arts and culture scene and want to encourage artists and arts organizations in your community to receive government funding? If you answered yes, this paid opportunity may be for you!  Read More…

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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