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Sep 2019

Presidio Theatre Relaunch

Heather Desaulniers

Renovation is a tough, arduous process. Making major changes always is. Setting goals, crafting plans and then finally breaking ground, with the ultimate purpose of building something new. Consider for a moment a structure under renovation. When you walk into such a space, what are your first thoughts and observations? Is your eye pulled to the work that still needs to be done – the unpainted wall, the exposed wiring, the flooring not yet installed. Maybe your curiosity is piqued by budget or deadlines. Is the project staying within its financial limits? Is it going to be completed on time? Or are you someone who is able to envision the next chapter? Someone who pictures glorious experiences and deep collaborative relationships developing in this new environment, both today and for decades to come. The latter is certainly a powerful perspective, one that can be even more potent when shared. Multiple gazes, together, cast on what might be possible; a cohort buoyed by a remodeled space’s potential.

Sep 2019

Healing the Immigrant Body with Performance

Mabel Valdiviezo

During my 16 years as an undocumented artist, I was deeply disconnected from my body and from society at large. The heavy impact of my status affected my entire existence. I lived in silence, underground, and saw no chance to reclaim my being. I didn’t realize that my physical being was holding deep fear and that trauma and illness had ravaged my once healthy body. Unsurprisingly, I became very sick.


Sep 22

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center's first annual Queering Dance Festival presents FROLIC, six performances featuring twelve Bay Area LGBTQ+ artists who are doing innovative work in movement-based performance. Program A: Thursday, Sept 19 at 8pm; Saturday, Sept 21 at 5pm; Sunday, Sept 22 at 7pm jose e abad, Jesselito Bie, Audrey Johnson, Melissa Lewis, Aiano Nakagawa, pateldanceworks Program B: Friday, Sept 20 at 8pm; Saturday, Sept 21 at 8pm; Sunday, Sept 22 at 4pm Stephanie Hewett, Cynthia Ling Lee, Frances Sedayao, Mark Travis Dance, Janpistar, Snowflake Towers

Sep 22

PUSH Dance Company (PUSH) kicks off its fourteenth home season with PUSHfest, a mixed genre showcase of dance works by mid-career to emerging choreographers aimed at gathering wider audiences. This new season will feature a final installment of the Afro-futuristic  Mothership III by Artistic Director Raissa Simpson and a world premiere work by Bessie Award-winning guest choreographer Gerald Casel. Celebrated local choreographers Yayoi Kambara, David Herrera and Joslynn Mathis Reed join the lineup as well as SF debuts by visiting companies and artists from New York, Ohio and Indiana.

Sep 22

Lizz Roman & Dancers premiere a new site specific journey, engaging a home’s architecture with performance, music and film. Revealing, engaging and immersive, Roman's newest project “Sunset Dances II” draws audiences into an intimate experience that unfolds in multiple locations simultaneously as audiences at 3 locations migrate throughout the home performance environment. The production includes 8 dancers, academy award winning filmmaker Pete Litwinowicz, award winning lighting designer Clyde Sheets, musician/composer Jerome Lindner and percussionist Malcolm Lee with vocalist Tamsin Black performing an original live score.

Sep 26

HMD's Bridge Project and SFMOMA's Open Space present INHERITED BODIES: How do movement artists in different traditions contend with, honor, and resist the past? FEATURING a series of lecture demonstrations by Sara Shelton Mann, Jarrel Phillips, Nadhi Thekkek, and Snowflake Towers. Through language and movement, the featured artists will respond to the following questions: - How does history/the past operate in your work? - Who or what are the giants in your tradition (whether forgotten or celebrated) and how do they figure in your work? - How do you navigate between traditional and experimental forms in your work? Following, join Claudia La Rocco, Director of Community Engagement and Editor-in-Chief, SFMOMA's Open Space, for a moderated group discussion. FREE. RSVP required. -------- INHERITED BODIES is proudly presented by Hope Mohr Dance's Bridge Project, HMD’s signature curatorial platform that approaches curating as a form of community organizing and SFMOMA’s interdisciplinary arts and culture platform, Open Space, which commissions and supports critical + experimental + poetic ruminations by artists, writers, and thinkers from all over the world, as well as hosting parties, performances, and other live events. INHERITED BODIES is part of the 2019 Bridge project program Signals from the West: Bay Area Artists in Conversation with Merce Cunningham at 100. Signals from the West is a Merce Cunningham Centennial Community Program presented in collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust, ODC Theater, and SFMOMA's Open Space. Funding for Signals from the West comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, Grants for the Arts, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and generous individual donors. Merce Cunningham Centennial Community Programs are supported with a major grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Sep 27

Peri Trono explores space, shape, and order in her new dance work “fold,” inspired by Origami, the art of paper folding. Trono has presented her work in New York, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Southern California. She received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently dancing with The Fyber Vision: Dance/Artist Collective and pateldanceworks.

Sep 27

Join us for the Fall edition of the Performance Salon! A seasonal event where performing artists experiment, get feedback and hang out with other artists and art lovers. Curated and produced by Miriam Wolodarski, Cathie Caraker and Diana Lara. Featuring new work by: Amelia Uzategui and J Spagnolo Gizeh Muniz and Amy Wasielewski Molly Rose-Williams Juliet Paramour Showings are followed by feedback in small groups. Arts, dialogue, and community: come take part!

Sep 2019

SPEAK: SUNSET DANCES and Being Grateful

Lizz Roman

Making dance has always been a mixture of disciplined artistry and gratefulness. As in any practice or skill, there are levels or stages we move through; student, performer, teacher, choreographer, mentor, producer, administrator, but no two of us have the same career. Dance as a career is a big commitment. It costs money to train and to keep our skills sharp, we need to train. To make the money to train or practice, we gotta work and if you don’t have a paying dance job, you have to figure out how to work and dance. A dance career can be as rewarding and beautiful as it is frustrating. In essence, we need to dance, so we need other people who need to create, teach or practice dance who need us to dance for or with them. So with every class, performance, or rehearsal I try and practice gratefulness. What I am most grateful for, is all of you who are on a similar journey and how we collectively make up this thing we call the “dance community”.


California Arts Council Grant Opportunities Open Now

Applications are now being accepted for 15 of the agency’s grant programs, with funding available to community arts projects, arts for youth, arts and justice projects, and operational and field support. An estimated $35 million will be awarded to this year’s grant recipients. Read More…

Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions opens new round!

The online application is now open for the third round of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions. In this latest round, 10 local nonprofit organizations will receive grants of $150,000 each to commission significant new works of dance and movement-based performance and premiere them in the Bay Area. Applications are due by Wednesday, November 13. Read more about how to apply. Learn more about the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions.

Creative Work Fund Applicant Seminar - Tue, Oct 1

Join an informative discussion with Frances Phillips, Program Director, Arts and Creative Work Fund, about 2020 grants available from the Creative Work Fund. Frances will provide an overview of the program and respond to questions. Light refreshments will be served. The session is free but space is limited. Register now to reserve your spot! Read More…

San Francisco Arts Commission Grants for Dance

The Community Investments program supports San Francisco-based artists, arts organizations, and historically underserved communities through grants and technical assistance. Applications are available now with grantseeker technical assistance workshops and webinars scheduled through September 27. Read More…


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