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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!), and you can find the offerings submitted under our Resources tab.

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

As of June 23, 2020:

  • The relief fund has raised approximately $327,380
  • Distributed $275,250 to 370 performing arts workers in the Bay Area

We are grateful to have been able to provide some amount of relief to these grantees with the help of more than 467 individual donors and funders, but the immense need remains.

  • 354 applications remain on the waitlist to be funded
  • Approximately 25 new applications are submitted every week

During this first phase of the Relief Fund, our goal is to fund applications both on the waitlist and newly submitted applications. No donation is too small, and every bit of support will make an impact on the arts workers in our Bay Area community.

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Launches New Publication Exploring Health Equity

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) launched recently its latest publication SaludArte: Building Health Equity on the Bedrock of Traditional Arts and Culture.

SaludArte, available both in English and Spanish, is a reflection of nearly a decade of work in Boyle Heights as a part of the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative. The bilingual publication, co-authored by Dr. George Lipsitz of UC Santa Barbara and ACTA, “explores what can happen when traditional artists engage cultural practices to address social determinants of health like structural racism, poverty, and other conditions that impact our ability to lead healthy lives where we live, work, and play,” according to the announcement.

Jacob's Pillow Award Winner Announced

Ronald K Brown’s online dance event “Come Ye” is inspired by Nina Simone and Fela Kuti, artists for whom creativity and politics were inextricably linked. Read more…

MAP Fund Announces 2020 Grantees

SF/Bay Area Grantees include Abjad by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Hushidar Mortezaie, & Anum AwanAccess-Centered Dance by Neve Kamilah Mazique-BiancoIndia Harville, & Jess Dene SchlesingerJapan = Black Man’s Paradise (working title) by Andrew SaitoMiranda Haymon, & Walter Kitundu; Meet Us Quickly with Your Mercy by Jo KreiterJewlia EisenbergRahsaan Thomas, & Sean RileyMen of Rab’inal: A Mayan War-Dance Through Time by Lakin Valdez & David MolinaMi Camino by Héctor ArmientaThe Red Shades by Adrienne Price, Matt Grandy, & Jeanine Adkisson; Roasted Yam for the Ancestor’s Soul by BoomShake Core, Rashida Knox, & Monica Hastings-Smith; TRY by Circo ZeroY BASTA YA! by NAKA Dance TheaterRead more…

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Pain of witnessing violence can’t compare to the pain of experiencing violence. Dancers’ Group works to (and will continue to work to) bringing an equity-focused approach to our work and we celebrate the broad diversity of the Bay Area Dance community and stand with Black people, today and always.

Our thanks to Zaccho Dance Theatre and Joanna Haigood for their wisdom and resources (shared here with permission):

There is much to be done. We must also:

  • Vote for change
  • Stay educated on our history and the complexity of its impact
  • Unpack our own privileges and acknowledge how we might benefit or participate in the system of white supremacy
  • Remember that all Black, Indigenous, and peoples of color in this country are targets
  • Keep talking about ending racism
  • Create new strategies
  • And finally, pray to whatever spirit elevates us to practice loving kindness

“I pray for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Mario Woods, Matthew “Peanut” Johnson, and for all the grieving families of Black and Indigenous people, peoples of color, and LGBTQ+ people who have been the victims to these crimes, that they will finally receive justice and peace. I also celebrate Black resilience, wisdom, and creative genius and will continue to practice and share the healing power of art.” —Joanna Haigood, artistic director, ZACCHO Dance Theatre

Guidelines for Safety While Attending Local Protests
Sign Color of Change petition for #JusticeForFloyd
Black Lives Matter List of Resources

Thoughtfully,
Andréa, Katie, Shellie, Wayne, Zoe

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2020 National Heritage Fellowship Recipients

Zakarya & Naomi Diouf are West African Diasporic Dancers based in Oakland/Castro Valley, CA from Senegal and LIberia respectively.  Dr Zakarya Diouf and Naomi Gedo have contributed to the practice and performance of West African dance, drum, and culture in African diasporic communities for more than four decades. Read more…

New England Foundation for the Arts Announces National Dance Project 2020 Production Grant Finalists

Finalists include Home Sweet Home (working title) by AXIS Dance Company, Oakland, CA; Loom by BANDALOOP; Convergent Waves by Lenora Lee Dance; Y Basta Ya! (Enough!) by NAKA Dance Theater; The Lost Art of Dreaming by Sean Dorsey Dance; UNHEARD Deaf Refugees in America by Urban Jazz Dance Company.  Read more…

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jul 8

Dance Film SF presents "Ballet by the Bay" Our first ever Digital Season comes to a close with our season finale, Ballet by the Bay. Each short film features current and former dancers from local companies such as Alonzo King LINES Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, highlighting their many talents as performers, choreographers, and directors. Several artists will also make special appearances during the program to share their thoughts and experiences creating the films and will moderate a live discussion in the comment field. The hour-long program will be streamed on the SFDFF YouTube channel and Digital Season page Included Films: • "Shelter" by Alexander Reneff-Olson, Danielle Rowe, Garen Scribner and Valentina Reneff-Olson • "Aloft" by Kate Duhamel and Yuri Zhukov • "Siren's Tango" by Lisa La Lievre and Dani Rowe • "Stray Notes" by Kate Duhamel, Courtney Henry, Babatunji and Michael Montgomery. • "Open" by Lindsay Gauthier and Dana Genshaft • "Frontiers" by Eve McConnachie and Myles Thatcher • "You Don't Own Me" by Emma Rubinowitz • "Avoidance" by Matt Mckee and Ben Needham-Wood • "Les Twins" by Kate Duhamel and Les Twins • "Let's Begin at the End" by Matt McKee and Dwight Rhoden

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Jul 24

IncivilitySF is an irreverent showcase of politically-inspired work from San Francisco’s underground. Subversion—our monthly development series—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 fourth Friday of the month we have four featured performances, plus an optional facilitated feedback session with the audience for those seeking input on their creations. Come be a part of the process and get incivil with us! While we shelter-in-place, we'll be trialing a new, virtual format, with featured performers and an open mic. If you'd like to attend, either as a performer or as audience, we ask that you drop us a line at SFincivility@gmail.com for an invite and a Zoom link. We'll open the "doors" to performers at 7:30 to work out any technical issues and then let audience in at 7:50 on. We'll lock the "doors" at 8:15--so if you don't get an invite or you are late, watch us here on Facebook Live. 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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Aug 22

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.

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Anna Halprin in a grey hat looking off to the side, smiling
Jun 2020

Conversations with Anna Halprin

by Janice Ross

As surely everyone must know by now, Anna Halprin turns 100 on July 13, 2020. Just as her work has celebrated the dancer in every body, and every age, for the past 75 years, she is an artist who isn’t inclined to stop generating ideas and movement just because she is nearing the century mark.

Jun 2020

In Practice: NAKA Dance Theater in the time of COVID-19

By Sima Belmar

On our way out of Margaret Jenkins’ CHIME event on December 8, 2019, José Navarrete invited me to have a conversation about NAKA’s social justice work, including LAIR (Live Arts in Resistance), a series of performance showcases, artist residencies, and community town halls in partnership with EastSide Arts Alliance in East Oakland. By the time we found a date that worked for the three of us, COVID-19 had hit.

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