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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 May 12, 2020:

  • The relief fund has raised approximately $220,000
  • Distributed $178,750 to 246 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 356 individual donors and funders, but the immense need remains.

  • 399 applications remain on the waitlist to be funded (as of May 12)
  • Approximately 100 new applications are submitted every week


During this first phase of the Relief Fund, our goal is to raise $500,000 by June 2020 in order 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.

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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

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.

NEW: Zellerbach Response Grants

The Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Covid Response Grants next application cycle due June 22. Response grants will be for organizational stability/general operating support, and will be awarded for $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.

Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts Announced

East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts is distributing $625,000 to help the region’s artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers who comprise the various and diverse cultural communities of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, with dedicated support for those in the City of Oakland. Applications accepted from May 18 – June 5, 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jun 5

At this time, Smuin Contemporary Ballet has cancelled their upcoming performances. Read more here. Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s groundbreaking spring program will introduce the Bay Area to internationally renowned Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado, with a thrilling World Premiere that combines flawless contemporary dance with Afro-Cuban and Latin social dances, creating a piece truly unique to Smuin. Co-founder and Artistic Director of Havana’s Malpaso Dance Company, an Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions, Delgado’s movement offers up passion, intricate musicality, and an exploration of relationships that transcend borders. Also on the program, back by popular demand, is Annabelle Lopez Ochoa‘s Requiem for a Rose, a captivating ballet set to one of Schubert's most romantic adagios. Lopez Ochoa, introduced to the Bay Area by Smuin in 2017, was inspired by her reflection on the meaning of true love and fleeting romance in creating this sublime work, which the San Francisco Classical Voice declared “perfection!” Rounding out the bill is Symphony of Psalms, Michael Smuin‘s spiritually evocative piece set to the dramatic Stravinsky score of the same name.

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Jun 6

Register for Zoom Link After 9 months of reflection, discourse, and exploration, Afro Urban Society is honored to present a digital event featuring our 2019-2020 Onye Ozi Artist Cohort. A (online) multidisciplinary artistic experience on African diasporic relations and identity. We have shared time and space with the artists, and are proud of how much time and thought they dedicated to the process. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the in-person art and performance event previously scheduled at EastSide Arts Alliance, has been modified to a digital presentation and interactive gathering with the participating artists. At this event, artists will share excerpts of their project ideas, and their thoughts and views about the themes and topics explored throughout the fellowship. The Onye Ozi (Messenger) artist cohort includes: Aambr Newsome AKA 2AM (Visual Artist) Byb Chanel Bibene (Dancer/Choreographer) Chibueze Crouch (Performing Artist/ Multi-Media Artist) Cynthia Ouandji (Comedian) Gabriel Christian (Performing Artist/Spoken Word) james shields (Visual Artist) Justice4Tyranny (Multimedia Artist) Keisha Turner (Dancer/Choreographer) Mawu (Musician/ Performing Artist) Nikki Owusu Yeboah (Storyteller/Oral Historian) Nkan Eledua (Vocalist/Performing Artist) Ohirenua Giwa-Amu (Multimedia Artist/Illustrator) ReginEld Edmonds (Poet) Sabaa Zareena (Photographer/Multimedia Artist) Uzo Nwankpa (Dancer/Choreographer)

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Jun 18

Fresh Meat Productions brings our 19th annual festival INTO YOUR HOME! We’re moving our entire festival ONLINE this year – and tickets are completely FREE! Join us for FIVE online programs of edgy, exquisite, extraordinary dance, theater and live music – featuring 31 artists performing jaw-dropping vogue, gender-bending boy bands, transgender opera, sizzling hip-hop, gay ballroom stars, queer bomba dance & music, wordsmith poets, disabled dance pioneers, gravity-defying trapeze and MORE! We’re offering FIVE programs featuring performance highlights from our previous festivals … check out all five #reFRESHPrograms! Each program features gorgeous, loving, bold, beautiful artistry brimming with innovation, resilience and joy. And this year, we’ve expanded our festival to run June 18-27 All programs will be viewable on Vimeo, with Closed Captions for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing audiences. You must register in advance to watch these programs!   How does it work? Ticket registration begins June 2nd. Starting on June 2, you can come back to this page to register for your free tickets! To register, you’ll log in with your email, and then choose the Programs you want free tickets to. Immediately after that, we’ll send you a confirmation email so you know your tickets are all set up! Each program will be viewable as a Closed-Captioned video on Vimeo. What time can I watch these reFRESH Programs? Programs #1, #2 and #3 are each viewable for ONE DAY ONLY: On the morning of these programs, we’ll email you a link – all you have to do is open your email and CLICK the link to watch the video! You can watch the program first thing that morning in your pajamas, in the middle of the afternoon, or … Wanna get in the #FreshMeatFest mood? Start watching at 8pm with us! Programs #4 and #5 are available for viewing anytime from June 18 through June 27! On the morning of June 18, we’ll email you a link – all you have to do is open your email and CLICK the link to watch the video at ANY time between June 18 and June 27! You can watch the program any time of day: first thing that morning in your pajamas, in the middle of the afternoon, or in the evening!

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Jun 26

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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Apr 2020

In Practice: 40 Years of Abhinaya Dance Company of San José

by Sima Belmar

At one point during our Zoom interview, Mythili Kumar, multi-award-winning Founder, Artistic Director, and matriarchal authority of Abhinaya Dance Company of San José, demonstrated the Bharatanatyam mudra (gesture) for “king.”

Apr 2020

A SOTA Love Letter: Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

By Mina Rios

We immersed ourselves in our art. The San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) dance program director, Elvia Marta was our maestro, our inspiration, our modern/jazz dance goddess from Panama. In 1986, she taught a warm-up the entire class adored, I was one of those dancers.

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