To the Rhythm of Another World; A Glimpse of India through the eyes of Margaret Jenkins, May 2007

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company traveled to Kolkata, India in January 2007 to perform A Slipping Glimpse, an evening length work created in collaboration with the Tanusree Shankar Dance Company, which first premiered in San Francisco in May of 2006. While abroad, Director Margaret Jenkins documented daily the sights, sounds and insights born of traveling–and sharing […]

Philanthropy Future/Present

Ten years from now: these things I know. New program officers will think they are smarter and funnier than their predecessors. Foundations will have undergone (at least once) strategic planning and establish new priorities and initiatives regardless of what the field of dance actually needs. Nomenclature will evolve. Theories of change are already morphing into […]

A Virtual Concept: Taking a New Look at Technology and Networking in Artist Residencies

CounterPULSE wanted to try something new with Performing Diaspora to better support work from artists, document the process of production and to interact with audiences. We created a virtual artist residency, like none other we have seen before, thus expanding the organization’s breadth and depth online so that the artistic work, performances and discussions can […]

Kathak and Flamenco Traditions Explored

Renowned Kathak Master Pandit Chitresh Das is not new to collaborations. His partnership with tap virtuoso, Jason Samuels Smith, has been touring continuously since 2005 to critical acclaim across the globe and is the subject of the award-winning documentary film, Upaj. When asked about his current collaboration with Flamenco artist Antonio Hidalgo Paz he said, “I am […]

Innovation Within Tradition: Covering the Annual Classical Indian Dance Festival

IN TODAY’S FAST-PACED WORLD, the words “classical” and “traditional” in terms of dance are often oversimplified and misinterpreted as “old” or “fixed.” Classical Indian Dance is no exception. Unfortunately for many, the art form’s far-reaching historical, philosophical, and spiritual roots and detail-oriented aesthetic can seem overwhelming and inaccessible. How then does one begin to understand […]

Becoming A Kathaka: Chitresh Das and the New Generation of Kathak Dancers

STUDY IN THE CLASSICAL NORTH INDIAN DANCE OF KATHAK IS A LIFETIME’S WORK. From the strength and vigour of the rhythmic footwork and fast-heel chakkars, or pirouettes, to the delicacy, grace, and subtle nuances of expression and storytelling, it is an art form that requires years and years of intensive study before one begins to […]

In The Know: Gaining Confidence with Arts Advocacy

As I sat in the back of an almost-full Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Novellus Theater for the SF Mayoral Arts Forum this past August, I felt a palpable energy and camaraderie. It felt good to be among many artists and art enthusiasts, all of us coming together to be part of the larger […]

23rd Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest Online

Micaya is pleased to present the 23rd Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest Online. This year’s festival will feature pre-recorded performances by six dance companies from around the globe. Audiences will be able to attend an in-person Watch Party at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater or tune into the show from home. For […]

23rd Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest Online

Micaya is pleased to present the 23rd Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest Online. This year’s festival will feature pre-recorded performances by six dance companies from around the globe. Audiences will be able to attend an in-person Watch Party at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater or tune into the show from home. For […]

Kularts & Alleluia Panis: Setting the Stage for Filipinx Diaspora Narratives

In a conversation about how she classifies her artistic practice, she told me that she does not consider her work to be “Philippine” dance, as that would be disrespectful to regional practitioners who undergo rigorous study, practice, and discipline that she as a choreographer and dancer who has livedmost of her life in the US has not undergone…