Bold New Strokes: The Inauguration of the Performing Diaspora Festival

California has a very rich traditional dance and performance community. The Bay Area alone has over 300 ethnic dance groups. Along with this rich diversity comes support for traditional art to be performed, such as the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Some traditional artists, however, want to innovate within their form and there is little […]

SPEAK

I’d like to think I have become a mature dancer. After a 12-year professional career, I don’t get nervous anymore. As I perform, I enjoy the clarity of being on stage and the hyper-meditative awareness I experience. I can feel my skin prickle when the audience’s attention perks as they cross the fourth wall of […]

The Etcetera Preview: Upcoming Conferences & Festivals

Summer offerings for dance professionals don’t end with training intensives and seasonal performances. From the rigorous and scholarly to the imaginative and whimsical, conferences, symposiums and festivals serve as exciting springboards for continuing education. Here’s a peek at some of the upcoming gatherings for sharing hot topics, best practices, creative visions and national perspectives related […]

BRIDGING THE GAPS: Challenges and Opportunities for US-China Cross-Cultural Exchange

WHEN I FIRST VISITED CHINA to perform in the Beijing Dance Festival in 2012, I arrived assuming that modern dance in China was a relatively new, underdeveloped phenomenon. I had no idea that modern dance had been developing in China for nearly 40 years, nor that the dance scene would be brimming with vitality and innovation. […]

Ten Tips for Creating a Top Performing Website

Think back to the last dance performance you saw: How did it inspire you? What feelings did you have after you left the performance? How did you hear about it? If it was truly amazing, did you share it with others? Perhaps you posted about the experience on Facebook or Twitter? What did it take […]

SPEAK: future friend/ships

Jassem Hindi “Irony is about the tension of holding incompatible things together because both or all are necessary and true. Irony is about humor and serious play. It is also a rhetorical strategy and a political method.” —Donna Haraway, First test space monkey Hospitality is the name of our game. Our artistic approach is grounded […]

Advocacy: Anywhere and Anytime

Advocacy has long been one of those big, broad words whose definition I knew in theory, but I’d never experienced it firsthand to gain true insight into its meaning—and outcomes. In imagining what my first governmental advocacy meetings might be like, I wondered: How could I be the most effective voice in representing a diverse field of artists? Do I need to be an […]

The Jewish Nutcracker Goes Back in History and Redresses for the Holidays

MAKING HISTORIC COSTUMES for the theater can toss a designer way back in time, but for dancer-designer Jamielyn Duggan it was a quantum leap to 166 BCE for The Jewish Nutcracker, the novel twist to E.T.A. Hoffman’s story using Tchaikovsky’s score, and now in its fourth year. The Jewish Nutcracker embraces the Russian’s iconic music […]

Dances for Doing Live Performance + Screening

In response to Jen Bervin’s exhibition Doing and Undoing, Catharine Clark Gallery, BOXBLUR, and San Francisco Dance Film Festival present a new commissioned dance work by New York-based choreographer Catherine Galasso. Galasso will present Dances for Doing, an original, site-specific dance in dialogue with Bervin’s exhibition, featuring two distinct duets: one for longtime dancers and collaborators Karla Quintero […]

Dances for Doing Live Performance + Screening

In response to Jen Bervin’s exhibition Doing and Undoing, Catharine Clark Gallery, BOXBLUR, and San Francisco Dance Film Festival present a new commissioned dance work by New York-based choreographer Catherine Galasso. Galasso will present Dances for Doing, an original, site-specific dance in dialogue with Bervin’s exhibition, featuring two distinct duets: one for longtime dancers and collaborators Karla Quintero […]