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2014 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

 

An unparalleled series of inspiring performances is in store at the 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, highlighting the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the Bay Area. This year’s Festival includes 10 world premieres, 16 Festival debuts, and features dances from Bali, Bolivia, China, Congo, Hawai'i, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Tahiti, the continental United States, and West Africa. Each weekend’s program is a different lineup and includes nine to ten performances in a show, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.

TICKETS:  PRESALE FRIDAY APRIL 4 at NOON (presale to donors $35 and up)
               
GENERAL FRIDAY APRIL 11 at NOON

More ticket details here.


FESTIVAL OPENING EVENT

San Francisco City Hall
Thursday, June 5, Noon to 1pm
FREE


A special tribute to late South African leader Nelson Mandela, as part of the Rotunda Dance Series, with music and dance featuring Diamano Coura West African Dance Company.


FESTIVAL WEEKEND ONE

June 6, 7, and 8


Workshops and panel dialogues. Specific times and venues to be announced.


FESTIVAL WEEKEND TWO

YBCA Theater

Saturday, June 14, 1pm & 7pm
Sunday, June 15, 1pm

TICKETS: On sale FRIDAY, APRIL 11 at NOON
Click here to purchase / 415.978.2787

NEW THIS YEAR! This weekend’s program is special, featuring all eight classical Indian dance forms on one stage for the first time in the United States. While the Festival has often featured four of the classical Indian forms—bharatanatyam, kathak, kuchipudi, and odissi—rarer are the remaining four: kathakali, manipuri, mohiniyattam, and sattriya.


This weekend of Indian classical dance performances is presented in partnership with Sangam Arts, a Bay Area non-profit dedicated to connecting cultures through Indian classical arts.
Artists performing for the Indian classical weekend are a combination of artists selected from the January auditions and artists commissioned to perform in partnership with Sangam Arts.

Performances by: Chitresh Das Dance Company (Indian kathak), Guru Shradha (Indian odissi), Kalanjali: Dances of India (Indian bharatanatyam and kathakali), Bhavajan Kumar (Indian bharatanatyam), Sunanda Nair (Indian mohiniyattam and kathakali), Natyalaya (Indian kuchipudi), Nava Dance Theatre (Indian bharatanatyam), Sattriya Dance Company (Indian sattriya), Sohini Ray (Indian manipuri).


FESTIVAL WEEKEND THREE

YBCA Theater
Saturday, June 21, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, June 22, 2pm

TICKETS: On sale FRIDAY, APRIL 11 at NOON
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/ 415.978.2787

This weekend’s program features nine dance performances from around the world, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.
Running time: 2-1/2 hours (includes 20 minute intermission)

Performances by: Academy of Hawaiian Arts (Hawaiian hula), Azama Honryu Seifu Ichisen Kai USA Kinuko Mototake Okinawan Dance Academy (Okinawan classical), De Rompe y RajaAsociación Cultural Kanchis Alliance (Afro- Peruvian), Dimensions Dance Theater (South African traditional), Ziva Emtiyaz (Lebanese belly dance), Los Danzantes de Aztlán de Fresno State (Mexican calabaceados – Baja California), Nlolo Kongo (Congolese traditional), Parangal Dance Company (Filipino traditional –Mindanao), and Suciawani Balinese Dance (Balinese traditional).


FESTIVAL WEEKEND FOUR

YBCA Theater
Saturday, June 28, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, June 29, 2pm

TICKETS: On sale FRIDAY, APRIL 11 at NOON
Click here to purchase
/ 415.978.2787

This weekend’s program features nine dance performances from around the world, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.
Running time: 2-1/2 hours (includes 20 minute intermission).

Performances by: Alafia Dance Ensemble (Brazilian traditional), Ballet Folklórico Compañía Mexico Danza (Mexican folkloric – Guerrero), Bolivia Corazón De América (Afro-Bolivian), Jubilee American Dance Theatre (Appalachian clogging), Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company (Chinese contemporary), Proyecto Lando/Cunamacué Collaboration (Afro-Peruvian), Sahiyar Dance Troupe (Indian folkloric), Sewam American Indian Dance (Native American hoop dance), and Te Mana O Te Ra (Tahitian ’ōte’a and ’aparima).


FESTIVAL WEEKEND FOUR – Artist Dialogue

YBCA Theater
Saturday, June 28, 6:30 to 7:30pm

Admission included with ticket to either June 28th performance.

A lively and informative discussion among San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival artists about issues of significance to the Bay Area’s dance community. More details information about participants and areas of discussion will be released soon.


Festival artistic directors Carlos Carvajal and CK Ladzekpo are also delighted to announce that we will celebrate the Centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition with two weekends of performances at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Festival’s home for more than 25 years, in February 2015.

Details about the artists who will be performing at the Centennial Celebration will be released soon.


THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 FESTIVAL SPONSORS
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