27th Annual Ethnic Dance Festival Presents Transformations
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The last date listed for Transformations was Sunday June 26, 2005 / 7:00pm.
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Smuin Ballet breaks the boundaries of traditional dance with this evening of vibrant, innovative works from some of the Bay Area's most exciting choreographers. Choreographer Garrett Ammon unleashes his own take on Tchaikovsky's iconic score in Serenade for Strings, using movement to reflect the composition's intensity and precision. In Objects of Curiosity, Smuin's choregrapher-in-residence Amy Seiwert explores the tensions between desire and restraint, pairing them with a delicate score by Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso that mirrors her study on stage. The evening concludes with Frankie and Johnny, Michael Smuin's passionate tribute to the legendary Gene Kelly, danced to a soundtrack of some of the biggest names in Latin and mambo music. Learn More
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“One of the city’s most popular traditions.” —San Francisco Chronicle
The world takes the stage as 29 of Northern California’s most exciting ethnic dance companies and musicians perform in three weekends of extraordinary dance and music beginning on June 11, 2005 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.
This year, the Festival’s three weekends explore the origins, journeys and transformations of people and dance traditions throughout time and around the globe. From ancient myths, migrations, and modern innovation, we highlight the diversity and connections within and among living traditions.
Unique in the United States, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival has been hailed as one of the most significant festivals of its type in America. It has been deemed a major factor in making the Bay Area one of the dance capitals of the country. With three weekends of performances, featuring a different roster each weekend, the Festival has been instrumental in introducing large audiences to many of the world’s most distinctive cultural traditions as performed by dancers from throughout Northern California.
TRANSFORMATIONS: Living traditions give rise to change and innovation
A humorous Chinese theatrical dance of courtship
Youthful social dances incorporating martial arts from West Java
Graceful step dances from the Scottish highlands
Unforgettable precision clogging
Virtuosic Korean drum dance full of power and grace
Brilliant South Indian bharata natyam dance
Dances following the trail of the Romani people from India, through Turkey, Russia, and Spain
Nuevo flamenco embodying the new wave of music from the youth of Spain
Joyful Tahitian dance of enlightenment, growth and celebration
Narration interludes by Mahealani Uchiyama
About the Ticket Supplier: World Arts WestMission
The mission of World Arts West is to present and to promote ethnic and cultural diversity through the performance and teaching of world dance traditions.
World Arts West takes a leading role as a presenter of world dance producing festivals, performance series, educational programs, and commissions that honor and sustain traditional dance genres and the dancers who keep them alive. Access, education and advocacy are offered to world dance artists and cultural communities.