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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The razor-sharp wit of famed stand-up Paula Poundstone will be on full display, as she slices and dices her way through an evening of keen cultural commentary. Famed for a quick mind that always manages to come up with the perfect quip, Poundstone is a master of riffing off the crowd. It's also why she's the perfect panelist for NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, where she's featured alongside some of the nation's leading pundits. She broke through in 1990 with her acclaimed HBO special Cats, Cops and Stuff, and was both the first woman to be invited to perform at the White House Correspondents' dinner and the first woman to win a CableACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. Still knocking them dead as a headliner, Poundstone released her latest comedy disc, I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston, in April 2013, and has recently toured as part of the A Prairie Home Companion live show. 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 West
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.