27th Annual Ethnic Dance Festival Presents Transformations
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A five-time Latin Grammy-winner who picked up his latest in 2013 for the album Soy Flamenco, famed guitar master Tomatito brings his sextet to San Francisco for a performance featuring the exciting young dancer Paloma Fantova. Known for his abundant stage charisma and impeccable musical technique -- not to mention his long wavy locks -- Tomatito accompanied legendary flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla for two decades until his death in '92. The man born as José Fernández Torres has also collaborated with artists as varied as Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Chick Corea and more. Experience an artist the Miami Herald declared "one of Spain's greatest guitarists" live at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
- "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.