Dance Fest Showcases Original Works by Bay Area Choreographers
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Called "the most forward-looking American ballet company on the continent" (Contra Costa Times), San Francisco Ballet rarely disappoints in its selection and performance of innovative, genre-defining works. For this exciting triple bill, SF Ballet presents the world premiere of Hummingbird by Liam Scarlett, a contemporary ballet wunderkind who, at only 26, was recently appointed artist-in-residence at The Royal Ballet. The program also includes the return of Helgi Tomasson's masterful The Fifth Season and Serge Lifar's elegant Suite en Blanc, a brilliant showcase of French neoclassicism featuring "a parade of stunning individual and Hollywood-big corps performances" (San Jose Mercury News). Learn More
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A look at the next wave of choreographers emigrating from the fringes to the forefront of Bay Area Dance culture. Featuring Alyce Finwall, Minna Harri, Tanya Bello, Christine Bonansea, Michelle Fletcher and Malinda LaVelle. Presented by the Garage’s SPF5 and WERK Collective.
_Direction and Choreography: Alyce Finwall
Dancers: Julia Hollas and Vivian Aragon
Alyce Finwall Dance Theater presents Angel, a tour de force performance piece for two dancers. Influenced by the work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper and Virginia Woolf’s A Room of Her Own, Angel delves into the surreal and unnerving realm of sexuality and aggressions that pits the audience’s glare against the demanding physicality and exposure of the performance. Angel is a tightly constructed dance piece that inhabits a quiet, dark and mysterious room. Music by Biosphere, Carson Whitley, The Beach Boys and Joy Division.
Soly y Sombra
_Direction and Choreography: Tanya Bello
Dancers: Tristan Ching, Kelly Del Rosario, Norma Fong, Chin-chin Hsu, and Catherine Wells
Tanya Bello will premiere Sol y Sombra, a series of vignettes on the nature of reality, in both its harsh and beautiful extremes.
- _No Exit
_Direction and Choreography: Christine Bonansea
Dancers: Marina Fukushima, Sebastian Grubb, Rosemary Hannon
Christine Bonansea will reprise her 2011 work No Exit. No Exit takes inspiration from Sartre’s play of the same name, offering a visually thrilling study of a triangular relationship marked by unrequited desire, cruelty, and suffering.
_Direction and Choreography: Minna Harri
Dancer: Minna Harri
Minna Harri will perform a one-woman piece titled Dead/Alive. As much about death and dying as it is a celebration of life and community, Dead/Alive breaks the mold of traditional dance performance, opening a dialogue with the audience and inviting audience members on stage.
- _BURSTNOW – A Valediction to Your Rampart
_Direction and Choreography: Michelle Fletcher
Dancers: Michelle Kinny, Angela Mazziotta, Sarah Gould, Sarah Pomarico, Caitlin Hafer, SummerBowie
Michelle Fletcher and Here/Now Dance Collective will present BURSTNOW – A Valediction to your Rampart, a work about the invisible walls we erect and the possibility of dismantling them for a more vulnerable and honest connection with others.
_Direction and Choreography: Malinda LaVelle
Dancers: Emmaly Wiederholt, Joy Prendergast, Julia Hollas, Madelyn Biven and Angela Mazziotta
Malinda LaVelle and her company Project Thrust will present a work titled Urge, a dance for six women about the negative effect men have on intra-female relationships. The extreme psychological states of desire and lust are revealed using food as an associative metaphor.