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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123
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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.

JOURNEYS: The crossroads of cultures come alive

  • Ballet Lisanga Congolese Performing Arts Company
  • Powerful Congolese dance from the Mongo people

  • El Tunante
  • Flirtatious Peruvian marinera with Spanish, Indigenous, and African roots

  • Miriam Peretz
  • Post Soviet-era dance from Tajikistan

  • Jubilee American Dance Theatre
  • Southern style Cajun dance set in the 1940’s

  • Murphy Irish Dancers
  • Joyful jigs, reels, and figure dances with a full Celtic band

  • Gamelan Sekar Jaya
  • Innovative Balinese dance based on poem by Goenawan Mohammad

  • Amanda Grady
  • Expressive classical odissi dance from Eastern India

  • Peony Performing Arts
  • Stately dance from the Qing dynasty’s ruling Manchu people

  • Hiyas Philippine Dance Company
  • Lively rural dance suite with Spanish, Asian and indigenous influences

  • Raices Grupo Folklorico
  • Dynamic footwork and hypnotic skirtwork from Jalisco, Mexico

    Narration interludes by Umi Vaughan

    <em>A Thousand Splendid Suns</em> Art Market San Francisco: Contemporary and Modern Art Fair Yoshi's Oakland Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em> <em>Beach Blanket Babylon</em>