Fear not—boundaries are one thing Bill T. Jones is not afraid of. Known worldwide as a pioneer of sociopolitical dance theater, Jones doesn’t hesitate to cause a stir with provocative, thought-provoking work. Exploring the area where art, history and politics combine is the Tony Award-winning choreographer’s forte, as demonstrated in the West Coast premiere of Fondly Do We Hope … Fervently Do We Pray.
Margaret Jenkins is no newbie to the contemporary dance scene. The Bay Area-based choreographer has been lending her innovative technique and talent to the stage for the past 35 years, always pushing the envelope beyond traditional performance. This time around, in a cross-cultural collaboration at YBCA, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company partners with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company of Guangzhou, China for the world premiere of a dance trilogy titled Other Suns.
This Saturday, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will hold its final free "What's the Big Idea?" late night party of the season, ending on the theme "Ritual & Redemption." The party starts at 9 pm, and while they're no longer accepting RSVPs for preferred admission, everyone is welcome to show up and wait in line. With the Mission Street Food truck (yes, they're back in a truck!) arriving outside the museum on 3rd Street at 7:30 p.m., you have incentive to get there early.
Ethereal hardly begins to describe the performances by Alonzo King’s eight classically trained LINES dancers (the ninth dancer, Laurel Keen, was absent due to injury) in last night’s three-piece set at YBCA’s Novellus Theater.
The San Francisco-based contemporary dance company presented a revival of Signs and Wonders, first choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1995 and recently named an American Masterpiece. Set to indigenous African music, dancers dipped and swirled to tribal rhythms and chanting children, evoking animal spirits in tango-like entwinement and seductive carnal arguments. Lithe bodies rolled flawlessly in slow motion across the stage, showing nature’s grace through delicately flowing movements.
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is raffling off a 2.4 mil dream house to raise funds for the organization. The official site lists its whereabouts as in the Inner Sunset, but to get our $150 for the raffle ticket, a little more information was needed. After all, in a city of four-square block neighborhoods, the Inner Sunset is truly a behemoth, stretching from Arguello to 19th Ave and Lincoln to God knows where (Ortega? Noriega? Taraval?). A dream home next to the entrance to UCSF's emergency room didn't sound appealling, nor did one in the alphabet streets lettered N and beyond.
SF scenesters turned out en masse for the Louis Vuitton: A Tribute to Stephen Sprouse event at the Louis Vuitton Maison Union Square on February 24 where invited guests sipped cocktails and grazed on hors’ doeuvres while snatching up pieces from the brand’s graffiti and roses limited-edition collection. A reinterpretation of Sprouse’s original Day-Glo graffiti-tagged designs from 2001, the revised collection of clothing and accessories launched in select stores on January 9 to the glee of many Louis Vuitton collectors. Ten percent of the evening’s sales went toward supporting SF’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Playing to a mashup crowd of hipsters, socialites, drag queens and red-white-and-blue clad revelers, Mos Def headlined
Critically acclaimed beatmaker revolutionaries Hercules & Love Affair, who’ve been heralded as “a compelling new voice in American dance music,” are set to play this Friday at the YBCA Artists Ball. We caught up with the now local Hercules lead Andy Butler, who shared his thoughts on Obama, costumes and San Francisco.
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