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April 2018

A Ballet and Modern Dance Information Resource

Who's dancing
what, when, and where around San Francisco Bay
Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté in Neumeier's Nijinsky.
Photo by Erik Tomasson

Updated April 22, 2018

Check with theaters for performance, dates and times.
April 3-8
The National Ballet of Canada
A Ballet by John Neumeier
Special guest company of San Francisco Ballet.
Choreography, Sets, Costumes, and Lighting Design: John Neumeier. Music: Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Dmitri Shostakovich. Casting announced.
April 5-6, 8:00pm
Kristen Rulifson, Meghan Horowitz, and Arina Hunter
Untitled (In Process) by Arina Hunter
Stunning by Kristen Rulifson
Social Exhibition(ist) by Meghan Horowitz
SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, San Francisco
April 5-7 & 12-14, 8:00pm
CounterPulse Edge Residency
New Works 2018: Five Feet Dance’s (de)classified
and Simpson/Stulberg Collaboration’s Still Life No. 8

(de)classified is a multidisciplinary performance of ancestry, culture, and change, honoring the Asian American experiences.
Still Life No. 8 is a dance for three performers, it explores ideas of ephemerality and permanence, stillness and action.
CounterPulse, San Francisco
April 6-15,
Gala April 7
LINES Ballet
Spring Home Season
Alonzo King and Zakir Hussain unite for a special world premiere collaboration in honor of LINES Ballet’s 35th Anniversary Season. Zakir Hussain will perform with sarangi master Sabir Khan and partner with King’s choreography to celebrate the longstanding continuity between transcendental Eastern thinking and Western ballet’s classical forms and techniques.
April 7, 8:00 PM
The World of Henry Cowell
(world premiere by James Sofranko)
At the Bard Music West Festival. Inspired by the composer Henry Cowell's collaborations and discussions with Martha Graham, a new dance for Danielle Rowe and Brett Conway to a commissioned score by Eugene Birman, played live by Third Sound.
Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco
April 7-15
Mark Foehringer's
Alice in Wonderland

Created by the same creative team as Nutcracker Sweets and in the same 50-minute format with live music.
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
April 10, 7:30pm
LINES Ballet
BFA Senior Showcase
A celebration of the BFA Class of 2018, featuring the second-year students from the LINES Ballet Training Program.
April 11, 6:00pm
April 16, 3:45pm
San Francisco Dance Film Festival
Screening: Louise Lecavalier In Motion

SFDFF and SFFILM co-presentation as part of the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival. Louise Lecavalier revolutionized the art of dance in the 1980s working with Montreal's Édouard Lock and the La La La Human Steps troupe, followed by a stint with David Bowie. The April 11 screening will be followed by a special conversation featuring director Raymond St-Jean, Louise Lecavalier, SFFILM Executive Director Noah Cowan, and SFDFF Executive Director Judy Flannery.
April 11 – 6:00 pm SFMOMA
April 16 – 3:45 pm Victoria Theater, San Francisco
April 10-15
Cal Performances
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Choreography by Taley Beatty, Jamar Roberts, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Twyla Tharp, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Apr 13-15
Robert Moses' Kin
Featuring the solo performances of collaborative artists created with brief encounters with choreographer Robert Moses, the intention of the project is to extract essential movement and the unique individuality of each performer. The resultant works are as different as they are celebrations of the communities in which they are performed.
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco
April 15, 6:00 PM
Behind the Scenes 3: Music for Dance
Panel discussion and reception featuring SFDW artists and collaborators. In the intimate setting of a private residence located in downtown San Francisco, artistic director James Sofranko will take you behind the scenes to discuss the role that music plays in creating a dance. Panelists are Alton San Giovanni, composer, choreographer Danielle Rowe, and pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg. We welcome and encourage you to be part of the conversation during this Q&A salon. A wine and light bites reception preceeds and follows the program. Space is limited to the first 30 ticket buyers.
private residence in San Francisco
April 19, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
PUSH Dance Company
In the final event of choreographer Raissa Simpson’s residency at the Bayview Opera House, PUSH Dance Company teams up with Bayview high school students who have been studying with Raissa, technologist daevron of We Inventing the Real (WIR) and BVOH production manager, David Saenz, for the past three months.
Bay View Opera House, San Francisco
April 19-20, 8:00pm
April 21, 3:00pm & 8:00pm,
Skin Leaves

Holly Johnston's newest work is an evening of dance sharing stories of pain and passion, of hope and desire, of bodies reclaiming their freedom from the subjugation of patriarchy and misogyny. Created and performed by Raphael Boumailia, Heather Cooper, Kara Davis, and Holly Johnston.
ODC Theater, San Francisco
April 20-May 6

San Francisco Ballet
Unbound: A Festival of New Works
A festival of 12 world premieres by international choreographers spanning 4 programs over 17 days.
Program A:
Program A: THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT Composer: Jason Moran Choreographer: Alonzo King.
Composer: Keaton Henson Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon.
HURRY UP, WE’RE DREAMING Composers: Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez, Bradley Laner, and Justin Meldal-Johnsen; Choreographer: Justin Peck

April 20-22, 26-29
Smuin Ballet
Dance Series 02
Oasis by Helen Pickett
Falling Up by Amy Seiwert
If I Were a Sushi Roll (World Premiere) by Val Caniparoli
April 21, 3:00PM-4:00PM
Bing Nursery School and The New Ballet School
Sleeping Beauty - Aurora's Wedding

After having awakened Princess Aroura from her magic slumber, Prince Florimund will wed the Princess at a grand celebration.
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University
April 21-May 4
San Francisco Ballet
Unbound: A Festival of New Works
Program B:
MYLES THATCHER WORLD PREMIERE Composer: John Adams, Choreographer: Myles Thatcher.
Composers: Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, and Arvo Pa¨rt
Music Arranger: Philip Feeney; Choreographer: Cathy Marston
Composer: Ezio Bosso, Choreographer: David Dawson
April 21- 22
Peninsula Ballet Theatre
182 costumed characters. Original choreography by Artistic Director Gregory Amato. A Zoological Romp for the Entire Family. Each performance 50 minutes long.
Peninsula Ballet Theatre - Studio One Theatre, San Mateo
April 25 - May 5
San Francisco Ballet
Unbound: A Festival of New Works
Program C:
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Choreographer: Stanton Welch
Composer: Chris Garneau, Choreographer: Trey McIntyre
Composers: Joe Andrews, Michel Banabila, Tom Halstead, and Charles Valentin-Alkan; Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
April 26 - May 5

San Francisco Ballet
Unbound: A Festival of New Works
Program D:
Composer: Oliver Davis, Choreographer: Edwaard Liang

Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman, Choreographer: Dwight Rhoden
Composers: Björk Gudmundsdottir and Sigurjon Sigurdsson, Choreographer: Arthur Pita

Friday, April 27 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet's Future,
Unbound: A Conversation on the Future of Ballet

Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer at SF Ballet
Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem
Moderator: Marina Harss, Dance Writer and Critic
FREE and open to the public
April 27, 7:00 pm
San Francisco Dance Film Festival
LINES in the Lens: An Evening of Dance Film and Discussion
Experience the Dance Center and LINES Ballet in a unique and intimate way with an introduction from Alonzo King, film shorts from SFDFF's archives featuring LINES Company members and discussions with participating Company dancers. More Information.
APRIL 27-28
Multigenerational performance engagement features public dance workshops and mixed-genre performances by professional dance companies and youth programs. World premiere by choreographer Robert Henry Johnson for PUSH Dance Company, a work in progress showing of Artistic Director Raissa Simpson's new multidisciplinary project Codelining, and performances by: LV Dance Collective, Rising Rhythm Project, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Company (BATCO) and Visceral Roots Dance Company alongside local youth groups PUSH Youth Program, Handful Players, and The Village Dancers.
Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco
April 27 - May 6
Dancers’ Group
Bay Area Dance Week
20th anniversary with an anticipated 400+ free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations. Kick Off Event noon, Friday, April 27, San Francisco City Hall Rotunda.
Venues to be announced
April 28 11:30 am–1:00 pm

Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet's Future,
Ballet Unbound?: The Aesthetics and Politics of Ballet in a Globalized World
From fake news to music video gifs, the rate at which information and images circle the globe has never been faster. What does it mean to make ballet in a time of instantaneous transmission and political uncertainty? How is ballet absorbing influences from other cultures and dance techniques? What kinds of new voices are contributing to ballet? How are the aesthetics of ballet changing? And what kinds of things are today’s choreographers trying to say? Speakers:

  • Marina Harss, Dance Writer and Critic
  • Jill Nunes Jensen, Ph.D., Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Loyola Marymount University
  • Alonzo King, Artistic Director of Alonzo King LINES Ballet
  • Ariel Osterweis, Ph.D., The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, California Institute of the Arts
  • Dwight Rhoden, Founding Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer at Complexions Contemporary Ballet
  • Moderator: Jennie Scholick, Ph.D., Associate Director of Audience Engagement at SF Ballet
Education Studio at the Wilsey Center, Veterans Building, San Francisco
April 28, 1:00- 4:30 pm
Dancing in the Park SF
Mark Foehringer Dance Project presents 25 dance companies and dance schools in the Bay Area performing under the sun at the tenth annual Dancing in the Park festival at Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. Admission Free!
April 28 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet's Future,
“Silicon Ballet:” Bringing Ballet and Technology Together On Stage, On Film, and Online

Hear from artists, choreographers, and scholars about how they have experimented with, experienced, or envisioned the collaboration between ballet and technology. From motion capture to livestreams to dancing robots, how is technology changing ballet? How is technology changing audiences? And how might dance influence emerging technology? Speakers:

  • Judy Flannery, Managing Director of SF Dance Film Festival
  • Sydney Skybetter, Choreographer and Professor at Brown University
  • Moderator: Rachel Sibley, Futurist and Immersive Technologist
Education Studio at the Wilsey Center, Veterans Building, San Francisco
April 28, 7:00pm
April 29, 3:00pm
LINES Ballet
BFA Spring Showcase
Premiere of four works as a culmination of the 2017-2018 academic year. Tickets available at the door (cash only). Free with Dominican ID
Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican Campus
April 29 11:00 am–12:45pm
Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet's Future,
Boundless: Fostering New Voices in Ballet Choreography, Leadership, and Audiences

As the resident classical ballet company of a minority-majority city, San Francisco Ballet recognizes that if ballet is going to remain crucial and relevant to audiences, it needs a diversity of voices and bodies included on stage, in the studio, and in the executive offices. Join us for a discussion of how directors and company leaders are thinking about including new voices and perspectives in the dancers they hire, the choreographers they commission, the audiences they reach, and the stories they tell. Speakers:

  • Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer at SF Ballet
  • Patrick Armand, SF Ballet School Director
  • Celia Fushille, Artistic Director of Smuin Contemporary Ballet
  • Dwight Rhoden, Founding Artistic Director & Resident Choreographer at Complexions Contemporary Ballet
  • Andrea Yannone, Director of Education & Training at SF Ballet
  • Moderator: Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theater of Harlem
Education Studio at the Wilsey Center, Veterans Building, San Francisco
April 29, 5:00pm
San Francisco Dance Film Festival
Ingmar Bergman Through the Choreographer’s Eye
U.S. premiere screening. Special guests Ingmar Bergman Jr. and choreographer/dancer Alexander Ekman participate in the post-screening discussion and Q&A followed by a reception to celebrate the 100th anniversary of iconic filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
April 29, 10:00AM - 5:00PM
16th sjDANCEco Festival @ Santana Row
Formerly Dancin’ Downtown, kicks off National Dance Week with a wide variety of dance styles and dancers off all ages.
Santana Row Park at Santana Row, San Jose, in front of Lark Creek Kitchen
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