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April 2023

Alvin Ailey

A Ballet and Modern Dance Information Resource
Who's dancing
what, when, and where around San Francisco Bay

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Yannick Lebrun, James Gilmer and Constance Stamatiou Photo: Dario Calmese   ODC/Dance's Jenna Marie and Rachel Furst in Dance Downtown. Photo by RJ Muna

Updated April 22, 2023

Check with theaters for performance, dates and times.
March 29 – April 2
Program B: Wed. 7:30 p.m. (ticketed preview) Program A: Thu. 7:30 p.m. (opening) Program B: Fri. 8:00 p.m. (Gala performance)
Program A: Sat. 7:30 p.m.
Program B: Sun. 7:30 p.m.
Dance Downtown
Program A:
Witness (world premiere) by Amy Seiwert
Something About a Nightingale (2005) by Brenda Way
Triangulating Euclid (2013) by Brenda Way, KT Nelson & Kate Weare
Program B:
Collision, Collapse and a Coda (world premiere) by Brenda Way
Impulse (2014) by Dexandro Montalvo
March 31-April 8
San Francisco Ballet

Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
April 1, 8:00 pm
Celebrating Stanford Live’s Next Decade
Featuring Rufus Wainwright, San Francisco Ballet, and more

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Bing Concert Hall and the future of Stanford Live. Rufus Wainwright, Justin Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming performed by San Francisco Ballet, and a chamber group of Stanford University students.
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
April 7, 7:30 pm
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Presented by Lesher Center and Diablo Regional Arts Association
April 7-8
Oakland Ballet
Dancing Moons Festival

A celebration of AAPI choreographers, features the world premiere of Exquisite Corpse - a new ballet co-choreographed by Phil Chan, Seyong Kim, and Elaine Kudo. Also featuring: Amber Waves by Phil Chan (2022) Layer Upon Layer by Caili Quan (2022) Ballet des Porcelaines or The Teapot Prince by Phil Chan (original 1739; reimagined 2021).
Presidio Theatre, San Francisco
Apr 11–16
Cal Performances
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Three programs feature dance from Robert Battle, Jamar Roberts, Kyle Abraham; new company productions of works from Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor; the Bay Area premiere of a new production of Survivors, first created by Alvin Ailey; and a selection of Ailey classics.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
April 15, 6:00pm
I Love Oakland Ballet Gala
Festive bites and fun libations to celebrate and raise funds for Oakland Ballet.
Bloc15, Jack London Square
April 15, 8:00 pm
April 16, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
ODC Dance Jam
Through the Repetition

ODC’s resident teen dance company.
Kimi Okada's "Crowd"
“Vámonos” by Dexandro Montalvo
Mia J. Chong's “Sunny Side Up”
ODC Dance Commons, Studio B, San Francisco
April 15, 7:00 pm
April 16, 2:00 pm
Peninsula Ballet Theatre

A collaborative performance highlighting artists and groups who call Peninsula Ballet Theatre home. Featuring several styles of dance and music represented by local dance groups, musicians, students, and the professional ballet company.
April 16, 5:30pm
Mark Foehringer
Emerging Choreographers Forum Showing

A showing of works in progress by this season’s participating choreographers. Admission Free. Donations at the door.
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
April 21-22, 8:30 pm
Post:Ballet and and Berkeley Ballet Theater
still be here
An evening length collaboration with Kronos Quartet and Berkeley Ballet Theater featuring scores from Kronos' 50 for the Future, and choreographies of multiple dynamic creatives.
April 21-30
San Francisco Ballet
Romeo & Juliet
Choreography by Helgi Tomasson.
April 21–30
April 22 Opening events 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dancers' Group
Bay Area Dance Week

Features hundreds of events, including workshops, performances, classes, open rehearsals, and more. All Events Are Free.
Multiple venues. Opening events at
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
April 28-29
Smuin Ballet
Dance Series 2

French Kiss (World Premiere) by Amy Seiwert
Swipe by Val Caniparoli, music by Gabriel Prokofiev
Sextette company premiere by Katarzyna Skarpetowska, music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Dream by Michael Smuin, music by Chopin
Lesher Center, Walnut Creek
From April 28
Directed by Benjamin Millepied

A gritty modern day tale, with a majestic score by Nicholas Britell, and dream-like dance sequences that evoke magical realism. Not a dance film, but has dance sequences by Millepied.
Opens In Theaters April 28: Landmark Opera Plaza, San Francisco; Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, Berkeley; Century Regency, San Rafael
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