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June 2019

Smuin Ballet


A Ballet and Modern Dance Information Resource

Smuin dancers Terez Dean Orr and Ben Needham-Wood in Amy Seiwert’s "Renaissance," a world premiere in Smuin’s Dance Series 02. Photo by Chris Hardy.  
SFDanceworks in Olivier Wevers' "Silent Scream". Photo by Bamberg Fine Art.

Updated June 19, 2019

Check with theaters for performance, dates and times.
May 23 – June 2
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Multiple dance artists, including Amy Lewis Dance with Agnes Szelag, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Abhinaya Dance Company, Lili Weckler, pateldanceworks, Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, Tara Brandel, Jessica Fudim & The Dance Animals, Lucia August/Everybody Can Dance, and many others.
May 31-June 1
Cal Performances
Eifman Ballet

The Pygmalion Effect
(United States premiere) Choreographer Boris Eifman's new ballet set to a score by Johann Strauss Jr.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
May 31- June 1
Smuin Contemporary Ballet
Dance Series 02

The Best of Smuin featuring the return of timeless Michael Smuin favorites such as “Unforgettable,” “Foolish Things,” and chair solo “Fever” from Smuin’s inaugural program Dances With Songs, with highlights from Carmina Burana, Dancin’ With Gershwin, and Zorro! A World Premiere by Amy Seiwert set to the music of Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble and loosely inspired by the 385-mile protest wall of women in India on New Year’s Day 2019.
June 1, 6:30pm
Presidio Dance Theatre
The Little Lantern

Based on the popular book by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani, with libretto and choreography by PDT Artistic Director Sherene Melania.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
June 2, 4:00pm
Oakland Ballet Company
East Bay DANCES '19
Showcases the best and brightest in East Bay dance. This year's participants include Marika Brussel, A. Spearman & Co., Alyssa Mitchel, Emergence Dance Company, Jubilee American Dance Theatre, Sarah Bush Dance Project, Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumiere, Shabnam Dance Company, Savage Jazz Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza, natalya shoaf, and Linda Steele II.
June 6-8, 8:00 pm
Sonsherée Giles & Sebastian Grubb
Fabric Animal
A new contemporary dance work draws from contact improvisation, anatomical science, Grubb’s original poetry, and Giles’ otherworldly sculptures and landscape paintings made entirely from fabric.
CounterPulse, San Francisco
June 7, 4:00 -5:00 pm
Choreo-Lab Showing
New work choreographed by Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco and Toby MacNutt performed by AXIS company dancers. FREE with RSVP to info@axisdance.org.
June 7-8, 8:00 pm
Drove VI
Chlo & Co Dance
Courtney and Chloë invite artists from the Bay Area to create work in response to given prompts that address an overarching theme for the evening: Call It Art, Molly Matutat, Reyes Dance, and Unruly Body Tanztheater.
June 7-8, 21-22, 7:30 pm
Alexander Diaz and Charlotte Keefe
A dance performance that not only shares the stories of homeless residents of San Francisco but also includes members of this body of ostracized and neglected citizens in the piece.
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
June 7-8, 8:00 pm
The Anata Project
The clash between love and ambition in motherhood. This evening-length work for five dancers features an original score by Jonas Leuenberger and costumes by Jamielyn Duggan.
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
June 9, 3:30 pm
Kathy Mata Ballet
Summer Dance Celebration
Classical and contemporary ballet pieces, performed with live accompaniment,in many different dance styles, including musical theater, modern, lyrical fusion, contemporary, character and more. Free.
June 14-15, 8:00 pm
June 15, 5:00 pm
Robert Moses’ Kin
The Exceptionally Elderly Overweight Black Man Phoenix

World Premiere. Moses reflects on what happens when the viewpoints of an “exceptionally elderly overweight Black man” are re-created by a multicultural company of young, athletic dance artists.
June 15, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Movement and Mimosas!
Rise and shine with a mimosa and a sneak preview of upcoming Season FOUR, including three world premieres from Brett Conway, Laura O'Malley, and Andrea Schermoly, Olivier Wevers' "Silent Scream", and Alejandro Cerrudo in rehearsal for his work "Cloudless". Delicious pastries will be provided by BiteUnite, a co-working kitchen and cafe in the Mission district.
Academy of Ballet, San Francisco
June 20-22, 8:00pm
fourth annual home season
Cloudless (Alejandro Cerrudo, music: Nils Frahm)
Silent Scream (Olivier Wevers, music: Album Leaf, Charlie Chaplin)
Andrea Schermoly world premiere (music: TBD)
Brett Conway world premiere (music: TBD)
Laura O’Malley world premiere (music: TBD)
June 21, 7:30pm

Post: Ballet

Onedome, San Fracisco
June 21-22, 8:00 pm
Classical Ballet of California and Peninsula Ballet Theatre
Full-length co-production featuring professional and student dancers. Set to Adolphe Adam's timeless score, Giselle tells the tale of a young peasant woman whose love and forgiveness transcend death to protect her aristocratic lover from vengeful supernatural forces.
June 22, 6:30pm
June 23, 2:00pm
Grown Women Dance Collective
Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration Through Dance
Former soloists with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, & over 40 Broadway shows perform beautifully crafted pieces to iconic songs to teach and celebrate African American history, the power of dancers in their 40's & 50's.
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland

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