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March 2019


A Ballet and Modern Dance Information Resource


San Francisco Ballet

ODC/Dance's Tegan Schwab. Photo by RJ Muna   San Francisco Ballet's Sarah Van Patten and Nathaniel Remez in Arthur Pita's Björk Ballet. (photo © Erik Tomasson)

Updated March 26, 2019
Check with theaters for performance, dates and times.
Feb. 28 - March 2, 8:00 PM
ODC/Dance Unplugged
Path of Miracles
(KT Nelson & Volti)
Inspired by the Camino de Santiago and created in collaboration with San Francisco’s outstanding 17-member vocal ensemble Volti singing a transcendent score by Joby Talbot.
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Feb 28-March 2
Family Matinee March 2, 2:00 PM
San Francisco Performances
Jessica Lang Dance

San Francisco debut in what has been announced as the company’s final season.
Lyric Pieces, created for the Birmingham Royal Ballet with music by Edvard Grieg.
The Calling, commissioned by Ailey II with music by Trio Mediaeval
Thousand Yard Stare, co-commissioned by Des Moines Performing Arts with music by Beethoven
This Thing Called Love (West Coast Premiere) commissioned by The Performing Arts Center of Purchase College with music specially arranged and recorded for the company by Tony Bennett.
March 2-3
Cal Performances
Akram Khan
Reveals the beauty and horrors of the human condition through the myth of Prometheus told from the perspective of an Indian soldier recruited to fight in the trenches of World War I for the British Crown.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
March 2, 9, and 27
Mia: A Dancer's Journey
A free film screenin in celebration of Women's History Month. Mia Slavenska helped introduce America to ballet as a brilliant dancer and was also one of the first ballerinas to form companies and commission original ballets. Mia's daughter recounts her life's journey in this powerful documentary co-directed by Kate Johnson, who will join us for these screenings. Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library.
three San Francisco Library branches
March 3, 5:00 pm
Smuin 2019 Gala
Celebrate Smuin’s 25th season with cocktails, dance performance, dinner, live auction, and after-dinner dancing.
The Galleria, San Francisco
March 8
ODC Dance Around Town Gala
Celebrate the new season of with dinner at the St. Regis followed by a performance of work from the ODC Choreographers at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. Afterwards join ODC dancers, choreographers, collaborating dancers, and fellow art enthusiasts at a glamorous after-party in the St. Regis.
St. Regis Hotel and YBCA Theater, San Francisco
March 7 - 10
Gala Performance March 8
World's on Fire
A world premiere choreographed by Kate Weare and Brenda Way, explores the cyclical nature of human experience with music played live by The Crooked Jades. Tackles the emotional underpinnings of community: kinship, belief, suffering, love and the will to survive.
YBCA Theater, San Francisco
March 9-16
San Francisco Ballet
The Sleeping Beauty
(Tchaikovsky/Tomasson, after Petipa) Helgi Tomasson’s production highlights the dancers’ classical virtuosity, casting its spell over a fairytale ballet of romance and wonder. Casting
March 14, 6:00 PM
Dancing in the Dark: excerpts from (in)Visible
Jess Curtis and his team of international collaborators share excerpts from their research into the intersections of movement, culture, sensory difference, and physical diversity in live performance: inviting you into a full-body performance experience.
CounterPulse, San Francisco
March 14-15, 8:00 PM
March 16, 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sean Dorsey Dance's 15th Anniversary Home Season
A timely and urgent commentary on contemporary masculinity that places a trans and queer lens onto intersectional questions of embodiment, violence, Black queer love, whiteness, shame and posturing. This fusion of full-throttle dance, highly-physical theater, irreverent humor, exquisite queer partnering and intimate storytelling is performed with Sean Dorsey Dance’s signature technical precision, guts and deep humanity.
Z Space, San Francisco
March 15-16, 8:00pm
Wax Poet(s)
Oakland based arts and performance collective's world premiere choreographed by Co-Directors Heather Stockton and Garth Grimball and featuring live music by Charles Peoples III. Examines through mutual popular culture experiences the formation of how and where we "fit" into, and the potential deformity of the fitting.
ODC Theater, San Francisco
March 16, 8:00 pm
March 17, 7:00 pm
Dance Mission Theater
D.I.R.T. Festival 2019: storm SURGE - Program B
(Dance In Revolt(ing) Times) focuses on the theme storm SURGE and features artists exploring ideas and concerns surrounding Global Warming and displacement as a result of environmental change.
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco
March 16-24, 8:00 pm
Rogelio Lopez & Dancers
Dicotomia del Silencio

World Premiere of an evening length, contemporary, modern dance performance. Through poignant and virtuosic movement, original live music, and innovative lighting, this haunting, otherworldly new work collides into the unspoken and dangerous corners of the memories of a challenging childhood.
March 20, 11:00 am
San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show
Jason Wu Runway Show and Reception. Proceeds will benefit a wide range of San Francisco Ballet initiatives.
The Bently Reserve, San Francisco
March 22-23
Diablo Ballet
Once Upon a Time

25th Anniversary celebration with a brand new fairytale ballet accompanied by the Contra Costa Wind Symphony and choreographed by renowned dance maker Julia Adam.
March 22-23
Mark Foehringer Dance Project
Like an Ox on the Roof
WORLD PREMIERE- Evening Length Mixed repertory program featuring two new premieres, one remount and a restaging of an audience favorite. Works set to scored by Liszt, Milhaud, Brittan and Bloch. Live music with music director Michael Morgan.
Cowell Theater, San Francisco
March 22-23, 8:00 pm
Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble

Six choreographers interpret a single piece of music... Six composers respond to one dance... Everything changes. Featuring 18 dancers with both live and recorded music.
March 22 & 23, 7:30pm
March 24, 2:30pm
In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity
Mmultimedia dance theater workshop performance by Alleluia Panis, performed by 10 dancers to original music by composer Joshua Icban, and with visual media by filmmaker Wilfred Galila, inspired by the real-life accounts of Pilipino/a Americans between the 1920s - 1960s in San Francisco.
Bindlestiff Studio, San Francisco
March 23, 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Fast Forward 2019
Hosted by The New Ballet
Contemporary ballet featuring new works by choreographers Naomi Sailors, Dalia Rawson, Le Mai Linh, Laura Burton, and more. Presented in collaboration with the SJSU Dance Department in the School of Music and Dance.
SJSU Dance Theater at Spartan Complex
March 23-24
Detour Dance
Tiny Dance Film Festival
Different program of films each day.
Little Roxie Theater, San Francisco
March 24
Mark Foehringer Dance Project
Young Choreographers Forum SF/SJ Showing
Showing of works generated during our choreography mentoring program for ages 16-26 years old, led by Mark Foehringer.
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
March 25, 7:00 PM
33rd Annual Izzies Awards Ceremony
Ceremony begins at 7p and the after party continues until 11p. The Izzies is free and open to the art loving public.
SOMArts, San Francisco
March 27–April 7
San Francisco Ballet
Lyric Voices
Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem
(Garneau/McIntyre) Channels the vulnerability of Chris Garneau’s songs into an endearing look at the ties across generations.
Bound To
(Henson/Wheeldon) Explores what we’re missing by being glued to our phones.
Yuri Possokhov World Premiere
March 28 - 30, 8:00 pm
Deborah Slater Dance Theater
The Sleepwatchers

Looks at sleep metaphorically and literally, examining how it affects society's mental and physical well-being.
ODC Theater, San Francisco
March 29, 3:00pm
Live streamed performance of modern dance as part of Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. José Limón’s “The Exiles”, Maria Basile’s “The Upward Spiral”, a new work by Gabriel Mata, and a group collaborative that explores the multi-generational experiences of the cast.
March 29, 8:00 PM
Sara Shelton Mann
vortex work-in-progress
The beginning stages of development: 29/Vortex. Considering the future from a child’s perspective, open some records and invite dreams and other realities into a conversational dance.
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
March 29–April 9
San Francisco Ballet
Space Between
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (Copland/Peck) An athletic, high-energy interpretation of Aaron Copland’s iconic music.
Die Toteninsel (Liam Scarlett) World Premiere
Björk Ballet (Gudmundsdottir, Ghersi, Sjón / Pita) Channels the magic and mischief of pop singer Björk’s music.

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