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Diablo Ballet
    Diablo Ballet, Four Norwegian Moods by Lew Christensen.
Photo by Aris Bernales
Updated May 29, 2018

Check with theaters for performance, dates and times.

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, and a wildly popular Kick Off Event on Friday, April 27.
Venues to be announced
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: opens April 20, new works by Alonzo King, Christopher Wheeldon (Bound©), Justin Peck (Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming).
Program B: opens April 21, new works by Myles Thatcher, Cathy Marston (Snowblind), David Dawson (Anima Animus).
Program C: opens April 24, new works by Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre (Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem), Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.
Program D: opens April 26, new works by Edwaard Liang (The Infinite Ocean), Dwight Rhoden, Arthur Pita.

May 3, 3:00 pm
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
Open Rehearsal
Get a behind the scenes look of the MJDC’s process by attending this open rehearsal. The focus will be preparation for our next performance, Toward 45, which will be premiering May 17-19. Part of Bay Area Dance Week. Free Event.
May 4, 7:00pm
Cardinal Ballet Company
Cardinal Dance Fusion 2018: Camp Danceford
Featuring excerpts from classical ballets, student and guest choreography, and guest performances by Common Origins, Swingtime, Bent Spoon, Urban Styles, Tap Th@t, Akasma, and DV8.
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University
May 4 – 5
Diablo Ballet
Celebrated Masters
World Premiere of Robert Dekkers’ The Red Shoes, music: Philip Glass, costumes by celebrity fashion designer, Cassidy Haley.
Quartet from Val Caniparoli’s Stolen Moments
Four Norwegian Moods by Lew Christensen, music: Stravinsky
Immediately following each performance, ticket holders are invited to stay for a post-performance Q&A with the dancers, choreographers, and musicians followed by a dessert and coffee reception where you can meet and mingle with the dancers.
May 4-5, 8:00pm
Stanford Live
Lost and Found: Scenes From a Life
and Other Works by John Bernd
A re-construction and a re-imagining of Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life by choreographer John Bernd (1953-1988), a pivotal figure in the 1980’s downtown NYC dance scene.
Bing Studio, Stanford University
May 4–6,
But Tell Me What it Feels Like: The Erotic Practice of Liberation
Multidisciplinary Performance Festival curated by Sarah Toshie Cargill. features new and developing works by queer of color composers, performance artists, dancers, musicians and sound healers.
SOMArts, San Francisco
May 4-6
May 4, Reception 6:00pm Performance 8:00pm
AXIS Dance Company
Radical Impact Tour

Radical Impact by Marc Brew in collaboration with Composer JooWan Kim and accompanied by a live string quartet.
The Reflective Surface choreographed by Amy Sewiert and set to an original score by Darren Johnston
Historias Rotas (Broken Stories) choreographed by Nadia Adame with an original score by Paul Shapera.
Z Space, San Francisco
May 4-13, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3:00pm
Immersive 60-minute dance-media performance by Alleluia Panis, performed by 10 dancers to original music by composer Rachel Lastimosa.
Bindlestiff Studio, San Francisco
May 5
SF Ballet Fan Fest: 10 am–2 pm
Opera House Doors Open: 11:45 am
Company Class Viewing: 12–1 pm
Celebrate Bay Area Dance Week With San Francisco Ballet
Want to see the artists of SF Ballet up close and in action? On May 5, watch an SF Ballet Company class led by one of our ballet masters, on stage at the War Memorial Opera House. It's free to attend, but please RSVP below—seating is open, so arrive early to find a seat. Plus, from 10 am–2 pm, join us at the SF Ballet Fan Fest interactive booths to try on a tutu, learn about pointe shoes, explore Unbound, and learn about the history of SF Ballet—the oldest professional ballet company in America. Visit the booths and enjoy food trucks in the outdoor courtyard between the Opera House and Veteran's Building.
May 5-6, 1:00PM & 4:00PM
ODC School
Uncertain Weather

57 young people ages 8-19. The piece follows 3 young people and a live dog on a seamless journey through unpredictable weather – rainstorms and squalls, earthquakes, tsunamis, white-hot deserts, heat waves, fog, and sunny beach days – and the consequences of climate change.
ODC Theater, San Francisco
May 6, 1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Flyaway Productions
Van Anh Vo and Jo Kreiter talk about their upcoming project, Tender. An apparatus-based, off-the-ground dance on the facade of the Tenderloin’s Cadillac Hotel, Tender interweaves excerpts of interviews from members of the Tenderloin-based Vietnamese community into the performance. Short samples of the music will be interspersed with the talk.
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
May 10, 7:00 PM
Art Party & Auction:
The CounterPulse Annual Benefit
performances by Crain/Lachman/Poliak, Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko, dævron & Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company
CounterPulse, San Francisco
May 11-12,
Smuin Ballet
Dance Series 02
Oasis by Helen Pickett
Falling Up by Amy Seiwert
World Premiere by Val Caniparoli
May 11-12, 7:30pm
Printz Dance Project
Invites audiences to engage with a transparent, inflatable world envisioned by choreographer/director Stacey Printz and set designer Sean Riley. Double bill with DJ Spooky.
May 11-12, 8:00pm

Caroline Liviakis Dance Company
There's A New Kid In Town

World premier of five works: Welcome To My Runway, Mr. Sexy's Past-My Sdeduction Future, Balls Deep, Alternative Chick, I/m Somewhere with adaptations to works previously shown. The topic of commercialism both in exploring its theme in pop culture and in utilizing its dance forms.

SAFEhouse Arts, San Francisco
May 11-12, 7:30PM
YBCA Transform Fest
DJ Spooky / Printz Dance Project
Double Bill with musician Mark de Clive-Lowe.
May 11-13
Menlowe Ballet
Tribute to the life and contributions of Florence Nightingale, choreographed by Michael Lowe and Sarah-Jane Measor.
SWAN LAKE, Pas de Cinq
An excerpt from Dennis Nahat’s full-length Swan Lake, four princesses vie to win the heart of Prince Siegfried.
CROSSING THE RUBICON: Passing the Point of No Return
Inspired by the current plight of Syrian refugees, dancemaker Donald McKayle captures the struggles, fears, and experiences of those forced to flee their homeland.
May 12, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Oakland Ballet
Inside the Studio
Works in progress showing from Oakland Ballet Company’s 2018 Spring Repertory production, “Scene and Heard.” Open discussion with the dancers and Artistic staff. Meet the Artists Reception. Performance and Artist Forum begin at 4:00 pm with the Meet the Artists Reception immediately following.
May 15 – 20
ODC Theater
La Medea by Yara Travieso (West Coast premiere)
Nkisi Nkondi: Sacred Kongo Sculpture by Kiandanda Dance Theater (world premiere)
An Improvisation, by Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Phillip Greenlief, Shoko Hikage & Claudia La Rocco
Solo Works, Belinda McGuire (Bay Area solo debut)
ODC Theater, San Francisco
May 17- May 20
YBCA Transform Fest
Capacitor / Jodi Lomask
Left to Her Own Devices

An exploration of 20 years of Capacitor's signature synthesis of visual magic and raw athleticism.
May 17-18-19, 8:00 pm (1 hour)
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
Toward 45
Glimpse inside a creative process, see a variety of choreographic episodes that combine text, music, sound, narrative, and choreography with an intimate and mobile showing.
Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab & the two studios of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance
May 18, 7:00 PM
SFDanceworks BASH!
Iinaugural gala event. Drinks, food, paella by Paellas & Cos, live performances from SFDanceworks and the pop band YASSOU, and a fund-a-need to support the mission of SFDanceworks: to present the best dance of the past, present & future.
May 19
Body Traffic
Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company
May 19, 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Oakland Ballet Company
Spring Gala Fundraiser
Black tie event includes a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, live music, dancing, and performance highlights, with proceeds supporting the company’s spring season, and educational outreach programs.
May 23: Opening Night Dinner
May 23-25: Performances
2018 SF Ballet School
Student Showcase
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco
May 24, 7:30pm
Presidio Dance Theatre
20-Year Anniversary Gala
Performances from dancers of all ages, this family-friendly event is a multicultural mosaic of dance, celebrating cultural diversity and inspiring human connection through the artistry of dance.
May 24-27,
Smuin Ballet
Dance Series 02
Oasis by Helen Pickett
Falling Up by Amy Seiwert
World Premiere by Val Caniparoli
May 25-26, 8:00 pm
Mark Foehringer Dance Project | SF
Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF (MFDP|SF) joins Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts (CCDA) in an evening performance featuring Foehringer’s A Simple Symphony and works by CCDA faculty.
San Jose State University Dance Theater
May 25, 7:30pm
May 26, 2:00pm
Contra Costa Ballet
Alice in Wonderland
Choreography by Robert Dekkers. Hour-long adaptation of Lewis Carroll's timeless story highlights Contra Costa Ballet's talented dancers and professional guest artists Christian Squires and Michael Wells. Original score by Daniel Berkman, Victorian-inspired costumes by Marlowe Bassett, larger-than-life lighting and stunning sets.
May 30, 8:00PM
Stanford Dance

A Concert Showing of Student Choreography Projects
Roble Gym, Studio 113, Stanford University
May 31- June 1, 7:30pm
June 2, 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Oakland Ballet Company
Scene and Heard
Featuring five newly-commissioned works by choreographers Bat Abbit, Antoine Hunter, Michael Lowe, Danielle Rowe and company Artistic Director, Graham Lustig.
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College, Oakland

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