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Shannon Kurashige for Liss Fain Dance's Close the Door Slowly. Photo by RJ Muna   Eifman Ballet's Oleg Gabyshev and Lyubov Andreyeva perform Pygmalion Effect for Cal Performance (photo credit: Courtesy of Eifman Ballet)
Updated May 27, 2019

Check with theaters for performance, dates and times.

April 26-May 5
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!
Also a World Premiere by Amy Seiwert
May 2, 8:00 pm
Berkeley Symphony
ODC/Dance

Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1 followed by a special presentation of Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour choreographed by ODC/Dance Co-Artistic Director KT Nelson and performed by ODC/Dance, followed by Thomas Adès’s Dances from Powder Her Face, and concludes with Der Rosenkavalier Suite by Strauss.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
May 3, 5:30 pm
Smuin After Hours
Dance Series 02

Exclusively for young professionals (ages 21-40), join Smuin for an evening of socializing and the arts. The evening begins with a cocktail party at Ginto followed by the evening performance of Dance Series 02.
Ginto | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
May 3-4
Diablo Ballet
Celebrated Masters
Tryst by Val Caniparol
Walk before Talk
by KT Nelson
Swan Lake Suite featuring the White Swan Pas de Deux, the Black Swan Pas de Deux, variations and finale by Marius Petipa, staged by the Company’s regisseur Joanna Berman.
May 3 – 5, Friday - Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Liss Fain Dance
Close the Door Slowly

An immersive performance installation for six dancers, with original music by Oakland-based percussionist Jordan Glenn, that explores elements of the uncanny present in the everyday. Director and Choreographer: Liss Fain.
Z Space, San Francisco
May 3-5,
Menlowe Ballet
TRIPTYCH

Three Works Celebrating Fine Art, Facets of Love, and a Trailblazing Visionary:
Kimono Wednesdays by Artistic Director Michael Lowe
Playing Love by Michael Lowe
The Lady with the Lamp by Michael Lowe & Sarah-Jane Measor
May 4
Merce Cunningham Centenary Celebration
Dance Film SF is participating in the Merce Cunningham’s centenary celebration with a special event and screening of two groundbreaking films that represent Cunningham’s Past and Present:
Assemblage: 2:00 pm
If the Dancer Dances: 5:30 pm
May 4-19, Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00am & 1:00pm
Lenora Lee Dance
Within These Walls/Dreams of Flight
Site-responsive, immersive, multimedia dance works created for and performed at the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island State Park in the San Francisco Bay. Audiences will travel by ferry to Angel Island, walk or shuttle to the Immigration Station, follow the performers along the grounds of the Station, and journey within a labyrinth of rooms throughout the historic two-story Immigration Center buildings.
May 7–12
San Francisco Ballet
Shostakovich Trilogy
(Shostakovich/ Ratmansky) Three distinct ballets—Symphony #9, Chamber Symphony, and Piano Concerto #1—set to Dmitri Shostakovich’s orchestral works. View Casting
May 9-11, 7:30PM
May 11, 2:00PM Family Matinee
San Francisco Performances and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
present

Dorrance Dance
ETM: Double Down
Bay Area premiere of their signature, high energy piece in which the performers use “tap instruments” created by Nicholas Van Young to not only dance, but also create live music. Choreography by Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young with Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie and solo improvisation by the dancers.
May 12 - 19
WALKING DISTANCE DANCE FESTIVAL
ODC Theater’s dance festival featuring works by West Coast choreographers including ODC’s Kimi Okada. Featured artists include Mary Armentrout Dance Theater; d. Sabela grimes; Kinetech Arts; and Barak Marshall, the former house choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company.
ODC Theater, San Francisco

May 15-16
May 16 Pre-Performance guest lecture with Japanese professor of dance history

Miki Orihara
Resonance III

Orihara's mentor was Yuriko Kikuchi, a former director of Graham Co. Solo performances of Martha Graham’s “Lamentation (1930)”, Doris Humphrey’s “Two Ecstatic Themes (1931)”, Seiko Takata’s “Mother (1938)” Konami Ishii’s “Moon Desert (early 1930’s)” and Yuriko’s “Cry (1963)”.
Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco
May 17, 7:30pm
AXIS Dance Company
with special guest RAWCUS from Australia
Pomeroy Center, San Francisco
May 22-24
SF Ballet School's 2019 Spring Festival
SF Ballet School ON STAGE will feature different programs across three evenings including a short demonstration by students in Levels 2–8 choreographed by Karen Gabay, upper-level students and Trainees performing SF Ballet School Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson’s Ballet d'Isoline, a new work choreographed by AXIS Dance Company Artistic Director Marc Brew, excerpts from two Jirí Kylián ballets, Sarabande and Falling Angels, as well as premieres by SF Ballet School student choreographers.
May 23-26
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.
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 24, 7:00pm
May 25, 6:30pm
May 26, 6:30pm.
Chen-Wei Lee & Zoltan Vakulya
Together Alone (2017, US Premiere)
A solo danced as a duet that counters individual loneliness with the power of being together.
Firehouse, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
May 25, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
San Jose Dance Theatre
The Firebird

Stravinsky’s famous score and the world premiere of original choreography by Artistic Director Linda Hurkmans. This repertory program also features Marius Petipa’s classic ballet Paquita with guest artists David Fonnegra and Mariana Zschoerper, as well as original classical and contemporary dance.
Hammer Theatre, San Jose
May 28, 6:00 pm
Amy Seiwert's Imagery
Tiny Bubbles for Big Dreams

Celebrate Amy Seiwert, Imagery and dancers. Take in the sweeping views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area while enjoying risk-taking performances by Imagery's dancers. This full night of festivities will also include a silent auction, entertaining raffle prizes, scrumptious nibbles, drinks, live performances, and the premiere screening of a new dance film 'Avoidance' choreographed by Imagery's Artistic Fellow, Ben Needham-Wood. This fundraiser aims to raise funds towards the SKETCH series. Cocktail attire is encouraged. All guests need to be pre-registered by 5/21. No tickets at the door.
Salesforce East, San Francisco
May 28-29
Mixed Bag Productions
POOLREADY!

Choreographed by Salt Farm's founding artistic director Ledoh, explores the complexities of climate change, and the irony in the futility of individuals being able to act collectively in their self-interest and for the good of humanity.
Fort Mason Center Gallery 308, San Francisco
May 30, 8:30pm with Post-Show Reception
Compagnie Virginie Brunelle
Antiwords
(2012, U.S. Premiere)
From Montreal. Asks men and women, “How can they define themselves through the constraint of traditional gender concepts?”
Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
May 30-31, 7:30pm
June 1,t 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Oakland Ballet Company
JANGALA

A dance theater work by Artistic Director, Graham Lustig, is a family-friendly performance inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, that fuses contemporary ballet with movement vocabulary from the south Indian classical form, bharatanatyam.
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.

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