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October 2018

A Ballet and Modern Dance Information
Hope Mohr Dance
    Hope Mohr Dance's Jane Selna and Karla Quintero in extreme lyric I. Photo by Margo Moritz

Updated October 24, 2018

Check with theaters for performance, dates and times.
Sept. 28-Oct. 6
Smuin Contemporary Ballet
Blue Until June by Trey McIntyre
Merely Players by Nicole Haskins
Echo by Ben Needham-Wood
Sinfonietta by Rex Wheeler
Schubert Scherzo by Michael Smuin
Eternal Idol by Michael Smuin
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Oct. 4-5, 7:30 pm
Stanford Live
Dystopian Dream
Nitin Sawhney and Wang Ramirez

U.S. premiere. a theatrical realization of a concept originated by composer Nitin Sawhney, a collaboration with international hip-hop duo Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez, takes the audience on a journey through parallel universes and unreal dreams. Featuring animated projections, flying by wire, and dazzling set design, Dystopian Dream grapples with themes of loss, isolation, surrender, and continuity.
Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University
Oct. 4 – 6, 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Hope Mohr Dance and ODC Theater
extreme lyric I (world premiere)
An intimate work presented in the round for small audiences, featuring Anne Carson's translations of Sappho. Director and Choreographer Hope Mohr will distill choreographic forms as vehicles for dancers to explore ecstatic states, moments in which the self dissolves.
ODC Theater, San Francisco
Oct. 4-14
San Francisco Dance Film Festival
Over 100 films from21 countries, including multiple World, U.S., and West Coast premieres. Special screening of Paul Taylor: Dancemaker, October 13, 6:30pm
San Francisco venues
Oct. 5- 7, 8:00 PM
Dance Theatre of San Francisco
Season 6 Fall Program
And If It's Still Black Outside World premiere by Sandrine Cassini
From: Now On by Robert Dekkers
Cooties by Ben Needham-Wood
Z Space, San Francisco
Oct. 5-14
Alonzo King LINES Ballet + Kronos Quartet
35th Anniversary
World Premiere
OCT. 11-13, 8:00PM
ODC Theater
Sara Shelton Mann

Echo / Riding the Rapids
What is an echo that resounds from the walls? Is it an invitation to inhabit a spatial interim, the terrain between viewer, performer, composer, and space?
ODC Theater, San Francisco
Oct. 11-13 & 18-20 Thu-Sun, 8:00 pm
Joe Goode Performance Group
A work by Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique & Marc Kate.
Oct. 11-14, 18-21, 8:00 pm
Zaccho Dance Theatre
Picture Bayview Hunters Point

Free performances over two weekends. This interdisciplinary, site-specific performance centered in, on, and around the historic Bayview Opera House is a celebration of the community in which Zaccho has made its home.
Bayview Opera House, San Francisco
Oct. 12, 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m
Due to the continued closure of Salesforce Park for repairs, Epiphany Dance Theater and Biederman Redevelopment Ventures have decided to cancel Transit Dances: Night Trolley originally scheduled for October 12. The event will be postponed to 2019, the exact date to be announced at a later time.
Salesforce Park, San Francisco
Oct. 13, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Yerba Buena Night
One of San Francisco's biggest free evening performance and visual art events. Dance groups include LINES, Post: Ballet, Robert Moses' Kin, Hope Mohr
Jessie Square on Mission Street between 3rd and 4th and across Mission Street from the Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Oct. 19, 7:00 p.m.
Oct 20, 8:00 p.m.
Peninsula Ballet Theatre
Hot October Nights
Cabaret performance featuring the best ballet dancers in the Bay Area in exciting and innovative works by new Artistic Director Gregory Amato.
Oct. 19 - 21,
Liss Fain Dance
I Don’t Know and Never Will: A Recomposition

What are the anchor points in our past that define us? An immersive performance installation based on letters choreographer Liss Fain received decades ago. This is Liss Fain Dance’s 30th anniversary season.
Z Space, San Francisco
Oct. 20-21
Sasha Waltz & Guests
In her signature work, Körper (Bodies), groundbreaking Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz explores the visceral tangle of humanity from the perspectives of history, science, and architecture.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Oct 20 - 21, 11:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m.
Epiphany Dance Theater
San Francisco Trolley Dances
With ODC/Dance: Kimi Okada, Halau Makana Polynesian Cultural Arts, Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater, Robert Moses’ Kin, Aisan Hoss and Dancers, STEAMROLLER Dance Company, and Epiphany Dance Theater, with Stephen Kent. The tours start at Mission Creek Park and conclude at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Mission Creek Park, 4th and Channel Streets, San Francisco
Oct. 21, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
San Francisco Ballet School
Master Class: Dana Genshaft on Don Quixote
Observer, as well as participant, tickets are available as SF Ballet School Faculty member and former SF Ballet Soloist Dana Genshaft teaches excerpts from this classic ballet. Observers must register in advance. Students ages 15-19 10:00 pm - noon, ages 20+ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
San Francisco Ballet, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco
Oct. 22, 6:00pm
Stanford Live
Andy Warhol and Merce Cunningham:
Returning to RainForest

A screening of the film of Cunningham's dance piece RainForest (1968), which incorporated Warhol's "Silver Clouds," helium-inflated mylar balloons that work as reflective mirrors and climate barometers on stage, will be followed by a performance demonstration by former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Silas Riener. A panel organized and led by Professor Peggy Phelan, the Denning Family Director of the Stanford Arts Institute and "Contact Warhol" exhibition co-curator, will follow.
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
Oct. 25-26, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Garrett + Moulton
Featuring a 23 dancers, set to recordings of ecstatic Roma brass band music, the piece propels the performers through an adrenaline-fueled world of dance, image and sound. Free and open to the public.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Oct 25-27, 8:00 pm
Jess Curtis/Gravity
Beyond Gravity
Llegends from a future queer revolution and experience new ways of being with each other at a family reunion for a post-human universe. New body-based performance works from around the world by jose e. abad, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Abby Crain, Gabriel Christian, Rachael Dichter, and Mira Kautto.
CounterPulse, San Francisco
Oct. 26, 7:00 pm

Axis Dance
In Motion
A celebratory evening of sharing, connecting and busting a move on the dance floor. Sneak peek of new works by Robert Dekkers and Marc Brew. Hors d'oeuvres and an open bar are included with ticket purchase. Also exclusive exhibit of photojournalist Misako Akimoto, whose work highlights disabled artists and athletes.

Oct. 26 -27, 800 pm
Oct. 28, 7:00 pm
Sarah Bush Dance Project
Spirit and Bones
World Premiere choreographed by Artistic Director Sarah Bush, featuring Joanna Haigood, Elvia Marta, Priscilla Regalado, Joan Lazarus, Anne Bluethenthal and Sue Li Jue. An evening-length production highlighting female resilience in times of darkness, the tenacity of the solo woman, and the ferocious love and strength generated by community.
Taube Atrium Theatre at San Francisco War Memorial Building
Oct. 28, 6:00pm
Choreographers In Mentorship Exchange
2019 INFO Session
CHIME staff answers questions about CHIME San Francisco Bay Area 2019. Topics will include how to write a strong application narrative and how to select a compelling work sample. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.
Oct. 27, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Animate Dance Festival
Free and open to all with performances and classes running throughout the Festival Site all through the day. Drop in for as long as you like, see performances by award-winning Bay Area dance companies,
West Red Line Avenue, Alameda Point

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