Upcoming

Upcoming Projects


May
17
to May 18

Flyaway Productions | The Wait Room - Richmond

May 17-18, 2019
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
339 11th St, Richmond, CA

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The Wait Room, created in partnership with Essie Justice Group,  is a performance installation that exposes the physical, psychic, and emotional burden of incarceration for women with imprisoned loved ones. Via a large, rolling set designed by Sean Riley to evoke a prison visiting room, the project invokes the balancing act women have to maintain when stripped of emotional and economic support from their partners and family. Featuring an original soundscore by Pamela Z, and performance by Bianca Cabrera, Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, Sonsherée Giles, MaryStarr Hope, and Megan Lowe. Additional collaborators include lighting designer Jack Beuttler and costume designer Jamielyn Duggan. 

 
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May
9
to May 19

Lauren Simpson Dance | Dance Exhibit

May 9, 10, 18, 19 & 20, 2019
Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco

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Dance Exhibit is a multidimensional arts experience centered around a physical and embodied exploration of the Atrium space and the sculptures contained within. Beginning with beverages, snacks, and socializing, audiences will experience artwork by Dana Hemenway and Brion Nuda Rosch. The evening gradually moves from gallery environment into live performance with sound by Shanna Sordhal and lighting by Jack Beuttler. Following the performances will be a lecture/discussion led by some of the Bay Area’s most talented thought leaders and artists. Post performance lecture/discussion schedule:

 
 
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May
4
5:30 PM17:30

Nazaakat aur Taaqat - A Delicate Power | Noorani Dance

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 5:30pm
Mexican Heritage Theater, San Jose
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Farah Yasmeen Shaikh performs a traditional kathak solo showcasing powerful technique, juxtaposed with graceful delicacy, and compelling storytelling. 

Nazaakat aur Taaqat is comprised of short vignettes highlighting the opposing yet complementary aspects of kathak through a visually rhythmic journey of dance and music.

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Apr
19
to Apr 27

Flyaway Productions | The Wait Room

April 19-27, 2019
1125 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

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The Wait Room, created in partnership with Essie Justice Group,  is a performance installation that exposes the physical, psychic, and emotional burden of incarceration for women with imprisoned loved ones. Via a large, rolling set designed by Sean Riley to evoke a prison visiting room, the project invokes the balancing act women have to maintain when stripped of emotional and economic support from their partners and family. Featuring an original soundscore by Pamela Z, and performance by Bianca Cabrera, Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, Sonsherée Giles, MaryStarr Hope, and Megan Lowe. Additional collaborators include lighting designer Jack Beuttler and costume designer Jamielyn Duggan. 

 
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Apr
12
to Apr 14

SHADOWS AND EMBERS | Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

Friday and Saturday April 12 & 13 - 7 pm
Sunday April 14 - 3 pm
Oakland, CA
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The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) is pleased to announce the premiere of Shadows and Embers, April 12-14, 2019 at the Paul Dresher Ensemble Studio in Oakland, CA.

Shadows and Embers is an evening of multiple vignettes featuring new work by the Company, as well as a new collaboration between the Company and Rinde Eckert, and a new duet between Rinde and Margy.
This continues the experimentation started in Toward 45 (May 2018) for the MJDC’s 45th Anniversary Season in 2020.

 
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Ifigenia in Aulide
Nov
30
to Dec 1

Ifigenia in Aulide

November 30th & December 1st at 7:30pm
ODC THEATER
3153 17 St, San Francisco

Ifigenia in Aulide is an opera composed by Giovanni Porta in 1738 for the Carnival of Munich with a libretto by Apostolo Zeno. Despite the beauty of the music, Ifigenia in Aulide has not been played since its creation. The story of this opera is inspired by Euripides play, Iphigenia in Aulis, which he wrote between 408 and 406 BC.

Synopsys: The Greek army, ready to battle against Troy under the command of King Agamemnon, was detained by contrary winds in the port of Aulis. The King appealed to the Oracle and the response was clear: it would not be possible to sail to Troy, without first placating the wrath of the Goddess Diana with a death. The death and sacrifice of Iphigenia, daughter of the King.

The opera, will be semi-staged and sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite

Nov 16 & 17, 2018 at 7:30p
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
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In partnership with San Francisco’s iconic Grace Cathedral and in conjunction with YBCA’s upcoming Fall 2018, REQUIEM MASS: A QUEER DIVINE RITE by composer Holcombe Waller remembers those who suffered persecution for their sexual orientation and gender expression.

Holcombe Waller is one of America’s most unique voices in music theater and a 2011 United States Artists Berresford Fellow in Music, with an approach to music “as total theater.” After traveling to multiple cities worldwide, from Waller’s hometown of Portland, Oregon all the way to Sydney, Australia, Requiem Mass will have its San Francisco premiere as an evening length musical ceremony at the iconic Grace Cathedral in Nob Hill on November 16-17, 2018. The piece is an emotional and personal work that is informed by research into the pivotal gay history from the 1980s through present day. It is driven by community engagement and local community input from experts in liturgical music, queer theory, and faith-based equality initiatives. Through a series of workshops from June through September, Waller has also been working with an all-abilities volunteer community choir to produce the performance.

Come together as a community for this intimate and deeply moving piece.

 
 
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2018 YBCA 100 Summit
Nov
3
12:30 PM12:30

2018 YBCA 100 Summit

November 3rd
YBCA Theater, San Francisco
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Every year, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts releases the YBCA 100 list, recognizing 100 people, organizations, and movements that are using their platforms to create change and move society forward.

On November 3, 2018, YBCA hosts the fourth annual YBCA 100 Summit, an interactive daylong experience in which our honorees share the urgent questions that drive their work. The conversations and performances create space for YOU to respond to these questions and to engage in dialogue with the honorees and with one another. Be present with the community, challenge your perspective, and further the conversation—the YBCA 100 Summit will leave you feeling inspired and energized.

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Oct
27
to Oct 28

The Forgotten Empress - Wellesley College, Boston

October 27
Wellesley College

The Forgotten Empress is dynamic dance drama based on the history and life of Empress Noor Jahan exploring her strength and influence in 16th century Mughal India, and how she maintained her delicate power in a male dominated empire, only to be almost forgotten in the latter years of her life and in death.

Through an enthralling performance of South Asian classical dance, live music, multimedia, and theater, acclaimed Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, director Matthew Spangler, and musical director Salar Nader, along with their team of world-class musicians and actors, deliver the spectrum of emotions, relationships and occurrences surrounding this powerful woman. 

 
 
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Margaret Jenkins Dance Company | Sweden Tour 2018
Sep
10
to Sep 26

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company | Sweden Tour 2018

September 10-26
Stockholm, Östersund, Simrishamn

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Margaret Jenkins and the Company of MJDC dancers -- Dalton Alexander, Kristen Bell, Corey Brady, Alex Carrington, Margaret Cromwell, Kelly Del Rosario, Chinchin Hsu have been invited to tour Skies Calling Skies Falling with video prologue by Swedish Video Artist Hi-Jin Kang Hodge and David Hodge this Fall (September 10-28) in 3 incredibly unique venues in Stockholm, Östersund and Simrishamn.

In Stockholm, we will perform in a spacious color factory-turned art gallery: Färgfabriken. In Östersund, we will perform in a converted airplane hangar called LAT.63 Art Arena. In Simrishamn, we will perform in a bright, large studio/theater space where we performed Site Series (Inside Outside) for two hundred people, including performing art students and refugee families in 2016.

 
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Jun
22
to Jun 24

Scare Pair - Santa Monica

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Ready for a spooky night out? The Broad Stage transforms into two different haunted houses in a double bill of operas by Gordon Getty. Writer Edgar Allen Poe takes the stage himself as the main character of Usher House, an unsettling chiller that has all the classic elements of Gothic horror: a high-strung recluse, a beautiful madwoman and a sinister doctor, all hidden away in a crumbling manor house full of secrets. The Canterville Ghost puts a deft comic spin on Oscar Wilde's witty tale, in which the 300-year-old ghost of an English nobleman fails to impress his newest audience, a family of Americans who simply refuse to be frightened. 

June 22nd and 24th
The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College

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Jun
7
to Jun 16

TENDER (n.) - Flyaway Productions

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June 7 – 16, 2018
Thursdays at 8:30PM
Fridays at 12:30PM and 8:30PM
Saturdays at 8:30PM and 9:30PM
(Pre-show welcome 15-minutes before each show)

Cadillac Hotel
380 Eddy Street, San Francisco

FREE PERFORMANCES

A site-specific dance celebrating 100 years of outcast activism in the Tenderloin

In collaboration with the Tenderloin Museum, Code Tenderloin and Asian Art Museum, Flyaway offers a new site specific, off the ground dance on the Cadillac Hotel above the Tenderloin Museum on the corner of Eddy and Leavenworth Streets. The dance takes a historical lens on both the isolation and stamina that have impacted the Tenderloin over the last 100 years. It celebrates the outcasts who have defied convention here and the unlikely activists who have sought, in almost every decade, to create a desirable place to live and thrive. In the words of Tenderloin Housing Clinic founder Randy Shaw:

Choreographer & Director: Jo Kreiter
Dancers: Bianca Cabrera, Laura Elaine Ellis, Sonsherée Giles, MaryStarr Hope, Yayoi Kambara,
Megan Lowe, Honey Mahogany
Composer: Vân-Ánh Võ
Set & Rigging Designer: Sean Riley
Lighting Designer: David Robertson
Costume Designer: Jamielyn Duggan

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Apr
20
to Apr 21

The Forgotten Empress

The Forgotten Empress - Houston, TX

April 20th and 21st
Asia Society, Houston

The Forgotten Empress is dynamic dance drama based on the history and life of Empress Noor Jahan exploring her strength and influence in 16th century Mughal India, and how she maintained her delicate power in a male dominated empire, only to be almost forgotten in the latter years of her life and in death.

Through an enthralling performance of South Asian classical dance, live music, multimedia, and theater, acclaimed Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, director Matthew Spangler, and musical director Salar Nader, along with their team of world-class musicians and actors, deliver the spectrum of emotions, relationships and occurrences surrounding this powerful woman. 

 
 
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Mar
15
to Mar 17

punkkiCo: Controle

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Controle
new work by choreographer Raisa Punkki

in collaboration with
Alice Malia, artist, costume and set designer
Jack Beuttler, light designer
Aaron M. Gold, sound designer

ODC Theater
March 15-17, 2018
http://www.punkkico.com/

Tickets:
odc.dance/controle

As a response to our current era of escalating social media frenzy and its “fleshless interaction,” punkkiCo’s latest work explores what it means to be in control, between control, out of control and by extension what it means to set controls for oneself. This collaborative project between choreographer Raisa Punkki, visual artist Alice Malia, lighting designer Jack Beuttler, sound designer Aaron M. Gold and dancers Dalton Alexander, MeeganHertenstainer, Derek Harris, Hien Huynh and Karla Quintero, utilizes the tools of the stage—sound, light, and visual design—as a means of investigating what it means to be seen versus choosing not to be seen.

punkkiCo is a San Francisco-based dance company, founded in 2005 by dance artist Raisa Punkki. punkkiCo’s artistic exploration happens through different forms of contemporary dance, theatrical work and through collaboration with artists from different disciplines. “The purpose of punkkiCo’s creative work is to shake the unconscious mind and tap into empathy and connections between people for deeper understanding.”

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Feb
14
to Feb 18

Opera Parallèle: One Story, Two Operas

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Opera Parallèle and SFJAZZ are joining forces to honor Leonard Bernstein on his 100th birthday, with a brand new production of the composer’s seminal opera Trouble in TahitiJake Heggie, San Francisco’s pre-eminent composer, participates fully in this celebration with his chamber opera At the Statue of Venue. Both works explore personal relationships, and the struggles that can be experienced in one’s quest toward happiness. Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel envisions a narrative that connects both works together, where Rose, the sole character in At the Statue of Venue becomes Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, imagining what would have happened to her after getting married and living the comfortable life of a housewife in suburban America.  Mezzo-sopranos Renée Rapier and Abigail Levis incarnate this central character, and share the stage with baritones Kyle Albertson and Eugene Brancoveanu. Soprano (Krista Wigle), tenor (Andres Ramirez), and baritone (Bradley Kynard) personify the Greek chorus, in a jazz trio whose syncopated comments, inspired by popular music, already foreshadow West Side Story. The set design by Dave Dunning will include a giant turntable featuring revolving tableaux for the varied dramatic locations. Atmospheric visuals created by Media Designer David Murakami, and period costumes by Costume Designer Christine Crook, will evoke the troubled state of these souls adrift in the heart of Suburbia, in an aesthetic reminiscent of the Mad Men era. Mixed media collage artist Sherry Parker will collaborate with OP to create an immersive experience, transforming the SFJAZZ Miner auditorium into an art gallery. Choreographer Amy Seiwert and dancer Steffi Cheong will bring to life the statue suggested in the title of Jake Heggie’s work. The orchestra will be conducted by OP’s Artistic Director Nicole Paiement.

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Kristin Damrow & Company: EAMES
Jan
25
to Jan 27

Kristin Damrow & Company: EAMES

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PRESENTS

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EAMES

EAMES is a unique dance vision of two legendary artists and designers: Ray and Charles Eames. Informed by their explosive originality, EAMES explores the crucible that was the 1950’s in America. The design of our living rooms – and of our relationships – still feels the influence of the fearless painter and the charismatic architect who passionately loved their art…and each other.

JANUARY 25TH - 27TH 8 PM
ODC THEATER
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

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Nov
25
to Dec 2

The Forgotten Empress - Tour to Pakistan

Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore
Pakistan

The Forgotten Empress is dynamic dance drama based on the history and life of Empress Noor Jahan exploring her strength and influence in 16th century Mughal India, and how she maintained her delicate power in a male dominated empire, only to be almost forgotten in the latter years of her life and in death.

Through an enthralling performance of South Asian classical dance, live music, multimedia, and theater, acclaimed Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, director Matthew Spangler, and musical director Salar Nader, along with their team of world-class musicians and actors, deliver the spectrum of emotions, relationships and occurrences surrounding this powerful woman. 

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Oct
19
to Oct 21

Scare Pair - New York Premiere

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SCARE PAIR by Gordon Getty

October 19, 7:30pm
October 21, 7:30pm

The Kaye Playhouse
East 68th Street between Park & Lexington Aves
Courtyard Entrance
New York, NY 10065
212-772-4448

Ready for a spooky night out? The Kaye Playhouse transforms into two different haunted houses in a double bill of operas by Gordon Getty. Writer Edgar Allen Poe takes the stage himself as the main character of Usher House, an unsettling chiller that has all the classic elements of Gothic horror: a high-strung recluse, a beautiful madwoman and a sinister doctor, all hidden away in a crumbling manor house full of secrets. The Canterville Ghost puts a deft comic spin on Oscar Wilde’s witty tale, in which the 300-year-old ghost of an English nobleman fails to impress his newest audience, a family of Americans who simply refuse to be frightened.

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Jun
2
to Jun 4

Last Blue Couch In The Sky

KIM EPIFANO/ EPIPHANY PRODUCTIONS

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

https://ybca.org/whats-on/last-blue-couch-in-the-sky

Last Blue Couch in the Sky, a commissioned work by Kim Epifano, leads us on a dance journey traversing the SoMa neighborhood. It is a tribute to both the seminal places that have influenced her work and other significant places in this rapidly changing city. Last Blue Couch in the Sky is also a nod to Brian Goggin’s 1997 San Francisco public art installation Defenestration. The walk concludes at YBCA where a performance closes the night

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May
26
to May 28

Les Enfants Terribles - Opera Parallèle

Friday, May 26, 2017 – 7:30pm
Saturday, May 27 – 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, May 28 – 2pm

Caroline Hume Hall, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco

This hybrid dance-opera spectacle is the last in Philip Glass’ trilogy based on the works of Jean Cocteau. Teaming up with choreographer Amy Seiwart and Media Designer David Murakami, Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel will create a multi-dimensional film experience that interacts with the performers on stage. Singers, dancers, and media figure equally in Glass’ experimental work that tells Cocteau’s story of Paul and Lise, a brother and sister inextricably connected through loss, who live in a world of wild creativity and sometimes dangerous imagination. The Opera Parallèle production welcomes back local favorite Hadleigh Adams, and Rachel Schutz, both of whom Opera Parallèle audiences will remember from their starring roles in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias in 2014.

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Apr
27
to May 14

My Name Is Rachel Corrie

Magic Theatre - http://magictheatre.org/events/my-name-is-rachel-corrie

My Name is Rachel Corrie

Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie
Edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner
 

directed by: Jonathan Kane
performed by: Charlotte Hemmings
 

The critically acclaimed NY production of “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” comes to San Francisco for a limited run at the Magic Theatre.

 

“My Name Is Rachel Corrie” is a one-woman play composed from Rachel’s own journals, letters and e-mails – creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali – loving chain smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premier, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.

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Apr
27
to Apr 30

Touch Bass - Risa Jaroslow & Dancers

April 27-29, 2017 at 8pm
April 30, 2017 at 3pm

ODC Theater (SF, CA)
 

http://www.risajaroslowdance.org/upcoming-events

In Touch Bass, Risa Jaroslow continues to collaborate with dancers and non-dance trained performers with a cast including dancers, musicians and double basses, all “characters” integrated into the choreography.

Composer/bassist Lisa Mezzacappa is collaborating. This is Jaroslow’s first collaboration with a Bay Area composer and first time integrating musicians and their instruments into the choreography. Mezzacappa has worked with filmmakers and visual artists. This is her first collaboration with a choreographer.

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