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Gallery Admission: Edgar Arceneaux and Yishai Jusidman exhibitions
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Edgar Arceneaux experiments with the exhibition as a format of presentation. Until, Until, Until… is a multi-media video installation as well as a live action play along with Library of Black Lies a large-scale sculpture and labyrinth containing a collection of crystallized books presenting variants on African American history.

Yishai Jusidman's Prussian Blue is a series of paintings rendered almost exclusively in one of the earliest artificially developed pigments used by European painters—Prussian Blue. The chemical compound that makes up this pigment happens to be related to the Prussic acid in Zyklon B, the poisonous product deployed at some of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps.


The Dead End
dir. Cao Baoping

Based on a novel by Xu Yigua, this nail-biting morality play focuses on three men haunted by shared guilt over their role in an unsolved crime. When Deng’s new boss revives the cold case, they find they have more to worry about than their consciences. It’s an acute study of men under impossible pressure, with Dostoevskian undertones. (2015, 139 min, digital)


Edgar Arceneaux: Until, Until, Until...
YBCA presents three intimate evenings of Edgar Arceneaux’s first live work, Until, Until, Until…. Arceneaux created the piece as an investigation of and meditation on an infamous 1981 performance by Broadway legend Ben Vereen, televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan’s inaugural celebration. The performance immerses the audience in the scenery of the presidential celebration, where the relationships between past and present, experience and memory, and fantasy and reality blur as they are filtered through time and the television screen. Frank Lawson stars as Ben Vereen. Winner of Performa’s Malcolm McLaren Award and praised in the New Yorker, Lawson’s performance in Until, Until, Until… has been popularly and critically acclaimed from New York to Boston to Los Angeles.

Doors open at 7:15PM, performance starts at 8PM.


Lethal Hostage
dir. Cheng Er

A whiplash succession of double and triple crosses, set to an offbeat soundtrack by trip-hop artist Chen Weilun, this ingenious and meticulously crafted film takes place in the corrupt, crumbling town of Mengxiu where China meets Burma. At the center of the story are a woman (May Wang) and a drug dealer (Sun Honglei) who becomes her husband after first being her kidnapper. (2012, 97 min, digital)


Robert Moses’ Kin: Bootstrap Tales
“Robert Moses’ Kin drops cultural time bombs”
KQED

Robert Moses’ Kin presents an evening of incendiary contemporary dance which takes hold from the first move and does not let go until the last breath. Featuring creations by new roots artists, musical direction by PC Muñoz, the artists of RMK and director Robert Moses. Bootstrap Tales bounces from warmth to intuition to inhumanity and back again.


SF Cinematheque presents: After Hours: Films by Karen Yasinsky
Using hand-made puppets, quirky rotoscoped animation and re-purposed footage (citing the links of Cassavetes, Bresson and Tarkovsky among others), the short films of Karen Yasinsky address deep themes of empathy, violence, spiritual grace and redemption as they veer between the cloyingly cute and the viscerally confrontational. As part of a two-part San Francisco residency, Yasinsky appears in person to present a survey of works including After Hours; Perpetual Motion of My Love for You; Life is an Opinion, Fire a Fact, and more, including a special sneak peek of a new work. Full details at www.sfcinematheque.org.


Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?
dir. Travis Wilkerson

In 1946, S. E. Branch, a white man, murdered Bill Spann, a black man, in Alabama. Years later, director Travis Wilkerson, Branch’s great-grandson, sets out to unravel the murder mystery that has become hidden family lore. He encounters obstacle upon obstacle, destroyed records, and difficult silences, and is accused of bringing shame upon the family by shaking up old trouble nobody wants. (2017, 90 min, digital)

“An urgent, often corrosive look at America’s past and present through the prism of family, patriarchy, white supremacy and black resistance.” —Manohla Dargis, New York Times


The Sacrifice
dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

This poetic final film from Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker, Solaris) is a moving testament to the power of faith, rapturously filmed (in both color and black and white) by Sven Nykvist, who won a special prize for this effort at the Cannes Film Festival. A former actor has retired to the remote countryside with his family. Confronted with the threat of nuclear annihilation, he strikes a bargain with a mysterious woman in a desperate bid to save humanity. (1986, 148 min, digital)


Ama-San
dir. Cláudia Varejão

In a small fishing village on Japan’s Shima peninsula, three women maintain an ancient tradition of diving for pearls, urchins, and abalone, without any modern gear or protection. This ravishing film follows the everyday lives of three “sea women” who, for more than three decades, have dived together. Shot between the silent, underwater world and rural life on land, this is a unique, beautiful portrait of a disappearing tradition. (2016, 112 min, digital)


San Francisco Performances presents Company Wayne McGregor: Autobiography
British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s exhilarating company returns to SF Performances with a new work being developed in McGregor’s signature process that fuses dance, art, philosophy, science, technology and current events for a deeper look at how movement embodies much more than movement. The piece is called Autobiography and is inspired in part by McGregor’s own DNA. London’s Financial Times asserts that McGregor is, “A pioneer in exploiting the links between his art and the scientific developments that have revolutionized 21st-century life.”


Araby (Arábia)
dir. Affonso Uchôa and João Dumans

Araby is an unpredictable, fable-like road movie about a young man who sets off on a twenty-year journey in search of a better life. Andre lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. When Cristiano, a factory worker, suffers an accident, Andre is asked to go to his house to pick up clothes. There Andre stumbles on a notebook and the adventure of Araby begins. As he reads from the journal entries, we are plunged into Cristiano’s life—his wanderings, adventures, and loves. (2017, 98 min, digital)

“An instant classic...marked by boundless humanism.” —Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter


Untitled
dir. Michael Glawogger and Monika Willi

In December 2013, the visionary Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger and his cinematographer set out to travel the world for one year, to film what they experienced with no expectations or restrictions—pure cinematic freedom. But four months into the project, Glawogger died from malaria. Monika Willi, his long-standing collaborator and editor, created this film out of the footage he shot. From the Balkans to Italy to North and West Africa, this documentary reserves a space for observing, listening, and experiencing. (2017, 107 min, digital)

“The most beautiful film I could imagine is one which would never come to rest.” —Michael Glawogger


ODC/Dance presents Dance Around Town: News of the World
The 47th season of ODC/Dance culminates at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with the premiere of Brenda Way’s News of the World with music by David Lang and mise-en-scène by painter Doug Argue and set designer Alexander V. Nichols. A bracing artistic response to a turbulent world, the evening will also reprise last season’s prescient work, What we carry, What we keep.

News of the World is part two of the Dance Around Town series which begins in February with Path of Miracles at Grace Cathedral.


Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)
dir. Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra

In this enchanting supernatural fantasy, Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by a mysterious and wealthy woman named Ana to be the nanny of her unborn child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. Suddenly, a fateful night changes everything. One of the most exciting Brazilian films of the year, Good Manners blends elements of fairy tales, melodrama, and horror with issues of class and race. (2017, 135 min, digital)


Time Regained
dir. Raúl Ruiz

Featuring an outstanding cast of international film stars, including Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich, Time Regained is a “gorgeous, meticulously crafted spectacle” (Jack Matthews, New York Daily News). The year is 1922: on his deathbed, novelist Marcel Proust pores over photographs taken throughout his life. Gradually, we watch as his memories merge with the lives of his literary creations. Proust’s seven-volume masterwork In Search of Lost Time comes to vivid life in this imaginative and playful cinematic epic by famed experimental filmmaker Raúl Ruiz. (1999, 169 min, digital)

Lovingly restored and remastered by Le Petit Bureau with support from the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image anime (CNC, France).


Mrs. Fang
dir. Wang Bing

From China’s greatest documentary filmmaker Wang Bing comes Mrs. Fang, winner of the Golden Leopard Prize at the Locarno Film Festival. In a quiet village in southern China, sixty-seven-year-old Fang Xiuying returns home. After having suffered from Alzheimer’s for several years, with advanced symptoms and ineffective treatment, she is now bedridden. This documentary provides an intimate glimpse into her last days, surrounded by relatives and neighbors. (2017, 86 min, digital)


Friendly Beast (O Animal Cordial)
dir. Gabriela Amaral Almeida

When an armed robbery in a Brazilian restaurant interrupts an already-tense situation between the owner and a customer, a group of strangers and the staff are dragged into a frantic fight for their lives. This tough survival tale is produced by RT Features (Call Me by Your Name) and directed by one of the brightest young women filmmakers in the country, Gabriela Amaral Almeida. (2017, 96 min, digital)

“An intense film that barely leaves room for breathing” —Screen Anarchy


12 Days
dir. Raymond Depardon

Every year in France, nearly 100,000 people are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. By law, the hospital has twelve days to bring each patient before a judge. Based on medical records and a doctor’s recommendations, a crucial decision has to be made: Will the patient stay or leave? Legendary filmmaker-photographer Raymond Depardon has been granted access to these hearings and, for the first time, captures these extraordinary encounters between justice and psychiatry, giving voice to the voiceless. (2017, 87 min, digital)


Alonzo King LINES Ballet Spring Season with Zakir Hussain
For over twenty years Alonzo King and Zakir Hussain have been pushing the boundaries of creative expression together. This spring, these two masters of rhythm, vibration and transformation will unite for a special world premiere collaboration in honor of LINES Ballet's 35th Anniversary Season.

A national treasure, Zakir Hussain, who will be performing live on stage with sarangi master Sabir Kahn, is a classical tabla virtuoso from India widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement. His complex rhythmic systems naturally partner with King’s choreography to celebrate the long-standing continuity between transcendental Eastern thinking and Western ballet’s classical forms and techniques.


LINES Ballet BFA Showcase
Celebrate the accomplishment and artistry of the Class of 2018! The grand finale to their four-year college journey, the 2018 Senior Showcase brings our seniors to the beautiful YBCA stage in a celebration of artistic achievement. This one-show-only event presents original contemporary ballets by choreographers Gregory Dawson, David Harvey, Maurya Kerr and Katie Scherman.

Also featuring the second-year students of the LINES Ballet Training Program.


Okwui Okpokwasili
Bessie Award-winning artist Okwui Okpokwasili integrates choreography, song, text, and film in Poor People’s TV Room to unearth the complex history of women in Nigeria, and investigate how buried narratives of women in the country resonate with actions of the present throughout the world. The performance is informed by two historic incidents in Nigeria: the Women’s War of 1929, a resistance movement against British colonial powers; and the Boko Haram kidnappings of more than 300 girls which launched the Bring Back Our Girls movement. Women have been central to these campaigns, and have played essential and powerful roles in Nigeria’s independence.

Poor People’s TV Room uses an interdisciplinary, intensely visual and textured lens to look at issues of gender, culture, and identity to create a visceral experience where the past is alive and unleashed in the present.


DJ Spooky & Printz Dance Project
DJ Spooky

Experience the Polar Regions as never before through the eclectic artistry of composer, author, musician, and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Revered in the hip-hop world as a master turntablist, DJ Spooky is a sonic artist who hears music in almost everything. He has undertaken expeditions to Antarctica, to explore the impact of climate change and create acoustic portraits of the rapidly changing continent. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Miller traveled to the Arctic Circle in 2014 and came away with the inspiration for another volume of music, Arctic Rhythms. In this performance, DJ Spooky projects images of the Arctic landscape onstage and juxtaposes it with live and recorded hip-hop, electronic, and minimalist music to create a unique experience that takes audiences on an evocative multimedia trip through the Arctic.

Stacey Printz / Printz Dance Project

How does the new social-media driven reality affect partnerships, friendships, and love? What does voyeurism do to human interactions? How do we create true intimacy and make personal imprints on one another if there is always a swath of plastic between us?

Printz Dance Project’s GLASSlands invites audiences to engage with a transparent, inflatable world envisioned by choreographer/director Stacey Printz and set designer Sean Riley. The set pieces are large pod-like structures, or “bubble rooms” providing a plastic world that dancers will populate and explore. The audiences at this show fundamentally become the voyeurs as they watch vignettes unfold – they witness what happens when two dancers duet without being able to touch, or when dancers in different pods attempt to “communicate” through the veil of these clear igloo-like structures.

In exploring our obstructed attempts at authentic communication, GLASSlands uses dance as a conduit for deepening interpersonal relationships and compassion for our similarities and differences, therefore making way for tangible change.


Mark de Clive-Lowe
Musical maverick Mark de Clive-Lowe seems an impossibility at first sight. He juggles piano, synths, live-sampling, and beat-making all on-the-fly, and brings them to life with a casual ease that’s mind-boggling. Whether he’s remixing classic Blue Note Records in real time, collaborating onstage with other renowned musicians and artists, or creating live soundtracks to classic film material, de Clive-Lowe is an artist in constant evolution, reaching for that next level.

For this special presentation, de Clive-Lowe brings together his eclectic vision, global perspective, and special collaborations, to create his own unique performance process, demonstrating what can manifest when worlds collide with open ears, hearts, and minds.


Black Women Rock
jessica Care moore’s Black WOMEN Rock! seeks to empower young women instrumentalists, vocalists, and poets to tell their stories on their own terms and inspire future generations of Black women rockers. Acclaimed performer and poet jessica Care moore brings her popular Detroit-based production of Black WOMEN Rock! to San Francisco. This multi-generational 14-year-old concert brings together over 20 of the most exciting Black women rock instrumentalists and vocalists in the country, celebrating their contributions to the genre. Don’t miss your chance to see moore and ten other trailblazer headliners at YBCA.


Roger Guenveur Smith
Award-winning and Oscar nominated actor, writer and director Roger Guenveur Smith teams up with the local, Bay Area-based performance group Campo Santo to direct the world-premiere of their new performance piece, Casa De Spirits. This multidisciplinary performance follows a group of people through their interactions with liquor stores in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. It unearths histories of the Tenderloin by mixing stories from liquor store life, tales through the decades of the neighborhood, and The Book of Revelation. It is an exploration of what the community has survived and what it will see after another chapter of massive changes. This must-see collaboration expands on Guenveur Smith’s stunning body of work creating living history pieces, often as solo performance creations, this time imagined for a cast of Campo Santo performers.


Capacitor
Capacitor is a dance, cirque, and sculpture company founded by Artistic Director Jodi Lomask. The work often engages scientists to create performances and installations about the natural world. The company’s visually-stunning experiences are delivered on abstract structures by athletic dancers, acrobats, aerialists, and contortionists. Lomask designs structures out of steel, bungee, fiberglass, and wood, and her choreography unites unique characters with distinctive movement for Capacitor's signature synthesis of visual magic and raw athleticism. Celebrating the company’s 20 years anniversary, Left to Her Own Devices is a distillation of all of the company’s work to-date, focusing on physical structures—which have essentially been oppressive problems for the performers to overcome—to explore the theme of liberation.


Lars Jan
“As a broader exploration of whether a human being can be altered all the way down to his cells and synapses by the nature of the times he lives through, the piece is startling and disturbing.” – New York Times

Featuring archival wire-tap transcriptions, the missives of communist spies, and MRI brain scans, The Institute of Memory (TIMe) conjures a portrait of Lars Jan’s enigmatic father — a Cold War operative whose fascinating story prompts questions about privacy, memory, and fatherhood. Jan directs Early Morning Opera, a performance and art lab integrating emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience. TIMe follows two men who play with the past in the glow of a kinetic light sculpture signaling keystrokes from a hacked 50s typewriter. Composed of medical scans, X-rays, and laser scans of several actual environments where Jan spent time with his father as a child, the piece is both disturbingly abstract and uniquely personal.