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Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder is a survey exhibition that presents all of Bruguera’s long-term, socially engaged art projects to date. Bruguera works at the intersection of activism and performance art to address structures of power, devise new utopian models of authority, and create alternative structures that aim to transform and redistribute power. This has resulted in long-term art projects that take the form of social movements, newspapers, and schools—and even Bruguera’s own provocative self-nomination for the 2018 Cuban presidential election, a gesture meant to invite others to do the same. Time and again, she proves that systems of power can be reimagined, changed, and made more inclusive and democratic.

As part of the exhibition, the artist will also open a school in YBCA’s galleries. The Escuela de Arte Útil will convene weekly classes, taught by Bruguera and other prominent artist-educators, on topics such as systems of power and creative dissent. Members of the public are welcome to attend classes on a drop-in basis with their gallery admission.


Transform Fest Program A: Embodiment Project & Jesse Hewit
Transform Fest Program A is a double bill featuring Embodiment Project and Jesse Hewit.
Transform, YBCA’s new festival, celebrates the power of ideas through transformative performance. This fall the festival is built around the urgent question: Why Citizenship? Through these performances and a full schedule of participatory experiences, Transform brings artists and the public together in ways that can only happen at YBCA.


Transform Fest Program B: RAWdance & Fauxnique
Transform Fest Program B is a double bill featuring RAWdance and Fauxnique.
Transform, YBCA’s new festival, celebrates the power of ideas through transformative performance. This fall the festival is built around the urgent question: Why Citizenship? Through these performances and a full schedule of participatory experiences, Transform brings artists and the public together in ways that can only happen at YBCA.


Bronx Gothic
2018 YBCA Films
Bronx Gothic
dir. Andrew Rossi
An electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show titled Bronx Gothic. Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui’s show fuses dance, song, drama, and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences engage with a story of two twelve-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui—who has worked with such acclaimed conceptual artists as Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor—and her audiences off the stage, this film allows for unparalleled insight into the creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it. (2017, 91 min, digital)


Swim Team
2018 YBCA Films
Swim Team
dir. Lara Stolman
Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence, and a life that feels winning. (2017, 100 min, digital)


Conversations with Gay Elders
In collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, YBCA is proud to host filmmaker David Weissman to share a segment of his project, Conversations with Gay Elders. Through a series of in-depth interviews and conversational documentaries, Weissman (The Cockettes, We Were Here) fosters a cross-generational collaboration, in which gay men in their 20s and 30s become editors to profile gay men in their 70s and 80s whose journeys of self-discovery precede the era of Stonewall and gay liberation. Conversations with Gay Elders explores how these men navigated being “different” long before there was any social or political context for a positive LGBT self-image.

YBCA will screen one conversation from the series featuring New Yorker Daniel Maloney who was 77 years old at the time of the interview. Born outside Philadelphia, Maloney was a principal dancer with Martha Graham in the 1970s. The editor of this piece is Jake Stein, who came on to this project at age 24, shortly after coming out of the closet as a gay man. (66 min, 2017, digital)

*David Weissman and Jake Stein will be present for a Q&A after the screening.


Morning of the Earth
2018 YBCA Films
Morning of the Earth
dir. Albert Falzon
Albert Falzon’s first film reveals the revolutionary and pioneering spirit of Australian surfers who took the sport to a radical new level. In this fascinating portrayal of the then-emergent new age hippie lifestyle, a handful of barefoot and homeless surfers embrace a back-to-the land mindset and live for nothing but surfing and communalism. Morning of the Earth captures them in their element, living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards (and homes) as they travel in search of the perfect wave across Australia, Bali, and Hawaii. (1971, 16mm, 79 min)

Print courtesy the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

*Introduced by Jeremy Rossen, assistant curator of the Harvard Film Archive.


Crystal Voyager
2018 YBCA Films
Crystal Voyager
dir. David Elfick
Crystal Voyager is written and narrated by the eccentric American surfer and filmmaker George Greenough, who pioneered the earliest surf film footage shot from the water. Structured as a loose biography of Greenough and predominantly shot in California, the film focuses on his trials and tribulations as he attempts to finish making his oceangoing yacht Morning Light, which he intends to use to find uncrowded waves. The closing sequence of slow-motion footage shot inside the curl of waves, edited to the Pink Floyd song “Echoes,” is staggering in its beauty. Time and space cease to exist as Greenough becomes one with the blissed-out, never-ending wave. (1973, 35mm, 78 min)

Print courtesy the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

*Introduced by Jeremy Rossen, assistant curator of the Harvard Film Archive.


Palm Beach
2018 YBCA Films
Palm Beach
dir. Albie Thoms
“Three loosely-connected stories from the beachside underbelly—surfing mates trying to score drugs to sell; a teenage runaway shacking up with a mysterious American; and an out-of-work surfer dependent on his girlfriend for support. Shot in the ‘jewel’ of Sydney’s Northern Beaches over the sunny summer of 1978, the film’s episodic narrative is radically undercut by an innovative sound montage. Overlapping scene dialogue and layered audio from commercial radio and television broadcasts create an at-times parodic critique of both beach-obsessed Australian society and the conventions of narrative cinema.” —Anthology Film Archives (1980, 35mm, 88 min).

Preceded by the short Bluto, directed by Albie Thoms, which exemplifies experimental cinema’s spontaneous handmade film tradition (1967, 16mm, 15 min).

Archival prints courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


The Endless Summer
2018 YBCA Films
The Endless Summer
dir. Bruce Brown
For many, The Endless Summer is the best-known and most important surf movie of all time. Bruce Brown’s iconic documentary takes young West Coast surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August on an epic around-the-world jaunt to the coasts of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Hawaii as they seek the perfect wave. (1966, 35mm, 95 min)

Special thanks: Steph Carter and Sean Bridgeman of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Albert Fazon, George Greenough, Scott Welsh, David Elfick, and Harold “Wardie” Ward.


Animals
2018 YBCA Films
Animals
dir. Greg Zglinski
We are thrilled to present this totally unhinged new art-shocker, which combines malevolent marital drama, bitter black comedy, and overwhelmingly surreal horror. A collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a series of unsettling experiences for a young married couple. Slowly they become incapable of knowing exactly where they are: in the real world? in their own minds? Or could they be characters in someone else’s imagination? (2017, 95 min, digital)

“A sense-scrambling trip into the Twilight Zone. . . . Animals was one of the guilty-pleasure fringe delights at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.” —Hollywood Reporter


Shocking Shorts!
2018 YBCA Films
Shocking Shorts!
Vintage and modern experimental shorts, spanning almost a century. This sinister lineup will be (mostly) shown on 16mm film.

Pre-show: Witch’s Cradle, dir. Maya Deren (unfinished) (1944, silent, 12 min)
Scary Movie, dir. Peggy Ahwesh (1993, 8 min)
Ophelia/The Cat Lady, dir. Tom Chomont (1969, 3 min)
The Fall of the House of Usher, dir. James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber (1928, 13 min)
Master of Ceremonies, dir. Chris Sullivan (1987, 9 min)
Kostnice, dir. Jan Svankmajer (1970, 10 min)
Carol Anne Is Dead, dir. Michael Robinson (1992/2008, 7 min)
On the Edge, dir. Curtis Harrington (1949, 6 min)
Organics, dir. Dietmar Brehm (1998/1999, 18 min)


YBCA 100 Summit
2018 YBCA Pedagogy
YBCA 100 Summit
The Summit takes you on a provocative exploration of culture, politics, truth, and equity. Through talks and performances, YBCA 100 honorees share the urgent questions that drive their work. In turn, we create space and time for YOU to respond to these questions and engage in dialogue with our honorees and each other. Not in the mood for conversation? Feel free to simply soak in the inspiration, knowledge, and energy of the day!

What is the YBCA 100 list?
The YBCA 100 is an annual compilation of the 100 people, organizations, and movements that inspire us most. It celebrates the creative leaders and provocateurs who are using their platform to create cultural movement.


Vampir-Cuadecuc
2018 YBCA Films
Vampir-Cuadecuc
dir. Pere Portabella
Filmed on the set of Jess Franco’s 1970 cult film Count Dracula starring Christopher Lee, Vampir-Cuadecuc mixes making-of footage with an investigation of the figure of the vampire. Both playful and deadly serious, the film asks us to consider the undead as a stand-in for both General Francisco Franco, the bloodthirsty avatar of a fascism that won’t die, and cinema, the art that reanimates the dead. (1971, 66 min, digital)

Preceded by: Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera. This short from master Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama) tells the story of an opera company that finds itself strangely haunted as it stages the story of Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune who was driven insane by unseen forces. (2016, 24 min, digital)


Cabaret
2018 YBCA Films
Cabaret
A British journalist falls hard for the American singer in a Weimar-era German nightclub, and their relationship blossoms even as the Nazi party rises to power around them. The smash Broadway musical becomes even darker in Fosse’s earthy adaptation, which is more timely than ever. Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey won Academy Awards for their performances, with Fosse also winning Best Director. (1972, 124 min, 35mm)

“I think it’s absolutely the cautionary film of the year.” Joel Grey in Vanity Fair, February 2017


Light Moves Like Sound Waves: Lynne Sachs & Stephen Vitiello program one: Lynne Sachs’ Tip of My Tongue
Filmmaker Lynne Sachs and Sound Artist Stephen Vitiello In Person

In the personal documentaries of Lynne Sachs, individual experiences and mindful reflection sit in graceful relation to global events and the magnitude of world histories. Created on the occasion of her fiftieth birthday, Sachs’ Tip of My Tongue (2017) opens space for intimate reflection as it convenes a coterie of the filmmaker’s New York City peers for intimate personal musings on the last five decades of life on earth. Through a gentle collage of sounds, voices, lushly rendered cinematography and evocative archival footage, Tip of My Tongue models interpersonal connection and listening warmth as bolster against the ever darkening days.


Sweet Charity
2018 YBCA Films
Sweet Charity
Spun from a stage musical also directed and choreographed by Fosse, Sweet Charity stars a winsome Shirley MacLaine as a dance-hall hostess looking for love. Fosse fought with the producers to retain the gritty texture of both the play and the original Italian film (Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria). Check out this cast: Sammy Davis Jr., Ricardo Montalbán, Chita Rivera, Toni Basil, and Bud Cort as a hippie. With splashy, wild dance numbers and extraordinary cinematic effects that make the camera one of the dancers, the film is both highly entertaining and one of the sleaziest G-rated movies ever made. (1969, 149 min, 35mm)


LINES Ballet Fall Season
2018 LINES Ballet
LINES Ballet Fall Season
In celebration of Alonzo King LINES Ballet's thirty-five years of groundbreaking art-making in the SF Bay Area and and around the world, Alonzo King and Lisa Fischer will team up for the return of The Propelled Heart at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater November 15-19 for six performances only. This highly acclaimed collaboration premiered to record-breaking audiences in 2015 and this return season promises to sell quickly.

“Lisa Fischer is a brilliant artist with a fully throbbing heart and expansive mind. She is an inspiration of sound, body, and being.” —Alonzo King

Called "a phenomenal powerhouse" by The New York Times, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer has shared the stage with musical luminaries of nearly every genre, including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Beyoncé and Sting. In The Propelled Heart Ms. Fischer joins the dancers of LINES Ballet in a collaboration which achieves "rock star status" (San Francisco Classical Voice) as they pay tribute to the power of song. The piece is a voyage in which King explores the kinetics of the human voice, revealing the communicative potential of the body as an instrument, and also as a vocal chord.


SF Cinematheque presents: Center of Gravity: Gunvor Nelson & Dorothy Wiley
Presented in association with Canyon Cinema Foundation

Curated and Introduced by Tanya Zimbardo

As friends in Marin County, Gunvor Nelson and Dorothy Wiley made films in the 1960s that foregrounded their personal experiences. Featuring original soundtracks, these collaborative and solo films explore the poetics of everyday life, from portraits of motherhood to close studies of various bodies. Nelson, who is now based in Sweden, and Wiley were among the earliest members of the cooperative Canyon Cinema. This screening is presented as part of a multi-venue series considering their pioneering filmmaking and milieu. SCREENING: My Name is Oona (1969, Nelson), Miss Jesus Fries on Grill (1973, Wiley), the collaborative Fog Pumas (1967) and more.


All That Jazz
2018 YBCA Films
All That Jazz
A work of genius and one of the greatest films of the 1970s. Roy Scheider is sensational as Joe Gideon, a workaholic womanizing choreographer (loosely but clearly modeled on Fosse himself) whose unhealthy habits threaten to take a lethal toll, even as his vision approaches perfection. This passionate and spectacularly hard-edged meditation on life, art, and death is Fosse’s most personal work, and won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. (1979, 123 min, 35mm)


Velveteen Rabbit
2018 ODC
Velveteen Rabbit
ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance, and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.

Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters, and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance, one of America’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to present this one of a kind Bay Area production.

"a two-act fantasy that should appeal to children and their grown-up companions alike." —The New York Times


Milk and Cookies Party
For a special treat, join the dancers for a Milk and Cookies Party after the Sunday, November 26th performance. We’ll have dancing, games, prizes, and a whole lot of cookies and treats! Tickets to our Milk and Cookies Party are limited and sell out quickly. Purchase your party ticket today.


The Gondoliers
2018 Lamplighters
The Gondoliers
Due to a mix-up during infancy, a pair of handsome Venetian Gondoliers have, much to their delight, suddenly become kings! Their brand new wives aren’t quite so pleased though, once they find out that the rightful king is also married by proxy to Casilda, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro! Only one pair can be the rightful rulers but, until the identity of the true monarch can be established, the boys must share the royal duties. Being idealists, they really don’t mind! Set by the sun-dappled, lazy waters of the Grand Canal, the singing Gondolieri and Contadine, and the “Cachucha” danced at the Royal Court at Barataria, make The Gondoliers an exuberant, happy valentine, wrapped in some of Sullivan’s most tuneful music and tied with one of Gilbert’s most fanciful libretti. Within this joyful opera Gilbert ingeniously skewers issues of social equality and the class system with his usual brilliant wit and groundbreaking lyrics alongside Sullivan’s lovely, lilting score.

“a hilarious island of sunshine” —The Mercury News


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.”