Formerly called the British Television Advertising Awards, the British Arrows annually showcase a type of commercial filmmaking that has only moments to captivate its audience. This year’s brisk program of advertisements is an eclectic mix of riveting drama and distinctly British wit, produced with inspiring creativity. Though designed to sell products, this is emotionally engaging and formally innovative filmmaking. (2014, 74 min, digital) More details »
Come along for the ride on this madcap odyssey around the world, set to the sublime music of that quintessential modern American master, Leonard Bernstein, and the brilliant lyrics of Richard Wilbur and Stephen Sondheim (among others). As classic in the realm of operetta as West Side Story is in the realm of American musical theatre, our production presents this masterpiece in the complete British Royal National Theatre version as adapted for the stage by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Join young Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, the absurdly optimistic philosopher Pangloss, and a virtual clown car of other eccentric characters on their picaresque journey in search of the meaning of life. Along the way, enjoy such timeless masterpieces as The Best of All Possible Worlds, Glitter and Be Gay, I Am Easily Assimilated, and Make Our Garden Grow.
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Granted full access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, this new documentary follows the three men who are the studio's lifeblood – director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive Isao Takahata. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion, and singular dedication of these remarkable creators. (2014, 118 min, digital) More details »
What happens when we sit down to eat? What do we eat? Who do we eat with? What does it feel like? Artist Chelsea Wills and scientist Devon Sampson invite you participate in a workshop that uses participatory research methods to explore how we grow, eat, and prepare food. More details »
This father of American independent cinema left an indelible mark, not merely on the evolution of his art form, but also on the western zeitgeist. The very term “Altmanesque” has come to denote a cinematic style characterized by dark humor, chaotic choreography, overlapping dialogue, multi-layered storylines, omniscient cinematography, and a let’s-wing-it ensemble approach to crafting a film. (2014, 96 min, digital) More details&Nbsp;»
Joined by Double-Up (whose members include renowned pianists Jason Moran and David Virelles), Threadgill pays tribute to another significant composer from the jazz avant-garde, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, who passed away in January 2014 at the age of 65 and was responsible for creating a distinctive form of large-ensemble music built on collective improvisation.
Pre-Show Talk, 7:40 PM Insights into the brilliant career and rich legacy of Butch Morris with Myra Melford.
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Satoko Fujii (piano) and Kappa Maki (trumpet) have been performing their own compositions and improvisations together for more than 25 years. Nowake seamlessly combines composed sections with improvisation to erase the boundaries between them.
Rudy Royston describes his music as "paying tribute to the upbringing, musical influences, sights, sounds, and people of Denver, CO (area code 303)."
Chicago-born sound experimentalist Matana Roberts works in a variety of performance mediums including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. A dynamic saxophonist, composer, and improviser, her work explores the mystical roots and spiritual traditions of American music within improvisatory structures. More details »
A recent graduate of UC Berkeley and former student of Myra Melford and Brian Pardo, Roger Kim describes his music as swinging and contemplative. The Filipino American guitarist Karl Evangelista, former student of Myra Melford and graduate of the MA program at Mills College, is a fresh new voice in the Bay Area jazz scene, exploring an improvisational aesthetic that blends jazz, rock, western art music, contemporary sound, and "noise" based art. More details »
Jenny Scheinman is a violinist, singer, and writer of songs with and without words. Scheinman debuts a newly penned cycle of twenty short violin pieces entitled Solo Fiddle For Growing Boys & Girls, which draw upon cyclical structures prevalent in American fiddle music. More details »
Talented bassist and bandleader Lisa Mezzacappa, known for her adventurous and diverse musical palette, presents her newest work avantNOIR, inspired by the crime novels of Dashiell Hammett and Paul Auster. More details »
In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa, Angelique Kidjo has found many ways to celebrate the rich, enlightening truth about the continent’s women beyond the media spotlight. Her accolades include a 20 year discography, thousands of concerts around the world and being named "Africa's premier diva" (Time Magazine) and "the undisputed Queen of African Music" (Daily Telegraph). More details »
Expect the unexpected when these three join for an on-the-spot improvisation with pianist Myra Melford, French double bassist Joëlle Léandre, and flautist Nicole Mitchell. More details »
Come celebrate the closing of the festival with Berkeley-based clarinetist and virtuoso Ben Goldberg, of the renowned band Tin Hat, re-assembles an all-star lineup to present his seminal piece to date, Orphic Machine, inspired by a book of "speculative poetics" from writer Allen Grossman. More details »
This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch. (2014, 118 min, DCP) More details »
Celebrate the opening of A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija with a night of music, plus libations from YBCA mixologists. More details »
Stephanie Barber's feature-length film, DAREDEVILS is a portrait of risk and language, presenting an epic dialogic interview between a young writer and an admired artist as a reverberating life event and turning point, in resonance with spoken monologue and song. Writes Barber: “The classic rising action, climax, and denouement are sculpted, not by cause and effect, but by the subtle movements to and from understanding that are inherent in conversation. Bubbles of intimacy are blown and popped, begin to be blown again.” (2013, 85 min, digital) More details »
An astute observation of racial and class tension, Play is a bracing film based on the real cases of bullying in Gothenberg, Sweden from 2006 to 2008. Centering on a group of boys from African immigrant families who rely on elaborate schemes to rob other children, the boys are well aware of the stereotypes that follow black youth in a nation like Sweden, and use them to intimidate other boys their age. (2011, 113 min, 35mm) More details »
One of the hottest new talents on the American dance scene, Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion creates a moving and powerful portrait of urban life consumed by gang and police violence in Pavement. Choreographer Kyle Abraham, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, reflects the bold era of ’90s hip-hop, while examining a culture plagued by discrimination and genocide, set against the backdrop of the declining environment of Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods. More details »
If a YBCA performance is dinner, then Smart Night Out is the appetizer and the dessert. Smart Night Out is part workshop, part happy-hour date, and part backstage sneak peek. This month features Pavement, by Kyle Abraham, which re-imagines the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood as a dance work set in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods. More details »
Opera Parallèle is proud to bring Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking back home, in the first production of this 21st-Century masterwork in San Francisco since it was premiered here in 2000. Opera Parallèle's all-star cast includes Jennifer Rivera, Talise Travigne, Robert Orth, and San Francisco’s own Catherine Cook. Presented in the innovative, high-impact performance style for which Opera Parallèle has become known, this is a production you won’t want to miss! More details »
Produced before Altman’s first feature The Delinquents, this regional independent movie is a bargain basement backstage musical that puts the corn in cornpone. (1956, 58 min, 35mm) Preceded by three never-before-released short films by Altman: Pot au Feu, The Kathryn Reed Story, and The Party. (1965-66, 27 min, digital) More details&Nbsp;»
A surreal comedy of Swedish manners, Involuntary has five intersecting stories in which respect for authority is challenged. (2008, 98 min, 35mm) In scenes of euphoric joy and purposeful destruction, a 12-year-old screams out punk songs, grown men play dangerously with guns, and a young boy twists TV antennas so viewers' reception goes fuzzy in The Guitar Mongoloid. (2004, 85 min, 35mm) Each film preceded by a short. More details »
Cher, Sandy Dennis, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates reprise their roles from Altman’s celebrated stage production in this exquisite convergence of theatre and film. In a poignant meditation on gender, power, and female identity, four James Dean devotees reconvene at their teenage hangout twenty years after the death of their beloved idol. (1982, 110 min, 35mm restored print) More details&Nbsp;»
Join us for a reading group organized in conjunction with Nate Boyce: Polyscroll. For this event, we will be reading and discussing essays on sculpture by artist Charles Ray and art historian Michael Fried before a short tour of the exhibition lead by YBCA's Assistant Curator of Visual Arts, Ceci Moss. More details »
Artist Nate Boyce curates a screening of short films that have influenced his practice, ranging from the structuralist film of Paul Sharits to experimental animation by Robert Breer, and many others. The artist provides an introduction and context to the works screened. This event is a co-production with San Francisco Cinematheque. More details »
The ultimate glam-rock concert film features David Bowie as his gender-bending alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, in his final performance given at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1973. (1973/82, 90 min, 35mm) More details »
A rare screening of the definitive document of 80s "heroin chic." Christiane F. is the story of a 13-year-old girl’s descent into heroin hell, with a stunning soundtrack of music from Bowie’s 1977-79 Berlin phase. (1981, 131 min, 35mm) More details »
Set in neon-soaked London in the 1950s, a photographer chases his ever-elusive dream girl. Bowie stars as a smooth-talking advertising executive. This flashy, candy-colored rock musical was a flop upon its original release, but has become a cult hit over time. (1986, 108 min, 35mm) More details »
John Schott on John Schott5:30-6:30 PM Join Berkeley guitarist John Schott as he takes us on an aural journey of his musical lineage — from his early music training, courtesy of his parents and Seattle Public Schools, to the other mentors and mavericks who inspired him, including Gary Peacock, Julian Priester, Jerry Granelli, Jay Clayton, Ben Goldberg, Kenny Wollesen, and John Zorn. Through words and music, John and his long-time musical partner, bassist Dan Seamans, discuss and demonstrate “how all the voices in his head are actually a good thing.”
Rova Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension Live7-9 PM This program presents two films related to John Coltrane and his 1965 recording Ascension, which critic Gary Giddins once called, “the most vexatious piece of music in jazz history.” Famed for its monumental scale and raw emotional power Ascension has been re-incarnated by the Rova Saxophone Quartet as a conducted improvisation for a large ensemble of 12 innovative master musicians, recorded at the Guelph Jazz Festival in 2012. Rova Channeling Coltrane is a duet of films; a concert video of the epic Electric Ascension Live at the Guelph Jazz Festival (68 min.), preceded by Cleaning the Mirror, the documentary by John Rogers on the history and creative process behind the music and how Electric Ascension evolved from Coltrane’s masterwork (45 min.). Shot at jazz festivals in Paris; Saalfelden, Austria; and Philadelphia, the musicians speak about their inspiration, their approach to the music, and their connection to Coltrane.Filmmaker John Rogers and members of the Rova Saxophone Quartet will be present for a Q&A after the screenings.
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“Released the year before Spielberg and Lucas changed the genre and thus hippie sci-fi’s last hurrah, this typically fragmented Nicholas Roeg production stars David Bowie in the role he was born (or perhaps reborn) to play — a distinguished visitor from another world." —J. Hoberman, The Village Voice (1976, 138 min, 35mm). Newly restored 35mm print of the original director's cut. More details »
This sensual goth classic stars Bowie as an ailing centuries-old vampire whose fanged lover, Catherine Deneuve, seduces a mortal (Susan Sarandon) while seeking a new partner. (1983, 99 min, 35mm) More details »
Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman star in Christopher Nolan’s overlooked film from 2006. They play young magicians who are friends until one fateful night when their biggest trick goes terribly wrong. Now bitter enemies, they will stop at nothing to learn each other's secrets. The Prestige features Bowie in what many consider his finest screen performance as the genius inventor Nikola Tesla. (2006, 130 min, 35mm) More details »
In this captivating and often bizarre World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed the hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, obsessed with the mysterious blond major. Also featuring the brilliant actor-director Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is a multilayered, brutal, and at times erotic tale of culture clash. (1982, 124 min, 35mm) More details »
Pioneering vocalist and composer Meredith Monk presents her newest music-theater work, On Behalf of Nature, a poetic meditation on our intimate connection to nature and the fragility of its ecology. Monk and her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble offer a liminal space where human, natural, and spiritual elements are woven into a delicate whole, illuminating the interconnection and interdependency of us all. More details »
Smart Night Out is part workshop, part happy-hour date, and part backstage sneak peek. This month features Meredith Monk’s On Behalf of Nature — a poetic meditation on our intimate connection to nature and the fragility of its ecology. More details »
Bowie and Jennifer Connelly star in Jim Henson’s beloved film, in which Connelly must rescue her baby brother from a fantasy world ruled by the King of the Goblins. Screenplay by Terry Jones of Monty Python, and executive produced by George Lucas. (1986, 101 min, 35mm) More details »
In 2013, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London was given unprecedented access to Bowie’s archive to curate the first retrospective of this extraordinary artist. The exhibition featured more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos and Bowie's own instruments. Introduced by the curators, this documentary explores the incredible works in the exhibition and the thoughts and feelings people have had seeing them. (2013, 99 min, digital) More details »
The Spring Home Season features a world premiere collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford. Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra, has been recording ecosystems throughout the globe for the past 30 years. These recordings will provide the fabric for a collaboration between Alonzo King, composer Richard Blackford, and Bernie Krause. The Spring Season also sees the return of Concerto for Two Violins, choreographed to Bach's concerto in D Minor and performed live by the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players.
Spring Gala — Saturday, April 11Join us for LINES Ballet's Spring Gala, hosted by Alonzo King and Honorary Chair Lisa Fischer, star of Twenty Feet from Stardom, on April 11 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This spectacular evening features Alonzo King's newest collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford, as well as an exclusive performance by Lisa Fischer.
Tickets for the Spring Gala are available through Alonzo King LINES Ballet. For more information please visit linesballet.org.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California presents the 2015 BFA Senior Showcase.
The grand finale to their four-year college journey, the 2015 BFA Senior Showcase puts the senior students center stage for one of the last performances of their undergraduate career. The technical bravura and commanding artistry of these eleven young dancers is not to be missed.
This one-night-only event presents a world premiere by Gregory Dawson, as well as the return of Christian Burns's powerful Core Sampling, Amanda Miller's exquisite time and light, and Robert Sher-Machherndl's dynamic RUSH. Also featuring second year students from the LINES Ballet Training Program.
"The technical feats of these very savvy dancers elicited shrieks and sighs from the audience." —Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine Editor at Large, on Sher-Machherndl's RUSH
For more than twenty of its astonishing sixty years defining American modern dance, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has made SF Performances its second home with regular engagements featuring new work and revivals of important Taylor masterpieces. The Company returns to “make the spirit take flight.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Program A: Wed, Apr 15, 7:30 PMAureole, The Word, Brandenburgs
Program B: Thu-Fri, Apr 16-17, 7:30 PMDiggity [San Francisco Debut], New Work [San Francisco Debut], Promethean Fire
Program C: Sat, Apr 18, 7:30 PM and Sun, Apr 19, 2 PMFibers [San Francisco Debut], Troilus, Eventide, Esplanade
In this ultimate topsy-turvy farce, Gilbert presents a world turned upside-down when a theatrical troupe deposes the ruler of a tiny European Duchy and proceeds to squabble over which “role” in the government each leading actor should “play,” with uproarious unforeseen consequences. Sullivan's varied and original score includes an astonishing variety of musical styles, from Viennese waltz to uproarious Parisian can-can dance numbers. This Jewel Box Production promises to be a must-see event for Gilbert & Sullivan aficionados and lovers of comic musical theatre alike.
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