Alonzo King LINES Ballet presents Rasa, with live performances by Zakir Hussain and Kala Ramnath, plus a world premiere.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with Rasa, a deeply romantic and shimmering piece set to an original score by tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. In Rasa, King’s dancers soar to new heights, buoyed by live accompaniment from Zakir Hussain and Indian classical violinist Kala Ramnath. At the heart of the music and the dance, there is a sense of openness, of arising in joy, of ascending beyond the structures and being held there, aloft. The hypnotic intensity and complex rhythms of the tabla convey the feeling that they are meant to move the body. This season also sees the world premiere of a striking new ballet by King set to a selection of string quartets by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
Special EventJoin Alonzo King, LINES dancers, and special guests for LINES Ballet's Opening Night After Party at the St. Regis Hotel, just steps away from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres immediately following the performance on Friday, November 14. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased with your performance tickets for opening night.
For more information visit linesballet.org.
Photo by RJ Muna.
Join us for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. Told though 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 returns to present their 28th season of the beloved Bay Area production!
Join us on November 30 for post-performance Milk and Cookies with the dancers! Buy tickets»
Creating immersive, 30-foot shadows that project into cubic space, director and inventor Christine Marie takes the audience on a cinematic shadow theater journey to witness a young couple enjoying the last days of carefree frolic as structured time, toil, and trade begin to intrude upon their solitude. As the surrounding landscape changes, their lives incur hardship as they come to terms with the loss of childhood and the destruction of natural resources.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 Christine Marie’s 4TRAINS, an expressionist, wordless fable set in the American wilderness as 19th-century industrialization looms. More details »
Come join Clara, Fritz and special guest star, Frosty the Snowman, as they don grass skirts and strum ukuleles on a holiday vacation in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. It’s all one big luau until Uncle Drosselmeyer’s magical gifts go awry. Then it’s up to the kids to save the day, with a little help from the Rat King Kahuna and of course, the ever-spirited and profoundly talented… DANCING AUDIENCE! This zany San Francisco holiday tradition is a fun-filled, wacky, audience-participation concert performed by San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, and includes original and musical selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet—a "must see" for families, kids and adults. "Like a snowflake, each year's Dance-Along Nutcracker is unique since we develop a new story, theme, and music each year to accompany the Nutcracker dances," says Pete Nowlen, Artistic Director for the SFLGFB. More details »
This colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle in what has to be one of the most gleefully surreal depictions of intergalactic life ever portrayed in cinema. It seems like just another lazy summer is in store for Amane and her older cousin Natsuki. But their boredom quickly vanishes when they find an injured dog in the woods and bring him back to camp – only to discover that he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant. As a thank you for nursing him back to health, Pochi whisks the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar melting pot with a non-stop parade of dynamic alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, and dragon trains. (2014, 136 min, DCP) More details »
A thrilling sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposing cultures and gravitational forces. While exploring a forbidden area in her underground world of abandoned ruins and tunnels, Patema tumbles into a void, and out into the wide-open world above the surface, where the laws of physics are reversed and she "falls” into the sky. A young student on the surface world, Age, discovers Patema hanging upside-down (or downside-up) from a tree and pulls her to safety. Acting as a counter-weight for one another, they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces and set out to evade the totalitarian leaders that rule the surface world and discover the disastrous secret that keeps them apart. (2014, 99 min, DCP) More details »
Legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate... (2014, 137 min, DCP) More details »
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.
Full details at www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797.
Photo: David Allen
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
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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.
Photo: Joanne Kay