Think you've seen Indian dance? Think again. Pandit Chitresh Das continues to challenge the perception of India's classical dance tradition with his new work, Pancha Jati. His choreography and music composition for his all-female, kathak dance company draws from India's ancient rhythmic energy, juxtaposing the raw power of percussive footwork and drums with movement that is both austere and lush.
Accompanied by world-class musicians: vocalist Debashis Sarkar, sitarist Jayanta Banerjee, tabla player Biplab Bhattacharya, and taval player Jim Santi Owen.
Photo: Margo Moritz
The Forum: Conversations at YBCA is a series of moderated conversations with artists, activists, and thought-leaders of national prominence. The series exemplifies YBCA's ongoing commitment to serving as a communal meeting place for the discussion and dissemination of contemporary ideas. YBCA is pleased to welcome Benjamin Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP, and Belva Davis, the first African-American female journalist in the west, in conversation.
Ben Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years serving as a journalist and community organizer.
Belva Davis helped change the face and focus of TV news. In a career spanning half a century, she reported many of the most explosive Bay Area stories of the era, including the Berkeley student protests, the birth of the Black Panthers, the Peoples Temple cult that ended in the mass suicides at Jonestown, the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, and the onset of the AIDS. In addition, she soldiered in the trenches in the battle for racial equality and brought stories of black Americans out of the shadows and into the light of day.
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YOUers join resident bookworms Andi and Colin Winnette for this summer book club! Embedded in San Francisco’s literary scene, our co-hosts select books by local authors to complement YBCA's Bay Area Now 7 triennial. During the first hour (open to the public) catch a reading plus Q&A with the author in the Screening Room. At 3 PM, YOUers gather in the Youth Arts Lounge where our book club hosts facilitate a discussion with refreshments specifically curated in conjunction with the books.
May's book club selection is Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li. More details »
On the heels of a sold-out Paris season, San Francisco based Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater with a stunning world premiere set to music that spans the globe. The deft 11-member company will also reprise a trilogy of iconic sections from King’s body of work. The retrospective includes pieces danced to music of jazz legend Pharoah Sanders as well as to the heart-piercing melodies of bassist Edgar Meyer. King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, is "a discovery absolutely worth making."
Opening Night GalaWed, May 21, 5:30 PMJoin us for our Spring Gala, hosted by Alonzo King and Honorary Chair Linda Ronstadt, on May 21, 2014 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts beginning at 5:30 PM. This spectacular evening includes cocktails, dinner, and a live auction of unique experiences. After a world premiere performance, join the LINES company members for a dance party with entertainment provided by DJ Masonic (aka visionary composer Mason Bates).Tickets for the Spring Gala celebration are available through the LINES Ballet office. Contact email@example.com or 415.863.3040 ext. 257.
Opening Night Performance and After PartyWed, May 21, 8 PMCelebrate into the night with LINES Ballet dancers and artists at the Opening Night Performance and After Party. Begin the evening with refreshments in the YBCA Lobby and then head into the theater for the premiere performance of our spring season. Following the performance, step across the courtyard and into the nightclub-styled atmosphere of the YBCA Forum, where you can join the LINES company members on the dance floor. Enjoy desserts, libations, and the musical musings of DJ Masonic, as he spins the hottest beats alongside live musicians. More details »
Thu, May 22: Post-Performance Talk with Alonzo KingFri, May 23: Post-Performance Book Signing with Alonzo KingSat, May 24, Matinee Performance: Post-Performance Talk with Alonzo KingFor more information about the Spring Season, visit linesballet.org.Photo: RJ Muna
The World United Through Dance
An unparalleled series of inspiring performances is in store at the 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, highlighting the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the Bay Area. This year’s Festival includes 11 world premieres and features dances from Bali, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Congo, Hawai`i, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Tahiti, and the continental U.S. Each weekend’s program is different, and includes nine to ten dance performances in each show, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.
This year's Festival includes a special weekend of performances (June 14–15) where audiences can watch all eight classical Indian dance forms on one stage for the first time in the United States.
Weekends two, three, and four of the Festival are at YBCA's Theater. For more information about the opening weekend of the Festival, click here.
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San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Photo: RJ Muna, Pictured: Natyalaya