In Cronenberg’s first feature film, Starliner Towers is just another high-rise apartment building until something begins to go terribly wrong. A horrifying parasite has taken hold, infecting everyone. Normal people are becoming deranged, committing uncontrollable acts of mindless violence. There's nowhere to hide and no escape from the terror. David Cronenberg’s first feature mostly showed in inner-city grindhouses and drive-ins, and set in motion many of the themes he would continue to explore throughout his career. (1975, 87 min, DCP) More details »
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Garrett + Moulton Productions presents The Luminous Edge
Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton return to the YBCA Theater with an encore performance season of their hit production, The Luminous Edge. This deeply expressive and theatrical evening of live music and dance was honored by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the “Top 10 Dance Performances of 2014.” Featuring a cast of 24 dancers, 7 musicians, and renowned Bay Area singer Karen Clark, this full-length work celebrates the cycle of life, bringing the audience on a hauntingly beautiful journey through a landscape of light and dark.
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"...the work of Garrett and Moulton is not to be missed. It is creativity to the core.” (artssf.com)
Special Event:Saturday, July 11, Post-Performance Benefit ReceptionJoin the artists for a celebratory champagne and dessert reception. Purchase a benefit ticket that includes both the performance and reception.
Photo: RJ Muna
YBCA:You Members are invited to join Radical Presence artist Clifford Owens for his 2 PM performance of Anthology, then at 3 PM Owens will give an artist talk just for YOUers about his practice and black American performance art in the YBCA Hub.More details »
Perhaps David Cronenberg’s most perfectly realized film, this is the unnerving story of identical twin gynecologists — suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality — who share the same practice, the same apartment, and the same women. When a new patient challenges their intense bond, they descend into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs, and madness. Jeremy Irons’s tour-de-force performance as both twins raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity. (1988, 116 min, 35mm) More details »
"This 1983 shocker comes about as close to abandoning a narrative format as a commercial film possibly can: James Woods plays the programmer of a sleazy Toronto cable channel who stumbles across a mysterious pirate emission — a porno show called 'Videodrome' that features hideous S&M fantasies performed with appalling realism. Knowing a ratings winner when he sees one, Woods sets out to find the producer and quickly becomes involved with a kinky talk-show hostess (Deborah Harry), expanding rubber TV sets, a bizarre religious cult, and — almost incidentally — a plot to take over the world.” —Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader (1983, 87 min, 35mm) More details »
A sublime sextet of original dances by Robert Dekkers and his entourage of award-winning collaborators.
“There are a few ‘must-sees’ every summer, and Post:Ballet is definitely one of them.” —Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance
Splurge on a summertime Six Pack, highlighting an original collaboration between Robert Dekkers and Bay Area composer Samuel Adams. Also premiering is the fourth chapter of Post’s critically acclaimed Do Be project with The Living Earth Show. Featuring an original score by Montreal-based composer Nicole Lizeé and costume design by Christian Squires, this latest Do Be chapter will affirm that Post “not only lives dangerously — it thrives on it” (SF Chronicle).
Pre:Party, 7:30 PM, YBCA LobbyPerformance, 8 PM, YBCA TheaterPost:Party, 9:30 PM, YBCA Terrace
To more deeply consider Ecology, July’s book club selection is H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald.
When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer — Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood — she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. More details »
A young scientist transforms himself into a fly in an experiment gone horribly wrong.
“Cronenberg’s masterful remake of The Fly ranks among the most disgusting films ever made by a major studio… Jeff Goldblum adds great emotional depth to his usual spaced-out otherworldliness. Take away all the big shocks and special effects, and The Fly is about nothing more or less sensational than death itself, a process that Cronenberg realizes with excruciating visceral power.” —Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club (1986, 100 min, 35mm) More details »
Harmony Chinese Musical Center (Hang Yuen) will feature some short operettas taken from Cantonese opera classics. Among these are two popular works: The Enchantment Plot and Bloodshed in Wei-Yang Palace.
Gum Moon Women’s Residence and the Asian Women’s Resource Center (AWRC) was established to address the unmet needs of women and children in socioeconomic and geographic transition by providing comprehensive bilingual and bicultural support services for Asian immigrant women and families with children and youth ages 0-18. More information about GumMoon/AWRC may be found at gummoon.org.
Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar star in this unsettling thriller about how misdirected rage can literally take on a life of its own. Behind the walls of his secluded Somafree Institute, Dr. Raglan (Reed) experiments with "psychoplasmics," a controversial therapy designed to help release pent-up emotions in his patients. He keeps his star patient Nola (Eggar) in isolation, but as she vents her fury during their sessions, brutal murders befall the people she's angry with outside the institute… (1979, 92 min, 35mm) More details »
Take a psychosexual journey into oblivion with James Spader and Holly Hunter in David Cronenberg’s take on J.G. Ballard’s “unfilmable” cult novel Crash. Spader stars as a bored film director, James Ballard, who explores new realms after a near-fatal car accident introduces him to a world of sexually obsessed car crash enthusiasts. Unsatisfied by his marriage, Ballard joins Dr. Helen Remington (Hunter) and begins to explore the eroticism of the car and the sexual violence of auto accidents. (1996, 100 min, 35mm) More details »
Join the Lamplighters on board one of England’s great Navy ships where the beautiful Josephine must choose between marrying Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty — with all of the wealth, prestige and power his title affords — or the “simple sailor, lowly born” who has won her heart. When Pinafore crossed the Atlantic to open in the U.S. in 1878 it became an instant sensation. In those days, however, copyright laws in the U.S. were barely in place and a mania of sometimes dubious copycat productions were launched hot on the tail of the original. Many years later it is still one of the most popular operettas ever produced. More details »
Video game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has created a virtual reality game called “eXistenZ.” After a crazed fan attempts to kill her, Allegra goes on the run with Ted (Jude Law), a young businessman who falls into the role of bodyguard. In an attempt to save her game, Allegra implants into Ted's body the video game pod that carries a damaged copy of “eXistenZ,” setting in motion a series of experiences that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. (1999, 97 min, 35mm) More details »
August’s book club selection is The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir with a romance at its center: the story of the author's relationship with a fluidly gendered artist and her journey through the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making. More details »
Released after decades in a sanitarium, a schizophrenic (Ralph Fiennes) moves into a halfway house and retreats into the darkness of his haunted mind.
“Spider immediately conjures a sense of self-contained delusion and sustains that mood for 98 astonishing minutes. More poetic than clinical in its approach to schizophrenia, suffused with existential dread, this evocation of psychological torment is both sensationally grim and exquisitely realized.” —J. Hoberman, Village Voice (2002, 98 min, 35mm) More details »
Starring Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello, with outstanding performances by Ed Harris and William Hurt, A History of Violence is, “a masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills, Cronenberg's latest mindblower is the feel-good, feel-bad movie of the year. The story of a seemingly average American family almost undone by cataclysmic violence, the film takes place in a surreal and mercilessly brutal land, Anytown, U.S.A., that has been repeatedly soaked in blood only to be repeatedly washed clean. The great kick of the movie — or rather, its great kick in the gut — comes from Mr. Cronenberg's refusal to let us indulge in movie violence without paying a price.” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times. (2005, 96 min, 35mm) More details »
“Hilariously funny and, dare I say it, yes, pernicious. I love this film more than I love my own mustache.” —John Waters
David Cronenberg’s latest film is one his darkest works, a journey into the black heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. The result is a modern Hollywood Gothic, a brutal comedy about the ravenous need for fame and validation — and the yearning, loss and fragility that lurk in the shadows underneath. Starring Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and, in an amazingly risky and fearless performance, Julianne Moore. (2014, 111 min, DCP) More details »
Degenerate Art Ensemble's Predator Songstress is an intensely visual, music-driven theatrical event that tells the modern-day fairy tale of an antiheroine in search of her stolen voice, set in a world where the tools that are used to stifle and control are re-appropriated as means for individual realization. More detail »
In Erasing Time, six-time Isadora Duncan award-winner Sara Shelton Mann live-directs former members of her historic ensemble Contraband and other past collaborators in a five hour durational event. Part performance marathon, part gallery show, part intimate party, YBCA invites you to become immersed in the first retrospective of the catalytic body of work by this renowned Bay Area choreographer. Featuring design direction by David Szlasa and musical direction by Norman Rutherford. More detail »
Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ will premiere a new musical event, The Odyssey. Inspired by the epic journey of the Vietnamese boat people, this performance reflects upon the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom. In this performance, Võ integrates traditional and modern instruments, video, field recordings, and interviews with those who survived the the voyage of fleeing Vietnam by boat. More detail »
Analogy/ Dora: Tramontane is a meditation on perseverance, resourcefulness, and resilience while suggesting the amorphous nature of memory. The work is based on an oral history Jones conducted with 95-year old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker and survivor of World War II. Dora's inspirational story unfolds in multiple levels of transformation. More detail »
YBCA Co-Commission with Peak Performances, Montclair State University, New Jersey; additional commissioning support provided by: Dancers’ Workshop
YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Thursday's performance features vocalist/audio artist and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award winner Pamela Z. More detail »
YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Friday's performances feature cellist/composer Theresa Wong and found object/instrument makers Edward Schocker & Thingamagigs Performance Group. More detail »
YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Saturday's performance features composer Luciano Chessa. More detail »
A new body of music composed by Oakland-based singer, musician, and cultural activist Meklit. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Brooklyn and based for a decade in San Francisco, Meklit weaves together traditional songs, poetry, and a female chorus to trace Ethiopian Jazz from eastern Africa to the Fillmore in San Francisco. More detail »