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Alonzo King LINES Ballet Spring

Bringing their acclaimed partnership to the dance stage for the first time, tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd and jazz pianist Jason Moran unite with Alonzo King LINES Ballet in a world premiere for this spring season. King’s choreography is fertile creative ground for the trailblazing duo—two generations of jazz masters who share “an unerring ability to get to the emotional heart of a song,” according to JazzTimes. Forever rooted in the canonical structures of the past, ballet dancers and jazz musicians mine the present moment. Together they revel in the freedom borne of exacting discipline, and boldly forge ahead. Due to touring commitments, Lloyd and Moran will be performing live for the first four nights only, but their music will continue throughout the season.

King’s critically acclaimed Shostakovich also returns to the stage this season. Set to four of the composer’s string quartets, the piece showcases the ardent and electric dancing of LINES company members recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “spectacular” partnering.


Thu, Apr 21, 8 PM
Fri, Apr 22, 8 PM
Sat, Apr 23, 6 PM Spring Gala
Sun, Apr 24, 5 PM + Post-performance talk with Alonzo King, Charles Lloyd, and Jason Moran
Wed, Apr 27, 7:30 PM
Thu, Apr 28, 7:30 PM + Post-performance talk with Alonzo King
Fri, Apr 29, 8 PM
Sat, Apr 30, 8 PM

Spring Gala
Sat, Apr 23, 6 PM

Join us for LINES Ballet’s Spring Gala, hosted by Alonzo King and Honorary Chairs Lisa and John Pritzker, on April 23 at YBCA. This spectacular evening features a cocktail reception, exclusive performance with Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran, dinner and auction. Tickets for the Spring Gala dinner, auction, and performance (with orchestra seating) are available through Alonzo King LINES Ballet. For more information please visit

Tickets to the Spring Gala Performance with balcony seating and cocktail reception are available for purchase through YBCA.  Buy gala performance tickets »

Sat 4/30/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater

Luciano Chessa: A Retrospective

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 »

Sat 4/30/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

How to be (or not to be) an Activist: How to Change the World

This remarkable, controversial film chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers – Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists, and American draft dodgers – who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Alaska, and ended up creating Greenpeace, a global environmental movement. How To Change the World is an intimate portrait of the group’s original members and of activism itself—idealism vs. pragmatism, principle vs. compromise. They agreed that a handful of people could change the world; they just couldn’t always agree on how to do it. (2015, 110 min, digital)

Tue 5/3/16 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Liss Fain Dance

Tacit Consent is an immersive performance installation about surveillance and ambiguity. Guests are invited to walk about the installation’s four rooms, where concurrent scenes intrigue guests to explore. Choreography, sound environment and video projections change from room to room in a riveting and multi-faceted work of exceptional power.  More details »

Thu 5/5/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 5/6/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 5/7/16 4:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 5/7/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sun 5/8/16 2:00PM YBCA Forum

As Above, So Below: Works by Yin-Ju Chen

Yin-Ju Chen and Marie Martraire In Person
Working primarily with video, drawings and installation, Taipei-based Yin-Ju Chen investigates notions of power and authority in human society, including scathing and wry considerations of nationalism, totalitarianism and the collective (un)conscious.Tonight’s screening features Chen in conversation with the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs Curator Marie Martraire and SF Cinematheque’s Steve Polta discussing her work and practice. Videos to be screened include One Universe, One God, One Nation; End Transmission and others.  More details »

Fri 5/6/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Forgetting Vietnam

The work of acclaimed filmmaker and cultural theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha embodies a profound postcolonial critique of documentary form, interweaving visual and textual poetics with incisive grace. Trinh’s Forgetting Vietnam (2015) portrays Vietnamese landscape and culture, examining the daily contributions of women to Vietnamese society and the vital role played by water in Vietnamese history and national identity. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of the American War, Forgetting Vietnam also examines issues of memory in relation to war and homeland, and touches on trauma of international scale in the context of the current war-with-no-end against terrorism.

Thu 5/12/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 5/13/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence. In this brisk but enlightening documentary, she speaks intimately about the origins of her film language and aesthetic stance. I Don't Belong Anywhere includes excerpts from many of her 40+ films, including what would be her last work, No Home Movie. (2016, 67 min, digital)

Thu 5/19/16 6:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 5/20/16 6:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 5/21/16 6:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 5/22/16 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room

No Home Movie

No Home Movie is her final film; a portrait by Akerman, the daughter, of Akerman, the mother, in the last years of her life. It is an extremely intimate film but also one of great formal precision and beauty, one of the rare works of art that is both personal and universal, and as much a masterpiece as her 1975 career-defining Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. (2016, 115 min, digital)

Thu 5/19/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 5/20/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 5/21/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 5/22/16 2:30PM YBCA Screening Room

This Was Made Here: A Diasporic Odyssey

The performance teases the senses weaving American jazz and traditional Ethiopian rhythms. Meklit marries the two cultures to create music that transcends culture and dialect, accessible to anyone who enjoys music that makes you move! Her evolution of the genre was inspired by the guidance of Mulatu Astatke, the godfather of ethio-jazz, who encouraged her to broaden its direction. A true poet at heart, Meklit injects social consciousness and her personal journey into her music, exploring themes as wide as migration, love, hip-hop, and intimacies of everyday life.

No stranger to the Bay Area, Meklit has graced De Young Museum, Red Poppy Arthouse, Cal Performances. Boasting a wide range of vocal tones, Meklit is internationally acclaimed. Instrumentalists on her records will join her on stage with sounds of bass, drums, trombone, trumpet and percussion.

Thu 5/19/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 5/20/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 5/21/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of the greatest American artists of the 20th-century. She was a pioneer, helping to establish the post-minimalist movement, but her career was cut short at age 34, when she died of a brain tumor. In just a decade, Hesse challenged and changed the field with large scale, complex sculptures and installations that defy easy categorization. This documentary explores the the life and work of Hesse, making superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists, including Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, and Dan Graham. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is: “full of life, of eros, even of comedy… Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists (Film Forum). (2016, 108 min, digital)

Thu 5/26/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 5/27/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 5/28/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 5/29/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Oliver Ranch Tour

For the last 25 years, Nancy and Steve Oliver have invited artists to develop ideas for a one-of-a-kind installation responding to their picturesque 100-acre property in the heart of Sonoma County. Join YBCA for a private tour of the Ranch, featuring 18 remarkable site-specific installations by artists such as Bill Fontana, Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, Bruce Nauman, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra and more. Tickets include shuttle service to and from San Francisco, with lunch at Diavola in Geyserville following the tour. For more information, contact Emily Lakin at or 415.321.1320

Sun 6/5/16 8:00AM Off Site Venue

How to be (or not to be) an Activist: How to Survive a Plague

Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV- positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. The film is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. This overwhelming film drops the viewer right in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs. (2012, 110 min, digital)

Tue 7/5/16 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room