This remarkably beautiful film was made in collaboration with the residents of the Haggerston public housing estate (in a borough of London) as it faced obliteration. (2015, 83 min, digital) More details »
Umusuna is an ambitious and breathtaking vision of the creation of the Earth that shifts giddily from balance to imbalance, as the surface of the stage itself is upset amid towering cascades of sand and bodies that hint at the movement of the cosmos. Not seen in San Francisco since 2010, Sankai Juku will leave you with the feeling that, like a child, you have seen the world for the first time. More detail »
During a YBCA Public Square, you're invited to join us for programs designed to spur conversation, cultivate empathy, and address the key questions of our time. On October 10, enjoy extended gallery hours, special Garage Cinema screenings, and the exciting closing dance party for Radical Presence produced by SKIN World Wide. More details »
Semimaru, member of Sankai Juku since its founding in 1975, conducts this special movement workshop for dancers and non-dancers, no butoh experience necessary. More details »
This labor-of-love documentary profiles five dynamic and accomplished female architects: Annabelle Selldorf, Marianne McKenna, Kathryn Gustafson, Farshid Moussavi, and Odile Decq. Come with us on this intimate journey as we see how these women are transforming the landscape of the 21st century. (2014, 50 min, digital) More details »
Directors in person. The complex and subtle, widely exhibited, performance cinema work of Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder continues traditions of film history’s greatest ephemeralists in the exploration of the raw mechanics of cinema — projection, machinery, optics — and their transmutation of these base materials into paradoxically evanescent, even transcendent experience, solid forms of cinema melting into air. Eschewing the image altogether, tonight’s screening features three dual-projector works of white light, ephemeral form, and shadow. (2004-2006, 60 min + Q&A) More details »
We follow Stanford students as they work in teams applying design thinking methods to develop products and services that serve the needs of the world's poor. (2013, 57 min, digital) More details »
Christiania was founded in 1971 when youthful idealism and a severe housing shortage incited hundreds of young people to occupy 85 acres of deserted brick buildings, woods, ramparts, and canals in the center of Copenhagen. (2014, 76 min, digital) More details »
Made You Look is a documentary about the UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. Via candid interviews with top British creatives, publishers, and agency owners we explore the fact that more people than ever seem to be turning to analog means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era. (2015, 80 min, digital) More details »
Troublemakers unearths the history of land art, featuring a cadre of renegades who sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale. More details »
Two looks at the micro-house movement. Microtopia by Jesper Wachtmeister and Tiny: A Story About Living Small by Merete Mueller and. Christopher Smith. More details »
Michele De Lucchi is one of the forefathers of postmodernism, and a pillar of the Memphis group that influenced the aesthetics of the 1980s with colorful, fun furniture that changed interior design forever. (2014, 64 min, digital) More details »
Smart Night Out is part workshop, part happy-hour date, and part backstage sneak peek. This month features Degenerate Art Ensemble's Predator Songstress — an intensely visual, music-driven theatrical event that tells the modern-day fairy tale of an anti-heroine 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 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 »
A world premiere collaboration unites Alonzo King LINES Ballet with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer for the 2015 Fall Home Season. Called "a phenomenal powerhouse" by the New York Times, Ms. Fischer has shared the stage with musical luminaries of nearly every genre and was recently featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom. She shares with the LINES dancers her unfailing generosity as they pay tribute together to the power of song. Ms. Fischer will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist JC Maillard.
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 Fri, Nov 6. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased with your performance tickets for opening night.
Maker looks into the current maker movement in America — a new wave of do-it-yourself and do-it-together fueled by passion and powered by new technologies. (2014, 65 min, digital) More details »
This compelling, and often humorous, study of a major architectural firm in Berlin follows partners Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton. This is the final film by the brilliant Harun Farocki before his untimely death last year. (2013, 72 min, digital) More details »
Oakland-based artist Mark Benson will speak about his practice, and his newly commissioned site-specific sculpture Open Fields for the exhibition Office Space. More details »
With a delicate and unique clarity of focus, the serenely silent 16mm films of Bay Area treasure Nathaniel Dorsky embody a mindful concern for the epiphanies of each passing moment and a rare sensitivity to the ephemeralities of light. More details »
Akram Khan's first collaboration with celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney, yielded his company's first full-length evening work in 2002. "Hindu Gods, black holes, Indian time cycles, tablas, creation and destruction" were the starting points for Kaash (Hindi: "if only"). This revival continues Akram Khan's quest to build bridges between the worlds of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form kathak, and has given him the title of one of the most acclaimed choreographers of his generation. More detail »
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 29 for post-performance Milk and Cookies with the dancers! Buy tickets»
Join us after the November 29th show at our Milk & Cookies Party. Play games, eat yummy treats and meet the dancers! (Separate ticket required.)
Celebrated musician, writer, producer, and comedian George Chen hosts a special evening of stand-up from West Coast comedians. More details »
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 »
The films of Andrew Noren (1943–2015) were among the most visually intense and overwhelming films ever created, incorporating relentless barrages of imagery, rapid in-camera editing, incredible single-framing, and time lapse photography, only pausing for the briefest of moments. More details raquo;
The 2015 Dance-Along Nutcracker® blends Tchaikovsky’s classic fairytale with a unique adaptation of the timeless story of Oz into amusical theater treat guaranteed to delight both children and adults. Join Clara, her dog Fritz and the Stahlbaum clan on their escapade down the yellow brick road. Under the baton of Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, the band will play “Ozesque” favorites from the 1939 cinema classics, Wicked and The Wiz. Donna Sachet, Tina Sogliuzzio, Leigh Crow join Zelda Koznofski, Flynn DeMarco, Joe Wicht and Noah Haydon in the cast this year to bring favorite Oz characters to life. As always, Sugar Plum wannabes are invited to join the actors onstage to dance under the spotlights of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. If twirling and pirouetting is not your thing, listening and watching is equally gratifying!
We will host a screening of the Mike Judge film Office Space in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. More details »
Boundary-blurring choreographer Wayne McGregor's company returns to San Francisco Performances with Atomos, an evening-length work that features sculptural, rigorous movement with a jarring and hauntingly lyrical edge. McGregor — who irreverently mixes up the interface between the arts, sciences and technology — describes Atomos as "atomizing bodies, movement, film, sound and light into miniature shards of intense sensation." More details »
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 »