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 »
It’s a product of the melting pot, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx, and Brooklyn. Starring Latin boogaloo legends like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon, and Pete Rodriguez, We Like It Like That explores this lesser-known, but pivotalmoment in Latin music history, through original interviews, music recordings, live performances, dancing, and rare archival footage and images. (2015, 82 min, digital) 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;
An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter Leon Russell as filmed by Bay Area documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974. Blank’s camera lets us into the world of Russell and his friends and fellow artists in and around his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, capturing intimate,
off-the-cuff moments and combining them with mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing live. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status. Now, after more than forty years, it can finally be seen and heard in all its rough glory. (1974/2015, 90 min, digital) More details »
This groundbreaking new film traces the origins of Industrial music and noise, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America's thriving avant-garde scene. Featuring Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, SPK, Test Dept, Clock DVA, Re/Search – V. Vale, Z'EV, Click Click, Sordide Sentimental, and much more. (2015, 52 min, digital). To set the proper tone we begin the program with the short film Accident,
a bitter message of hopeless grief from Weimar- era Germany by Ernö Metzner. (1928, 20 min, silent 16mm) More details »
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!
Y/our Music is a deep immersion into the world of Thai music, from traditional music to labor songs and classical pop to urban indie. As the musicians each display their music, the rural or urban environments that influenced their sound are explored. The hands that play traditional instruments amid the red dust clouds, the labor songs being hummed in front of grains awaiting harvest, and the indie music born out of concrete basements create a melodious ecosystem. While they inhabit different musical worlds the musicians are connected by the same passion to communicate their artistic aspirations and survive in the outskirts of the mainstream. (2014, 81 min, digital) More details »
Artist Doug Aitkin’s massive project took place over 24 days, as the “Station to Station” train traveled 4,000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific. A constantly changing group of artists, musicians and performers took part in a series of explosive happenings as it stopped in large cities and remote locations. Composed of 62 one-minute films, Station to Station collages an amazing cross-section of people and places: Beck performing with a gospel choir in the Mojave desert; artist Olafur Eliasson creating art from the speed of the train; Ed Ruscha reflecting on the modern landscape; Dan Deacon performing electronic music in a pulsing audience; the Savages and Suicide igniting the happenings; and so much more. Each of these short films explores the new frontier of creative expression, ultimately revealing a larger sense of modern expression transcending the individual voices. (2015, 71 min, digital) More details »
We will host a screening of the Mike Judge film Office Space in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. More details »
Game of Thrones meets Salo in this mind-blowing total immersion into chaos and insanity. The final film by brilliant Russian auteur Aleksei German, this is a phantasmagoric adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers (authors of the source novel for Tarkovsky's Stalker). A scientist from Earth travels to observe the planet Arkanar, which is in the midst of its own Middle Ages, and is swept into an epic descent into human hell. Despite having been shown in dozens of prestigious film festivals and numerous major US cities throughout 2015, Hard to be a God never screened in San Francisco. Here’s your chance to catch up with a new masterpiece of Russian cinema. (2014, 177 min, format) 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 »
Following themes present in YBCA's exhibition Office Space (on view Nov 7–Feb 14), these films examine the aesthetics of office space and the dematerialized nature of contemporary work.
Note: As always, your ticket gives you all-day admission to our galleries, including the Office Space exhibition.
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 »