SF Intl. Arts Festival. Dandelion Dance Theater with Compania Y and AXIS Dance Company
San Francisco International Arts Festival
The fifth annual San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) kicks off on May 21 and runs through June 8 with more than 40 performances and three major visual arts exhibits being presented by more than 25 San Francisco Arts organizations at multiple venues throughout the City. With its annual theme, "The Truth in Knowing/Now: Threads in Time, Place, Culture," SFIAF 2008 will include numerous World Premieres, US Debuts & International Collaborations featuring leading artists from the Bay Area performing and exhibiting with and alongside their international peers from around the world. This year's festival includes dance, music, opera, theatre and visual arts and events will take place at the Asian Art Museum, Chinese Cultural Center, CounterPULSE, Dance Mission Theater, Herbst Theatre, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens and on numerous billboards in downtown San Francisco.
Dandelion Dance Theatre & Compania Y
Created by the Bay Area's Dandelion Dance Theatre in collaboration with Compania Y from Madrid, Spain and Canadian composer Jaques Poulin Denis, "Oust" begins with the Buddhist concept that there exists no solid lasting self and pulls from examples such as illegal immigration, refugee crises, and wars that divide countries and ethnic groups. Dandelion Dancetheater and Compania Y will create a piece responding to this theme of displacement. Part of the performance will involve moving the audience, adding the shared element of physical displacement. "Oust" will be multi-lingual, incorporating text and audience instructions in English, Spanish, French, and Sign Language.
Axis Dance Company & Joe Goode
The Bay Area premiere of "the beauty that was mine, through the middle, without stopping," Joe Goode's latest creation for Axis Dance Company. Goode says of the work, "What do we see? Is the actuality of the seen entity ever close to what we presume it to be? Is seeing somehow limited? Does it imply an unnecessary separation between viewer and viewed? It has been my delight to explore these questions with my AXIS collaborators. I am indebted to them for their willingness to reveal themselves and to take this journey with me."
The performances of "Oust" and "the beauty that was mine, through the middle, without stopping" at SFIAF are presented by Eric Kupers, Judy Smith, Dandelion Dance Theater and Axis Dance Company.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street (@ Third)
San Francisco, CA 94103
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