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SF Ethnic Dance Festival

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival 2011

San Francisco City Hall Rotunda
June 3, 2011
Festival Opening Ceremony: Return of the Ohlone @ 12pm
The 2011 Festival kicked off with a special opening ceremony and performance Friday, June 3, at Noon at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda honoring the Rumsen Ohlone Tribe and featuring tribal song and dance, and the presentation of the Festival’s annual Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award to Tribal Chief Tony Cerda. Many 2011 Festival and Ohlone Profiles Project events brought Ohlone tribal members back to San Francisco to share their ongoing culture in their homeland. FREE to the public!

Zellerbach Hall
June 11, 2011 @ 8pm
June 12, 2011 @ 3pm

Performers:
Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music (Balinese), Shabnam Dance Company (Middle Eastern), African Heritage Ensemble (West African), Parangal Dance Company (Filipino), Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose and San Jose Taiko (Indian & Japanese),Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco (Spanish), Ballet Folklórico Mexico Danza (Mexican), Hui Tama Nui (Tahitian)

YBCA Forum
June 18 California Indian Big Time Gathering@ 12pm
The Festival presented an historic California Indian Big Time Gathering on Saturday which included discussions and demonstrations in the Forum.Participating tribes included Elem Indian Colony Tribe, Pit River Maidu Tribe, Winnemum Wintu Tribe, Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe, Stewarts Point Kashaya Band of Pomo and Manchester Pomo Tribe.

Yerba Buena Gardens
June 18, 2011 California Indian Big Time Gathering@ 5pm
The Festival presented an historic California Indian Big Time Gathering on Saturday, June 18, from 5pm to 11pm throughout Yerba Buena Gardens featuring hundreds of California tribal members in dance, music and other cultural presentations, as well as participatory opportunities for the public throughout the day. Participating tribes included Elem Indian Colony Tribe, Pit River Maidu Tribe, Winnemum Wintu Tribe, Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe, Stewarts Point Kashaya Band of Pomo and Manchester Pomo Tribe.

YBCA Forum
June 19, 2011 @ 1pm

Participatory Event: “Poetry in Motion”― An afternoon of dance interspersed with readings of Rumi, Ikkyu, and transcendent poets, with *Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Balinese) Jenny Fong (Chinese), Kiyonomoto Ryu USA (Japanese), and *Ballet Afsaneh (Iranian Classical)
In Partnership with the Asian Art Museum's current exhibition Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance

June 25 @ 3pm
Participatory Event: “Solstice Celebration”
― An afternoon of summer solstice festivities with *Lowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble of San Francisco (Polish), Leap of Faith Longsword (English), Centeotl Grupo de Danza y Baile Mexican (Mexican), and *Jubilee American Dance Theatre (USA)

June 25 @ 9:30pm
DANCE PARTY!: “Pasión”
― A sultry evening of dance that turned up the heat with Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater (Argentine), *Ballet Pampa Argentina (Argentine), El Tunante (Peruvian), and Melissa Cruz (Spanish).

June 26, 2011 @ 1pm
Participatory Event: “Rising Up”
― Strength and empowerment took center stage with Ballet Folklórico Anáhuac (Mexican), LIKHA - Pilipino Folk Ensemble (Pilipino), ABADÁ - Capoeira San Francisco (Brazilian), and *EMESÈ: Messengers of the African Diaspora (Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian) .

YBCA Novellus Theater
June 24, 2011 @ 8pm
June 25, 2011 @ 2pm
June 25, 2011 Benefit Gala @ 7pm
June 26, 2011 @ 3pm

Performers:
Chuna McIntyre of Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers (Yup'ik Eskimo), Natyalaya (Indian), Barangay Dance Company (Filipino), Kyoungil Ong (Korean), Nimely Pan African Dance Company (Liberian), Murphy Irish Dance Company (Irish), Collage Dance Ensemble (Eastern European),Los Lupeños de San José (Mexican), OREET (Egyptian), Te Mana O Te Ra (Tahitian)

July 1, 2011 @ 8pm
July 2, 2011 @ 3pm and 8pm
July 3, 2011 @ 3pm

Performers:
Rumsen Ohlone Tribe's Humaya Singers and Dancers (Native American), Rara Tou Limen (Haitian), Caminos Flamencos (Spanish), Yang Yang Dance (Chinese), Halau o Keikiali’i (Hawaiian), De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association (Afro-Peruvian) , Charya Burt Cambodian Dance (Cambodian), Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwean), Bal Anat (Egyptian), Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes (Mexican)

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all performances were the “classic” stage presentations to which Festival audiences have become accustomed. New this year, were the Participatory Events, designed to get audiences onto the dance floor. Four companies representing different cultural traditions performed, followed by instruction by two companies (indicated by *).

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