Festival Opening Events
Festival Grand Opening
San Francisco City Hall
Friday, June 7, Noon / Free of charge
Our Festival opens with two grand historical dance performances:
Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl
Don’t miss this colorful, percussive dance from Zacatecas, Mexico, which has both Spanish and indigenous Nahuatl origins. This processional piece, performed to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe, features dancers in magnificent hats, spinning in lines, and marking time with clapping sandals, clicking beads, and gourd rattles.
Fogo Na Roupa Performing Company
In full euphoria and full regalia, San Francisco’s prize-winning Afro-Brazilian Carnaval dancers will perform with a full drum bateria and contingent of dancers in glorious coque feather headpieces. This is urban-derived, African inspired, clotheson- fire, funky Fogolystic samba reggae at its best!
Saturday, June 8, 8pm
Legion of Honor Museum
Charya Burt Cambodian Dance
A remarkable conversation about form and grace began in 1906, when the centuries-old Cambodian Royal Ballet performed in Paris and captivated sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Cambodian choreographer Charya Burt evokes Rodin’s historical sketches in a performance that evolves from a visually stunning traditional Khmer dance into an exciting new work reflecting the cultural collision of East and West.
This innovative collaboration includes original compositions by Alexis Alrich and live visual art-making by painter Mario Uribe.