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2014 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

An unparalleled series of inspiring performances is in store at the 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, highlighting the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the Bay Area. This year’s Festival includes 10 world premieres, 16 Festival debuts, and features dances from Bali, Bolivia, China, Congo, Hawai'i, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Tahiti, the continental United States, and West Africa. Each weekend’s program is a different lineup and includes nine to ten performances in a show, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.

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FESTIVAL OPENING EVENT

San Francisco City Hall
Thu, June 5, noon.

The June 5th performance has been canceled due to a San Francisco City Hall scheduling conflict. 
This performance has been rescheduled for Friday, July 18th, noon
at San Francisco City Hall Rotunda.

A special tribute to late South African leader Nelson Mandela, as part of the Rotunda Dance Series, with music and dance featuring Diamano Coura West African Dance Company and Jikelele Dance Theater artistic director Thamsanqa Hlatywayo.This event will serve as the closing event of the 2014 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival season.

FESTIVAL WEEKEND ONE

Indian Dance Workshop
June 7, 11am-12:30pm
Bancroft Studio, UC Berkeley

Join us for this special participatory workshop comparing and contrasting the unique qualities of Indian folk and classical dance. 2014 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival artists Nadhi Thekkek of Nava Dance Theatre and Reena Desai Shah of Sahiyar Dance Troupe will lead the workshop, which will be followed by a brief question and answer session.

This workshop is limited to 30 participants.
Tickets $10 available online: htttp://indianworkshop.bpt.me/
Directions: http://tdps.berkeley.edu/bancroft-dance-studio/

Panel Discussion
June 8, 11am-12:30pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco


A panel dialogue moderated by Māhealani Uchiyama, with Festival Artistic Directors Carlos Carvajal and CK Ladzekpo, with artists from the very first San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in 1978.

$10 cash at the door

Gail Barton (performed with Khadra Ensemble)
Deborah Leiolani Garcia (performed with Tiare’s Ote`a)
Katherine and K.P. Kunhiraman (performed with Kalanjali: Dances of India)
Deborah Vaughan (performed with Dimensions Dance Theater)


FESTIVAL WEEKEND TWO

YBCA Theater
(Yerba Buena Center for the Arts)
Saturday, June 14, 1pm & 7pm
Sunday, June 15, 1pm

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In order to fully enjoy your Festival experience, please allow yourself ample time before the performance to park, walk to the theater, and pick up your tickets. Out of consideration for the performers and other patrons, latecomers may have to wait until intermission to be seated.

NEW THIS YEAR! This weekend’s program is special, featuring all eight classical Indian dance forms on one stage for the first time in the United States. While the Festival has often featured four of the classical Indian forms—bharatanatyam, kathak, kuchipudi, and odissi—rarer are the remaining four: kathakali, manipuri, mohiniyattam, and sattriya.


This weekend of Indian classical dance performances is presented in partnership with Sangam Arts, a Bay Area non-profit dedicated to connecting cultures through Indian classical arts.
Artists performing for the Indian classical weekend are a combination of artists selected from the January auditions and artists commissioned to perform in partnership with Sangam Arts.

Performances by: Chitresh Das Dance Company (Indian kathak), Guru Shradha (Indian odissi), Kalanjali: Dances of India (Indian bharatanatyam and kathakali), Bhavajan Kumar (Indian bharatanatyam), Sunanda Nair (Indian mohiniyattam and kathakali), Natyalaya (Indian kuchipudi), Nava Dance Theatre (Indian bharatanatyam), Sattriya Dance Company (Indian sattriya), Sohini Ray (Indian manipuri).


FESTIVAL WEEKEND THREE

YBCA Theater (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts)
Saturday, June 21, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, June 22, 2pm

TICKETS: On sale NOW
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/ 415.978.2787
In order to fully enjoy your Festival experience, please allow yourself ample time before the performance to park, walk to the theater, and pick up your tickets. Out of consideration for the performers and other patrons,
latecomers may have to wait until intermission to be seated.

This weekend’s program features nine dance performances from around the world, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.
Running time: 2-1/2 hours (includes 20 minute intermission)

Performances by: Academy of Hawaiian Arts (Hawaiian hula), Azama Honryu Seifu Ichisen Kai USA Kinuko Mototake Okinawan Dance Academy (Okinawan classical), De Rompe y RajaAsociación Cultural Kanchis Alliance (Afro- Peruvian), Dimensions Dance Theater (South African traditional), Ziva Emtiyaz (Lebanese belly dance), Los Danzantes de Aztlán de Fresno State (Mexican calabaceados – Baja California), Nlolo Kongo (Congolese traditional), Parangal Dance Company (Filipino traditional –Mindanao), and Suciawani Balinese Dance (Balinese traditional).


FESTIVAL WEEKEND FOUR

YBCA Theater (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts)
Saturday, June 28, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, June 29, 2pm

TICKETS: On sale NOW
Click here to purchase
/ 415.978.2787
In order to fully enjoy your Festival experience, please allow yourself ample time before the performance to park, walk to the theater, and pick up your tickets. Out of consideration for the performers and other patrons, latecomers
may have to wait until intermission to be seated.

This weekend’s program features nine dance performances from around the world, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.
Running time: 2-1/2 hours (includes 20 minute intermission).

Performances by: Alafia Dance Ensemble (Brazilian traditional), Ballet Folklórico Compañía Mexico Danza (Mexican folkloric – Guerrero), Bolivia Corazón De América (Afro-Bolivian), Jubilee American Dance Theatre (Appalachian clogging), Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company (Chinese contemporary), Proyecto Lando/Cunamacué Collaboration (Afro-Peruvian), Sahiyar Dance Troupe (Indian folkloric), Sewam American Indian Dance (Native American hoop dance), and Te Mana O Te Ra (Tahitian ’ōte’a and ’aparima).


Festival artistic directors Carlos Carvajal and CK Ladzekpo are also delighted to announce that we will celebrate the Centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition with two weekends of performances at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Festival’s home for more than 25 years, in February 2015.

Details about the artists who will be performing at the Centennial Celebration will be released soon.

 2014 FESTIVAL RAFFLE
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THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 FESTIVAL SPONSORS
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THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERSHIP SCHOOLS
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