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Ruth Mankin
Arts Education Director

Jack Carpenter
Production Manager

Tyese Wortham
Programs Associate

Faiza Baker-Yeboah
Programs Assistant/Front-of-House

Mei-Ling Murray
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2009 Performers

Brenda Wong Aoki
Kyogen

De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association
Son De Los Diablos

Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco
La Corte Maya Ceremonial - The Royal Court of the Ancient Maya

Northern California Korean Dance Association
Geommu

Shreelata Suresh
Pushpanjali

Mark Izu












































































2009

“Return of the Sun: The Legend of How the Sun Got Its Light”

This year's related topic:
Myths, Legends and Folktales

Welcome to the 15th season of People Like Me, the arts education program of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and World Arts West. We are excited to welcome many new artists, dancers, storytellers, musicians, writers, directors and educators to imagine and create the new People Like Me show for Spring 2009. This season we are exploring myths, legends and folktales. Where did they come from? What are they about? Who told them? Why were they created? How did they get passed on in different cultures? How do they influence the creation and history of dances in different cultures?

This season we present the story of the Sun Goddess, Ameterasu. Based on an ancient Japanese myth, this tale weaves together the dance, music and storytelling from INDIA, PERU, KOREA, MEXICO and JAPAN. In Japanese mythology Ameterasu was the daughter of the supreme Japanese deity who had created the world. She was a beautiful and compassionate goddess who ruled both the sun and the heavenly fields of rice that fed the Japanese people. After a conflict with her mean-hearted brother, Ameterasu hid away in a dark cave in the mountains. Without her there was no sun, and the rice fields lay dying in the darkness while the people grew hungry. Many friends came to the entrance of her cave with their dances and music in hopes of bringing her out of this darkness so life could grow again. This myth celebrates the importance of friendship, and how dance and music can bring light back in time of darkness.

Presented in an engaging and interactive one-hour performance, the theater experience and its supporting curriculum material provide a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to meeting State Content Standards for Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts and Social Science, while exposing children to the rich diversity of performing artists living in Northern California. This year, the topic of the mythology, legends and folklore are embedded in the script and highlighted in the Curriculum Guide and Student Activity Books.

EXPLORE THE WORLD DANCE ENCYCLOPEDIA today!

NEW VIEWER’S COMPANION AND STUDY GUIDE will be online soon.
The online study guide can help you to prepare yourself and your class for your field trip to the theater. The language can be adapted so that it is suitable for the age range of your class, and can be used both before and after the performance. The written materials and the topics explored in the performance address State Standards for Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, History & Social Studies, Math, and Science. The guide is accessible by performance year as well as cumulatively since 2000.

Included in the Viewer’s Guide:

Dance Locator
A growing Online Encyclopedia of World Dance

Performer Pages
Bios of each artist group

Activity pages
For children to do for before and after the field trip

Related topics and discussion guides
Many guided discussions based on curriculum topics

Resources
Musical instrument information, Links, and a Bibliography

Printable pages
Are available for downloading each section.

Kids Art Gallery
Send us your student's artwork to display and view past art!

We will send all teachers with confirmed reservations one abbreviated guide through the mail. To save paper, please let us know if you do not need this to be sent to you. We are available by phone 415.474.3914 or email if you are having trouble with any part of the online study guide.

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THANKS!

In our 15th season of People Like Me, we would like to especially thank the National Endowment for the Arts, the Trio Foundation, and all of our individual donors who support World Arts West and our People Like Me programs. This allows all seats to be 75% subsidized so that we can keep the ticket price low.

Become a donor and help keep this program alive and accessible!

Thank you for your support.

Many, many thanks to People Like Me artists for their contributions to the content of the Viewer's Guide.

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