Antoine Hunter

The Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival will be happening in the Dance Mission Theater at 3316 24th Street from August 11 to 13. This year is the fifth anniversary of the festival, and to commemorate the occasion, Antoine Hunter and his Urban Jazz Dance Company will present their work on the issues of incarcerated Deaf peoples. Hunter was this year’s Carnaval King.

Hunter has worked as everything from choreographer, producer and dancer to model, poet and speaker. He founded the Urban Jazz Dance Company, which is a group of trained Deaf and hearing dancers whose goal is to create a space for deaf and disabled artists to contribute to the arts. The Urban Jazz Dance Company believes it can increase societal awareness of Deaf issues through the performing arts.

The festival will have performances and dance workshops that highlight the contributions of Deaf and Hard of Hearing artists and dancers. These include opportunities to try out hip hop, Russian Jazz dance, and German sign language, among others. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample soul food prepared by Deaf chef Phillip Smith.

Tickets sell from $12 to $30 and can be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.

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