Tag Archives: dance

Up and coming talents make their move at ODC’s Wild Bodies

For weeks, six up and coming artists in the world of contemporary dance have been creating performances that dig into the personal and the political that will premiere this weekend in ODC’s 68th season of the Pilot Program in a show called “Wild Bodies.” The choreographers,  who are also dancers, have taken the initiative on every part of the production, including ticket sales and technical production. Among...

SF Mission Dance Program Highlights Indigenous Struggle

For the third year running, San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater will present deeply political performances, this time with a focus on current points of contention like resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, Black Lives Matter, displacement, deportation, and colonization. Among the programming are various traditional dances with little European influence. The March 24th performance will open with an Ohlone prayer and...

Aztec New Year Returns for 10th Year at City College

This Saturday will round off a decade in which the Mission’s City College of San Francisco has hosted the annual Aztec [Mexica] New Year celebration, founded by a group of former students determined to share the teachings of their indigenous ancestors with the community. In light of President Donald Trump’s recent anti-immigration policies that have instilled fear in immigrant communities across...

Saturday’s 24th St. Art Crawl To Celebrate Women’s History Month

Returning to 24th Street this Saturday is Paseo Artistico – a free art crawl that will enliven the 24th Street corridor from Valencia Street to Potrero Avenue with song, art and film. Activities for the event will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center. In celebration of Women’s History Month, participants are invited to embark on a bilingual, guided mural...

Leo & Lupe: Still Dancing at 84 and 91 (Video)

This first ran on March 29, 2009.  On Valentine’s Day, I always think of Leo & Lupe, featured in one of my favorite Mission Local videos. Today, I caught up with Lupe Bravo, now 84, for an update. Only recently, she said, did the pair stop dancing regularly because Leo Ansis, now 91, moved into senior housing downtown. “Life changes,” Bravo said,...

Valencia Street Salsa Venue, El Valenciano, For Sale

Part dance hall, part bar and tapas restaurant, Valencia Street’s Latin music and dance venue, El Valenciano, is now for sale. As Capp Street Crap reported on Monday, owner Victoria Vides has put the 4,500 square-foot space on the market for $525,000. The purchase comes complete with food and alcohol licenses and the venue’s rent and lease are negotiable, according...

Facing Ageism with Dance, Photography, Fashion at ODC

Choreographer Kate Mitchell was, despite herself, horrified when she discovered wrinkles and sagging start to take hold on her skin. But then she pushed back, artistically. Mitchell had photographer Alessandra Mello take close-up photos of her skin and bones, and what emerged was a topography that Mitchell saw repeated in nature. Extrapolating from this connection and developing a collaborative performance, Mitchell created Terrain,...

Deaf Dance Festival to Shake Up Dance Mission Theater

For the fourth year in a row, a festival featuring Deaf and hard of hearing dancers opens at Dance Mission theater Friday, August 12 and runs through August 14, featuring styles ranging from belly dancing to hip hop, ballet to Afro-modern, and even sign language from other parts of the world. The festival brings with it not just expressive movement by Deaf dancers,...

Legendary Civil Rights Leader to Head SF Carnaval

For the 37th year, Carnaval will kick off on the corner of 24th and Bryant streets this Saturday and for two days transform parts of Harrison Street into a multi-block party, while a colorful procession of drummers, dancers, and themed floats snaking up 24th street and along Mission Street, will immerse the neighborhood in various aspects of Latin American culture. With...

Dance Mission Keeps Dancing in “Revolt(ing) Times”

Can you picture the gentrification of Oakland, the death of Sandra Bland, and the treatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic … in dance? In its second annual D.I.R.T. Festival (Dance In Revolt(ing) Times), Dance Brigade will present explorations of all these themes and more, starting on January 22. The festival is inspired by the dancers’ drive to go beyond making aesthetic movement and...

SF-Rooted Dancer Returns to Experiment

While many artists are leaving the Mission, dancer and choreographer Chuck Wilt has returned to his local roots to explore his old neighborhood to produce two collaborative works that debut tomorrow night, first with Rodeo and on Friday and Saturday nights with the two-part program Ships and Salsa. Ships, the first portion of a two-part piece that will show for...

Facing Fears at ODC Tonight

Fear changes everything. That’s part of the premise to be explored tonight and Saturday night (July 8 and 11) in Opaque, a feature in the Summer Performance Festival presented by the performance art incubator SAFEhouseARTS. Kristin Damrow (last seen locally in Dance Mission Theater’s D.I.R.T.) focuses on the fears that any one of us may fall prey to, and the effect they have on us....

ODC Features Bolivian Dance Group at 15 Years

An award-winning Bolivian folkloric dance group — started in a local high school and nurtured in any rehearsal space it could find — celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend with four programs at the ODC theater on 17th and Shotwell. “We always figured out somewhere to practice,” said Isidro Fajardo, 24, the artistic director and choreographer of Bolivia Corazón de...

D.I.R.T. To Stir Up Dance Mission Theater

No, it’s not a janitorial problem — D.I.R.T. at Dance Mission Theater is actually a vibrant showcase of artistic and physical skill opening this weekend. Dance In Revolt(ing) Times is a compilation of works featuring choreographers and dancers taking on deeply political themes in a form that gives social thought visible, tangible life. “Dance is interesting because it has a...

Cereal-powered Show At ATA

Dream-inspired movement takes the (window) stage at ATA tonight, when Laurie Buenafe and Bob Webb perform “Husk” from 6to 8 p.m. at Artist’s Television Access. The piece is described as a “harvest ritual of sorts” and has something to do with cornflakes cereal. To find out what that means, readers have to stop by the ATA window this evening, where...