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intercultural dance/music/poetry performance installation
Headlands Center for the Arts
Sunday, August 3
none of this small reverie was stage-managed by choreographer
June Watanabe, 15 minutes later the
63-year-old artist and Mills College dance professor
confronted me with an interdisciplinary work-in-progress
called Noh Project II that willingly embraced and even
sought out puzzles of how things seem as opposed to
what they are. That made this was one of the most demanding
and provocative collaborations I’ve seen in years, where
form and content fused with sinuous delicacy. I only
wish more completed local work was as rigorously inventive
and daring as this.
have in the past decade created works-in-progress primarily
because I was trying a new kind of work, and, in a number
of cases, I was doing it at the Headlands. I love that
place more than any other performance space….The work-in-progress
sites are critical in that they lend themselves to the
content and nature of the work. I also want the audience
to be physically closer, a part of the piece."
San Francisco, July 23, 2003.
introducing Seasons during the weekend of the
summer solstice, Halprin explained that the dancers
were not trying to create a ritual—which cannot be invented—but
a ritual performance. Ritual performances, she said,
make possible a common language out of which rituals,
which are based on cultural myths, can grow. That seemed
fair enough. Whatever else it was intended to be, “Summer”
turned out to be an exquisite site-specific performance
piece built around the theme of emergence.
Led by a silent guide, dressed in red from head to toe,
the audience, which was not supposed to think of itself
as “audience” but as “witnesses”, proceded along leafy
paths from one performance arena to another. The artists,
Halprin had explained, had chosen a specific site and
created their section of the work from that place. All
along the way we would encounter a hunched-over dry-as-dust
gray old woman, silently crouching next to a path, merging
with a pile of earth, only to disappear and pop again.
After a while you began to believe that she really was
the spirit of these woods.
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October 8, 2003
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August 18- 25
18-22: YERBA BUENA GARDENS CHOREOGRAPHERS FESTIVAL
A free lunchtime treat: Summerfest/dance and the Yerba
Buena Gardens Festival team up to commission 10 Bay
Area choreographers to create site-specific works. Aug.
18: Elizabeth Frye and the Kamisi Dance Ensemble, and
Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement. Aug. 19: Ann Berman
and Dog Patch Superstars. Aug. 20: Rebecca Pappas and
Janice Garrett + Dancers. Aug. 21: Maxine Moerman Dance
Theater and Mark Foehringer Dance Project. Aug. 22:
Zaccho Dance Theater and Navarette x Kajiyama.
Aug.18-22, 12:30pm, Yerba Buena Gardens, 760 Howard
St., San Francisco, (415) 543-1718, www.ybgf.org.
AUG 21: CAN YOU ENTIRELY BE?
Dances by Karl Gillick, Rosemary Hannon, and Ralf Jaroschinski.
Aug.21 8pm, 848 Community Space, 848 Divisadero St.,
San Francisco, (415) 701-1619.
AUG 22-23: AFTERNOON OF A FORM
The promising and deliciously quirky choreographer Alma
Esperanza Cunningham joins Joe Landini and Courage Group
for a shared bill at the intimate Shotwell Studios.
Aug.22-23 8pm, Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St., San
Francisco, (415) 621-3066.
AUG 22-23: THE BEAT
STOMP alumna Kamal Sinclair Steele teams with Obie-Award
winning playwright Robbie McCauley and “Bring in ‘Da
Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk” star Baakari Wilder to present
a dance theater show mixing music, hip-hop, and poetry.
Fridays 8pm and Saturdays 3 and 8pm through Aug. 23,
Baha’I Center Theater, 170 Valencia St., San Francisco,
(415) 431-9870, www.universalarts.org.
AUG 22-31: ROBERT HENRY JOHNSON COMPANY
One of the Bay Area’s most prodigiously gifted dancers
celebrates the 10th anniversary of his troupe with a
premiere, “Magenta Sky,” inspired by the Seminole wars
in mid-1800s Florida.
Aug.22-23, 7pm, Buriel Clay Memorial Theatre, 726 Fulton
St. (inside the African American Art and Culture Complex),
(415) 621-3778 ext. 2, www.aaacc.org.
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publication of Dancers' Group at http://www.dancersgroup.org
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