Flyaway Productions. Photo by RJ Muna, Courtesy Flyaway Productions.
San Francisco is crawling with unexpected dance events over the next month. Here are seven on our radar.
The Right to be Believed
Jo Kreiter's gravity-defying, site-specific dance work taking place on UC Hastings College of the Law's Outdoor Wall probes the credibility of women in society through Flyaway Productions' signature cocktail of social justice and acrobatic spectacle. May 25–27, June 1–3. flyawayproductions.com.
San Francisco International Arts Festival
This festival takes the "international" part of its name seriously: The dance lineup alone has 26 different groups hailing from 10 countries, with equally wide-ranging styles and inspirations running the gamut from capoeira to shadow theater and traditional bharatanatyam to postmodernism. May 25–June 4. sfiaf.org.
Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Epiphany Productions' Hien Huynh and Nuria Bowart. Photo by Andy Mogg, Courtesy YBCA.
Kim Epifano's community-informed work explores the gentrification of San Francisco's South of Market district, beginning with a walk of the neighborhood before concluding with a black-box performance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. June 2–4. ybca.org.
Walking Distance Dance Festival
Still from Deep South. Photo by Alex Ketley, Courtesy John Hill PR.
This year's iteration of ODC Theater's annual event includes world premieres from FACT/SF, Monique Jenkinson and Maurya Kerr's tinypistol, as well as Deep South, the final part of a film trilogy exploring what dance means to people in the rural U.S., with a performance by The Foundry. June 2–3, 9–10. odc.dance.
Hope Mohr Dance on site at Klockar's. Photo by Margo Moritz, Courtesy Hope Mohr Dance.
Inspired by the closing of the historic Klockar's Blacksmith shop, Hope Mohr Dance celebrates its 10th anniversary with this new work, which begins with a tour (created in collaboration with Shaping SF Walking Tours) exploring the labor history of the Mid-Market neighborhood and ends with a performance at CounterPulse. June 1–3. hopemohr.org.
Nobody Lives Here Now
As part of a celebration of three decades of dance theater, Joe Goode Performance Group premieres a fantastical story using contemporary dance, text and video to confront aging and the fluidity of gender identity. At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, June 22–24. joegoode.org.
San Francisco Ballet soloist James Sofranko's rep company returns for a second season with works by Alejandro Cerrudo, José Limón, Danielle Rowe and Penny Saunders, as well as a world premiere by James Graham and the U.S. premiere of Christopher Bruce's Shadows. June 22–24. sfdanceworks.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.