September Sets the Bay Area Ablaze with Dance

August 31, 2013

A wide range of dance offerings this month makes the Bay Area a good place to spend September. Below are just a few of the highlights.

On Sept. 6, AXIS Dance Company comes to Sonoma State Person Theater with a new work by Amy Seiwert. (Read about her in “Nine Who Dared.”) On Sept. 28 this mixed-ability group shows a work in progress by Alex Ketley (see his “Choreography in Focus”).

The free Rotunda Dance Series, co-sponsored by Dancers’ Group and and World Arts West, brings the Peruvian folk dances of Asociación Cultural Kanchis to City Hall on Sept. 6.

The West Wave Dance Festival promises hip-hop, Taiko, and political dance—of course, because it’s curated by outspoken feminist Krissy Keefer—at Z Space on Sept. 16. It includes Keefer’s all-woman Dance Brigade as well as Sean Dorsey, who was featured in our story “Word Play.”

The San Francisco Dance Film Festival, now in its fourth year, collaborates with San Francisco Ballet in presenting Dance Screen 2013, with 70 (seventy!) films, including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in 3-D. Sept. 12–15, 2013 at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema.

Kyle Abraham’s work makes an appearance via BODYTRAFFIC, a “25 to Watch” company that lots more people are watching now. They bring his Collide, along with works by Barak Marshall and Richard Siegel to ODC Theater, Sept 26–29. (Check out Kyle Abraham’s “Choreography in Focus.”)

A little later, Dimensions Dance Theater celebrates 40 years of delving into African-based dance culture, Oct. 5 at Yuerba Buena.  The group is led by Deborah Vaughan, who learned Dunham technique via Ruth Beckford and was an early member of Anna Halprin’s group.

a world premiere from Joe Goode, one of the most intriguing dance-and-talk artists in the country, comes to Z Space Sept. 25 to Oct. 5.

The ever adventurous ZACCHO opens its Center for Dance and Aerial Arts, Sept. 7–14. Directed by the visionary site-specific dance artist Joanna Haigood (read about her projects here), ZACCHO has long been part of the Bay Area as performers, creators, and educators.


And if you want to know more, find out everything about Bay Area dance from Dancers’ Group.