World Arts West presents

The 31st Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

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Event has passed (Sat Jun 6, 2009 - Sun Jun 28, 2009)
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$22 - $46
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WEEKEND 2: June 13 & 14

KARIKTAN Dance Company
A trio of pieces portrays the historic immigration to the Philippines via outriggers with colorful sails; a pre-nuptial dance with complex footwork and gestures imitating that of a fish; and a dance from the island of Mindanao, featuring a princess wooed by her prince.

Halau o Keikialii
This thirty-member dance company performs a quartet of dances in the ancient hula kahiko style, honoring the Alii- Hawaiian gods- and featuring pai umauama (chest slapping), hula kui (rhythmic stomping), and hula uliuli (gourd rattles).

Mountian International Dance Company
From the time that Peter the Great organized Russias first naval fleet, Russia has taken great pride in her navy. This Russian Sailor Dance showcases the strength and virility of its sailors and serves to attract new recruits. and its steps are often used in informal competitions amongst the sailors while at sea.

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The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival was founded to present the diverse ethnic dance companies in the Bay Area. Over the years, the Festival has expanded its reach to include performers from throughout Northern California and has presented over 600 dance companies from over a hundred different genres. (Please see the World Dance Index, coming soon, for a list and information on the genres and groups presented in World Arts West programs since 1999.)

During its rich history, the Festival has celebrated and fostered appreciation for the diverse cultural communities in the Bay Area and Northern California, through an annual performance season of dance styles that have included traditional classical dance, sacred dance genres, vernacular dance forms, social dance and folk dance presentations.

31ST ANNUAL San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

June 6 28, 2009
Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
WEEKEND 1: June 6 & 7
Compaa Mazatln Bellas Artes
The beginning of a new season for the cultivation of corn in Tabasco is represented through a blessing dance and a celebration of the crops vibrant colors in Fiesta Tabasquena, accompanied by tamborileros drums and flutes specific to the region.

Athira Pratap
Ohm Kaara depicts the story of a sage who implores the powerful goddess Shakti to visit him, agreeing to her condition that he walk ahead, keeping track of her presence by the sound of her anklet, until the sound ceases and the spot becomes a place of worship.

Presidio Dance Theatre
WORLD PREMIERE
From the floral headpieces down to the traditional boots, artists and designers of the Kirov Ballet and Mariinsky Theatre created costumes for this company of young dancers for Ukrainian Suite, a showcase of the traditional girls dance and the popular national Hopak.

Sri Susilowati
Jaipong Tablo tells the poignant story of a woman mourning her beloved in the style of Sundanese Jaipongana contrast to better known Indonesian dance forms said to have been influenced by the Wests introduction of rock n roll to Indonesia.

Murphy Irish Dancers
WORLD PREMIERE
This years Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Mary Jo Feeney presents a suite of dances depicting the rolling valleys, rivers and bridges of Ireland through music and dance with the traditional reel, Ceili and jig steps.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya
WORLD PREMIERE
Based on ideals around work, farming, fishing, weaving and day to day social interactions, this Balinese dance is accompanied by the magnificent gamelan jegog, an ensemble of giant bamboo marimbas so large that the musicians must climb it to play the rare, enormous instrument.

Theatre Flamenco
The traditional mantn de Manila, a large Spanish shawl, adds a dramatic flair to Encuentroa caa cante grande duet, featuring the repeated cries of ay accompanied by evocative guitar playing and rhythmic palmas.

Barbary Coast Cloggers
Steamerlane Breakdown, Cripple Creek and the brand-new Gone But Not Forgotten showcase buck-style clog dancing, complex rhythms and the raucous country-western music of the Appalachian Mountain region.

Te Mana O Te Ra
WORLD PREMIERE
Accompanied by the golden resounding tone of the standing bass skin drum, and created specially for this years Festival, Tani e Pahu expresses the Heartbeat of Tahiticolorful, playful, powerful, potentially destructive, and, most importantly, limitless.
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WEEKEND 2: June 13 & 14

KARIKTAN Dance Company
A trio of pieces portrays the historic immigration to the Philippines via outriggers with colorful sails; a pre-nuptial dance with complex footwork and gestures imitating that of a fish; and a dance from the island of Mindanao, featuring a princess wooed by her prince.

Halau o Keikialii
This thirty-member dance company performs a quartet of dances in the ancient hula kahiko style, honoring the Alii- Hawaiian gods- and featuring pai umauama (chest slapping), hula kui (rhythmic stomping), and hula uliuli (gourd rattles).

Mountian International Dance Company
From the time that Peter the Great organized Russias first naval fleet, Russia has taken great pride in her navy. This Russian Sailor Dance showcases the strength and virility of its sailors and serves to attract new recruits. and its steps are often used in informal competitions amongst the sailors while at sea.

WEEKEND 3: June 20 & 21

Leungs White Crane Lion and Dragon Dance Association
WORLD PREMIERE
Exciting new choreography from one of the very best lion dance ensembles in America featuring an inquisitive and playful lion bringing joy and auspiciousness, skillfully navigating daring jumps atop eight-foot poles.

Savitha Sastry
Anjali invokes the guardian angels of different directions in order to appease the gods and dispel omens, highlighting the geometric-patterned movements of bharatanatyam based on the nritta or pure dance structures of this classical Indian dance form.

Luis Valverde
WORLD PREMIERE
Tamaaaaaleeees! is the cry of the tamale street vendor, the inspiration for El Tamalero, a sequence of traditional Peruvian zapateo, created for the Festival stage, and featuring intricate footwork and rhythmic body percussion, accompanied by live music.

WEEKEND 4: June 27 & 28

Four Winds
In this quartet of Native American dance, a warrior prepares for battle in the spear and shield dance; victory is proclaimed in the hundred year old fancy dance; the warrior tells his experience in the northern traditional dance; and the sacred hoop dance tells the story of creation and the circle of life,.

First Voice: Mark Izu and Brenda Wong Aoki
Master storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki weaves together several dance performances using Japanese Noh and Kyogen dance forms, telling the Japanese folktale of Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess. Accompanied by musician Mark Izu, this story highlights how dance and music can bring light in times of darkness.

Northern California Korean Dance Association
This piece consists of two parts: a solo featuring the dancer holding long swords called Muyong Chon, and a reprise of Gummuoriginating from Koreas ancient Shinra perioda beautiful dance of peaceful and graceful movements paying homage to a young boy called to dance for an enemy king.

Schedule

Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA
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  1. Palace of Fine Arts
    3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA