Dance Brigade presents
Gracias a la Vida - 40th Anniversary Season
January 13-14, 2017
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street
In Association with YBCA, Dance Brigade, the iconic San Francisco multi-racial troupe of women, will celebrate 40 years of art activism in the Bay Area. Artistic Director Krissy Keefer proves that socially relevant dance can be technically brilliant, as well as exuberant with down-home hilarious fun. This company dances at full throttle. They explore the intersection between art and social issues with fierce inventiveness and a deft comic touch. The content driven choreographies are a high-energy blend of ballet, modern dance, song, text, sign language and explosive Taiko drumming. Joining Dance Brigade to celebrate their historic past on this 40th anniversary will be many artists and musicians who broke the ground on cultural diversity and community engagement in the 70's and 80's. They include international peace activist and vocalist Holly Near, musical director Christelle Durandy and vocalist Gina Breedlove among others. GRACIAS A LA VIDA will celebrate the fusion of art, politics, dance, and music that form the rich and unique foundation of our Bay Area arts community, giving thanks to the collective legacy of Dance Brigade and its local and international collaborators!