Portal, a RAWdance world premiere choreographed by Katerina Wong (live)
RAWdance, in partnership with TJPA’s Salesforce Park, premieres Portal, a free, public, site-specific live performance, which transforms the elevated garden into a multimedia ecosystem animated by evocative movement and physical storytelling. Envisioned by Co-Artistic Director Katerina Wong with mixed media artist Ephraim Colbert, Portal investigates the intersections of skyscrapers and gardens, migration and stagnation, and belonging and isolation after an unprecedented year of collective challenge. The park’s landscape will come alive through dynamic contemporary dance, text, lighting, video, and a layered soundscore to generate a dreamlike sensorial experience.
The first site-specific dance performance at Salesforce Park since its inception, Portal will take audiences on a journey from one end of the public park to the other, illuminating the landscaping and architecture with movement by six stellar Bay Area dance artists. Rooted in our shared recent experiences during the pandemic, Portal offers space to process and reflect as a community, reimagine our collective hopes and dreams, and recommit ourselves to a future of progress through imagination.
Salesforce Park’s unique location brings together the city’s vibrant and diverse communities, from technologists to artists, from locals to visitors, in a shared artistic gathering space. Audiences of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Please note, seating will be limited, and audiences will be asked to stand and mobilize throughout the Park for the majority of the one-hour long performance. City-mandated Covid protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of audiences and performers.
Friday, Sept 3-Sunday Sept, 5 7:30PM FREE, No RSVP required More info: rawdance.org/portal CREATIVE TEAM: Concept and Choreography: Katerina Wong / Mixed Media Designer: Ephraim Colbert / Dancers: Claire Fisher, Jhia Jackson, ArVejon Jones, Nick Wagner, Juliann Witt, Erin Yen / Costume Designer: Jhia Jackson
Portal is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission. Photo by Kyle Adler.
Slipping Sand at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (live & online)
Slipping Sand (2021), choreographed and performed by Katerina Wong in collaboration with cinematographer Dennis Zollo, is a close examination of human’s relentless relationship to time. Encased in a glass atrium, surrounded by hourglasses, a single dancer contemplates the desire to manipulate time, acknowledges her powerlessness, and inches towards acceptance.
Slipping Sand will be presented in part one of the Bay Area Shorts program, a showcase of new dance film work by Bay Area Artists.
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the Brava Theater More info
RAWdance and ODC Theater Co-Present TAKE 3 (online)
As a part of ODC Theater's Fall Season, RAWdance’s three Co-Artistic Directors offer an evening of dynamic digital dance, TAKE 3, created for the stage and re-envisioned for film.
Shadow (part 1), choreographed by Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, brings a quartet of dancers from San Francisco and New York for the first chapter premiere of this deep dive into our digital debris and data-defined identities. Part two of Shadow will premiere next year as a gallery installation combining film, augmented reality and live performance.
Much celebrated, The Healer (2021), choreographed by Katerina Wong, also returns to the screen. In memory of Wong’s late aunt, The Healer mines the ancient history, systems, and beliefs of Traditional Chinese Medicine to shed light on humanity’s innate ability to overcome suffering. Praised for its “meditative marriage of somatics and mindfulness,” showcasing “beautiful shapes…shared vocalization…[and] powerful unison sequences” (Heather Desaulniers for Critical Dance), The Healer features an ensemble of four dancers, each drawing on their own ancestries and visions of female strength.
Live Stream* Friday, October 29, 6pm PT/9pm ET Saturday, October 30, 5pm PT/8pm ET Saturday, October 30, 8pm PT/11pm ET
Video on Demand Available October 29 – November 7
*All Digital Livestream tickets will also include access to the Video on Demand experience from Oct 29-Nov 7. BUY TICKETS