Presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene. Curated by RAWdance’s Artistic Directors, the fifth annual YBG ChoreoFest will span two Saturdays this summer. Join us to see stellar local dance companies activating and enlivening the beloved downtown park with special site-specific performances!
Saturday, July 23: FACT/SF, Fullstop Dance, Nava Dance Theatre, and RAWdance Saturday, July 30: SAMMAY, PUSH Dance Company, hien huynh, and RAWdance I will be presenting a new work in the East Gardens called "A Spectacular Mess" with collaborators ArVejon Jones, Kyle Limin and Stacey Yuen for Day 1 on Saturday, July 23. Hope to see you there!
Performances are from 1-3pm on both days. FREE! Yerba Buena Gardens Mission Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets, San Francisco, CA
Program presented outdoors. ASL interpretation will be provided for this event. Performances will comply with all city-mandated recommendations for live, outdoor performances. No Pets Please More info Photo by Stephen Texeira
Dancing in the Street: ODC’s 50+ Anniversary Summer Block Party
ODC invites neighbors from their Mission District home and members of the Bay Area dance and movement communities to join them in celebrating ODC’s 50+ anniversary at a festive block party on Sunday, July 31st from 12-4 pm, concluding ODC’s Summer Sampler season at ODC Theater. The day will feature a free performance of KT Nelson’s ‘truly miraculous’ Path of Miracles by ODC/Dance, as well as works by ODC’s youth and teen program and dance artists affiliated with the ODC Theater. As a Home Company of ODC Theater, RAWdance will be performing at the block party with a remix of work from this year’s YBG ChoreoFest. We go on around 12:15pm! Come sample a range of ongoing dance and fitness classes, suited to all abilities and ages, individuals and whole families. Meet and experience the food and drink of the neighborhood vendors and learn about services provided by fellow organizations and businesses that also call the area around 17th and Shotwell home. The afternoon’s activities are designed as an informal, participatory and welcoming afternoon for all. LEARN MORE!
Choreographing Parenthood: a part of ODC Theater’s Art & Ideas
Life is filled with moments to move, choreograph, and improvise – whether it’s decision-making, aligning schedules, balancing jobs, or being flexible to unanticipated circumstances – the skills of a dance artist can be an incredibly valuable tool. This is especially true when an artist also becomes a parent, now simultaneously nurturing both their craft and another young life. What are the ways that becoming a parent might transform the art-making experience? Is it possible (or even desirable) to honor the roles of an artist and parent equally, and if so how?
RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Director and new mom, Katerina Wong, brings together three Bay Area working artists/parents to share their experiences. They’ll discuss tactical tips, ponder philosophical paradigm shifts, and open a dialogue about anything in between. Join them for a community conversation on creativity, family, and how it all might balance and intersect. Whether you are an artist/parent, are considering starting a family, or are curious about how to bring our full selves into work in general – all are welcome!
Monday, August 15 from 6-7pm ODC Theater RSVP IN ADVANCE. The event is free and all are welcome! Stay tuned for more about the speakers…
CHILDCARE SERVICES Childcare with an experienced childcare professional will be available in an adjacent room for this event if you’d like to attend with your little one(s). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 12 at the latest if interested so we can be in touch about each child’s needs.
ABOUT ODC THEATER’S ART & IDEAS The Art & Ideas series offers free, monthly programming that joins artist communities and audiences. Come together for panels on driving equitable practices in the dance field, discussions on topics impacting the arts sector, embodying our theory in physical practice, and access consulting by experts in the field. Programming will be offered in various formats – workshops, panels, engaged practices, live recordings, and more. Come to learn, share, ask and be curious.
COVID POLICY Fully vaccinated status is required for everyone on ODC’s campus. Visitors are asked to show a physical vaccination card, a photo of the card, or digital vaccination QR code and photo ID upon arrival at ODC Dance Commons or ODC Theater. “Fully Vaccinated” means: that two weeks have passed since completing the primary vaccination series (2 doses Pfizer or Moderna, 1 dose Johnson & Johnson). Learn more at ODC.DANCE/REOPENING.
Photo by Jim Watkins
Step/Song/Story: A Sunday Series at TJPA’s Salesforce Rooftop Park
Step/Song/Story is a live, collaborative storytelling event that will bring together Bay Area-based dancers, musicians, and text-based/literary artists for a public cross-disciplinary performance. On the third Sunday of each month from September-November, the Main Plaza of TJPA’s Salesforce Park will come alive with original choreography, live music, and the spoken word, to celebrate the power of each individual medium to move us, and amplify the transformative experience that occurs when they come together in creative conversation. Performances are free and will take place twice each day at 12pm and 2pm. Each month will feature a mix of different contributors, to highlight the expansive array of local artistic voices and perspectives. Step/Song/Story is presented in partnership with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, owner and operator of the Salesforce Transit Center and Rooftop Park.
Artist info coming soon!
Third Sunday from September to November Sunday, September 18 at 12pm & 2pm Sunday, October 16 at 12pm & 2pm Sunday, November 20 at 12pm & 2pm
FREE EVENT! No advanced tickets or RSVPs are required.
Location: Main Plaza of TJPA’s Salesforce Rooftop Park 425 Mission St., Fourth Floor, San Francisco Suggested entrance: Escalators or elevators at Salesforce Transit Center on 1st St. between Mission St. and Howard St. Getting there: Public transportation is encouraged, as parking around the park is limited.