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Nunamta Yup`ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers / Photo by RJ Muna
The 40th Anniversary
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival July 6-22, 2018
The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival returns to the War Memorial Opera House this July for two weekends of awe-inspiring performances in celebration of our 40thAnniversary.
Our celebration begins with a free Rotunda Dance Series performance at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, July 6, at noon, when we’ll fill that grand space with dance, music, and spoken word. Then, we return to the Opera House July 14-15 and July 21-22 for performances by 21 dance and music ensembles highlighting the incredible breadth and depth of the Bay Area’s artistic community.
At this year’s Festival, you’ll experience dances and music from Alaska, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Cuba, India, Korea, Liberia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, Tahiti, the continental US, and Zimbabwe.
New Festival Artistic Directors Patrick Makuakāne, Latanya d. Tigner, and Māhealani Uchiyama bring their combined decades of groundbreaking accomplishment to our stage in a new way. You can learn more about our artistic team here.
2018 Festival Artists include: AERODANCE ‡ –Indian Folkloric (Gujarat) AguaClara Flamenco – Spanish Flamenco Ananya Tirumala * – South Indian Kuchipudi Antara Asthaayi Dance * – North Indian Kathak Arenas Dance Company – Afro-Cuban Bolivia Corazón de América – Bolivian Folkloric (Tarabuco and Potosí) Caminos Flamencos – Spanish Flamenco Charya Burt Cambodian Dance – Cambodian Classical Chitresh Das Youth Company – North Indian Kathak De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association – Afro-Peruvian Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco – Mexican Folkloric (Tabasqueño) Kim Shuck ‡ –Poet Laureate of San Francisco Leung’s White Crane Lion & Dragon Dance Association – Chinese Dragon Dance Los Danzantes de Aztlán, Fresno State – Mexican Folkloric (Huapangos) Mussel Rock Cloggers ‡ – Appalachian Clogging Nimely Pan African Dance Company – Liberian Folkloric Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers – Alaskan Yup’ik Eskimo OngDance Company – Korean Traditional and Contemporary Parangal Dance Company – Philippine Folkloric (Meranao) Te Pura O Te Rahura’a * – Tahitian ʽŌte’a and ʽAparima Ye Feng * – Chinese Contemporary
* Artists who are new to the Festival
‡ Artists performing at the Festival Opening Event at City Hall
Preshow musical performances by: Chinyakare Ensemble – Zimbabwean Traditional Hermanos Herrera – Mexican Folkloric Te Pura O Te Rahuraʽa – Tahitian ʽAparima Vinic-Kay (La Gente y El Canto) – Mexican Folkloric
The Festival’s Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in ethnic dance and music will be presented to four artists who have had extraordinary impact on the field:
Lily Cai, Founder and Artistic Director of Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company
Patty-Ann Farrell, the Festival’s Lighting Designer and Auditions Stage Manager, who has been a part of the Festival team since it launched in 1978
Chuna McIntyre, Founder and Artistic Director of Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers
Jamila Salimpour (In Memoriam), Founder of Bal Anat, and a major influence on belly dance in the United States for more than 50 years.
2018 SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Festival Opening Event Friday, July 6, at Noon
San Francisco City Hall FREE
Rotunda Dance Series performance by AERODANCE (Indian Folkloric – Gujarat), Mussel Rock Cloggers (Appalachian Clogging), and Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco and member of the Cherokee Nation, who will offer a special poem for the Festival opening.
Preshow musical performance outside the Opera House by Te Pura O Te Rahuraʽa(Tahitian ʽAparima) and in the lobby by Vinic-Kay (La Gente y El Canto) (Mexican Folkloric)
Performances by: AguaClara Flamenco (Spanish Flamenco), Arenas Dance Company(Afro-Cuban), Bolivia Corazón de América (Bolivian Folkloric– Tarabuco and Potosí),Chitresh Das Youth Company (North Indian Kathak), Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco (Mexican Folkloric – Tabasqueño), Leung’s White Crane Lion & Dragon Dance Association (Chinese Dragon Dance), Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers (Alaskan Yup’ik Eskimo), Parangal Dance Company (Philippine Folkloric – Meranao), Te Pura O Te Rahuraʽa (Tahitian ʽŌteʽa and ʽAparima), and Ye Feng (Chinese Contemporary).
Preshow musical performance outside the Opera House by Chinyakare Ensemble(Zimbabwean Traditional) and in the lobby by Hermanos Herrera (Mexican Folkloric)
Performances by: Ananya Tirumala (South Indian Kuchipudi), Antara Asthaayi Dance(North Indian Kathak), Caminos Flamencos (Spanish Flamenco), Charya Burt Cambodian Dance (Cambodian Classical), De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association(Afro-Peruvian), Los Danzantes de Aztlán de Fresno State (Mexican Folkloric – Huapangos), Nimely Pan African Dance Company (Liberian Folkloric), and OngDance Company (Korean Traditional and Contemporary).