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San Francisco Performances 39th Season of Dance

SF Debut of JESSICA LANG DANCE and Final Season

Thurs, Feb 28; Fri, Mar 1 & Sat, Mar 2, 2019, 7:30pm | YBCA Theater | $70/$55/$45

JESSICA LANG DANCE—Family Matinee

Sat, Mar 2, 2019, 2:00pm | YBCA Theater | $15 Children/$25 Adults

SF Debut of ROSIE KAY DANCE—5 Soldiers

Thurs, Apr 11; Fri, Apr 12; Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 7:30pm & Sat, Apr 13, 2:00pm | Atrium Theater | $65

Return of DORRANCE DANCE—ETM: Double Down

Co-Presented with YBCA
Sat, May 11, 2019, 2:00pm | YBCA Theater | $15 Children/$25 Adults

DORRANCE DANCE—Family Matinee

Co-Presented with YBCA
Sat, May 11, 2019, 2:00pm | YBCA Theater | $15 Children/$25 Adults

Mainstage Dance Series

Dance performances will be held at YBCA Theater and the Atrium Theater, Fourth Floor, War Memorial Veteran’s Building.

This season SFP celebrates the powerful voices of women in the creation and performance of dance with the presentation of three companies that energize ballet, tap and contemporary movement with electrifying new meaning and technical daring.

SFP introduces choreographer Jessica Lang (Feb 28-March 2) and her company to San Francisco in what has poignantly been announced on November 19, 2018 as the company’s final season. After the incredible success of the last seven years, the company has decided to close on April 30, 2019, which is the end of its 19-city, 2018–19 season. SFP’s performances will be the first and final opportunity for Bay Area audiences to see Lang’s brilliant dancers perform her work. The four-piece evening-length program begins with Lang’s Lyric Pieces (2012), created for the Birmingham Royal Ballet with music by Edvard Grieg. Also included is The Calling (2006) commissioned by Ailey II with music by Trio Mediaeval; Thousand Yard Stare (2016) co-commissioned by Des Moines Performing Arts with music by Beethoven, and the West Coast Premiere of This Thing Called Love (2018) commissioned by The Performing Arts Center of Purchase College with music by Tony Bennet, including the song I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Lyric Pieces and Thousand Mile Stare will be performed live with a pianist and a string quartet. Lang will continue her creative work as a choreographer, working with companies around the world. For more information about the Jessica Lang Dance’s final season read more here.

In April, SFP presents the debut of the British company, Rosie Kay Dance (April 11–13) in the Atrium Theater dancing four performances of the full length work called 5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline (watch the video trailer).

In 2008, choreographer Rosie Kay joined the British 4th Battalion The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for Britan’s Armed Forces. What came of these observations is this award-winning, five-star work. Deeply realistic, stark and thrilling, 5 Soldiers offers no moral stance on war, but instead questions what it is that we ask of our soldiers and explores how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century.

A visceral ‘tour de force’ of the senses, the piece provides an intimate view of the training that prepares soldiers for the sheer physicality of combat, for the possibility of injury, and the impact conflict has on the bodies and minds of everyone it reaches. 5 Soldiers has an original score by composer Annie Maharani. Each performance will include a post-performance Q & A session with Rosie Kay, members of the military, and the audience.

5 Soldiers video footage:

Dorrance Dance returns to San Francisco (May 9–11) in another co-presentation with SFP and YBCA, bringing their signature high energy piece ETM: Double Down in which the performers use “tap instruments” created by Nicholas Young not only to dance, but to create live music. The piece from MacArthur “genius” grant winner, Michelle Dorrance (and music by Young) takes tap into the realm of electronic dance music with small trigger boards for the tap dancers that, coupled with a software program and a digital audio workstation, enables the manipulation of live sounds, synthesizing and looping them. A variety of sounds both digital and acoustic fill the space, as does seven tap dancers, a B-girl, a bassist/guitarist, a pianist, and a singer. ETM is filled to bursting with wonderful dancers, expert musicians, and creative manipulations.

Dance Family Matinees

Dance family matinees will be held at YBCA Theater.

SF Performances’ Family Matinees engage young audiences in dance performances by artists of the highest caliber. In the 2018–19 season, these hour-long programs at 2:00pm include performances by Jessica Lang Dance (Mar 2) and Dorrance Dance (May 11).

Dance Debuts

  • JESSICA LANG DANCE (SF Debut and Final Performances)
  • ROSIE KAY DANCE (SF Debut)

Dance Premieres

  • Jessica Lang, This Thing Called Love (Bay Area Premiere) performed by Jessica Lang Dance
    Thursday—Saturday, February 28-March 2, 2019, 7:30pm, YBCA Theater
  • Rosie Kay, 5 Soldiers (Bay Area Premiere) performed by Rosie Kay Dance
    Thursday–Saturday, April 11–13, 2019, 7:30pm, Atrium Theater
  • Michelle Dorrance, ETM: Double Down (Bay Area Premiere) performed by Dorrance Dance
    Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, 2019, 8:30pm, YBCA Theater

Media Pages For Image Downloads

  • Jessica Lang Dance
  • Rosie Kay Dance
  • Dorrance Dance

2018–19 Dance Venues

YBCA Theater
700 Howard Street (at Third Street), San Francisco

Atrium Theater, Fourth Floor, War Memorial Veteran’s Building
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Ticket Information

Dance Series Subscriptions: $140/$160/$190 are available by calling the Subscriber Hotline at (415) 677-0325 (Mon–Fri, 9:30am–5:30pm).

Single-event tickets are now on sale.
Single tickets may be purchased by calling the main box office line, (415) 392-2545 or visiting the website at sfperformances.org.

2018–19 Dance Season Calendar

All dates, times, artists and programs are subject to change.

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

Jessica Lang Dance
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019, 7:30PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019, 7:30PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019, 7:30 PM
YBCA Theater | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM: Lyric Suite, The Calling, 1000 Yard Stare, Bay Area premiere of This Thing Called Love CONTACT: (415) 392-2545 or sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances introduces choreographer Jessica Lang and her company, with four pieces including the Bay Area premiere of This Thing Called Love, set to music performed by Tony Bennett, in a very musical program that includes live performances of Grieg and Beethoven, with a pianist and a string quartet.

Jessica Lang Dance
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019, 2:00 PM
YBCA Theater | $15 CHILDREN / $25 ADULTS (Family Matinee)
PROGRAM: TBD
CONTACT: (415) 392-2545 or sfperformances.org

APRIL 2019

Rosie Kay Dance
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019, 7:30PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019, 7:30PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019, 2:00PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019, 7:30PM
Atrium Theater | $65
PROGRAM: 5 Soldiers, Bay Area premiere
CONTACT: (415) 392-2545 or sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances presents the San Francisco debut of the British company, Rosie Kay Dance, in four performances at the Atrium Theater in the War Memorial Veterans Building. The company will perform a full length work called Five Soldiers, which is a timely look at how the human body is used in war. It provides an intimate view of the training that prepares soldiers for the sheer physicality of combat, for the possibility of injury, and the impact conflict has on the bodies and minds of everyone it reaches. The piece was inspired by input from serving and former soldiers.

MAY 2019

Dorrance Dance
Co-presented with YBCA
THURSDAY MAY 9, 2019, 7:30PM
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019, 7:30PM
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019, 7:30PM
YBCA Theater | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM: ETM: Double Down, Bay Area premiere
CONTACT: (415) 392-2545 or sfperformances.org

Dorrance Dance returns to San Francisco Performances in another co-presentation with YBCA, bringing the Bay Area premiere of their signature, high energy piece ETM: Double Down in which the performers use “tap instruments” created by Nicholas Young not only to dance, but to create live music.

Dorrance Dance
Co-presented with YBCA
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019, 2:00PM
YBCA Theater | $15 CHILDREN / $25 ADULTS (Family Matinee)
CONTACT: (415) 392-2545 or sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances’ Family Matinees engage young audiences in performances by artists of the highest caliber. Dorrance Dance redefines tap dancing for the 21st century, using high-tech stagecraft, new music and a cast of talented tap artists.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances (SFP) is recognized as one of the leading presenters in the world. Founded by Ruth A. Felt in 1979 with a season of seven concerts, the organization is now in its 39th season under the artistic direction of its president, Melanie Smith. SFP proudly features more than 60 mainstage performances of chamber music, recitals, contemporary dance, guitar, vocal, and jazz in a variety of venues in San Francisco including Herbst Theatre, YBCA Theater, Atrium Theater (War Memorial Veterans Building), St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and St. John’s Presbyterian Church (Berkeley). Through the years, SFP has presented more than 100 premieres and San Francisco debuts, introducing such acclaimed artists in recital as composer/pianist Thomas Adès, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Evgeny Kissin, and soprano Dawn Upshaw as well as presenting single choreographer-led international dance companies such as Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company from Israel and Company Wayne McGregor from England.

For information about our Dorrance Dance co-presenter YBCA, please visit their website here.

To set up an interview with an artist please contact Nancy Bertossa at nancy@sfperformances.org

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