38th SF Ethnic Dance Festival

38th SF Ethnic Dance Festival on June 11, 2016 in San Francisco, CA : The celebrated San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival returns to the Palace of Fine Arts in June for three weekends of awe-inspiring performances from mo re than 20 world cultures, including 12 World Premieres and two North American Premieres. Each weekend’s program is different, and features performances by 9 to 10 extraordinary Bay Area dance companies, 12 of them making their Festival debuts. This year’s Festival features dances from Bolivia, Cambodia, China, the Congo, Egypt, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, Scotland, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Tajikistan, and the United States. “I often wish that New York had a festival to match San Francisco’s annual Ethnic Dance Festival…” –Alastair Macaulay, New York Times WEEKEND 2 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre Saturday, June 11 at 2pm & 8pm Sunday, June 12 at 4pm TICKETS: $33 and $48, ON SALE MONDAY, APRIL 18 Purchase online here, or by phone: 415.392.4400 Performances by 10 Bay Area dance companies showcasing traditions from around the world, plus live world music in the theater lobby beginning 45 minutes before each show. The 8pm performance on Saturday, June 11 includes the presentation of the Festival’s Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award to Bernardo Pedere, Artistic Director of Filipiniana Dance Troupe. Performances by: AguaClara Flamenco (Spanish Flamenco - Martinete); Aliah Najmabadi (Tajik Traditional); Ballet Folklórico Nube de Oro (Mexican Folkloric - Chihuahua); Chhandam Youth Dance Company (Indian Kathak); Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers (Scottish Traditional); Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco (Mexican Folkloric - Nayarit); Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Balinese Traditional); Jikelele South African Dance Theater (South African Zulu, Xhosa, and Migrant); LIKHA - Pilipino Folk Ensemble (Filipino Folkloric); Nicaragua Danza, Hijos del Maíz (Afro-Nicaraguan). WEEKEND 3 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre Saturday, June 18 at 2pm & 8pm Sunday, June 19 at 4pm TICKETS: $33 and $48, ON SALE MONDAY, APRIL 18 Purchase online here, or by phone: 415.392.4400 Performances by 10 Bay Area dance companies showcasing traditions from around the world, plus a special Belly Dance Cabaret in the theater lobby beginning 45 minutes before each show. The 8pm performance on Saturday, June 18, includes the presentation of the Festival’s Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award to Valerie Watson, Founder and Artistic Director of Alafia Dance Ensemble. Palace Lobby Belly Dance Cabaret Alma (Egyptian Belly Dance) Khepri Dance Company (Egyptian and Lebanese Belly Dance) Performances by: Alafia Dance Ensemble (Haitian Traditional); Antoine Hunter of Urban Jazz Dance Company (American Sign Language Dance); Ballet Folklórico México Danza (Mexican Folkloric - Jalisco); Ballet Lisanga Congolese Performing Arts Company (Congolese Traditional); Charya Burt Cambodian Dance (Cambodian Classical); Jubilee American Dance Theatre (United States Regional Social Dances); Juli Kim (Korean Traditional); Los Danzantes de Aztlán de Fresno State (Mexican Traditional – Veracruz); Tiruchitrambalam (Indian Bharatanatyam); Xpressions (Indian Folkloric). SPECIAL EVENT: FILM SCREENING Palace of Fine Arts Theatre Sunday, June 19 at 1pm Tickets: $10 (general admission) Purchase online here, or by phone: 415.392.4400 30th Anniversary screening of “And Still We Dance", a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ashley James about the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival that premiered in the 1986 San Francisco International Film Festival. The film features interviews, backstage shots, and performance clips featuring Balle-Saba Traditional West African Dance Company, Chinese Folk Dance Association, Cruz Luna (Flamenco), Fua Dia Congo (Africa), Kalilang Kulintang Ensemble (Philippines), Kennelly Irish Dancers, Khadra International Folk Ballet, Los Lupeños de San Jose (Mexico), Rosa Montoya Bailes Flamencos, and the Sun Eagle Southern Singers and Dancers (Native American). "And Still We Dance" received the Golden Star Award from the Dance Film Festival, the Golden Apple Award from the National Educatonal Film & Video Festival, and an Isadora Duncan Special Achievement Award from Dance Bay Area.
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Awe-Inspiring Performances from More than 20 World Cultures
WHEN:Saturday June 11th - Sunday June 19th
WHERE:Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
COST:$28-48

The celebrated San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival returns to the Palace of Fine Arts in June for three weekends of awe-inspiring performances from more than 20 world cultures, including 12 World Premieres and two North American Premieres. Each weekend’s program is different, and features performances by 9 to 10 extraordinary Bay Area dance companies, 12 of them making their Festival debuts.

This year’s Festival features dances from Bolivia, Cambodia, China, the Congo, Egypt, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, Scotland, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Tajikistan, and the United States.

“I often wish that New York had a festival to match San Francisco’s annual Ethnic Dance Festival…” –Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

WEEKEND 2

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Saturday, June 11 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, June 12 at 4pm
TICKETS: $33 and $48, ON SALE MONDAY, APRIL 18
Purchase online here, or by phone: 415.392.4400

Performances by 10 Bay Area dance companies showcasing traditions from around the world, plus live world music in the theater lobby beginning 45 minutes before each show.

The 8pm performance on Saturday, June 11 includes the presentation of the Festival’s Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award to Bernardo Pedere, Artistic Director of Filipiniana Dance Troupe.

Performances by: AguaClara Flamenco (Spanish Flamenco - Martinete); Aliah Najmabadi (Tajik Traditional); Ballet Folklórico Nube de Oro (Mexican Folkloric - Chihuahua); Chhandam Youth Dance Company (Indian Kathak); Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers (Scottish Traditional); Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco (Mexican Folkloric - Nayarit); Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Balinese Traditional); Jikelele South African Dance Theater (South African Zulu, Xhosa, and Migrant); LIKHA - Pilipino Folk Ensemble (Filipino Folkloric); Nicaragua Danza, Hijos del Maíz (Afro-Nicaraguan).

WEEKEND 3

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Saturday, June 18 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, June 19 at 4pm
TICKETS: $33 and $48, ON SALE MONDAY, APRIL 18
Purchase online here, or by phone: 415.392.4400

Performances by 10 Bay Area dance companies showcasing traditions from around the world, plus a special Belly Dance Cabaret in the theater lobby beginning 45 minutes before each show.

The 8pm performance on Saturday, June 18, includes the presentation of the Festival’s Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award to Valerie Watson, Founder and Artistic Director of Alafia Dance Ensemble.

Palace Lobby Belly Dance Cabaret
Alma (Egyptian Belly Dance)
Khepri Dance Company (Egyptian and Lebanese Belly Dance)

Performances by: Alafia Dance Ensemble (Haitian Traditional); Antoine Hunter of Urban Jazz Dance Company (American Sign Language Dance); Ballet Folklórico México Danza (Mexican Folkloric - Jalisco); Ballet Lisanga Congolese Performing Arts Company (Congolese Traditional); Charya Burt Cambodian Dance (Cambodian Classical); Jubilee American Dance Theatre (United States Regional Social Dances); Juli Kim (Korean Traditional); Los Danzantes de Aztlán de Fresno State (Mexican Traditional – Veracruz); Tiruchitrambalam (Indian Bharatanatyam); Xpressions (Indian Folkloric).

SPECIAL EVENT: FILM SCREENING

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Sunday, June 19 at 1pm
Tickets: $10 (general admission)
Purchase online here, or by phone: 415.392.4400

30th Anniversary screening of “And Still We Dance", a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ashley James about the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival that premiered in the 1986 San Francisco International Film Festival.

The film features interviews, backstage shots, and performance clips featuring Balle-Saba Traditional West African Dance Company, Chinese Folk Dance Association, Cruz Luna (Flamenco), Fua Dia Congo (Africa), Kalilang Kulintang Ensemble (Philippines), Kennelly Irish Dancers, Khadra International Folk Ballet, Los Lupeños de San Jose (Mexico), Rosa Montoya Bailes Flamencos, and the Sun Eagle Southern Singers and Dancers (Native American).

"And Still We Dance" received the Golden Star Award from the Dance Film Festival, the Golden Apple Award from the National Educatonal Film & Video Festival, and an Isadora Duncan Special Achievement Award from Dance Bay Area.

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