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2010 Full Schedule



Sri Susilowati

Dewi Sri at the Picadilly

Oct 14-17, Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm

What happens when the Indonesian fertility goddess visits a cafeteria in the deep south?  The goddess makes sure rice crops grow and is appeased through dance. Dewi Sri at the Picadilly is a one-woman dialogue with dance and spoken word to address the meaning of food and body image for dancers.

Opening performance by Prumsodun Ok

Robam Snaih Buon

Prumsodun Ok presents two works from his *Robam Snaih Buon* (Dance of Four
Loves).  A suite of four short dances, it uses the human experience of
love and Hindu-Buddhist understandings of reincarnation to navigate the
terrain between form and spirit while exploring different aesthetic and
social spaces and possibilities.

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Devendra Sharma

Mission Suhani

Oct 28-31, Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm

Nautanki, a traditional folk musical theater from rural north India, is marked by lively dancing, pulsating drumbeats, and full-throated singing. Nautanki “Mission Suhani” follows a confident young Indian bride and her U.S.-based Indian groom, who has taken her dowry and left her in India. Against familial and societal pressure, Suhani travels to the U.S., where she catches her husband, recovers the dowry…and finds her love!

Opening performance by Pundit Sharma

Pundit Sharma is one of the most renowned singers of folk popular music in northern India. A renowned Rasiya, Raasleela, Swang, Bhagat, and Nautanki singer, katha vachak, composer, actor, writer, director, and music teacher, Pandit Ram dayal Sharma has won numerous awards and citations for his work.

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Adia Whitaker

Ampey!

Nov 11-21, Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm

Ampey! is a multidisciplinary theater, music and dance piece that explores the spiritual, emotional and physical disconnect between African-Americans and Continental Africans. Choreographed and written by performance artist Adia Tamar Whitaker, Ampey! breaks open the paradigms that each culture grasps onto in regards to identity and social construct.

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Off-site at ODC

Yannis Andiou, Catherine Clambaneva & Leonidas Kassapides

Rebetiko

Oct 21-30, Thurs-Sun (excluding 10/31) at 8pm

Rembetiko music — similar to that of the tango, flamenco, the blues, and Fado — was born out of sorrow, pain, desire, and yearnings, specifically those of Turkish Greek refugees seeking to adjust to a new life in a new country, far from home.The Greco-Turkish War uprooted some two million people, and Rembetiko gave voice to
their extreme anguish.

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Performing Diaspora Southern California in Progress Showing, At Highways Performance Space
Sun. Sept. 20

TALKS! From India to the Bay Area
Wed. Sept. 23

Dance Discourse Project 7: Dancing Diaspora
Thurs. Oct. 15

Performing Diaspora Work in Progress Showings
Sun. Oct. 18 & Sat. Oct. 24

Performing Diaspora Symposium
Sat. Nov 7

TALKS! Philippines: Immigration Politics and the Body
Wed. Nov. 18

Performing Diaspora Festival
Thurs.-Sun. Nov. 5-8, 12-15, & 19-22
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Southern California Work In Progress Showing

Co-Presented by Highways Performance Space
Sunday, September 20, 3pm, $10

Gema Sandoval, Dulce Capadocia, Ana Maria Alvarez, Prumsodun Ok and Sri Susilowati share works in progress, followed by a discussion.


TALKS! From India to the Bay Area

Co-Presented by Shaping San Francisco
Wednesday September 23, 7:30pm, Free

Devendra Sharma (Performing Diaspora) and Jaysi Chander (physician and kathak dancer/tabla player/poet and activist) share short performances and discuss important issues surrounding the Bay Area Indian community.


Dance Discourse Project 7: Dancing Diaspora

Co-presented by World Arts West/San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and Dancers’ Group
Thursday October 15, 7:30pm, Free

Join us for a lively discussion tackling some of the questions and ideas posed by Performing Diaspora. What is the role of innovation in traditional performance? What makes the Bay Area unique as a home for ethnic dance? How can we work together to broaden support for a new generation of traditional dancers? Local artists, audience members and presenters will engage in an open and participatory conversation.


Northern California Work In Progress Showing

Sunday, October 18, 11am-2pm, Free

Charlotte Moraga & Devendra Sharma share works in progress followed by a discussion.


Northern California Work In Progress Showing

Session 1: Saturday, October 24, 11am-2pm, Free
Session 2: Saturday, October 24, 2:30-5pm, Free

Adia Whitaker, Collette Eloi & Opal Palmer Adisa (Session 1). Yannis Adoniou, Danica Sena Gakovich & Wang Fei (Session 2).
Artists share works in progress, followed by a discussion.


CounterPULSE and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts present
In association with the African and African American Performing Arts Coalition, Dance Mission Theater, and the Dance Studies Working Group at UC Berkeley.

Performing Diaspora Symposium

A Series of Rich and Difficult Conversations
Sat. Nov 7, 10am-5:30pm, Free

Some of the Bay Area’s most exciting minds in traditional performance tackle hot topics including criticism and aesthetics, representation and appropriation, and social justice during a day-long gathering. The event is presented by CounterPULSE and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts in association with the African and African American Performing Arts Coalition, Dance Mission Theater, and the Dance Studies Working Group at UC Berkeley. Non-stop panels, networking and receptions plus a participatory lecture/demonstration.

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TALKS! Philippines: Immigration, Politics and the Body

Co-Presented by Shaping San Francisco
Wednesday November 18, 7:30pm, Free

Aimee Suzara and other guest speakers discuss colonization/decolonization and the creation of cultural forms, political and economic relationships between the Phillipines and the United States, and the experiences of Filipina women in the diaspora.


Performing Diaspora Festival

Thursdays -Sundays, November 5-22

All shows 8pm
Tickets: Online pre-sale $15-25, at door $18-25

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Performing Diaspora is a two-year initiative challenging artists and audiences to explore the evocative questions associated with this work.

Weekend 1, November 5-8

All shows 8pm
Tickets: Online pre-sale $15-25, at door $18-25

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Thurs., Nov. 5 – Co-Presented by The Museum of the African Diaspora
Fri. Nov. 6 – Co-Presented by AfroSolo Theatre Company
Sat. Nov. 7 – Co-Presented by Chitresh Das Dance Company & Chhandam School of Kathak
Sun. Nov. 8 – Co-Presented by Galeria de la Raza; Folk Dance Federation, Northern

Each evening will include performances from:


Weekend 2, November 12-15

All shows 8pm
Tickets: Online pre-sale $15-25, at door $18-25


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Thurs., Nov. 12 – Co-Presented by Hastings-to-Haiti Partnership & Haiti Soleil
Fri. Nov. 13 – Co-Presented by Streetside Stories
Sat. Nov. 14 – Co-Presented by La Peña Cultural Center
Sun. Nov. 15 -Co-Presented by California Poets In The Schools

Each evening will include performances from:


Festival Weekend 3, November 19-22

All shows 8pm

Thurs., Nov. 19 – Co-Presented by Kularts
Fri. Nov. 20 – Co-Presented by Arkipelago Books
Sat. Nov. 21 – Co-Presented by Maitri & Center for South Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley
Sun. Nov. 22 -Co-Presented by North American Guqin Association & APIQWTC

Each evening will include performances from: