Join “SkyBridge on Stevenson” and CounterPulse for its opening Thursday night weekly series at the Skybridge on Stevenson for 2021 brought to you by Zendesk, Creative Grounds Production Group, MMCBD, SFMTA, OEWD, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance.
Come early and enjoy an array of local dance performances by Andreina Maldonado, Rick Darnell, and Kiandanda Dance Theater, all curated by CounterPulse as part of the 2021 CounterPulse Festival. Stay for a special evening of live music, dance and art through a celebration of the distinct and beautiful diversity of the San Francisco SOMA community and beyond. As always, you can help support local businesses by enjoying cuisine from neighborhood restaurants Montesacro SF, and The Grilled Cheez Guy.
SkyBridge is located on Stevenson St between 6th and 7th street in San Francisco’s SOMA district.
CounterPulse’s performance will begin at 7PM
Andreina Maldonado and Terrence Paschal
Boy Dance presented by Rick Darnell
Kiandanda Dance Theater
CounterPulse at SkyBridge on Stevenson IS PART OF THE 2021 COUNTERPULSE FESTIVAL. LEARN MORE AT COUNTERPULSE.ORG/FESTIVAL2021
About the Artists
Andreína Maldonado, is a Venezuelan performing artist, cultural worker and social justice advocate based in Yelamu, Ohlone territory colonially known as San Francisco, California. She is formally trained in traditional dances from the African diaspora in Venezuela, and West African dance, and most recently in modern/contemporary movement forms. Her first love, however, is music, having played the clarinet since she was 7 years old, Andreina uses her voice, the Venezuelan 4-string guitar “Cuatro” and the clarinet to write original songs and collaborate with other artists. Her artistic work centers on spirituality, the cosmos, nature, migration, and social justice issues such as labor rights for immigrant workers. Andreína teaches free yoga, dance and meditation classes every week, and performs regularly at community events.
Rick Darnell has been making dances since he was a kid. He studied at the American Dance Festival during summers and went on to MFA studies at Bennington College. After moving to San Francisco in 1983 ,Rick became involved with AIDS activism and started the High Risk Group, an acclaimed men’s dance troupe that challenged stereo types and misinformation about AIDS with physical risk taking dance movements and storytelling. Rick is the Associate Director of Neighborhood Arts Program at CounterPulse
Nkan (Kiandanda Dance Theater) is a Nigerian-California based Artist, Singer, Song writer, Recording Artist and a Thespian. Her wealth of creativity cannot be compromised as she has performed at numerous events right from when she got connected to the spirit of the Bay Area. She has been showcased by different musicians and well-established Bands at different locations from Ashkanzi, to Kingston11, AU Lounge, Broadway, etc. with Zulu Spear, Kolamajro, Gbadunn and she has also performed solo at different festivals and projects. e.t.c. Nkan “the soul of Bay” as she is fondly called by her fans, is a voice you sure will need to lighten your event. www.nkaneledua.com
Uzoamaka Nwankpa (Uzo) (Kiandanda Dance Theater) is a fourth generation descendant of women healers. from Enugu, Nigeria, West Africa. She is a first generation immigrant to the west and dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Igbo culture. She is a performing artist, dance facilitator, choreographer, storyteller, educator, researcher, registered nurse and proponent for healing through the use of the arts. As an advocate for communities that use the arts to heal, Uzo is dedicated to creating and exploring diverse ways to combine ancient practices with innovation. As the Founder of the Uzo Method Project- healing through music and movement, she continues to create diverse ways to engage communities around the world through innovative workshops, speaking engagements, presentations and performances. For more information visit www.theuzo.com
Pictured: Andreina Maldonado Photo by Robbie Sweeny