Date(s) - Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018
War Memorial Opera House
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The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival will return for a second year at the War Memorial Opera House in July to celebrate its 40th anniversary as the largest, longest-running, and most comprehensive world dance and music event of its kind in the US.
The Festival’s 2018 40thanniversary lineup will feature Bay Area-based groups at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and City Hall presenting dance and music from Alaska, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Cuba, India, Korea, Liberia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, Tahiti, the continental US, and Zimbabwe. The Festival opens with a free public celebration with performances in San Francisco City Hall’s rotunda on Friday, July 6. Two different programs will be presented at the Opera House July 14 & 15 and July 21 & 22, and a complete list of dates and artists may be found below.
Festival Opening Event at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, July 6 at Noon
Rotunda Dance Series performance by AERODANCE (Indian Folkloric – Gujarat), Mussel Rock Cloggers(Appalachian Clogging), and Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco.
Opera House Weekend One: Saturday, July 14 at 8pm and Sunday, July 15 at 2pm
Performances by 11 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world.
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).
Opera House Weekend Two:
Saturday, July 21 at 8pm
Sunday, July 22 at 2pm
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).