Diversity of Dance on Display in SF

From Afro-Peruvian to Appalachian to Pilipino, you can find these influences and many more in the global smorgasbord of dance offered for three weekends this month at the Palace of Fine Arts by the 29th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. One of the largest cultural dance festivals in the United States, it has presented over 14,000 dancers since 1978, when it was originally founded and produced as the first multicultural, city-sponsored ethnic dance festival in America.

Performers are selected through annual auditions held in January open to artists residing in northern California or individual guest artists performing with a local group. This year’s diverse lineup includes Indian dance forms kathak, bharatanatyam and odissi. Artists affiliated with the iKathak School of Classical Indian Dance, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose and Jyoti Kala Mandir College of Classical Indian Dance will be participating in the program, entitled “Evocations: Revealing universalities of world cultures through dance.”

More:
SF Chronicle’s 2007 and 2006 coverage
KQED Arts: Profile
Ballet.co reviews of 2005 programs
2004 photos

June 13, 2007
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