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YBG ChoreoFest Performer Interview Series: Lily Cai Dance Company

by Shari Baldie

YBG ChoreoFest is an annual two weekend dance festival that has taken place in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens since 2017. This September, PUSH Dance Company’s Artistic Director Raissa Simpson and Associate Artistic Director Ashley Gayle are teaming up with David Herrera of David Herrera Performance Company to co-curate all of this year’s performances. David Herrera Performance Company.

The co-curators are very excited to present an array of talented and diverse performers from the Bay Area community like Lily Cai Dance Company. The company creates spectacular performances that are a combination of traditional Chinese dance forms and modern dance. Ahead of their performance, learn more about what this group plans to bring to this year’s festival in our YBG ChoreoFest Performer interview series.

We will present Flowing Y, a piece inspired by the I Ching to explore Ying Yang harmony and peace, and two modernized traditional dances – Handkerchief and Ribbons.

How do you feel the space at Yerba Buena Gardens will enhance your performance? 

Yerba Buena Gardens is a unique place in the cultural landscape. To put on site-specific works is very challenging and exciting.

What are you most excited to see during YBG ChoreoFest this year?

For an artistic excellence, diversity, and innovation festival, this is a first time honored to be presented at YBG ChoreoFest. We are also looking forward to seeing other company performances. 

Connect with Lily Cai Dance Company at lilycaidance.org and on Facebook.

Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest 2023

Two days of site-specific work highlighting the spectacular strength, diversity and vibrancy of the Bay Area dance scene.

September 23 & 30, 1pm | Free

Curated by David Herrera Performance Company and PUSH Dance Company. Presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

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