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YBG ChoreoFest Performer Interview Series: Seeds and Sequins

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 Seeds and Sequins. Ahead of their performance, learn more about what this collaboration between artists Europa Grace and Snowflake Calvert  plans to bring to this year’s festival in our YBG ChoreoFest Performer interview series. 

What can audiences expect from your YBG ChoreoFest performance?

Seeds and Sequins will be a dance performance with live music, sharing the stories and experiences of Queer BIPOC artists.

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

The surrounding landscape of the Gardens with the cityscape in the background will provide texture to our performance.

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

I’m excited to see so many different types of performances take place in areas of the Gardens that I don’t normally associate with performances.

Connect Connect with Seeds and Sequins at snowflakecalvert.com, and on Instagram at @arizmendi, @boi.voi.d, and @chhotimaa.

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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