“Two days of site-specific work highlighting the spectacular strength, diversity and vibrancy of the Bay Area dance scene.”
ASL interpretation to be provided for this program.
A two-weekend festival of site-specific work, the Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest showcases the extravagant creativity, diversity and vibrancy of the Bay Area dance scene. Programmed by RAWdance for its first five years, YBG ChoreoFest opens a new chapter co-curated by David Herrera Performance Company (Artistic Director David Herrera) and PUSH Dance Company (Artistic Director Raissa Simpson and Associate Artistic Director Ashley Gayle).
Presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
The two companies lay the groundwork for a dance festival promoting and presenting contemporary, modern hip hop and global dance forms. A recipient of the National Latino Arts & Culture Leadership Fellowship and many other grants, commissions and residencies, David Herrera launched David Herrera Performance Company in 2007 in response to the lack of Latinx visibility and representation on the U.S. modern dance scene. A highly sought after educator, scholar, interdisciplinary artist and award-winning choreographer hailing from African-descended sharecroppers and an immigrant from the Philippines, Raissa Simpson founded PUSH to examine the body as a site for racial discourse. Together, these companies have designed the sixth annual YBG ChoreoFest with extraordinary performances throughout the Gardens’ lawns and architecture by an array of distinguished local dance companies.
Know Before You Go:
- This program moves to various locations in the Gardens, spanning approx. 2 blocks or .5 miles
- Seating at each site is very limited and prioritized for seniors and those with disabilities
- ASL interpretation will be provided on both September 23 and September 30 events