Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company Builds Vibrant Contemporary Dances To Gain A Deeper Understanding Of The Challenges Attributed To Mixed Heritage.

SAVE-THE-DATE: The HART Showcase is March 23rd, 2024


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Music • Dance • Visual Art

HART is a 4-month residency that provides training and performance opportunities to 8 Black resident artists (ages 18 and up) with aspirations to build a career in Hip Hop theater through addressing racial and social justice.

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Time 1pm-3pm Saturdays, September 23 & 30

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.

David Herrera, Raissa Simpson, Ashley Gayle.

David Herrera, Raissa Simpson, Ashley Gayle.

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

PUSHfest returns 2024!

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PUSHfest is an annual flagship event featuring emerging and mid-career choreographers from around the nation.




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