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PUSHfest Dance Festival

September 22, 2017
8:00 pm
ODC Theater

Fri.-Sat., Sept. 22-23, 8 pm; Sun., Sept. 24, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm PUSH Dance Company (PUSH) kicks off its twelfth home season with PUSHfest, a mixed genre showcase of dance works by mid-career to emerging choreographers aimed at gathering wider audiences, September 22-24 at ODC Theater. This exciting new season will feature three world premieres, including Mothership (Part II) by Artistic Director Raissa Simpson, new works by Mary Carbonara for Dancers' Performance Project, company member Kao Vey Saephanh and company member Katerina Wong and performances by local artists like The Anata Project, Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble, and SOULSKIN, as well as visiting artists from New York and Sacramento. Performance highlights for PUSHfest 2017 include the return of Bay Area Bharatanatyam performer Lalli Venkat, and two group works by New York-based choreographers Jamal Jackson Dance Company and Rebecca McCormac's CoreDance Contemporary. PUSH Company presents the world premiere of Mothership (Part II), the next installment of a three-part series by Simpson commissioned by the African American Theater Alliance for Independence (AATAIN), San Francisco Grants for the Arts, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. For Mothership (Part II), Simpson again investigates Afrofuturism -- an artistic movement begun in mid-1990s predicated on imagining the past, examining the present, and predicting the future, often in somewhat science fiction-like terms. This second series sets itself apart from the first by examining indigenous peoples in a futuristic setting and will be performed by the full company. Simpson's collaborators include costume designers Kristine Doiel and Fely Tchaco Martin. Presented by PUSH Dance Company

ODC Theater

3153 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States

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