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Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now ~ 2012

Black Choreographers Festival

AAAPAC and K*Star*Productions present

Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now ~ 2012
Community Connections through Special Events
BCF proudly partners the Living Word Project/Youth Speaks, Inc. and La Peña Cultural Center to present Word Becomes Flesh by Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Oakland’s Laney College Theater
February 10 – Black Choreographers Festival Performances – 8pm
February 11 – Word Becomes Flesh – 8pm
February 12 – Family Matinee featuring: Pre-Professional Youth Companies – 4pm

San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater
February 17 –Word Becomes Flesh – 8pm
February 18 – Black Choreographers Festival Performances – 8pm
February 19 – Word Becomes Flesh – 4pm; BCF Performances – 7pm

Next Wave Choreographers Showcase at Dance Mission Theater, SF
Featuring Mid-career and Emerging Choreographers
February 24, 25 – 8pm
February 26 – 7pm

Black Choreographers Festival Performances Featuring Artists:
Oakland Concerts: Kendra Kimbrough Barnes, Latanya Tigner & Kiazi Malonga, Reginald Savage, Corey Action & Teela Shine Ross, Michael Velez
San Francisco Concerts: Chloe Arnold, Camille A. Brown, Raissa Simpson, Amara Tabor Smith, Naomi Washington
Special Event – Word Becomes Flesh features performers: Dahlak Brathwaite, Daveed Diggs, Dion Decibels, Khalil Anthony, Michael Turner and B.Yung. Writer and Director Marc Bamuthi Joseph

When and Where

February 10, 11, 12 at Oakland’s Laney College Theater (900 Fallon Street)
February 17, 18, 19 at San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater (3316 – 24th Street at Mission)
February 24, 25, and 26 “Next Wave Choreographers Showcase” at SF’s Dance Mission Theater (3316 – 24th Street at Mission)
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm
Sundays, February 19 and 26 at 7pm
Sundays, February 12 & 19, Family Matinee and Special Event at 4pm
Post-performance curtain talks: Feb. 10, 17, 19
REflect Film Series, Master Classes, and performance updates posted on the BCF website


$25 at the door/$20 in advance Limited number of tickets at a special $15 early – bird price ends Jan 23 $20 students/seniors $15 Next Wave Choreographers Showcase $10 children 14 and under and Family Matinee Special discount for groups of 10 or more.

Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now is an annual event celebrating African and African American Dance and Culture with performances featuring award – winning choreographers and companies, community master classes, film series, and special events. The Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now serves the community by providing a forum to increase the visibility of African American dance. BCF celebrates the ingenuity and uniqueness of African and African American choreographers by highlighting the importance of the African and African American experience in dance. BCF is integral to the Bay Area arts community as it presents local and national artists in a series of contemporary and traditional concerts, showcases, mentoring, educational programs, community partnerships, symposia and archival documentation. BCF endeavors to foster a new generation of audiences and supporters to ensure the longevity of both established and emerging artists. For more information visit The Black Choreographers Festival is an event presented by non-profit organizations K*Star*Productions (Oakland) and The African ≈ African American Performing Arts Coalition (San Francisco). BCF Oakland is supported by Oakland’s Arts and Culture Grant. BCF San Francisco is supported by the SF Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity Grant and The San Francisco Foundation. Special Event Word Becomes Flesh – SF Performances supported in part by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Next Wave Choreographers Showcase is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Featured Special Event Word Becomes Flesh, considered the seminal work of Marc Bamuthi Joseph and The Living Word Project, was chosen by the National Performance Network for its 25th Anniversary Re-Creation Initiative supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. This contemporary theater work, grounded in hip hop culture, personal truths, and passionate reflections features an all-male ensemble presenting a series of performed letters to an unborn son, the collective documents nine months of pregnancy from a young single father’s perspective. Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Artistic Director) is one of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary “Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices” and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists”. He is the 2011 Alpert Award winner in Theater.>