Conceived by prolific Bay Area choreographer Kim Epifano and Epiphany Dance Theater, and commissioned by YBCA in celebration of Epiphany’s twentieth anniversary, this production reveals the cultural erasure witnessed in the South of Market neighborhood. Led by a cast of 20 performers and featuring site-specific dance and performance happenings in the street, on fire escapes, and throughout public space, Last Blue Couch in the Sky will begin in Tutubi Plaza (Russ Street, between Minna and Natoma) and stop for pedestrian dance performances at six locations before arriving in YBCA’s Forum for a thrilling hour-long culmination.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to see the full arc of the performance in order to experience the artist’s intended vision. Please note that the performances in the neighborhood are free to the public, but you must have a ticket for the final phase inside the YBCA Forum.
Regular Admission: $15 in advance / $20 at the door
Student, Senior, Teacher: $13 in advance / $18 at the door
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Individual level and above: $12
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About the Artist
Kim Epifano has a 30-year history as a choreographer, director, performer, vocalist, educator, curator, and collaborator. She is the Artistic/Executive director of Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater and has been since 1997. Epiphany Dance Theater creates thought-provoking, accessible dance performances and educational programs, building understanding across cultures and ages. Epiphany has produced and performed Botany’s Breath set in the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Solo Lo Que Fue in the border town of Mexicali, Mexico and Fears of Your Life with developmentally disabled artists. Epiphany Dance Theater also founded and produces the annual festival San Francisco Trolley Dances.
Epiphany has worked with partners to envision, co-produce, curate, and choreograph the Walking Distance Dance Festival with ODC Theater, Baile en la Calle with Brava! Theater for Woman in the Arts, and Island City Waterways with The Mural Dances and Rhythmix Cultural Works. Epifano’s work has been presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; TanzOlten Festival in Switzerland; Mad’Art Carthage in Tunis, sponsored by the American Embassy; Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company in Ireland; among others. Her work has garnered multiple Isadora Duncan Awards and nominations. She was a collaborator with Sara Shelton Mann and Contraband for nine years, Dance Brigade with Krissy Keefer and Nina Fichter for eight years. YBCA has commissioned a major new work Last Blue Couch in the Sky by Epifano in honor of Epiphany’s twentieth anniversary in June 2017, with a prestigious grant from the Gerbode Foundation Choreography Commissioning Award.
Kim Epifano created a mentorship arts program in San Francisco with Refugee Transitions teen program. Through YBCA’s Civic Engagement department Epifano is an artist-in-residence at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School where she teaches storytelling, dance theater, and visual arts. She is the co-artistic director of Mudd Butt Mystery Theater Troupe and Mudd Butt International. She received her MFA in choreography from University of California, Davis. She was recently a guest and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and UC Davis among others. Kim’s work has been funded by the NEA, Irvine Foundation, Grants for the Arts, The Creative Work Fund, The Haas Fund and The Hewlett Foundation, among others.
Sixth Street Help Center, Hospitality House
Intersection for the Arts
Children’s Creativity Museum
Bessie Carmichael Elementary School
Joe Goode Performance Group
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
The commissioning and production of this world premiere is made possible by the Gerbode-Hewlett Foundations 2014 Choreographer Commissioning Awards initiative. Additional support for Last Blue Couch in the Sky is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 16-17:
National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The Leslie and Merle Rabine 2016-17 Performance Season is made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Panta Rhea Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Performances 16-17: Surdna Foundation, Salesforce.com, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.