featuring Del Sol String Quartet
Experience the Polar Regions as never before through the eclectic artistry of composer, author, musician, and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Revered in the hip-hop world as a master turntablist, DJ Spooky is a sonic artist who hears music in almost everything. He has undertaken expeditions to Antarctica, to explore the impact of climate change and create acoustic portraits of the rapidly changing continent. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Miller traveled to the Arctic Circle in 2014 and came away with the inspiration for another volume of music, Arctic Rhythms. In this performance, DJ Spooky projects images of the Arctic landscape onstage and juxtaposes it with live and recorded hip-hop, electronic, and minimalist music to create a unique experience that takes audiences on an evocative multimedia trip through the Arctic.
Stacey Printz / Printz Dance Project
How does the new social-media driven reality affect partnerships, friendships, and love?
What does voyeurism do to human interactions?
How do we create true intimacy and make personal imprints on one another if there is always a swath of plastic between us?
Printz Dance Project’s GLASSlands invites audiences to engage with a transparent, inflatable world envisioned by choreographer/director Stacey Printz and set designer Sean Riley. The set pieces are large pod-like structures, or “bubble rooms” providing a plastic world that dancers will populate and explore. The audiences at this show fundamentally become the voyeurs as they watch vignettes unfold – they witness what happens when two dancers duet without being able to touch, or when dancers in different pods attempt to “communicate” through the veil of these clear igloo-like structures.
In exploring our obstructed attempts at authentic communication, GLASSlands uses dance as a conduit for deepening interpersonal relationships and compassion for our similarities and differences, therefore making way for tangible change.
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Take a quick look at each day’s programs below. For the full schedule, see the TRANSFORM Fest page.
Roger Guenveur Smith
7:30PM — YBCA Forum
Post-Show Talk: Roger Guenveur Smith and Sean San Jose
Photos: DJ Spooky by Paul Miller Figgis. Printz Dance by Jeff Zender.
Arctic Rhythms is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
YBCA Programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The 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: Surdna Foundation, Salesforce.com, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.