Transform is YBCA’s exciting new performance festival. Each fall and spring, we will convene leading contemporary artists for a provocative showcase of dance, music, and theater that can only happen at YBCA.
That’s the provocation YBCA gave to nine prolific Bay Area dance companies and choreographers. Designed as a springboard for newly commissioned works, this question is a thread woven throughout the festival. With a lineup spanning contemporary ballet, dance theater, performance art/movement, and experimental and contemporary dance, this fall’s Transform festival is one of YBCA’s most ambitious dance productions ever.
Sandra Lawson Ndu
Amy Seiwert’s Imagery
Giacomo Castagnola works in architecture, design, furniture, and public interventions. Responding to the question “Why Citizenship?” the space he’s creating will adapt to the variety of dance styles throughout the festival; each evening’s audience will experience a completely immersive environment. Castagnola’s set design also functions as an installation viewable to the public prior to each evening’s program. Currently, Castagnola works between Mexico City and San Francisco on exhibition architecture that investigates new ways to present material culture and art archives. Applying construction systems and modular devices that hack the body of the visitor to change the way it relates to space, he breaks the formal status of how one needs to behave, choreographing the body in a more casual manner.