Transform Fest Fall 2017

Sep 14 2017 — Sep 23 2017
About Transform
Transform Performance Fest: Two Weeks, Twice a Year.

Performance. Ideas. Action. 

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.

Transform Fest Fall 2017

Why Citizenship?

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.


Larry Arrington

Giacomo Castagnola

Embodiment Project



Jesse Hewit

Sandra Lawson Ndu


Amy Seiwert’s Imagery

Minoosh Zomorodinia

Festival Packages
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Thursday, September 14
Thursday, September 14
Friday, September 15
Friday, September 15
Friday, September 22
Friday, September 22
Saturday, September 23
Saturday, September 23
Set Designer

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.