Amy Seiwert’s Imagery & Arrington/Lawson Ndu/Zomorodinia & Fogbeast

Sep 16 2017 — Sep 21 2017
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Transform Fest - Fall 2017
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Transform Fest's Program C is a triple bill featuring Amy Seiwert's Imagery; Larry Arrington/Sandra Lawson Ndu/Minoosh Zomorodinia; and Fogbeast

Transform Fest features live performances, films, labs, pop-up events, and parties.

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery is a contemporary ballet company in San Francisco that believes that ballet is an expressive and vital voice relevant to our times.

Its mission is to explode preconceptions about what ballet is and can be. Seiwert will create an outlet for immigrant stories performed in a series of solos and duets, with the audience placed on all sides. Now is the time for the quiet stories to be heard, for the “other” not to be an abstraction, but to have a voice.

[Seiwert] quite possibly is the Bay Area’s most original dance thinker, taking what some consider a dead language and using it as a 21st century lingo to tell us something about who we are. — San Francisco Bay Guardian

Larry Arrington is a dance artist, Sandra Lawson Ndu is a musician based in Oakland, and Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born artist working in photography, video, performance, and installation.

These collaborators will turn to magic, imagination, and story, digging into the soil to unearth gestating potential. What stories do we belong to? What magic are we using to create contexts that produce these questions of citizenship? Stories create fear, but they also create magic.

Larry Arrington, one of the new generation of mostly queer artists who are making serious waves in the performance scene. — San Francisco Bay Guardian

Fogbeast is an underground dance-theater organization working in site-specific installation, integration of voice and text, and athletic dancing, illuminating the modern trappings of the human animal through research, performance, and education in the arts.

Fogbeast will consider citizenship literally and poetically in movement and song. What are the effects of complacency and apathy for our networks of belonging? If citizenship is a fluid identity, as in matter that can change in state from liquid to solid, perhaps citizenship can crystallize into a hard line or a thick bureaucracy. Does citizenship denote active participation?

[Fogbeast is] quickly gaining a reputation for thoughtful postmodern dance as well as raucous revelry—whether it’s singing original rock anthems, stage-diving or lyrical choreography, if it feels right, then it’s fair game. —DanceTabs

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Sep 14–23


Transform Labs gives guest experts and public a chance to discuss and respond to Why Citizenship?

Sep 16 & 23


Experience dynamic, pop-up installations and performances by YBCA Fellows.

Sep 16


There’s nothing like a soulful night of music and beats to bring everyone together as citizens of the dance floor.

Sep 21 & Sep 23


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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 17–18 are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 17–18: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The 17-18 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 17–18: Surdna Foundation,, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

YBCA Exhibitions 17–18 are made possible in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Meridee Moore and Kevin King.

Engagement and Education Programs in 17–18 are made possible in part by: Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, and The Sato Foundation.


Photo: David DeSilva