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Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest (Day One)

Sat, Jul 13, 1:00pm2:30pm

A dancer in a white jumpsuit with their arm stretched out to the right, performing on outdoors in front of a few trees and a outdoor sculpture.
Sat, Jul 13
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Great Lawn, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718


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Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest 2024 occurs on two days: Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 20.

A two-weekend festival of site-specific work, the Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest showcases the extravagant creativity, diversity and vibrancy of the Bay Area dance scene. After a thrilling 2023 season, YBG ChoreoFest returns with PUSH Dance Company’s Artistic Director Raissa Simpson and Associate Artistic Director Ashley Gayle serving as co-curators with David Herrera Performance Company’s David Herrera. Designed to offer rising Bay Area artists opportunities to shine on a larger platform, YBG ChoreoFest also seeks to present artists of color from outside of the contemporary/modern dance world, particularly hip-hop and global dance traditions. Herrera, a recipient of the National Latino Arts & Culture Leadership Fellowship and many other grants, commissions and residencies, founded his company in 2007 in response to the lack of Latinx visibility and representation on the U.S. modern dance scene. A highly sought after educator, scholar, interdisciplinary artist and award-winning choreographer hailing from African-descended sharecroppers and an immigrant from the Philippines, Raissa Simpson founded PUSH to examine the body as a site for racial discourse. Together, these curators turn the seventh annual YBG ChoreoFest into a glorious profusion of performances amidst the Gardens’ lawns and architecture.

Day One Companies:

David Herrera Performance Company, founded in 2007, prides itself in providing visibility, agency and exposure of a diverse Latinx American experience within an American context. Rich in theatricality and immersed in nuanced, visceral movement, the company makes its statement by weaving dance, story-telling, music and media into a textured conversation between Latinx cultures and a multicultural audience. The company is centered on equity and representation of Latinx peoples in modern dance arts as topic/themes, performers, choreographers, audience, curators, scholars, policy makers, teachers and students. We hope to create a lineage and network from which other Latinx artists can learn from and work with. DHPCo. is one of few predominantly Latinx focused modern dance companies in the United States.

The Turf Feinz is the renowned dance team of Oakland, California. Known for the dance style of “turf”, an acronym for “Taking Up Room on the Floor”, a nod to the expansive footwork and dramatic body movements. The style includes contortionist moves known as bone-breaking and detailed movements like tutting. The team has been in many music videos, commercials, festivals and films but the love for the community is the company’s reason to keep pushing further for greatness.

pateldanceworks is directed by Bhumi B Patel, a queer, desi, home-seeker, science fiction choreographer, movement artist and writer. In its purest form, PDW collaborators create performance works as love letters to our ancestors. PDW moves at the intersection embodied research and generating new futures, using improvisational practice as a pursuit for liberation.

OYSTERKNIFE is an interdisciplinary performance project co-directed by Chibueze Crouch and Gabriele Christian. Since 2017 they have presented a series of works in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz (“mouth full of sea, mouth//full, m|ou|f”, and “Time of Change”, co-directed with Joe Goode Performance Group) most recently the full length premiere of “mouf//full” at Grace Cathedral. They will next choreograph for Crowded Fire Theatre’s “Shipping and Handling”. 

Know Before You Go

  • Each show date moves to various locations in the Gardens and has a different route. The total walking distance is about one city block.
  • Seating at each site is very limited and prioritized for seniors and those with disabilities. Feel free to ask event staff or volunteers for questions or assistance.
  • Each performance is around 15-20 minutes.
  • Dress for San Francisco weather.
  • Yerba Buena Gardens is ADA accessible.
  • ASL Interpretation will be provided.
  • It is not recommended to bring pets for this program.
  • For any other accessibility questions, contact info@ybgfestival.org or (415) 543-1718

Route Map

YBG ChoreoFest Day One Map

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