Fun Canadian dancer Sara Porter appears in “Sara Does a Solo.” (Courtesy Omer Yukseker)

A sampling of the S.F. International Arts Festival

San Francisco International Arts Festival
Where: Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.
When: May 19 through June 5
Ticket: $12 to $35
Contact: (415) 399-9554,

Diverse dance, music, performance art, theater and visual arts are lined up; here’s a sampling:


Cali & Co: Christine Cali and her troupe collaborate with Korea’s Ong Dance Company in a contemporary-traditional dance fusion, sharing a bill with Dana Lawton Dances performing to new music. 7 p.m. May 20, 9:30 p.m. May 22, 2:30 p.m. May 23, Cowell Theater

Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project: “Restaurant of Many Orders” is based on a story for children where the hunters make a fundamental mistake and become the hunted. 8 p.m. May 19, 9:30 p.m. May 20, Cowell Theater

Lora Juodkaite: The Lithuanian performer’s “Atmintis” (“Memory”) is a work of experimentalism. 8 p.m. May 19, 9:30 p.m.May 21, 8 p.m. May 22, Firehouse

Sara Porter: In “Sara Does a Solo,” the Canadian dancer fearlessly combines fact, fiction, memoir, fantasy, confession and caricature. 8 p.m. May 20, 7 p.m. May 22, Southside Theater

Shang-Chi Sun: The Berlin-based Taiwanese choreographer appears in a solo performance. 8 p.m. May 26, 9:30 p.m. May 27, 5 p.m. May 28, Firehouse

Surya Berthomieux: The French-American choreographer performs in a 30-minute solo piece accompanied by Musical Art Quintet. 7 p.m. June 3, 9 p.m. June 4, 4 p.m. June 5, Firehouse

T42 Dance Project: The biracial Swiss duo of Misato Inoue and Felix Dumeril appear in “Another Chopstick Story.” 9:30 p.m. June 3, 3 p.m. June 4, 7 p.m. June 5, Firehouse


El Corazon de la Mision: The festival’s inaugural family event showcases children participating in dance and music programs based in the Mission district. 2 p.m. June 4, Cowell Theater

Trio Balkan Strings: The Starcevic family from Serbia plays swing-world music with Balkan ornamentations; their trademark is six-hand playing on one guitar. 3 p.m. May 21, Chapel

We Insist! Freedom Now Suite: The 1960 poetry and jazz album is performed by Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra featuring vocalist Amikaeyla Gaston and poet Genny Lim with the Ojala Bata Ensemble. 2 and 7 p.m. June 5, Gallery 308

Wooden Fish Ensemble: The string group premieres works for koto, bass and violin by Korean-American composer Hyo-shin Na and Belgian composer Boudewin Buckinx. 3 p.m. May 28, Chapel


Kate Perry: The fringe fest favorite, from Northern Ireland and a former San Francisco resident, plays varied quirky characters in her one-woman show. May 26-29, June 3-5, Southeside Theater

Pan Pan Theatre: The Irish troupe presents “The Seagull and Other Birds,” a roller-coaster re-imagining of Chekov’s classic. 7 p.m. May 27, 8 p.m. May 28, 3 p.m. May 29, Cowell Theater

Touretteshero: Jess Thom, an English woman who has Tourette’s syndrome, shares her unusual perspective on life in a relaxed, fun program weaving comedy, puppetry, singing, and tics. 8:30 p.m. June 2, 4 p.m. June 4, 7 p.m. June 5, Southside Theater

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
: The allegorical solo work, written by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, is presented, unrehearsed, by a different actor each performance, per its creator’s instruction. May 19-22, May 28-29, June 2-5, Chapel

DanceHiroshi Koike Bridge ProjectKate PerryS.F. International Arts FestivalSara PorterSurya BerthomieuxTheaterTourettesheroTrio Balkan StringsWe Insist!Freedom Now Suite

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