Kim Epifano, creator of San Francisco Trolley Dances, is celebrating its 15th anniversary in October. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)

Fall 2018 Arts Preview: Dance

Bay Area choreographers — and out-of-town guests — are creating provocative and beautiful new works, and bringing back old favorites, too.

Garrett + Moulton Productions: “Stabat Mater and Mad Brass,” are “joyful” world premieres by choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton, known for creating full-length pieces with large casts. 8 p.m. Sept. 6-9. $29-$46.50. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.,

Rotunda Dance Series: Jubilee American Dance Theatre, performing folk dances from Appalachia to swing era dance halls to Cajun country and more, opens the annual program of free lunchtime shows. Noon Sept. 7. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.

Soulskin: The troupe’s fifth anniversary season offers the premiere of “Hero,” a dance, spoken word, live music and video piece that explores the role of the hero in contemporary society. 8 p.m. Sept. 7-8, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9. $20-$25. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.,

Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing: In “Dancing Dreaming Isadora,” the studio celebrates its 20th anniversary with a performance touching on the past, present and future of the art of groundbreaking Bay Area choreographer Isadora Duncan. 8 p.m. Sept. 7-8. $25-$35. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F..

CounterPulse Residency Double Bill: Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko’s “In Civility Pt 2: Outrage Machine” takes on technology’s role in how people interact “normalizing unthinkable behavior through the guise of screens” and dævron & Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company’s “TecTonic Shifts” explores “urban displacement and digital divides.” 8 p.m. Sept. 13-15, Sept. 20-22. $20-$35. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.,

Fury: Inspired by the movie “Max Max Fury Road,” the concert, featuring dancers from San Francisco and LINES ballets, invites audiences to step into a post-apocalyptic world. 7 p.m. Sept. 14-15. $30. Midway, 900 Marin St., S.F.,

Cid Pearlman Performance: The “All Joan Show” is a retrospective of works made in collaboration with cellist-composer Joan Jeanrenau. 8 p.m. Sept. 21-22. $15-$25. Joe Goode Annex 401 Alabama St., S.F.,

Smuin: The contemporary ballet company opens its 25th season with works by Michael Smuin, Trey McIntyre, Nicole Haskins, Ben Needham-Wood and Rex Wheeler. Sept. 21-22 at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts; Sept. 28-Oct. 6 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts; $25-$81.

FACT/SF: The troupe premieres Charles Slender-White’s “death,” an “immersive performance about the experience of losing a loved one.” 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays Sept. 27-Oct. 13. $15-$35. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F., (john hill photo)

Mark Morris Dance Group
: “Pepperland: Sgt. Pepper at 50” is a new work celebrating the anniversary of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 29, 3 p.m. Sept. 30. $36-$150. Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley campus,

PUSHfest: The 13th annual mixed-genre festival (with two programs) showcases dances by mid-career and emerging choreographers and includes “Codelining” by artistic director Raissa Simpson. 8 p.m. Sept. 28-29, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. $15-$30. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.,

DanceWright Project
: The contemporary troupe led by Jamie Ray Wright celebrates its 10th anniversary with a show of old and new works featuring special guests. 8 p.m. Sept. 29, 7 p.m. Sept. 30. $25. Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.,

Mahea Uchiyama Dance Center: The center celebrates its 25th anniversary with a show featuring new hula, kathak, Zimbabwean, Middle Eastern and devotional whirling dance. 8 p.m. Sept. 29. $35. Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, (scott Horton photo)

Dystopian Dream: The dance work and “visual spectacle” with animation features hip-hop dancers Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez, singer Eva Stone and music from Nitin Sawhney. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5. $32-$68. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra St., Stanford University,

Hope Mohr Dance: The premiere “extreme lyric I,” featuring Anne Carson’s translations of Sappho and an ensemble of six performers, is a work presented in the round for small audiences. 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 4-6. $20-$45. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.,

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
: The contemporary ballet company culminates its 35th anniversary season with a world premiere featuring live music by the Kronos Quartet. Oct. 5-14. $25-$100. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.,

Dance Theatre of San Francisco: The contemporary troupe’s sixth season program includes a premiere by Sandrine Cassini, as well as works by Ben Needham-Wood, and Robert Dekkers & Vanessa Thiessen. 8 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. $25-$30. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.,

Lenora Lee Dance: The troupe known for site-specific performances premieres “Beneath the Surface,” its first underwater multimedia experience, a “meditation on forgiveness, reconciliation and the power of individuals to transcend.” 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and Oct. 13; 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and Oct. 14. $30-$60. YMCA, 855 Sacramento St., S.F.,

Picture Bayview Hunters Point: Zaccho Dance Theatre and Bayview Opera House present an interdisciplinary, site-specific performance focusing on dreams and aspirations of local residents. 8 p.m. Oct. 11-14 and Oct. 18-21. Free. 4705 Third St., S.F.,

Sara Shelton Mann: In “Echo/riding the rapids,” the award-winning choreographer and her collaborators address the question: “What is an echo that resounds from the walls?” 8 p.m. Oct. 11-13. $30. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.,

Liss Fain Dance: The performance installation, “I Don’t Know and Never Will: A Recomposition” asks “What are the anchor points in our past that define us?” 8 p.m. Oct. 19–21. $25-$35. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.,

Sasha Waltz & Guests: “Körper,” a piece by the German choreographer (and soon-to-be co-director of the Berlin State Ballet) set on 13 male and female dancers is described as a “living tableaux, both epic and intimate.” 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 3 p.m. Oct 21. $15-$78. Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley campus,

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu: The acclaimed, eclectic Hawaiian troupe presents “I MUA-Hula in Unusual Places,” which takes the dance form to the desert, a prison, New York City and more. 8 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, 3 p.m. Oct. 21, noon and 3 p.m. Oct. 28. $30-$45. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.,

San Francisco Trolley Dances: The moving showcase of performances follows Muni’s N-Judah line from Mission Creek Park to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, featuring Epiphany Dance Theater and other local troupes along the route. Two-hour tours begin at 11 a.m. and run every 45 minutes through 2:45 p.m. Oct. 21-22. $2.75 (Muni fare). Start at Fourth and Channel streets, S.F.,

Jess Curtis/Gravity: “Beyond Gravity” includes “intersectional performances and body-based performance works” by jose e. abad, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Abby Crain, Gabriel Christian, Rachael Dichter and Mira Kautto. 8 p.m. Oct. 25-27. $15-$30. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.,

Sarah Bush Dance Project: “Spirit and Bones,” a full-length piece by Bush with a dancers ages 23 to over 70 (and including Bay Area luminaries) highlights “female resilience in times of darkness.” 8 p.m. Oct. 26-27, 7 p.m. Oct. 28. $35-$50. Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

Bobbi Jene Smith: The former Batsheva dancer, in collaboration with violinist and scholar Keir GoGwilt, presents the premiere of “With Care,” a piece with music, dance and dialogue. 8 p.m. Nov. 1-3. $30. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.,

RAWDance Concept series-24: The contemporary troupe hosts an informal salon with guests including Liss Fain Dance, choreographer Sarah Woods-LaDue and composer Robert Woods-LaDue, and Heather Cooper and Raphaël Boumaïla. 8 p.m. Nov. 9, 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 10. $10-$20 suggested donation. Green Room, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,


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