San Francisco International Arts Festival Detailed 2018 Performance Program Released

Down by the Riverside; A Pirouette with Asia II; La Cirque Femme; the Rise of Music; Losers + Dragons + Queer A.I.; Calendar Editors Please Note: Who: Multiple Artists; What: San Francisco International Arts Festival; Where: Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture; When: Thursday May 24 – Sunday June 3; Tickets & Information: or 415-399-9554; Photo Images Available on Request

San Francisco, CA, February 08, 2018 --( SFIAF released the detailed schedule for the 2018 Program today. Forty different artist ensembles and companies will present their work exclusively at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) from May 24 – June 3. Early Bird Tickets on sale for $15 on Thursday March 1.

With a very large salute to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a call to honor the power and importance of his mission and message 50 years after his death.

The 2018 Festival also celebrates women’s leadership in feminist nouveau cirque;

Casts a queer eye over popular culture, the spirit of resistance and artificial intelligence;

Does another fabulous Pirouette with Asia;

and four years after first including music stages at the Festival, marvels at the breadth of cultures active in the Bay Area’s world, spiritual and jazz scenes.

With an ever-expanding Family Program for those encumbered with little ones and even a rare foray into the hitherto un-chartered and forbidden land of COMEDY: the 2018 Festival has something for every left-leaning, Trump averse, ant-fascist arts loving denizen of the Bay Area - and our many friends and kindred spirits from around the country and world.

Down by the Riverside. Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra in collaboration with activist and academic Dr. Angela Davis with the premiere of a musical concert honoring the life of Dr. King by the same title. The Festival will also commission a large scale, outdoor multi-media project also titled Linking Arms by Paul Cartier that will be presented free to the public.

Related issues include Under Ice about the dark side of market capital by leading German playwright Falk Richter performed by Arturo Areimas Theatre from Lithuania and Yvette Dibos, who will perform as her persona "Miss Appropriation” - a series of vignettes that address gender, whiteness and appropriation.

La Cirque Femme. The 2018 Festival will also mark the return of nouveau-cirque with performances by two all-women ensembles with very different approaches to the form: Cirquantique from Montreal led by aerialist Mélodie Couture focuses on the prohibition era. Meanwhile Troupe Vertigo from Los Angeles (whose artistic director Aloysia Gavre has known global acclaim as a soloist with Cirque du Soleil, approach the form with a more grounded approach to explore how women use weight and balance to embrace mutual trust and support.

Losers + Dragons + Queer A.I. A Triple Dose of Queerdom unleashes Eric Kupers and his faithful Bandelion ensemble to declare We are all Dragons in Drag and call forth connections to primal power in opposition to the Trump regime; STEAMROLLER Dance Company performs Loserville, a queering of the iconic film The Breakfast Club. Loserville questions how media affects perceptions of race and sexuality and links the idea of the loser with the experiences of marginalized communities. From Taiwan Pao Chang Tsai looks at a sudden queer death to examine the even more lethal combination of social media and artificial intelligence in Solo Date.

A Pirouette with Asia II is a second round of post-modern dance performances from across the Pacific that presents the US and Bay Area debuts of younger choreographers whose careers are poised to take off in a big way. This year’s Festival sees Boram Kim lead Ambiguous Dance Company onto the Cowell Theater stage to perform Rhythm of Human and Wataru Kitao brings his Tokyo based ensemble Baobab to present the US debut of Laughing Frame.

The Rise of Music. It was in 2015 that SFIAF and FMCAC first collaborated to present the Festival and devoted a stage to the presentation of music. This year will feature 13 different ensembles performing throughout the two week program will present everything from Malian post-independence folk, Sufi qawwali, Haitian percussion, Pilipino folk music, Persian and American jazz, Chinese traditional along with inspiring sprinklings of world, lounge and tango. Not to mention the wide array of live music performed as part of the Festival’s other performing arts offerings.

The confirmed list of theatre, music and dance artists participating in the 2018 Festival is as follows: Adrian Arias with Kristi Williamson, AguaClara Flamenco, Ambiguous Dance Company, Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra with Dr. Angela Davis, artpaul cartier, Arturo Areimas Theatre, Bandelion/Dandelion, Bahiya Movement, Baobab, Brian Copeland, Charlie Levin, Chris Carlsson, Cirquantique, David Nihill “A Funny Thing Happened…,” De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association, Dina Zarif Trio, Fanna-fi-Allah, Florante Aguilar’s Aswang, Igor Josifov, Interrogation Room, Jyotsna Vaidee, Krip-Hop Nation, Lua Hadar, Melody of China with VeVe Drummers, Orchestra Gold with Mariam Diakite, Pablo Estigarribia, Pao Chang Tsai, Priya Ramadoss, San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company, Sha Sha Higby, STEAMROLLER Dance Company, Troupe Vertigo, Ushanjali, ViBO Simfani, Vishwa Shanthi Performing Arts, Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco and Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos and Yvette Dibos

For more details and a full list of performances go to
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Andrew Wood
Cell Phone: 415-305-1102