9th Annual Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now in Oakland and San Francisco

The African & African American Performing Arts Coalition and K*Star*Productions announce the schedule for the 9th Annual Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now (BCF) with three weeks of programs at venues in Oakland and San Francisco, February 9–24, 2013. BCF is an all-community event offering performances, mentoring, master classes, symposia, and special events celebrating African American Art and Culture. Tickets ($10-$20) and information are available at www.bcfhereandnow.com.

Laura Elaine Ellis said, “We are bringing artists together from the Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, the Congo, and Nigeria to collaborate and perform; to inspire and inform!”

The 9th Annual Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now performance schedule includes:

BCF Oakland: Performances at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St, Oakland
• Saturday, February 9 at 8pm — BCF Celebrates Dimensions Dance Theater’s 40th Anniversary – a Special Event honoring Artistic Director & Choreographer Deborah B. Vaughan.
• Sunday, February 10 at 4pm — BCF Family Matinee
Featuring Pre-professional Youth Companies performing works by Sarah Crowell, Latanya d. Tigner, Phylicia Stroud, Reginald Savage, Elvia Marta, Dr. Albirda Rose.

BCF San Francisco: Performances at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 – 24th Street, San Francisco
• Friday-Saturday, February 15-16 at 8pm
• Sunday, February 17 at 4pm & 7pm
BCF Concert Series – New Works and SF Premieres
Featuring Camille A. Brown (New York), Latanya d. Tigner and Kiasi Malonga, Gregory Dawson, Raissa Simpson (Bay Area), Qudus Onikeku (Nigeria)

• Friday-Saturday, February 22-23 at 8pm
• Sunday, February 24 at 7pm
BCF’s Next Wave Choreographers Showcase
Featuring Emerging and Mid-Career Artists Serenity Mlay, Afia Thompson, Colette Eloi, Antoine Hunter, Roquisha Townsend, Jamar Welch, and many more.

Tickets to performances are $10–$20, available through www.bcfhereandnow.com. Programming is subject to change; please check the website for updates and additional information on performances, master classes, symposia, and other events: www.bcfhereandnow.com. For general information, group sales, and to volunteer, call 866.898.2272.

The 9th Annual Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now Community partners include Dance Mission Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Dimensions Dance Theater, ODC Theater, Laney College Theater, and see.think.dance. Supporters include The San Francisco Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, City of Oakland Cultural Arts Grants.

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