INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL begins with startled SFO international travelers

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By Ari Burack
Bay City News

International travelers may get an unexpected view tonight of the San Francisco art world’s flights of fancy.

Dancers suspended from the ceiling of SFO’s International Terminal will launch the fourth annual San Francisco International Arts Festival this evening in the terminal’s International Ticketing Hall.

Zaccho Dance Theatre’s free and aptly titled midair performance installation, “Departure and Arrival,” kicks off the two-and-a-half-week festival, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The SFIAF, which runs through May 27 at various venues in San Francisco, features a variety of eclectic and collaborative performances including music, theater, dance, circus arts, film and visual arts.

This year’s festival is themed “The Truth in Knowing/Now: A Conversation Across the African Diaspora.”

“Departure and Arrival” explores the history and social and cultural implications of the African Diaspora in the United States, through a mixture of aerial dance, video projection, music and poetry.

Additional performances at the International Terminal take place Friday through Sunday, and each show cycles every 30 minutes through 10:30 p.m.

More information on the festival is available online.

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