San Francisco is a capital of indigenous revival and respect for indigenous cultures all over the world. Two of the shining examples of this are the World Music Festival and the Ethnic Dance Festival. Directors of both festivals were excited by the prospect of working with The Ohlone, and made space in their programs to honor the indigenous people of San Francisco. They believed that their work was enriched by introducing the tribe’s music and dance to their communities of performers.
Jim Santi-Owen the director of the World Music Festival orchestrated a medly of an Ohlone melody that brought over 100 musicians from 9 music groups to improvise on an Ohlone riff for over an hour of musical nourishment. (Audio sample available soon.) The tribal chairman was introduced to leading musicians from around the world and we hope to maintain this new friendship and work together to produce similar events where these communities can further their dialogue of cultural enrichment
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33rd San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
June 3; 11 & 12; 18 & 19; 24, 25 & 26; and July 1, 2 & 3
New Programs, Events & Locations
- 50 Companies, 750 World Dance & Music Artists, 15 World Premieres
- Special Events Mark Return of Native Ohlone Peoples to SF
- Five Weekends of Events in San Francisco & Berkeley
- New Participatory Events
San Francisco, CA, March 3, 2011 —Building on its past success as the most extensive and highly regarded festival of its kind, and responding to both dance community and public demand, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival is excited to offer new performances, events and venues for the 33rd season, scheduled in San Francisco and, for the first time, in Berkeley from June 3-July 3, 2011. The 2011 Festival will feature a record 50 different companies representing 30 traditions from five continents, including 15 world premieres. The expansion reflects the Festival’s trajectory and the growth of world dance and music in Northern California, and offers new participatory events designed to give the public opportunities to do much more than observe the rich variety of ethnic dance on stage. For more information, visitwww.sfethnicdancefestival.org. [EDITOR NOTE: Complete main stage and participatory programs, artists, dates and venues may be found in the attachment at the end of this release.]
Honoring its mission of taking an active role in helping to keep cultural traditions alive via dance and music, the Festival is particularly pleased to partner with the Ohlone Profiles Project (www.ohloneprofiles.org) to present the most in-depth and sustained Ohlone Native American presence in San Francisco in more than 200 years.
“Return of the Ohlone” Celebrations―June 3 & June 18
The 2011 Festival kicks off with a special opening ceremony and performance Friday, June 3, at Noon at San Francisco City Hall honoring the Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone Tribe and featuring tribal song and dance, and the presentation of the Festival’s annual Malonga Casquelourde Lifetime Achievement Award to Tribal Chief Tony Cerda. Beginning in 1776 with the Europeans’ building of Mission Dolores, Ohlone populations were decimated and scattered, giving rise to the notion that the Ohlone peoples did not survive this genocide and displacement. Many 2011 Festival and Ohlone Profiles Project events will bring Ohlone tribal members back to San Francisco to share their ongoing culture in their homeland.
In addition to the June 3 kick-off event, the Festival will present an historic California Indian Big Time Gathering on Saturday, June 18, from Noon to 11 pm throughout Yerba Buena Gardens and Forum featuring hundreds of California tribal members in dance, music and other cultural presentations, as well as participatory opportunities for the public throughout the day. Participating tribes include Elem Indian Colony Tribe, Pit River Maidu Tribe, Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe, Stewarts Point Kashaya Band of Pomo and Manchester Pomo Tribe.
New this year will be Participatory Events at YBCA’s Gardens and Forum, designed to bring the public into the action for the first time in the Festival’s 33-year history. At each of the four Forum performances, companies representing different world dance and music traditions will give a short performance, followed by an invitation for audiences to join them on the dance floor for a “feet-on” experience.
Friday, June 3, at 12 pm ― San Francisco City Hall Rotunda
Opening Ceremony featuring Rumsen Ohlone Tribe, presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award and Native American Tribal Song and Dance
June 18 & 19—San Francisco
Saturday, June 18
NOON – 3:30pm in The Forum (300 seat auditorium)
3-11 pm – Tables, information, artifacts, cultural presentations, with FOOD Yerba Buena Center Gardens
8:30pm – Ceremony begins outside, indoor activities close down
PARTICIPATORY PROGRAM: “California Indian Big Time Gathering”― A day honoring the Ohlone, including performances, rituals, ceremonies and craft presentations hosted by the Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone Tribe. Native American Tribal Song and Dance performances by Elem Indian Colony Tribe, Pit River Maidu Tribe, Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe, Stewarts Point Kashaya Band of Pomo, and Manchester Pomo Tribe.
Sunday, July 1st, 2nd, and 3, at 8 pm ― YBCA Novellus Theater
Ohlone Tribal Dance (Native American), Rara Tou Limen (Haitian), Caminos Flamencos (Spanish), Yang Yang Dance (Chinese), Halau o Keikiali`I (Hawaiian), De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association (Afro-Peruvian), Charya Burt Cambodian Dance (Cambodian), Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwean), Bal Anat (Egyptian), Compañia Mazatlán Bellas Artes (Mexican)