Art, theater and dance galore at S.F. International Arts Festival 

click to enlarge "Kitty in the Lane," Aine Ryan’s poignant play about a young woman and her elderly father set in rural Ireland is among the dozens of events in this year's San Francisco International Art - COURTESY  PHOTO
  • "Kitty in the Lane," Aine Ryan’s poignant play about a young woman and her elderly father set in rural Ireland is among the dozens of events in this year's San Francisco International Art
This year’s San Francisco International Arts Festival offers visual arts exhibits and more than 100 dance, music and theater performances by dozens of artists and ensembles representing the Bay Area and 16 countries.


Where: Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street; Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.

When: May 21 through June 7

Tickets: $12 to $50; some free events

Contact: (800) 838-3006,

Note: Free shuttle buses to Fort Mason leave from Valencia and 24th streets, and Market Street and The Embarcadero.


MAY 21

La Chagrin des Ogres (Sorrow of the Ogres): Belgium’s Compagnie Artara makes its U.S. debut in a new play about childhood loss. [8 p.m. May 21, 7 p.m. May 22, 3 p.m. May 23. $20-$25. Cowell Theater]

Klandanda Dance Theater: The multimedia world-premiere “Taboo and Heroes” is about strife in the Republic of Congo in the 1990s. [8 p.m. May 21, 9 p.m. May 23, 3 p.m. May 24, $20-$25. Fleet Room]

Inferno Theatre: “Quantum Love” focuses on desire, exploring how science and quantum theory affect the most intimate human relationships. [8 p.m. May 21, 7 p.m. May 23-24 and May 30, 9 p.m. May 29, 5:30 p.m. May 31, $20-$25. Firehouse]

Kitty in the Lane: Aine Ryan’s poignant play about a young woman and her elderly father is set in rural southwest Ireland. [8:30 p.m. May 21, 9:30 p.m. May 22, May 29 and June 5, 5 p.m. May 23, 5:30 p.m. May 24, 3 p.m. May 30, 8 p.m. May 31 and June 7, 4 p.m. June 6, $20-$25. Southside Theater]

MAY 22

Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company: The Irish ensemble’s “On the Wall” and “Gawky and Awkward” feature disabled and non-disabled dancers. [9:30 p.m. May 22, 3:30 p.m. May 23, 2:30 p.m. May 24, $20-$25. Firehouse]

Ledoh: The Burmese-born artistic director of the Butoh-based collective Salt Farm presents the world premiere of “Incognito.” [7 p.m. May 22, 9:30 p.m. May 23, 2:30 p.m. May 24, $20-$25. Firehouse]

MAY 23

Eth-Noh-Tec: “Red Altar” is a docudrama telling the true story of six Chinese teens who, after being shipwrecked in Carmel Bay in 1850, launched the local fishing industry throughout the Monterey Bay area. [9 p.m. May 23, 2:30 p.m. May 24, $20-$25. Southside Theater]

Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat: The Iranian singers play a concert of Persian songs. [8 p.m. May 23, $20-$25. Chapel]

MAY 24

Teatr Zar: The Polish group presents the U.S. premiere of “Armine, Sister,” a play tracing the history of the Armenian genocide. [8 p.m. May 24-May 26, 9 p.m. May 39-30, $30. Herbst Pavilion]

MAY 27

Columns-Armenian Liturgical Chants: From Turkey and Poliand, the Kerovpyan Family, Teatr Zar and special guest Murat Iclinalca appear in a musical program. 8 p.m. May 27, $20-$25. Chapel]

MAY 28

Amnesia: Ariel Luckey’s theater piece blends hip-hop, klezmer and Mexican folk music in this story of a young man’s journey from Eastern Europe to Arizona. [8:30 p.m. May 28, 9 p.m May 30, 2 p.m. May 31, $20-$25. Southside Theater]

MAY 29

Jesper Arin: The Swedish theater artist performs “Evil,” about a guy who, having been a gang leader at age 12, is determined to leave his violent past behind. [7 p.m. May 29, 6 p.m May 30, 5 p.m. May 31, $20-$25. Southside Theater]

Alyce Finwall Dance Theater, Olga Kosterina: The U.S. and Russian avante-garde dance double bill features Finwall’s “Rune” and Kosterina’s “Dilemma Part One.” [7 p.m. May 29, 9 p.m. May 30, 2:30 p.m. May 31., $20-$25. Fleet Room]

Deborah Slater Dance Theater: “Line of Beauty” is described as a “luxurious affirmation of our physical world. [9:30 p.m. May 29, 2:30 p.m. May 30, 7:30 p.m. May 31, $20-$25. Fleet Room]

Boca do Rio: The Mission’s own Brazilian-American funk band is joined by mandolinist Eva Scow. [9:30 p.m. May 29, $15-$30. Festival Central]

Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, Mezoamerika: “ANDARES Part One” is a multidisciplinary performance work created with Salvadoran artist-activists who are grappling with the legacies of civil war and an ongoing struggle for justice. [7 p.m. May 29, 9:30 p.m. May 30, 3 p.m. May 31, $20-$25. Firehouse]

MAY 30

Sarah Cahill: The American pianist appears in a solo recital of commissioned works. [4:30 p.m. May 30, $12. Firehouse]

MAY 31

Li Xiangting, Wang Fei: The concert features Chinese guqin music from past dynasties through the present. [5 p.m. May 30, $20-$25. Chapel]

Dengbesz Kazo: Vahan Kerovpyan and Murat Iclinalca appear in a show of Kurdish songs and stories. [8 p.m. May 31, $20-$25. Chapel]


HORSE Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Premiering in the U.S., “2 Men” is a collaborative creation of cultural observer Edward Lam and choreographers Wu-kang Chen and Wei-chia Su. [8 p.m. June 4-5, 6 p.m. June 6, Cowell Theater]


Bob Ernst: The solo artist’s poetic, percussive show “Primal Behavior” is about a stranger in a strange land. [7 p.m. June 5, 9:30 p.m. June 6, 3:30 p.m. June 7, $20-$25. Firehouse]


Grupo Naidy: The group headed by Irlando Lopez plays music from Colombia. [9:30 p.m. June 6, Chapel. $20-$25]


MAY 21

Wit-ness: Macedonian performance artist Igor Josifov’s piece includes new burned paper works and an installation that represents the violent confrontation between identity and vulnerability. [8 p.m. May 21, 1 p.m. May 30, Herbst Pavilion]

MAY 26

Grandma’s Tattoos: Documentary filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian travels to Armenia, Lebanon, Syria and Sweden to investigate the secret of her grandmother’s face tattoos, and in the process unveils the story of the Armenian women driven out of Ottoman Turkey during the World War I. [6 p.m. May 26, Southside Theater]

MAY 27

Mirror #1, Time Bubble: Weidong Yang with Daiane Lopes da Silva and Kinetech have created a live video installation that tinkers with the layering of past and present. [7 p.m. May 27, noon May 30, Fleet Room]

MAY 30

The Edward Snowden Revelations and the Public Right to Know: Panelists David Greene, Nadia Kayyali and Hugh D'Andrade discuss the ciminal complaint against Snowden, who has been accused of espionage after leaking National Security Agency documents. [1:30 p.m. May 30, Festival Central, Building A]


Sunset Piano: Instigators Mauro Fortissimo and Dean Mermell put pianos in unusual, natural and urban settings for people to play for free. [4 p.m. June 6, Firehouse]

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