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This year’s Festival co-presented with the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture opens on Thursday May 25th
- Opening night headliners the amazing GuGu Drum Group of Shanghai as well as the Latin Rhythm Boys!
- For a Full Festival calendar featuring over 100 performances and related educational events and activities click here and to get more information on Festival Passes click here.
Montuno Productions, Inc. will present an arts exhibition and live music concert focusing on Puerto Rico’s contribution to salsa and to the cultural enrichment of the U.S. The exhibition, “Puerto Rico – History, Art & Culture,” will feature a live music concert by Latin Rhythm Boys, a third-generation Puerto Rican music band based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Latin Rhythm Boys – the modern-day brainchild of brothers Earl and Henry Miranda Jr. – has evolved into a powerhouse of high-energy Puerto Rican music that includes salsa as well as their specialty Puerto Rican Jíbaro sound.
Montuno Productions, Inc. (MP), based in the San Francisco Bay Area, provides live music entertainment-related services, including concert production, artist management and booking. Founded in 2004 by Luis R. Mendoza, MP also offers technology consulting (focused on the entertainment industry), advertising and marketing services. MP was incorporated as a California Benefit Corporation in August 2014.
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|GuGu Drum Group of Shanghai |
The Festival’s 2017 Family Program gets under way with this award winning and top rated drum group from Shanghai. With percussion and movement dating back to the Tang Dynasty, the program offers a theatrical drum drama depicting historical and culturally significant drum compositions. An evening of profound insights into unity, human evolution, awareness, wisdom, social commitment, and communication through percussive movements.
The show features drum vignettes based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales and has been featured at many festivals and arts centers throughout China including the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
“A legend family…the most famous drum group in China”
|Latin Rhythm Boys |
Puerto Rico – History, Art & Culture
An arts exhibition and live music concert focusing on Puerto Rico’s contribution to salsa and the cultural enrichment of the U.S. Latin Rhythm Boys is a third-generation Puerto Rican band the brainchild of brothers Earl and Henry Miranda Jr. The group has evolved into a powerhouse of high-energy Puerto Rican music that includes salsa as well as their specialty Jíbaro sound.
|STEAMROLLER Dance Company |
Siamese Dream (1997)
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of its debut, STEAMROLLER Dance Company presents a reimagining of their signature work, Siamese Dream. Siamese Dream takes the sweep of classic Hollywood musicals and the physicality of Hong Kong Kung Fu movies to create a fantasia of Asian Americana. Siamese Dream flips off (or at least lets fly) all manner of notions, artifacts, media, and commentary impinging on Asian-American identity. Awash in the dancers’ movement are music from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classically racist The King and I, where barbarian East meets sensible West; semiotic analysis of Asians as represented by popular culture; Chinatown Buddha-kitsch; the cool, plush tick of Riyuchi Sakamoto; and soundtracks from head-spinning Hong Kong action flicks. Siamese Dream looks at the intersection of identity and media representation.
|Embark Gallery |
Visions from the Pit (World premiere)
Visions from the Pit is a reflection on the trope of ‘the Doom,’ the medieval European painting genre dedicated to depicting the end of days. Repurposing this concept of the end times, Embark presents visions from the pit—vignettes on chaos, the monstrous and the apocalypse.
Read what Bay Area’s Media Corps Has to Say About Festival Opening Nights Past!
Thursday’s opening…was part of a dynamic kickoff for the most impressive San Francisco International Arts Festival yet, and a hopeful promise for the rebirth of Fort Mason Center as a vital hub for the performing arts…Some of these spaces, such as the Firehouse and the large Herbst Pavilion, haven’t been used much for performance since the 1980s. SF Chronicle
San Francisco International Arts Festival virtually hijacks bucolic, bayside Fort Mason Center, with 70 ensembles appearing in almost 150 performances in seven on-campus venues…as part of the FMC Presents series. SF Arts Monthly