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SVDF 2020


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The 2020 Silicon Valley Dance Festival


Is a year long project that will help to dispel xenophobia and feelings of isolation developed as a result of responses to Covid-19. 

For the December 2020 virtual festival, we brought to you a diverse line up of 7 main stage choreographers and 7 young choreographers from around the world, featuring work centered around the theme of "Renewal".

On Saturday, December 19, 2020: The seven featured choreographers included five BIPOC artists: Philein Wang of ZiRu Dance (Redwood City); Robert Moses of Robert Moses’ Kin (San Francisco); ADIYA of BeijingDance/LDTX (Beijing, China); Brenda Way and KT Nelson of ODC/Dance (San Francisco); Sidra Bell of Sidra Bell Dance New York; and Jennifer Archibald for AXIS Dance Company (Oakland).

Sunday, December 20, 2020: The Festival continued with the Emerging Choreographer Program. The Emerging Choreographer program featured the work of Melecio Estrella and Tassiana Willis (BANDALOOP) and the work of five independent dancemakers: Vincent Chavez, Eric Garcia, Charles Roy Jr., Miche Wong and Jaime Garcia Castilla.

Philein Wang, Artistic Director of ZiRu Dance says, “In times like these, dance can serve to shed light on and offer ways to heal from racism, xenophobia, and isolation.” She explains that Renewal is focused on highlighting an international roster of artists and the collective growth potential in response to COVID-19. Wang adds, “Bringing together Black, indigenous, and people of color artists from across the nation and around the world highlights the beauty of our multicultural society.”

SVDF 2020 "Renewal" was made possible by generous donations from the Redwood City Arts Commission, the San Mateo Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of San Carlos, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. 

Missed out on the 2020 Festival? The second phase of the Silicon Valley Dance Festival: RENEWAL is coming in December 2021! Subscribe below to be the first to know about new events!

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