Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Joanna Haigood, artistic director of Zaccho Dance, which produces the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend:
- Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival at Dance Mission Theater 8/12-8/13
- John Santos Sextet at Yoshi’s in Oakland on 8/12
Wave Organ in San Francisco’s Marina District
The Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF) is at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on Friday, 8/12, and Saturday, 8/13. This annual event is put together by choreographer and deaf advocate Antoine Hunter of the Urban Jazz Dance Company. Bobby Cox of Six Second Marks will engineer light, sound, and vibration for a schedule of performances and workshops that feature dancers from around the world.
HAIGOOD: [Antoine Hunter] is very excited and passionate about this work. They're providing sign language from all of those different countries, so that people can be included in and understand the depth of the conversation between those artists.
The Legends of Afro-Cuban Percussion concert takes place at Yoshi’s in Oakland’s Jack London Square on Friday, 8/12. The line-up includes the John Santos Sextet, Cuban percussionist Carlos Caro, percussionist and vocalist Jesus Díaz, and Orestes Vilató on timbales and bongos.
HAIGOOD: Santos is such a dynamic performer, and to hear him play is a transforming experience.
The Wave Organ sculpture in the Marina district is a San Francisco favorite. It was built in the 1980’s by Peter Richards and George Gonzalez out of reclaimed stone and a couple dozen cement-coated PVC pipes. Sound is created with the interaction of each wave, so the best time to go is at high tide.
HAIGOOD: It's really very magical-contemplative and dynamic at the same time.