Pioneers Showcased in Bay Area Black Choreographers Festival


Delina Patrice Brooks is one of the choreographers whose work is being showcased at the 2018 Black Choreographers Festival. Photo courtesy of her web site.

The African and African- American Performing Arts Coalition and K*Star*Productions recently announced the program for the 2018 Black Choreographers Festival (BCF). This season, BCF presents its “Next Wave Choreographers Showcase,” spotlighting emerging and mid-career artists from the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Featured artists include Delina Patrice Brooks, Alex Diaz, Chris Evans with Byb Chanel Bibene, Ashley Gayle and Noah James, Shawn Hawkins, Kai Hazelwood, Cherie Hill, Joslynn Mathis Reed, Nkechi Njaka, Chris Scarver, Natalya Shoaf, Dazaun Soleyn, Phylicia Stroud, Latanya d. Tigner, Meagan Uriah Wells and Jamie Wright.

Themed “Here and Now,” the festival will take place over three consecutive weekends from February 17 – March 4, in San Francisco and Oakland.

“BCF celebrates the rich heritage of Black dance while also working to raise up the next generation of African-American choreographers,” said Kendra Kimbrough Barnes, director of K*Star*Productions, who together with Laura Elaine Ellis directs BCF.

With the vision of galvanizing the arts community around the contributions of African and African-American choreographers, Ellis and Barnes have curated this season’s events with attention to “new voices” and “new works” between seven and 15 minutes in length.

The festival will be held in San Francisco on Feb. 17-18 at the Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St ; Feb. 24-25 at SAFEhouse Arts, 145 Eddy St.; and, on March 3-4 performances will be held at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street in Oakland.

Tickets this season range from $10 to $25 and may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets via direct links at


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