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September 13, 2014

Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival

The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center presents the Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival on September 13th and 14th, 2014! This free, public, family event includes:

  • Saturday outdoor performances presented by 21 area dance groups (from 11:00-8:00 pm)
  • Saturday night dance parties with live music (from 7:00-11:00 pm)
  • Sunday movement workshops (from 11:00-7:00 pm)
  • A marketplace vending area with food, crafts, cultural exhibits, clothing, and jewelry (on Saturday)

More information here.

September 20, 2014

Duniya will be performing in three different locations today — come out and find us!

  1. Elsie Street Block Party, Elsie St., SF.
  2. Dublin Splatter 2014. Emerald Glen Park, Dublin. Noon-8:00 p.m. More info here.
  3. Ocean Avenue Arts and Culture Festival. Faxon Ave. between Ocean and De Montfort Avenue, SF. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. More info here.


October 11, 2014

Yerba Buena Night

A free festival of live music, dance, art, and performance under the stars.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, 4-10 p.m.

Yerba Buena Night is a free outdoor arts festival in the heart of San Francisco’s most exciting district. Come out and see, hear, and experience the Yerba Buena district come alive with music, video, art, and dance. Enjoy over 40 performances on 5 stages throughout Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane, the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, Annie Street Plaza, and surprises around every corner.

More info at ybnight.org.

November 1, 2014

Taiko for Tomorrow: A Benefit Concert for SF Taiko Dojo

Featuring Grandmaster Tanaka & the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Shogo Yamada & Yamasho Kai, Sacramento Taiko Dan, Maikaze Daiko, Duniya Dance and Drum Company, Philip Gelb, Dance Brigade’s Grrrl Brigade, Rachel Ebora, Llano Shi and more!

Dance Mission Theater, SF
10/31 – 8 p.m., 11/1 – 8 p.m., 11/2 – 6 p.m.

Purchase tickets at http://taikofortomorrow.brownpapertickets.com/

April 10-11, 2015

Half and Halves

An exploration in dance of the little-known cultural and artistic legacies of Punjabi-Mexican communities founded in California in the early 20th century inspires the collaboration of Duniya Dance and Drum Company and Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco in “Half and Halves: A Dance Exploration of the Punjabi-Mexican Communities of California.”

The production, featuring new original material, returns to San Francisco for two nights, April 10-11, 2015, at the Jewish Community Center’s Kanbar Hall. “Half and Halves” is presented in association with Arts & Ideas at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

In the early 20th century, men from Punjab, India arrived in California to work on farms. Discriminatory immigration laws prevented them from bringing their wives from India, so many married Mexican women. This exciting performance, featuring 25 dancers and live music, brings together vibrant Punjabi Bhangra and Mexican Folklorico dances to explore themes related to farming life, marriage, immigration, and racial and ethnic discrimination. Choreographers Joti Singh and Zenon Barron also explore dance in this performance that does not neatly fit into one genre or another, drawing inspiration from the complex cultural identities of these communities and the issues and challenges they faced.

This performance is made possible by the generosity of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, and the San Francisco Grants for the Arts Hotel Tax Fund.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: FREE!

Join us for a FREE set on Saturday, May 14, at noon! We are thrilled to be part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival again this year — and on the day that the SFMOMA reopens, too! 

We will be performing Bollywood, Bhangra, and West African dance, including three new pieces. Bring your family, bring your lunch, and enjoy the day! 

Saturday, May 14 
12:00-1:15 p.m. 
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens 
773 Mission St., SF 
More info 

DDDC presents: The Madness of the Elephant

April 5-6, 2013

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Duniya Dance and Drum Company, The African Advocacy Network and Arts and Ideas at the JCCSF present:

The Madness of the Elephant
A West African Dance performance exploring the reign of Guinea’s first president, Sekou Touré

Buy tickets here

Directed by Bongo Sidibe
Featuring: Alseny Soumah, Fadima Soumah, Marietou Camara, M’mah Toure, Mariama Bangoura, Joti Singh, Karamba Diabate, Mohammed Kouyate, Moise Bangoura, Jamil Diop, Ousseynou Kouyate, Kahlil Cummings, Kara Mack Cummings

Friday, April 5 and Saturday April 6, 2013, 8pm
Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center, San Francisco
3200 California St., San Francisco, CA 94118
415.292.1200
Buy tickets here

Made possible by the generous funding of the Creative Work Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commision, and donors like you!


October 23rd Sunday 12-4pm African Arts Festival 2016 – FREE

Inspired by the diversity and vibrancy of the Bay Area’s African arts scene, Duniya Dance and Drum Company is presenting its second African Arts Festival!

Featuring performance by:
* Alayo Dance Company (Cuban/Modern)
* Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwean)
* Fua Dia Congo (Congolese)
* Rara Tou Limen (Haitian)
* Shabbal Dance (Sudanese)
* The West African Dance Ensemble (Ghanaian)
* Duniya Dance and Drum Company (Guinean)
* Domou Africa (Senegalese)
* Students from the World Music and Dance department of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.
Plus dance lessons with a couple of the performing groups.

For more information, click here.

CounterPULSE presents Performing Diaspora

Red, Saffron and Green

Performing Diaspora at CounterPULSE, featuring new work by Joti Singh.

August 15–18th, 2013; THU-SUN, 8pm

Red, Saffron and Green tells the story of the Gadar party, founded in 1913 in San Francisco by Punjabi activists to fight for Indian independence from the British; Singh’s great­grandfather was the president of this party from 1914­1920. The performance layers Singh’s experiences as the daughter of immigrants, with the life of her great­grandfather and the fight for independence.

More Information: http://counterpulse.org/performing-diaspora/artists/joti-singh/

AUG 8 Festival Kick-off
AUG 10 Symposium
AUG 15 – 18 Festival Weekend One
AUG 22 – 25 Festival Weekend Two
There are many shades of innovation, diaspora, and performance. From first generation culture bearers to third generation hyphenated-Americans, the six artists featured in CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora push the boundaries of their performance practice, each rooted in diverse cultural forms. Join us in August for a vibrant kick-off party, a thought provoking symposium, and two weekends of new work by Byb Chanel BibeneJoti SinghJia WuJewlia EisenbergMuisi-kongo Malonga, and Nadhi Thekkek.

Co-presented by: African Advocacy NetworkAmerican India FoundationChinese Culture CenterContemporary Jewish Museum, Jewish Music FestivalMuseum of the African DiasporaOakland Asian Cultural Center

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Artistic Director Joti Singh 510.213.1537 joti@duniyadance.com