Duniya Dancehall Friday

 Duniya Dance and Drum Company + Wontanara Revolution!

Duniya Dancehall is a unique event featuring live dance, live music and a fantastic DJ or two. We mix Bhangra, Bollywood, African and Reggae music and dance all into one night and call it a party. We won’t be throwing this event every month this year, so come check us out while you can.

What happens when you mix Bhangra, House and Dancehall? We’ll be presenting an exciting piece which will answer that question. Come on the earlier side for dance performances and a Bhangra lesson with Duniya Dance and Drum Company, and stay late to get your dance on with Wontanara Revolution!

Cover is only $5!

Friday February 3 at Baobab Village, 10pm
3372 19th St., San Francisco
$5 cover

Check out our video from November’s Duniya Dancehall: Duniya Dancehall

And here is the new video from Wontanara Revolution!: Root Boy

SF World Percussion Arts Festival

March 16-18, 2012

Duniya Dance and Drum Company will perform as specials guests at the SF World Percussion Arts Festival, with Wontanara Revolution at the Saturday after-party!

A Rhythmic Celebration Of World Percussion and Dance!
Taiko, Tabla, African Drumming and More!!!!
SF’s Only World Percussion Festival!

TICKETS HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/229541

Please join us Saturday night, immediately following the show for an after-party with Wontanara Revolution, also at Dance Mission. Tickets are $10 for the after-party and can also be purchased at the above link.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

June 22-24, 2012

Duniya performs at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival!

Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd, Duniya rocks the Village Stage with Bhangra and Bollywood sets on Saturday and West African dance and music on Sunday. Each set also includes a dance lesson for the audience. We are lucky to be accompanied by great musicians Karamo Cissokho, Moise Bangoura, Moussa Traore, Djamil Diop and Adama Diop.

City Hall’s Rotunda Series

September 7, 2012

Duniya will be performing at City Hall in San Francisco as part of the Rotunda Series presented by Dancers’ Group and World Arts West. The performance will take place at noon.

Bringing the Bay Area’s most acclaimed dance artists to San Francisco City Hall, the Rotunda Dance Series is thrilled to announce our 2012 season.

Join us for these FREE lunchtime performances amidst the grandeur of City Hall, presented by Dancers’ Group and World Arts West in partnership with San Francisco Grants for the Arts and San Francisco City Hall.

To cultivate respect for traditional forms, foster cultural exchange, effect social justice and engage in community building, Duniya Dance and Drum Company performs and teaches traditional and innovative performance pieces from Guinea, West Africa and Punjab, India. The word duniya means “world” in a wide array of languages, including Punjabi, Arabic, Susu and Wolof. Duniya’s work embodies this word, as it explores the forces that have brought together the members of the company and their dance and drum styles, including, but not limited to, colonization, globalization, immigration, art, dance, music and love.

Yerba Buena Night

Join Duniya Dance and Drum Company at Yerba Buena Night, an evening of free outdoor music, art, dance and performance!

Saturday, October 13th, 2012 4pm – 10pm

Duniya’s performance time TBA!

Yerba Buena Night is a free evening 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. There will be three main performance stages, a video performance area, art installations, live street performances, and a gallery walk.


Saturday, October 13, 2012 4:00pm – 7:00pm Yerba Buena Gallery Walk presented by the Yerba Buena Alliance: The Yerba Buena district is home to some of the most eclectic contemporary art in the nation and they’ll all be on display for you.

7:00pm – 10:00pm Yerba Buena Night program: Music, art installations, video, dance, and performance.


Yerba Buena Lane, Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens Terrace, and the Eastern Garden Walkway.

More info at www.ybnight.org

Why Dance

Here I am, finally writing a blog. It’s not the writing that has kept me from doing this sooner but rather the commitment. So here I will state to my blog: I will do my best not to neglect you, not to put everything and everybody else above you and to always be truthful and sincere.

Duniya has a new Marketing and Communications Intern. Welcome Nitya! Having an intern is some dope stuff. When I asked her what I should write about in my first blog entry, she wanted to know why dance is important to me. Why dance? Why the heck would anyone give up luxury,  money, fancy job titles, and above all laziness and give everything to dance? Why dance? My answer, in short: Danceformation.

Dance is transformation. I am in the lucky position to see this on a daily basis. Dance makes a sad kid happy, dance makes an insecure woman feel like the bomb, dance turns violent youth into peaceful dance-makers, it turns ignorance into cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, it makes a dull life suddenly interesting. Dance turns a party you were invited to into a party you stayed at until 3 a.m.

When we created “Half and Halves,” our performance about the Punjabi-Mexican communities of California, as dancers we transformed ourselves into: devastated Punjabi women whose husbands were leaving us to come to America; Mexican and Punjabi farmers laboring in the scorching sun; subdued yet joyous guests at a wedding party; and feisty schoolgirls battling in the playground. The theater  transformed from the Brava in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2010 to the Imperial Valley fields in 1906. Some audience members were so moved by the performance that they cried. Many approached me afterwards and told me they were so proud to learn of this history, or that they wanted their Punjabi parents and Mexican friends to see this important show. They were transformed.

On a personal level, I metamorphosized completely, from being insecure about my ability to pull off the show and unclear about my voice as a director and choreographer, to confident with not only my own capability but also my responsibility to do important work. I delved more deeply into compromise (which doesn’t always come easy for me) and collaboration. This experience made me more empathetic, more experimental, and more clear about direction in my career and in my life.

Dance can communicate the beauties and the cracks of the world I live in, and help create the ideal world that I hope to experience. Dance transforms everyone who touches it. So, Nitya, that’s why I dance.

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Artistic Director Joti Singh 510.213.1537 joti@duniyadance.com