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The Coup's Shadowbox

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents

The Coup's Shadowbox

World Premiere
  • Photo: Jason Todd Cooper
Photo: Jason Todd Cooper
Sat, Aug 16, 5:00 PM
Sat, Aug 16, 9:00 PM

Sat Matinee: $25 Advance/$30 Door; Student, Senior, Teacher: $20 Advance/$25 Door; 12 & under: $10
Sat Eve: $30 Advance/$35 Door; Student, Senior, Teacher: $25 Advance/$30 Door

YBCA Member $20 (All Performances)
YBCA:You FREE (All Performances)

A multi-stage concert / dance party / theater / installation / haunted-funhouse.

The BAN7 performance series continues with Oakland-based, revolutionary music collective, The Coup. With The Coup’s Shadowbox, a collaboration with visual artist Jon-Paul Bail and production designer David Szlasa, Boots Riley takes his creative vision to an entirely new level: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Forum. Riley calls the production a “multi-stage concert / dance party / theater / installation / haunted-funhouse." Visual art, performance art elements and expanded musical segments come together to bring The Coup’s music and Riley’s lyrics — which unflinchingly advocate for revolutionary politics and people-powered movements — to life like never before.

Inspired by a surrealist Theater Artaud production Riley saw as a child, The Coup’s Shadowbox promises to be a unique aural and visual experience. Songs drawn from The Coup’s entire catalog will be reinterpreted and redefined, with guest musicians, dancers, actors, and puppets on multiple stages happening simultaneously, while Szlasa’s video projections and Bail’s cityscapes provide a visual feast for the eyes. “There are drones involved in this, there are Guantanamo Bay go-go dancers involved in this,” Riley says cryptically. Special guests include longtime Riley co-collaborators and fellow revolutionary hip-hop torchbearers dead prez, up-and-coming Oakland experimental soul act Mortar & Pestle, new wave folksters Snow Angel, alternative puppet troupe Eat the Fish Presents, NOLA-style second line outfit Extra Action Marching Band, comedian W. Kamau Bell, and neo-chamber orchestra Classical Revolution.

FogBeast, Photo: Jessica Swanson
Thu, Aug 7 to Sun, Aug 10

Collaborations between Bay Area performers pushing beyond the boundaries of the stage....

Mike Rothfeld, "I stopped believing in them some time ago... but they're still here.", 2014. Image courtesy Mike Rothfeld and Stairwell's. Copyright Mike Rothfeld 2014.
Fri, Jul 18 to Sun, Oct 5

 Final days! BAN7 closes Oct 5. 

Installation view, Bay Area Now 7, Photo: Phocasso / John Wilson White
Sat, Aug 16, 2:00 PM

Adjacent to their exhibition, n/a will host a panel discussion that examines representations of...

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Sat, Aug 16, 2:00 PM
Installation view, Bay Area Now 7, Photo: Phocasso / John Wilson White

Adjacent to their exhibition, n/a will host a panel discussion that examines representations of queerness within various institutional settings and explores how queer history can inform radical new gestures within contemporary art historiography. Featuring local and national curators, artists, and cultural producers from the Bay Area and beyond, the panel will include A.K. Burns, Kait Mooney, Joel Parsons, Lawrence Rinder, Nicholas Andre Sung, and Tina Takemoto.

Behind the scenes

Simply by virtue of its geography and capacity, YBCA is the physical cornerstone of San Francisco’s contemporary performance community. Through strategic economic community partnerships, YBCA enables an unparalleled visibility for the local dance and contemporary music ecologies in particular. The physical asset notwithstanding, YBCA is in the... More »

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Chief of Program and Pedagogy
Isabel Yriogyen
Associate Director of Performing Arts

Media Sponsors: KFOG and San Francsico Bay Guardian

YBCA Performance 14-15 is made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and

Additional Funding for YBCA Performance 14-15: Zellerbach Family Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 14-15 are made possible in part by: Adobe, Gaia Fund, and Grosvenor.

Special Innovation Projects in 14-15 are supported, in part, by generous grants from: The James Irvine Foundation, Knight Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, and Abundance Foundation.