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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
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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)
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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.

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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
Director of Performing Arts
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 Salesforce.com.

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.

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.