Program Type: 
Community Engagement
YBCA Young Artists at Work presents

A site-specific performance intervention

April 27, 2012
Third Street Courtyard


YBCA’s Young Artists at Work present
Fri, Apr 27  •  5 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens and Third Street Courtyard

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Young Artists at Work (YAAW) multidisciplinary residency program proudly joins the Bay Area National Dance Week celebration with Urbanian, a free public performance in the open spaces surrounding YBCA. Come experience the latest work of groundbreaking young Bay Area artists, including site-specific physical theatre meditations on notions of equality, environmentalism, economics and education.

Beginning in the Yerba Buena Gardens and traveling through the spaces around YBCA, Urbanian incorporates spontaneous performative interventions, live art demonstrations, interactive installations and risk-taking choreography into a multisensory art-as-activism experience. The performance is the end result of a year-long process of critical research, intensive master classes, and collaborative artistic creation.

“At the beginning of the YAAW program, we were asked what issues we felt most passionate about,” said Abby Neuschatz, a current YAAW and sophomore at Lowell High School. “It turned out that the four E’s - equality, environmentalism, economics and education – were the four themes that our interests could be categorized under. So the piece is really about the topics that we care most about, that are important to us and our communities.”

This year's stunning culmination to the YAAW program investigates the concept of today's urbanized world. What has become of the world today? What is it really worth? When does utopia become dystopia? This dynamic, innovative performance interrogates the idea of modernization as an inseparable aspect in our daily lives. The experience of Urbanian is both uplifting and tragic, as we witness the next generation of young artists take on the most pressing contemporary social crises with a creative vision that ranges from disturbingly dire to inspiring and hopeful.

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    Apr 27, 2012 4:00pm
    Third Street Courtyard
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Artist Bio

The YBCA Young Artists at Work program is a paid multidisciplinary afterschool residency that promotes arts mastery and community activism for gifted and promising high school teens.

YBCA’s programs are made possible in part by:
Abundance Foundation
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Novellus Systems

Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, U.S. Bank and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Innovation, Community Engagement and Audience Development programs supported, in part, by generous grants from:
The James Irvine Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Dance/USA, Creative Capacity Fund's NextGen Innovation Grant Program, The Wallace Foundation and Adobe Foundation