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A contemporary ballet world premiere!

YBCA presents Isadora Duncan Dance Award–winning choreographer Gregory Dawson and his contemporary ballet company dawsondancesf.

dawsondancesf aims to break down the barriers placed on classical ballet, bringing to light the strength and beauty that artists possess within themselves. Dawson envisions choreography as a process by which artists transform themselves, audiences, and the world of dance that surrounds us.

les vérités builds on the rich, raw, highly energized style of movement that dawsondancesf has been building for the past decade, revisiting themes that disrupt traditional forms of choreography. Aspiring to evoke a deep truth about artistry, style, and legacy, les vérités includes live music by Richard Howell, the Classical Revolution, and Ron Kurti, as well as visual media by John Ramirez.


Regular Admission: $20–30 in advance / $25–$35 at the door

Student, Senior, Teacher: $18–$27 in advance / $22–$31 at the door
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.

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Gregory Dawson at YBCA

Gregory P. Dawson, founder and artistic director
Gregory P. Dawson, former LINES Ballet dancer, received his BA from Saint Mary’s College. In 2007 he formed dawsondancesf as an outlet for his choreographic goals and vision. Shortly thereafter, he created which light in the sky is us for Company C Contemporary Ballet (nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for choreography) and became the assistant director of the California State Summer School of the Arts’ Dance Department in Southern California.

In fall 2011, Dawson became artistic director of Dawson Wallace Dance Project in Denver (formerly David Taylor Dance); the Denver Post named him “the best choreographer in Denver.” Soon after, he received a CHIME grant, partnering him with choreographic mentor Elizabeth Streb for one year.

In September 2013 dawsondancesf reestablished its presence in San Francisco with the world premiere of fabbrica materasso d’argento at Zaccho Dance Theatre. Following this, he created bird’s eye view (a collaboration with the Richard Howell Quintet) for the 2014 Black Choreographers Festival, which received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award. dawsondancesf presented MONOCHROME at the BAN7 Festival 2014 in San Francisco. In fall 2014, Dawson premiered in this moment with Richard Howell. The Zellerbach Foundation funded dawsondancesf’s next premiere, intrinsic motion project, and this past summer 2015 the company completed its fifth weeklong residency at CSSSA’s summer intensive at CalArts, where Dawson is assistant to the chair.

In spring 2015 dawsondancesf premiered Intima, produced by Al’myra Communication and a collaboration with Ali Kaf (visuals) and Ashraf Kateb (music). dawsondancesf made its New York debut in fall 2014 at Baruch College, returning September 25–27, 2015.

Additionally, Dawson has created commissions for Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance, the University of Kansas City Dance Department, and Menlowe Ballet. He currently teaches and choreographs for all the LINES Ballet educational programs.

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

YBCA Programs in 16-17
are made possible in part by:
The James Irvine Foundation

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 16-17:
National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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The Leslie and Merle Rabine 2016-17 Performance Season is made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Panta Rhea Foundation.

Additional Funding for YBCA Performances 16-17: Surdna Foundation, Salesforce.com, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

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dawsondancesf is generously supported by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; dawsondancesf’s donors, staff, and board of directors; Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Dance Center; Dance Mission; Zellerbach Foundation; Hewlett Foundation; First Republic Bank; Dancer’s Group; Theatre Bay Area; and CSSSA Foundation.