Transform Fest – Spring 2018
DJ Spooky presents an acoustic multimedia experience of the Arctic world, while Printz Dance moves through a landscape of our transparent existence.

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky

Arctic Rhythms

Experience the polar regions as never before through the eclectic artistry of composer, author, musician, and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Revered in the hip-hop world as a master turntablist, DJ Spooky has undertaken expeditions to Antarctica to explore the impact of climate change and create acoustic portraits of the rapidly changing continent. Arctic Rhythms resulted from a 2014 trip to the Arctic Circle sponsored by the Sierra Club. In this performance, DJ Spooky projects images of the arctic landscape onstage and juxtaposes them with live and recorded hip-hop, electronic, and minimalist music. He will be accompanied by the popular San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet.

Stacey Printz / Printz Dance Project


How does the new social-media-driven reality affect partnerships, friendships, and love? What does voyeurism do to human interactions? How do we create true intimacy and make personal imprints on one another if there is always a swath of plastic between us? Printz Dance Project’s GLASSlands invites audiences to engage with a transparent, inflatable world envisioned by choreographer/director Stacey Printz and set designer Sean Riley. The set pieces are large pod-like structures, or “bubble rooms,” a plastic world that dancers populate and explore. Audiences become voyeurs as they watch vignettes unfold, witnessing what happens when two dancers duet without being able to touch, or when dancers in different pods attempt to “communicate” through the veil of these clear igloo-like structures. In exploring our obstructed attempts at authentic communication, GLASSlands uses dance as a conduit for deepening interpersonal relationships and compassion for our similarities and differences, making way for tangible change.

Just Added: Fri, May 11 — Your ticket also grants you free admission to a special musical performance by Mark de Clive-Lowe at 10PM (doors at 9PM) in the YBCA Forum located at 701 Mission St. Don’t end the evening, join us and experience more!


Regular Admission:
$35 in Advance / $40 at the Door

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10% off regular admission

*Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.

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DJ Spooky

Printz Dance Project

Take a quick look at each day’s programs below. For the full schedule, see the TRANSFORM Fest page.
MAY 10
MAY 11
MAY 13
MAY 16
MAY 17
MAY 18
Smart Night Out
YBCA Member Exclusive
MAY 19


Photos: DJ Spooky by Paul Miller Figgis. Printz Dance by Jeff Zender.

Arctic Rhythms is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

YBCA Programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The 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: Surdna Foundation,, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.