Transform Fest - Fall 2017

Sep 14 2017 — Sep 23 2017
Two Weeks, Twice a Year. Game-changing Experiences.

Transform, YBCA’s new festival, celebrates the power of ideas through transformative performance. Each fall and spring, we will convene leading contemporary artists for a provocative showcase of dance, theater, and music. Through these performances and a full schedule of participatory experiences, Transform brings artists and the public together in ways that can only happen at YBCA.

Fall 2017
This fall the festival is built around the urgent question: Why Citizenship?

From the seven newly commissioned performances by prolific Bay Area artists—spanning from contemporary dance to experimental performance—to pop-up installations, community conversations, and even a late-night party that creates dance floor citizenship, each aspect of Transform will inspire and provoke you.

Featuring: Larry Arrington, Giacomo Castagnola, Embodiment Project, Fauxnique, Fogbeast, Jesse Hewit, Sandra Lawson Ndu, RAWdance, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Minoosh Zomorodinia

Festival Packages
The easiest and most affordable way to experience all of YBCA's Transform performance festival is with one of our great packages!
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Thursday, September 14
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Thursday, September 21
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Friday, September 22
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Saturday, September 23
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More Festival Programs

Sep 14–23


Transform Labs gives guest experts and public a chance to discuss and respond to Why Citizenship?

Sep 16 & 23

Pop-up Activations

Experience dynamic, pop-up installations and performances by YBCA Fellows.

Sep 16

Late-Night Dance Party

There’s nothing like a soulful night of music and beats to bring everyone together as citizens of the dance floor.

Sep 17 & 24


Join us for the documentary film Bronx Gothic, a portrait of performer Okwui Okpokwasili.

Sep 21 & Sep 23

Behind the Scenes

Festival curators and designers take you further inside the world of this exciting festival.

Sep 22

Happy Hour: Transform

An exclusive event for YBCA Members at All Access level and above.

Sep 23

50 Cent Tabernacle

A series of open, mixed-level dance classes.

Set Designer

Giacomo Castagnola works in architecture, design, furniture, and public interventions. Responding to the question “Why Citizenship?” the space he’s creating will adapt to the variety of dance styles throughout the festival; each evening’s audience will experience a completely immersive environment. Castagnola’s set design also functions as an installation viewable to the public prior to each evening’s program. Currently, Castagnola works between Mexico City and San Francisco on exhibition architecture that investigates new ways to present material culture and art archives. Applying construction systems and modular devices that hack the body of the visitor to change the way it relates to space, he breaks the formal status of how one needs to behave, choreographing the body in a more casual manner.