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Dance Brigade performs at Bay Area Rising’s Evolution: Drum! Dance! Rise!
February 14, 2015
7pm (doors open 6:30)

First Presbyterian Church, at 2619 Broadway, Oakland CA

Dance Brigade in collaboration with CubaCaribe presents
Summer Feast 2014: Fiesta de Verano
A walking tour at twilight

Sunday, August 31, Gates 5pm; Show 6pm

Tickets: or
$30 general;
$15 youth available in person at
Mazahar Boutique, 38 S Main St, Willits CA

Tickets will also be sold starting at 5pm the day of event if not sold out
(cash only please at gate).

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NAKA Dance Theater by
William Roper

Dance Brigade by
Mily Trabing

Alayo Dance Company by
Mathew DeGumbia

Alayo Dance Company by
Mathew DeGumbia

A site specific work of dance, drumming and drama with a Cuban flair in the enchanted hills of Northern California. Featured artists: Alayo Dance Company, NAKA Dance Theater, Dance Brigade, CubaCamp artists and more!

Performances will be held at 10501 Dos Rios Road, Dos Rios between the towns of Covelo and Laytonville in Mendocino County. Gates open at 5pm and show begins promptly at 6pm (the gate will be closed after 6pm). Please contact us if you would like to spend the night and want to camp or need accommodation recommendations. The show will require that the audience does some walking.

For details and more information, please call 415-826-4441 or 707-983-6977. You may also email

Dance Brigade presents
Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair

Now through February 15!

January 24 - February 15, 2014
Thurs-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 6pm
Please note:
Sat, Feb 8 shows are at 4pm & 7pm;
No shows Feb 9 nor Feb 14

Tickets: or
$22 in advance
$27 at the door

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Proceeds from this performance benefit Dance Brigade's community programs and youth program

Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St, SF CA 94110 *, 415-826-4441

Dance Brigade presents its latest dance-drama installation. Directed and conceived by Krissy Keefer, Hemorrhage captures the current crisis of world affairs by focusing on the connection between global warming, war, racism and the continued attack on the rights of women. Using the back drop of the Mission District and the onslaught of evictions, Keefer will explore the connection of the these current events via her hair trigger analysis. Dance Brigade is known for the way it uses modern dance, storytelling, and Taiko drumming to create a compelling narrative. Honed of the company's 37-year history, the all-female cast uses strong theatrics, humor and compelling original text to explore today's political and social situation, while also employing contemporary dance forms such as hip hop, house and reggaeton.

West Wave Dance Festival Presents
Dance Mission Theater / The Beat of 24th and Mission

dance brigadeZ Space, 450 Florida, SF, 94110
Box Office: 866.811.4111

Monday • September 16, 2013 • 8pm

Buy Tickets: $15 advance / $20 at the door /

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Dance Mission Theater’s West Wave Dance Festival entry is The Beat of 24th and Mission, an evening of new dance from the globe that will weave Hip Hop, Taiko, political dance theater and more into a raucous and rebellious single evening that will feature the Dance Mission family of resident artists, teachers and students, including

• Dance Brigade
• Grrrl Brigade
• Allan Frias / Mind Over Matter
• Anna Sullivan / Anna and the Annadroids
• Sean Dorsey / Sean Dorsey Dance
• Nicole Klaymoon's Embodiment Project
• Joti Singh / Duniya Drum and Dance
• Susana Arenas / Arenas Dance Company
• Ramon Ramos Alayo / Alayo Dance Company
• Nol Simonse
• Juan de la Rosa

Dance Brigade is known for its sumptuous, full-throttle dancing; biting, intellectual, insightful wit, and provocative originality. This dynamic multi-racial troupe of women proves that socially relevant dance can be technically brilliant, as well as exuberant with down-home hilarious fun.

August 24, 2013
Dance Brigade presents
Summer Feast

Saturday, August 24
Show at 5pm, Gates at 2pm

Tickets: $25, general; $15, youth 15 yrs and younger
Tickets are available online at

Dance Brigade's Dos Rios Retreat Center
Dos Rios Road, Dos Rios (between the towns of Covelo and Laytonville in Mendocino County)
** Exact address and directions will be emailed to you once tickets are purchased **

Press Release (download .pdf) >Press Photos >

Dance Brigade,
photo by Jillian Rubin

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Dance Brigade,
photo by Adam Cooper Teran

Dance Brigade Press Photo
photo by Patrick Hicky

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Carpetbag Brigade,
photo by Adam Cooper Teran

Dance Brigade in Dos Rios! Dance Brigade presents Summer Feast, a site-specific work of dance, taiko, stilt walking, music and political theater in the enchanted hills of Northern California. Featuring work by Dance Brigade, Grrrl Brigade, Carpetbag Brigade, Alayo Dance Company, and from Columbia, Nemcatacoa Teatro, Hojarasca and Verbo*Bala.

Dance Brigade presents Summer Feast, an outdoor dance theater extravaganza in rural Dos Rios, California. With a wide array of artists, this site-specific performance will include dance, taiko, stilt walking, political theater, and music. Featuring over forty artists, including international groups, the audience will be taken on a two-hour magical journey through the wooded landscape along the Eel River. Taking advantage of the beauty that the land has to offer, these diverse performers will look to the environment for their inspiration and guide the audience through their enchanted world of art, beauty, and sometimes challenging politics.

San Francisco-based Dance Brigade is celebrated for its scrumptious dancing, explosive Taiko, and delicious fun. The company explores the intersection between art and social politics with fierce inventiveness and deft comic touch. Carpetbag Brigade (Bay Area) and Nemcatacoa (Colombia) are two physical theater companies that use acrobatic stilts, modern dance, Butoh and Contact Improvisation to tell their tales. This international collaboration will include music and spoken word by Hojarasa Andina (Colombia) and Verbo•Bala (Arizona, by way of Mexico). Hojarasca plays contemporary music on traditional Andean music and Verbo•Bala mixes spoken word with electronic music. This synthesis of two distinct musical groups creates a sound that is completely new and unique. Alayo Dance Company (Bay Area) fuses Afro-Cuban modern, folkloric and popular Cuban dance, attracting a diverse audience that includes devotees of both the contemporary and folkloric arts.

Performance will be held in Dos Rios between the towns of Laytonville and Covelo in Mendocino County. Address and directions will be emailed to you after tickets are purchased. Gates open at 2pm. Come early to enjoy the land, take a swim and eat the picnic lunch that you brought from home (no food/drink sold on premises). Show begins at 5:30pm. Please arrive no later than 5pm. Please contact us if you would like to spend the night and need accommodation recommendations. Wear sneakers as this performance will require some walking.

For questions, please call 415-826-44441 or email

For more information about participating companies, please visit

December 19-20, 2012
Dance Brigade presents
Voluspa: A Ghost Dance for 2012

December 19-20; Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm

Tickets are $12-$20 and are available at or 1-800-838-3006

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Imperial Silence,
photo by Gordon Huang

Dance Brigade Press Photo
NAKA Dance Theater,
photo by Kim Anno

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Dance Brigade,
photo by Debbie Smith

Dance Brigade is pleased to announce Voluspa: A Ghost Dance for 2012, a ritual dance performance that explores/marks the 2012 end of the world/regeneration prophesy found in many cultures and articulated perhaps most explicitly and famously by the Mayan calendar. Whether it be the Mayan, the Hopi, the Norse, the Book of Revelation, Wovoka, or contemporary climate scientists, many cultures have the destruction/regeneration story rooted deeply in their mythology. Though prophesy and truth-telling artists will come together to acknowledge and pay tribute to past and present struggles and work towards renewal, bringing our current tumultuous times starkly into focus. Dance Brigade will host the two-night ritual performance at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco with the final evening lasting until 12:30am so that together we can mark December 21st, 2012, the winter solstice and end of the Mayan calendar.

Wednesday, December 19th:

Dance Brigade

Grrrl Brigade

Dance from Imperial Silence: A Dead Opera

NAKA Dance Theater


Nicole Klaymoon


Vicki Noble /Carolyn Brandy Transformational Healing Circle

Thursday, December 20th:

Dance Brigade

Grrrl Brigade

Danza Xitlalli

NAKA Dance Theater

Sarah Bush Dance Project

Nicole Klaymoon

Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers

Arenas Dance Company

Vicki Noble /Carolyn Brandy Transformational Healing Circle

(Please note that on Thursday the healing circle will go until 12:30am, so that together we can mark December 21st 2012, the winter solstice and end of the Mayan calendar.)

Brigade present
We'Moon Salon

Sunday, November 11 at 7pm

FREE!! (Box office opens at 6pm day of event)

The iconic feminist datebook celebrates 32 years! Artists and writers step off the calendar pages and present their creative offerings in a first-ever Bay Area gathering of We'Moon contributors and friends. Join us in honoring local women visionaries and celebrating over three decades of the co-creation that is We'Moon. Dance Brigade will also be presenting work.

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Dance Brigade performs at the 2012 International Taiko Festival

November 16, 2012 Friday

Location: Lam Research Theater
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St. @ 3rd St San Francisco CA

more information >

photo by Stella Adelman

photo by Daniel Jouny

Dance Brigade performs
in the Spring Festival 2012

Produced by Culture Resource
(Al Mawred Al Thaqafy)

May 13-19, 2012

The only American company participating in this international festival, we have been invited to present
"Cavewomen: The Next Incarnation" in Cairo and Beirut.

For more information about the Festival >>

Dance Brigade's Dance Mission and
Iraq Vets Against the War present
a stage reading of a new play by Aaron Loeb


January 7 - 9, 2012

Saturday @ 8pm
Sunday @ 6pm
Monday @ 5pm

Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street, SF

Written by Aaron Loeb

Directed by Timothy Near

Choreographed by Krissy Keefer

Featuring Stacey Ross, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe and Lauren English, with dance/drumming by Dance Brigade

The play explores the new face of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome as soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan and how women are (mis)treated in the army.

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Dance Brigade presents

The Revolutionary
Nutcracker Sweetie -
The Kidz Version

December 10 - 11, 2011

Saturday @ 2pm and 6pm;
Sunday @ 1pm and 5pm

Brava Theater
2781 24th Street (@ York)
San Francisco

Tickets: $15.00
or at Dance Mission

$17 at the door

Featuring Grrrl Brigade, Nol Simonse, Sonya Smith, Stella Adelman, Sarah Bush, Bruce "Mui" Ghent, Leila Baradaran, Fredrika Keefer, Tina Banchero and Dance Mission's Youth Program.

From 1987 to 1997 Dance Brigade produced their annual production of the Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie in Oakland. Over ten years, it reached a total of 40,000 audience members and was a beloved community institution. Dance Brigade decided to remount it again starting in 2007 only this time at the Brava Theater in San Francisco and featuring Dance Mission's Youth Program.

In Dance Brigade's Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie, Clara is an undocumented worker who works for the wealthiest family in town, the McGreeds. Our story opens just as the biggest bash of the year is beginning - the McGreed's holiday party. To the McGreeds' dismay, their wayward gay son, a pink Mohawk-sporting, Che-shirt wearing Drosselmeyer, crashes the party and gives Clara a freedom-fighting Nutcracker doll from South Africa. Together Clara and the Nutcracker go on a journey of self-discovery and realization where they run into a homeless Sugar Plum Fairy, an Angel of Resistance, and a Snow Queen mourning the melting of the Ice Caps. Where else would you find ariel dance, Spy Mice and a magical Under Water World? Why only at the Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie!!

The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie uses Taiko, Tap, Modern, Trapeze, Belly Dance, Salsa, Ballet, Bungee, Salsa and Hip Hop to tell its story and address contemporary concerns such as global warming and consumerism with humor and artistry. The production is fantastic for those who are looking for a winter activity but are not in the mood for another year of "A Christmas Carol."

Proceeds benefit Dance Mission's Youth Program

From Wallflower Order to Dance Brigade: A 35-Year Retrospective Celebration
Presenting The Great Liberation Upon Hearing and Other Herstorical Dances

November 18-20, 2011
Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2 pm

Novellus Theater at
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard (at 3rd Street), San Francisco

*** FREE! ***

The event is free and seating is first come, first served. The lobby opens one hour prior to showtime, and theater doors open a half-hour prior to curtain.

For donor-reserved orchestra seating, please call 415-826-4441. Your donations help support Grrrl Brigade and Dance Brigade!

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This evening of sumptuous dancing, explosive Taiko, and delicious fun celebrates the history of Krissy Keefer's Dance Brigade - from The Wallflower Order Dance Collective of the 1970's, to what is the Dance Brigade organization of today. Dance Brigade is known for the fierce inventiveness and deft comic touch in which it explores the intersection between art and social issues. With reprises of Great Liberation Upon Hearing and other iconic dances, we trace the journey of what was one the nation's first feminist dance companies.

This performance is supported by Dancers' Group's New Stages for Dance program. For more information about this free event, please call 415-273-4633 or

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"Dance Brigade packed a wallop that had the audience shouting its approval throughout the evening. - The Atlanta Constitution