Sara Shelton Mann with David Szlasa
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
December 4, 2015
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano 2015
In the over thirty years of working in San Francisco, Sara Shelton Mann has become the high priestess of Bay Area dance. When in the 1980's she exploded onto the local scene with her raucous, irreverent and high-voltage Contraband company, its interactions between dance, music, theater, visual design and athletic prowess confused more than one arts editor. Who was supposed to cover these shows, dance or theater? Dance Theater was yet to get its name (at least locally). Shelton Mann closed Contraband in 1996. But she has not stopped questioning, pushing and inspiring a whole new generation of dancers. For this past weekend a call had gone out to the tribe. And they came. At one point, probably, close to a hundred performers joined a full house of those who remembered the 1980's and those who were barely born. "Erasing Time" was raucous, irreverent and high-voltage. Only Sara, with the help of some friends, could have pulled it off.