San Francisco International Arts Festival
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA
May 21-June 8, 2015
by Rita Felciano
copyright Rita Felciano, 2015
No program during the 12th San Francisco International Arts Festival (May 21-June 8) represented this year’s motto Bearing Witness as well as inkBoat’s 'Ritual 8-27', an excerpt from “95 Rituals," a multi-phased endeavor which celebrates the 95th birthday of dance pioneer Anna Halprin. (The complete work will be performed at the Hyde Street Pier in the Bay and outside July 7-11). But this day a motley group of dancers and community members processed along the Bay, listening to the waves, the wind and the gulls oddly in tune with Zen-type bells. Inside the old firehouse, a circle dance ceremony honored those who have gone before us—with Halprin making up her own list. As behooves a communal celebration, it ended around a table laden with fruits and vegetables, and Halprin speaking a blessing.
Shinichi Iova Koga and Anna Halprin in "Ritual 8-27: Market". Photo: Pak Han