San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Includes movement class at 7:30 pm.
The first of a planned series on the last Thursday of the month, Ecstatic Dance Live! presents live bands, movement classes, and a social hour. Tonight features Gamelan X and the Balinese Monkey Chant, as well as Body of Sound, a journey into rhythm, voice, and movement with Alyssa DeCaro.
With roots in Hawaii and Burning Man, and on to historic Sweet’s Ballroom in Oakland, Ecstatic Dance Live! combines disciplines and brings the audience to the center of the experience, not as spectators but as participants, creating transformational energy in a dance community setting and reaching for a conscious, complete experience.
Gamelan X provides the live music. The 2011 winner of the Burning Man Marching Band contest, at the festival where they always stand out, the 12-member ensemble Gamelan X has been labeled “The Bay Area’s own Funkadelic of ethnomusicology” (San Francisco Bay Guardian), as it draws inspiration from Indonesian, Balkan, African, Indian, and American traditions. The dynamic, original music is a hybrid of interlocking Balinese rhythms and sinewy melodies that pulls the audience into a vast, exotic soundscape. The musicians perform on a customized set of bronze gongs that expands the traditional harmonic palette of Balinese music. Add synth bass, live drum kit, brass, strings, African percussion, engaging group choreography, and crowd interaction, and the result is a visceral groove experience that excites and entrances listeners. “Gamelan X is a precision-guided tour de force of rhythm, sounds, theater and performance art. Think Cirque du Soleil meets Sun Ra and you won’t want to miss them,” says Evan Levy, director of Georgia’s Art in Freedom Park.
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).