Flying to Freedom [BVOH + Zaccho Dance Theatre]

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Flying to Freedom [BVOH + Zaccho Dance Theatre]

Zaccho Dance Theatre’s Flying to Freedom, a work directed by Joanna Haigood

By Zaccho Dance Theatre and Bayview Opera House

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Starts on Friday, June 16 · 8pm PDT


Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre 4705 Third Street San Francisco, CA 94124 San Francisco, CA 94124

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About this event

Bayview Opera House, Inc. in collaboration with Zaccho Dance Theatre presents this special Juneteenth performance of Flying to Freedom, on June 16 & 17, 2023. This is a curated performance by Joanna Haigood exploring the theme of liberation. Juneteenth is a national holiday that celebrates the day (June 19, 1865) enslaved people in Texas were informed of their emancipation, two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

The piece will showcase the work of local music, theater, dance, and aerial artists reflecting on their own understanding/definition of liberation.

Featured artists include Steven Anthony Jones, Tossie Long, amara tabor smith, Veronica Blair, Toni Cannon, Erik Raymond K. Lee, Jason Span, and Zaccho Youth Company. Haigood provides creative prompts to the performers and will weave together the artists’ material into a coherent whole.

The project also involves a joyful and imaginative community event on April 20, 2023, that asks attendees to consider what it means to achieve individual and collective liberation through an interactive experience of art, music, and community conversation.

Both events are open to people of all ages.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the City of San Francisco's Dream Keeper Initiative, Office of Economic & Workforce Development, and Grants for the Arts as well as the Kimball Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and Fleishhacker Foundation.

About the organizer

About Zaccho Dance Theater

Zaccho Dance Theatre (ZDT) creates and presents performance work that investigates dance as it relates to place. Artistic Director Joanna Haigood's creative work focuses on making dances that use natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Haigood's innovative work involves in-depth research into the history and the character of sites, often involving local communities in the creative process, and typically integrates aerial flight and suspension as ways of expanding performers' spatial and dynamic range. In addition, Zaccho provides performances in San Francisco, nationally and internationally as well as an arts education program for the local community.


About Bayview Opera House, Inc.

Founded in 1989 to manage programs from the historic 1888 South San Francisco Opera House, Bayview Opera House, Inc. (BVOH) is a 501 (c) (3) organization with a mission to serve as the focal point of Art and Culture in the Bayview Hunters Point community by providing accessible diverse, and high-quality arts education, cultural programs and community events in a safe environment.  BVOH highlights the culture and struggle of the African American community in Bayview Hunters Point of the last 50 years.