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Presidio Dance Theatre Spring Season Gala, Honoring Roselyne C. Swig

Presidio Dance Theatre Spring Season Gala, Honoring Roselyne C. Swig

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Herbst Theatre (Performance) & Green Room (Gala Dinner)

401 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102

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You are cordially invited to join the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation for our performance and gala dinner honoring Roselyne Chroman Swig

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Please join the Board of Directors of the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation; Gala Co-Chairs Farah Makras and Sonya Molodetskaya; and Honoree Roselyne Chroman Swig (2022 Humanitarian Awardee) for our Spring Season Performance & Gala!

Wednesday, June 1st

Five o’clock in the evening

The Little Lantern Ballet®~Herbst Theatre

Seven o’clock in the evening Gala Dinner~Green Room

The evening will benefit our Educational, Performance, & Cultural Diplomacy Programs.

THE LITTLE LANTERN BALLET©

In 2006, PDT Artistic Director Sherene Melania received a copy of the The Little Lantern. She immediately fell in love with the story and its ability to present global issues and solutions. The tale explores the ways in which collaboration, despite gender; social standing; and pre-existing borders, can transcend difficult circumstances to establish a sense of unity. Sherene’s vision was to create a ballet theatre production that would expose audiences to the rich cultural traditions of the Near & Middle East, generating an awareness and appreciation of our mutual humanity.

The Little Lantern Ballet© combines elements of dance with theatrical methods of stage performance. Set to a captivating score by composers George Somi and Fathi Aljarah and featuring the Mesopotamian Night Choir, The Little Lantern Ballet© is interspersed with narration and audience participation. Showcasing costumes and sets designed and created by artists of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia, this fusion of Near & Middle Eastern folkloric music and dance with classical ballet has thrilled audiences since premiere in 2014. You don’t want to miss this lively, family-friendly show!

PRESIDIO PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION

The Presidio Performing Arts Foundation (PPAF) was founded with the vision of providing quality arts education programs to underserved Bay Area youth and supporting the arts in San Francisco. For twenty-four years the PPAF has been dedicated to preserving, enhancing and presenting dance, music and theatre traditions in their historical context, increasing public knowledge and appreciation of peoples and art forms throughout the world.

Since 2001, the PPAF has partnered with the San Francisco Unified School District, offering free performances and after-school dance classes in collaboration with SFUSD. PPAF welcomes all body types and genders. The Foundation annually hosts over 108,000 children for the free performance by the Presidio Dance Theatre, "Dancing Across Cultures," at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. The Foundation’s dance company and school preserve, enhance, and present dance, music, and theatre traditions in their historical context, increasing public knowledge and appreciation of peoples and art forms throughout the world. The Presidio Performing Arts Foundation has been internationally recognized as San Francisco’s “youngest cultural ambassadors.”

PPAF's outreach program, DANCEOUT!, utilizes dance as a form of youth development, providing opportunities for sustained engagement in the arts and advancing racial equity while building social capital. Our outreach program provides scholarships to underserved students as well as free public performances, lectures, and community classes for Bay Area residents. The Presidio Performing Arts Foundation annually hosts 6,000 children for “Children’s Day at the SF War Memorial Opera House,” presenting free multi-cultural dance performances in partnership with the SF Unified School District. To date, 120,000+ Bay Area community members have benefitted from DANCEOUT!. Approximately 45% of all DANCEOUT! students are the first in their families to attend a university and 99% of all DANCEOUT! graduates pursue a college education.

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