The 17th Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance & Music : Reunión/Gathering

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The 17th Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance & Music : Reunión/Gathering

Seven local and visiting dance companies will create original choreography rooted in the Caribbean and it’s Diaspora.

By CubaCaribe

When and where

Date and time

April 7 · 8pm - April 9 · 6:30pm PDT


Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

The second weekend of the festival features a mixed program showcasing performances by local and visiting companies: Alafia Dance Ensemble (San Francisco), Agua Doce Dance (Santa Cruz), Cuicacalli (San Francisco), Emilio Hernandez Gonzalez (Havana, Cuba), Embodiment Project (Bay Area), La Unión Matancera (Los Angeles), Batey Tambó (Bay Area) and Los Lupeños de San José (San Jose).

You will get to see Afro-Brazilian, Cuban, House, Puerto Rican and Mexican Folkloric dance!

This year's theme is reunión or gathering, which can be either a noun or a verb, something we do or is done. “After the last few years in a global pandemic, we recognize the importance of physically coming together. The isolation and gradual reuniting have taken many forms. For this year’s Festival, we are reflecting on our individual and shared experiences and resilience." - Jamaica Itule-Simmons, Executive Director of CubaCaribe

The April 8 performance includes the pre-show 2023 Honoree Celebration at 8pm, paying tribute to the community contributions of Dr. Yvonne Daniel, Ph.D, Professor Emerita of Dance and Afro-American Studies at Smith College for her Caribbean dance research.

17th Annual Festival of Dance & Music

Performances of Reunión/Gathering are Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at 8pm, and Sunday, April 9 at 5pm, at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco. Tickets $28

About the organizer

Organized by

CubaCaribe was co-founded in 2003 by visual artist/dancer Jamaica Itule and dancer/choreographer Ramón Ramos Alayo in order to tap into the large talent pool represented by the significant community of Cuban and Caribbean artists who live and practice in the Bay Area. Since its inception, the organization has become widely known for the diversity and quality of its programming, and its deep roots in the Diasporic community under Artistic Director Ramos's leadership.

CubaCaribe's mission is to preserve, promote and present the vibrant cultural and artistic traditions of the Caribbean and its Diaspora. Founded on the principle that dance, music, and visual art have the power to unite people of diverse perspectives, CubaCaribe fosters greater understanding and appreciation of Caribbean arts and culture.

Our vision for CubaCaribe is to become a long-lasting Bay Area arts institution, expanding the number and variety of programs, forging partnerships with arts and other local organizations and reaching more communities. We will continue to meet the changing needs of the Bay Area’s Cuban and Caribbean Diaspora arts community.

$28 – $48