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#PublicCanvas unites vertical dance, local content, music and spoken word to reframe the experience of urban community. BANDALOOP artistic director/choreographer Amelia Rudolph, together with spoken word artists from Youth Speaks, will layer BANDALOOP’s signature vertical dance with spoken word and live music collages set to music on the side of a building. The resulting performances animate a presenter’s chosen site and draw out a conversation on each local place. This multi-layered investigation of place-based memory, change and renewal will include an original score by composer Ben Judovalkis. Video content is an optional element, adding a visual environment in which the choreography takes place. The inclusion of crowd-sourced narrative and imagery will address specific local issues in each place.  

With partners Youth Speaks, Illuminate and Madrone, BANDALOOP produced the world premiere in San Francisco in June 2016 to sold-out crowds. Target audiences include those who live, work and travel through the performance site and nearby area, as well as arts audiences, families, climbers and those interested in restoration of the urban core of our country. Working closely with each presenter, BANDALOOP assists in the choosing of a site for the work which includes a central, vertical dance friendly wall with adjacent audience space.  A site visit with built-in community engagement activities will be part of the pre-production process to draw out local content.

Funding for #PUBLICCANVAS provided by:

  • San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Fleishhacker Foundation
  • The Kenneth Rainin Foundation
  • The CA Arts Council