The Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now is an annual event celebrating African and African American Dance and Culture with three weekends of dynamic performances, featuring award-winning Bay Area choreographers and companies.
Lead organizations AAAPAC and K*STAR* Productions have joined forces to present a comprehensive festival celebrating the diverse artistic expression within the context of African and African American dance and culture. The festival strives to offer multi-faceted programming that addresses the needs of artists: networking, mentoring, training, outreach; and the community: affordable/accessible programming, cultural enrichment and arts education.
The festival is hosting two professional development programs each year:
Artist Mentoring Program (AMP) - sponsoring 2-3 emerging artists, working with mentor choreographers, culminating in new work being presented in the Next Wave Choreographers Showcase.
Technical Training Program - sponsoring 4-6 African American men and women, from local high schools and colleges (ages 17 - 25) to train in aspects of technical theater, culminating in working on the stage crew among seasoned professionals running the Festival.
Encouraging community participation and arts education, the festival sponsors a series of master classes in Bay Area schools and dance studios; a symposium, featuring a panel of artists, scholars and arts activists; Next Wave Choreographers Showcase highlighting the work of emerging and mid-career choreographers, Dance on Film series, and post-performance curtain talks, offering the opportunity for dialogue between audiences and artists.