Founded in 1996 by Kimiko Guthrie and Eric Kupers, Dandelion Dancetheater demonstrates the perfect intersection between dance, acting, experimentation, and community activism. With risk-taking and exploration at the root of all they do, the company demonstrates the possibilities of corporal expression by breaking rules and concepts to change the timeworn aesthetic of dance.
Dandelion thrives on diversity: in the size of its dancers, their abilities and disabilities, their cultural backgrounds, and their sexual orientation. Playing with possibilities while breaking down stereotypes, company members undergo intense rehearsal periods to come up with collaborative pieces that reflect the common thread that runs through what it means to be human. Dandelion Dancetheater performances are usually interactive, as well, bringing the audience directly into the experience.
Besides their usual season in San Francisco, Dandelion performs in festivals and other events throughout the Bay area, in addition to touring. The company has won multiple awards and receives funding from various foundations and individual supporters in order to continue making inventive, entertaining, and thought provoking work. (MK)
Dandelion Dancetheater Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (steps from bus 14 at Mission Street/9th Street; a 3-minute walk from buses 6, 9, 21, and 71 at Market Street/9th Street; and a 6-minute walk from Light Rail Lines F, J, K, L, M, N, and T, and BART trains at the Civic Center Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Dozens of performances and collaborations throughout the year
- Ticket Prices: Range from $13–$24
- Membership: Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.