32 Page St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Region: Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin
Part "moving seance" and part love letter, He Moved Swiftly But Gently Down the Not Too Crowded Street: Ed Mock and Other True Tales in a City That Once Was... is a fitting tribute to the late choreographer and dancer. Mock's ability to mix tap, jazz, modern, and African dance styles into socially relevant works that faced the complexity of life as a black, gay artist in 1980s San Francisco inspired an entire generation of dancers. Created by former Ed Mock Dance Company member Amara Tabor-Smith, Swiftly begins at the site of Mock's original dance studio on Page Street. But then it travels on foot towards the Mission, stopping at some of the most significant places where Mock performed. The site-specific works tackle questions of legacy, lineage, and collective memory with a cast of more than 35 artists, including Grammy-nominated composer Anthony Brown and Zaccho Dance Theater director Joanna Haigood.