Encore, Encore!

No other art feels mortality the way dance does, with its medium only the frail, ephemeral flesh. The San Francisco dance community comes together to raise funds for choreographer Enrico Labayen, who is currently battling Hepatitis C, with performances that counter the body's weakness with a show of solidarity and strength. Companies that have donated performances to Encore for Enrico include Robert Moses' Kin, Alayo Dance Company, Kinetech Arts, Dance Theater of San Francisco, Mudita Arts, Dance Wright Project, World Dance Fusion, and Quimera Project. A two-time Isadora Duncan Award winner, Labayen's dramatic, emotional work has been staged worldwide. Labayen Dance/SF performs excerpts of past favorites, and Labayen himself, health permitting, performs a new solo work, “Will You Be There for Me?” on the fear of dying alone. Though sober in its ambitions, the evening is also a celebration of life and the power of community.

Sat., July 12, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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