The Masquerade 4 Prince

April 29, 2017, 6:30–8pm
Traveling performance procession begins at the Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market Street, San Francisco

SOMArts is proud to partner with The Global Street Dance Masquerade to present A Masquerade 4 Prince on Saturday, April 29. Beginning at the Luggage Store Gallery (1007 Market Street) at 6:30 pm, this site-specific dance, drag-memorial and creative offering will culminate with a full-body masquerade suit in tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson. The performance procession will end at the Tenderloin National Forest (501 Ellis Street) with a community celebration and reception.

Taking place one year and seven days after the passing of Prince, the Masquerade 4 Prince will pay homage to the elevation of Prince as an ancestor — reclaiming concepts of death and celebration originating from the African Diaspora. The masquerade will illuminate Prince’s influence on people of color in the LGBTQ community through invocation, street dance performance and procession.

The Masquerade 4 Prince was developed by Pridgen and an ensemble cast of performers as part of a year-long residency at SOMArts. The performance will begin at 7:00 pm at the Luggage Store Gallery and will travel through the Tenderloin neighborhood before ending at the Tenderloin National Forest. Volunteers will be stationed along the performance route to direct audience members.

Incorporating contemporary street dance practices from around the world into the ancient tradition of masquerading, the Global Street Dance Masquerade reveals the influence of the African diaspora in traditional and contemporary dance techniques. The Masquerade 4 Prince will honor Prince’s legacy and celebrate the vibrant and diverse LGBTQ communities of San Francisco.

Dave J. Adams
Rotimi Agbabiaka
Jay-Marie Hill
Frankie Lee lll
Tika Morgan
Shireen Rahimi
Dezi Soley
Alex Werth (DJ)

Community Tarpana & Prasad Offering by Rakeem aka Rasika Govinda Das & Iskon Berkeley

The Masquerade 4 Prince is part of a series of performances made possible in part by a grant from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Subsequent Global Street Dance Masquerade performances presented in partnership with SOMArts will include a final performance at SOMArts in May 2017.

The Masquerade 4 Prince is free to attend and will begin at 6:30 pm at the Luggage Store Gallery (1007 Market Street, San Francisco). This traveling performance requires walking and standing for up to 1 hour on public sidewalks.

The Luggage Store Gallery is accessible via public transportation on the 19, 27 and 9 bus lines. Powell Street is the closest BART station.

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