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SF Ballet's New Works Festival (Episode #603H)

KQED 9: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 -- 7:30 PM

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the San Francisco Ballet mounted an ambitious festival of new works, ten world premieres by ten choreographers. Spark follows the creation of three of these works by some of the country's most renowned choreographers - Mark Morris, Margaret Jenkins, and Christopher Wheeldon - exploring the new directions they are taking this centuries-old art form. Morris has enlisted longtime friend Isaac Mizrahi to design the costumes and John Adams to compose the music for his ballet, both collaborators stellar figures in their own fields. Margaret Jenkins, the highly respected Bay Area choreographer, has members of the Ballet company working in an entirely new way - within her modern dance tradition. Christopher Wheeldon, heralded as the next Balanchine, blends elements of traditional and classical ballet.

Fiore, A.C.T.'s Blood Knot, and Liu (Episode #601H)

KQED 9: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 -- 7:30 PM

* Take a backstage look at American Conservatory Theater's production of "The Blood Knot," a play by Athol Fugard set in apartheid South Africa during the 1960s.
* Also, meet San Francisco political cartoonist Mark Fiore, who quit his job at a daily newspaper to experiment with a new format - animated political cartoons for the web.
* And, go to the studio of Oakland painter Hung Liu, who draws inspiration from photographs of people during Mao's cultural revolution.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Jul 27, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 -- 1:30 AM

Chitresh Das Dance Company, Mark Jackson, Midori (Episode #509H)

KQED 9: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 -- 7:30 PM

Learn the secret behind kathak from master Pandit Chitresh Das. Go behind the scenes with director and playwright Mark Jackson on his production of "American $uicide." Meet violinist Midori for a one-night appearance at San Francisco Performances.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 11, 2012 -- 1:30 AM

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Shailja Patel, and Ronn Guidi (Episode #501H)

KQED 9: Tue, Jul 3, 2012 -- 7:30 PM

* Meet the Lawrence Ferlinghetti you didn't know - you might already know him as a poet, but did you also know that he's a painter, too?
* Then visit Kenyan-born Indian American Shailja Patel as she performs her spoken word piece about migration and personal history.
* See how Oakland Ballet artistic director Ronn Guidi comes out of retirement to save the dance company he loves.
* And finally see how Rene Garcia Jr.'s glitter portraits shine.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 8, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 7, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 7, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Jul 4, 2012 -- 1:30 AM

Yoshi's, Hijos del Sol, Diamano Coura (Episode #605)

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Spark visits Yoshi's new venue in San Francisco's historic Fillmore district, and explores efforts to reinvigorate the jazz scene with shows dubbed "Local Legends," featuring artists like Sugar Pie de Santo. Next, meet painter Jose Ortiz whose Salinas after-school program, Hijos del Sol, is turning young kids from tough neighborhoods onto art. Then join Dr. Zak Diouf and Naomi Washington Diouf and their Diamano Coura West African Dance Company in the weeks leading up to their annual repertoire concert.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Jul 3, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
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