SFIAF 2014 Performance Artists

In addition to presenting and producing performing arts projects in San Francisco, the Festival also works with local artists whose work has been developed at SFIAF to get the work on tour both in the United States and abroad.

We have two projects that we are currently actively promoting:

placas.jpgPLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo

starring Ric Salinas

Written by Paul S. Flores
Developed with and Directed by Michael John Garcés

PLACAS is scheduled to tour the United States in the spring of 2014. Performances will take place in Washington DC, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Denver and New York City.

For more information on booking PLACAS:  

Contact Deborah Blin or call the SFIAF office at 415-399-9554

Visit the PLACAS Archive for additional information.

inkBoat-fall2012.jpgCrazy Cloud

by inkBoat and Ko Murobushi

Touring Company: Shinichi Iova-Koga (director/performer), Dana Iova-Koga (performer), Sherwood Chen (performer), Peiling Kao (performer), Allen Willner (technical director)

Co-Directors: Ko Murobushi and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Composers: Shahzad Ali Ismaily, Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi
Lighting Design: Allen Willner
Props: Frank Lee
Photography: Pak Han

Produced and Presented by: inkBoat, U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network and San Francisco International Arts Festival.

Download Tech Rider (PDF)

Contact the SFIAF office at 415-399-9554

Crazy Cloud is 57 minutes long with no intermission.

Throughout our 4-year process of creating Crazy Cloud, we keep returning to the source material- the life and poetry of Ikkyu Sojun, whose vibrant existence is documented through scholarship, folk tales, manga and a children's cartoon. Ko Murobushi introduced some concepts. One: stupidness. Two: "ton-chi", which he translated as "the breaking of the way" or setting up an expectation and then diverting from the path. Ikkyu Sojun struck us for his ability to see beyond the conventional thinking of his time. He embraced the completeness of life and not the façade. His name roughly translates into "One Pause" signifying his moment of enlightenment that fell in the space between two crow calls. In contrast to this name, which conjures images of peace, is Ikkyu's nickname, Crazy Cloud.

Founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998, inkBoat is a performance collective built by and with the collaborative efforts of choreographers, dancers, musicians, visual artists, directors and actors. Presenting in environments ranging from traditional proscenium to site specific, inkBoat's performances evoke both the traditional and the experimental. 1960's avant-gardists from Japan and Europe are the most notable trailblazers in our un-named lineage. inkBoat has been awarded "Outstanding Achievement in Company Performance" from the Isadora Duncan Awards (Izzie) for the 2008 production of "c(H)ord." "Outstanding Performance Izzie" for 2004's "Ame to Ame" and "Best Visual Design" Izzie for 2003's "Heavens' Radio."

The presentation and tour of "The Crazy Cloud Collection" was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional tour funding comes from Performing Arts Japan, a program of Japan Foundation.

"The Crazy Cloud Collection" is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica in partnership with San Francisco International Arts Festival and NPN.

The world premiere of the Crazy Cloud Collection at San Francisco International Arts Festival 2010 was produced by inkBoat, the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network, Inc. and the San Francisco International Arts Festival, developed through a residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at The Florida State University and has been funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project (NDP) with generous support by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation as well as National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Bernard Osher Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation, National Performance Network Creation Fund, and National Performance Network Forth Fund.