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Dance Brigade

Choreographer Krissy Keefer is a rabble-rouser, and her company, Dance Brigade, has been at the helm of issue-oriented performance for the past two decades. The group's motley assortment of multidisciplinary works includes pieces that meld art and politics into an effortless goulash of sexy movement — covering topics ranging from violence against women to the psychological implications of war. Keefer's provocative raison d'�tre is archetypes that apply to modern women. Dance Brigade shows are unabashed in their sexuality and opinions, but also offer mystical displays of Buddhist ritual and iconography and a mythic menagerie of prefeminist characters like Pandora and the Queen of Sheba. Time-honored audience favorites include Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie, a radical revision of the Tchaikovsky ballet with a revamped jazz score and a multicultural cast. The company's arresting blend of dance, music, and theatrical brouhaha is marked by a sensibility that's accessible, sassy, and entirely San Franciscan.

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