Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Mass Choreograph 

Wednesday, Mar 28 2012
For about 300 years starting in the 14th century, mainland Europe was afflicted by choreomania, a social phenomenon that caused thousands of people at once to dance hysterically. Some researchers believe the “dancing plague” was an extreme form of stress relief. Certainly, modern studies have demonstrated the benefit of dance for conditions including obesity and dementia (less definitive are those seeking a correlation between good dancers and good lovers, or higher IQs). But we don’t need scientists to tell us that dancing is good for our body and soul. For the past seven years, Dance Anywhere has invited the whole world to trip the light fantastic at exactly the same moment — and that moment comes today. The results have been lovely and wide-ranging. Troupes have appeared on the streets of Estonia and Mexico. Long-married couples have done the foxtrot in Central Park. This year, we know the powerful and culturally diverse Anne Bluethenthal Dancers perform in the atrium of SFMOMA, and Alyce Finwall Dance Theater makes the most of 343 Sansome’s gorgeous rooftop deck. Meanwhile, dancers including Sara Templeton haven’t given an exact location (we know she will dance on a meridian somewhere, for people stopped in traffic), and this embodies the spirit of the thing. For if everyone joins, we can all dance like no one is watching.
Fri., March 30, noon, 2012

About The Author

Silke Tudor

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"