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2022 San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival
Zaccho Dance Theatre and the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture co-present the 5th biennial San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival as part of FORT MASON ART’s Summer 2022 program. The San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival takes place Friday, August 19, 2022 through Sunday, August 21, 2022.

The city’s premiere aerial arts event, the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival features internationally recognized artists and exciting newcomers breaking into the field, bringing together spectacle, daring athleticism, aerial dance, and circus.

The 2022 festival will be a dynamic event featuring an evening group performance at the Cowell Theater, a youth matinee performance, and the premiere of a new site-specific aerial performance by world renowned choreographer Robert Moses’ KIN at the Festival Pavilion. New for 2022, we are excited to present New Experiments in partnership with CounterPulse - a mixed performance opportunity for aerial artists to come together to build community, share ideas, and present short new works.

Buy your tickets below for each of these innovative and unique performances today!

Evening Group Performance at Cowell Theater
8:00pm on Friday Aug. 19 & Saturday Aug. 20

Youth Matinee Performance at Cowell Theater
12:00pm on Saturday Aug. 20

Robert Moses’ KIN at the Festival Pavilion
3:00pm on Saturday Aug. 20 and Sunday Aug. 21

NEW EXPERIMENTS Showcase at CounterPulse
7:00pm on Sunday Aug. 21

FORT MASON ART is pleased to continue supporting the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival. The San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival is also generously supported by San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, the Gerbode Foundation’s New Choreographer Award, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Terry Sendgraff Trust, and Zaccho's community of individual donors.
Group Performance at Cowell Theater


The evening group performance on Friday and Saturday night will include the world premiere of choreographer Veronica Blair’s Rainbow is Enuf at the Cowell Theater, a reimaging of legendary playwright Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, expressed through the lens of modern circus. Also performing on the group program are Montreal-born and Bay Area trapeze artist Shannon Gray, international aerialist Pamela Donohoo, Cassandra Cornell and Rachel Karabenick from Las Vegas, and Melissa Knowles and Terry Crane of Acrobatic Conundrum from Seattle.
Youth Matinee Performance at Cowell Theater


The SFAAF Youth Matinee Performance on Saturday, August 20th showcases young aerialists from Circus Center’s San Francisco Youth Circus, Kinetic Arts Center's Circus Spire, Mendocino Center for Circus Arts' Circus Mecca, Destiny Arts Youth Performance, and Zaccho Youth Company.
Robert Moses' KIN at Festival Pavilion


New site-specific aerial performance by world renowned choreographer Robert Moses’ KIN Dance Company at the Festival Pavilion. Choreographer, writer, and composer Robert Moses joins SFAAF during Robert Moses’ KIN’s 27th anniversary season. This will be Robert Moses’ first foray into aerial performance art with a new installation piece integrating older works with aerial explorations with ropes and harnesses. Moses has created over 100 works of varying styles and genres for his highly praised dance company, as well as composing many of the sound and narrative scores since 2008.

For this new work for SF Aerial Arts Festival, the choreographer offers the following context:

An oral history of God’s disappointment in man’s spiritual decline:

On June 2, 2002, Moses sat down to interview God. This work comes from that conversation and subsequent interviews. But because God is so long-winded that the text and expected resultant book, part of which you’re holding in your hand, has been delayed (to give God a chance to take a breath). So instead Moses has decided to fill the gap between God’s Voice and the time it takes to take a breath with a (for this world at any rate) world premiere dance. Music, text, choreography by Moses… With help from what’s isz name.
New Experiments at CounterPulse
New Experiments is a unique opportunity for aerial artists to come together to build community, share ideas, and present short new works in a mixed program presented in partnership with CounterPulse. In advance of the public performance, artists will participate in an open rehearsal at Zaccho Studio where they can share feedback among fellow participants as well as established dance and aerial choreographers in the field.