Robert Moses’ Kin to present ‘RISE’

Robert Moses’ Kin Dance CompanyThe dance company Robert Moses’ Kin will present RISE, its 19th annual home season, for four performances only on January 23-26 in San Francisco. Described by The Huffington Post as “a visually delicious beast that never comes short of dazzling the senses,” RISE is an evening of choreography by Artistic Director Robert Moses that includes two world premieres, The Slow Rise of a Rigid Man and Profligate Iniquities, as well as the reprise of the 2013 hit NEVABAWARLDAPECE (“never be a world of peace.”)


Set to a selection of Sephardic romances (traditional Jewish music from Spain), Profligate Iniquities is one of Moses’s two new works for his company. “These Sephardic romances are rich and inspiring polyrhythmic gems,” says Moses, who recently discovered the beautiful and haunting Sephardic music as recorded by the Viennese chamber ensemble, Accentus Ensemble, almost by accident while researching new music for different projects. For The Slow Rise of a Ridged Man Moses himself returns to the stage to perform this new solo as a compliment to his 2000 family-themed work, Blood in Time.


The program will also feature the reprise of the 2013 work NEVABAWARLDAPECE, featuring music and text by Obie and Bessie award-winning writer and performer Carl Hancock Rux; Afro-Celtic, Folk-Funk, Hip-Appalachian vocalist Laura Love; MacArthur Fellow, blues musician and composer Corey Harris; and rock guitarist and composer Paul Carbonara. The work explores critical moments of change in America’s liberation movements, insurrections and revolts.


Performances of RISE will be presented in the Lam Research Theater at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. All performances are at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to or call 415-978-ARTS.


Photo by RJ Muna, courtesy of Robert Moses’ Kin.