USF Dance Generators Celebrating a Decade

Dance Generators

The Department of Performing Arts and Thacher Gallery present

USF Dance Generators Celebrating a Decade

Thursdays, April 5 and 12, 11:45-12:45 a.m.

Saturdays, April 7 and 14, 2-3:30 p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall Rooftop Sculpture Terrace

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

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In Base Ten, the USF Dance Generators reflect on ten years of multi-generational dance-making in a lively performance that travels from the Kalmanovitz Amphitheater to the Sculpture Terrace. Through highly physical, theatrical and interactive performance, featuring artists who range in age from 18 to 85, Dance Generators aim to stretch audiences’ definitions of dance. Perspective and memory play key roles in the site-specific exploration, as Base Ten examines the number ten through movement, ideas and stories that transform the number and transcend time.

Co-presented by the Dance Program and Thacher Gallery, featuring USF's Chinese Percussion Ensemble and choreography by Natalie Greene, Liv Schaffer, Greacian Goeke & Kaethe Weingarten.

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Photo credit: Dance Generators, photo by Max Gibson

Rooftop Sculpture Terrace History

Students and staff gathering at the Rooftop Sculpture TerraceFrom 2000-2003, the Thacher Gallery sponsored an annual outdoor exhibition and now continues this tradition with biannual exhibitions on the Kalmanovitz Hall rooftop sculpture terrace. It opened in the Fall of 2008 with "The Puma at the End of Fulton Street: San Francisco Sculptor Arthur Putnam" featuring five figurative bronzes from the de Young Museum's collection.

When visiting the sculpture terrace, be sure to view the two historic portals located in Kalmanovitz Hall. The Romanesque Portal located in the Lou and Suzanne Giraulo Atrium dates to around 1175-1200. It came from Northern Italy, and shows Adam and Eve at the Tree of Knowledge. A gift of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the portal was raised through a generous gift of Diane Wilsey in honor of her late husband Alfred Wilsey.

The Santa Maria de Ovila Portal (ca. 1575) in the outdoor amphitheater between Kalmanovitz and Cowell Halls comes from a monastery approximately 90 miles northwest of Madrid, Spain. It features fine renaissance carvings of Saint Catherine and Saint Mary Magdalene, and God the Father. Brought to the United States by William Randolph Hearst, it stood for many years in the former  de Young Museum building in Golden Gate Park, and was given to USF by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It serves as the backdrop of the Ovila Amphitheater, a vibrant new performance space at the center of the USF campus.


During the academic year, the sculpture terrace is open to the public weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended.