Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Presents RAWdance

full calendar


For the 15th annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, RAWdance premieres new site-specific work Through my fingers to the deep. The hour-long dance spans various levels, nooks, and pathways of the Gardens, drawing inspiration from the topography and many complex artificial layers beneath the grass, the history of the Gardens/Moscone development and shifting urban landscape, and the reality-bending, melodramatic Edgar Allen Poe poem from which the title of the dance was taken, “A Dream Within a Dream.”

The piece is created in collaboration with composer Joel St. Julien and scenic designer Sean Riley. Through my fingers to the deep is a commission of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and Zaccho’s Studio Residency Program.

Get some behind-the-scenes insight into the work through YBGF’s blog about the performance and RAWdance’s interview with Zaccho’s Joanna Haigood about the company’s residency and approach to site-specific creation!


7pm Friday, July 17
7pm Saturday, July 18
1pm Sunday, July 19


Please meet on the Esplanade near the waterfall at Yerba Buena Gardens
773 Mission St. (between 3rd and 4th), San Francisco
From there, guides will lead you through the performance


This is a FREE event with open seating. Some walking is required to travel from site to site.

Yerba Buena Gardens is ADA accessible. Please leave pets at home.

Phone: 415.543.1718 (Festival)