Mary Sano and Amber Sky dancing “Body & Soul” from the traditional Duncan repertoire, originally performed by Isadora Duncan in 1916. Part of "Dancing Dreaming Isadora," presented in Tokyo last month.

SAN FRANCISCO — The 15th annual Dionysian Festival, celebrating the 135th anniversary of Isadora Duncan’s birth, will be presented Saturday, May 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 27, at 6 p.m. at Mary Sano Dance Studio, 245 5th St., Studio 314 (at Tehama between Howard and Folsom), San Francisco.

This progenitor of modern dance was born in San Francisco on May 26, 1877. Mary Sano, one of the foremost interpreters of the Duncan legacy, will perform traditional Duncan repertoire with her group as well as new work that she premiered in Tokyo in April.

“The performance was a great collaboration between a diverse group of musicians and dancers, and we look forward to bringing this spirit and work to our audiences in San Francisco,” said Sano.

Guest artists include pianist/songwriter Tony Chapman (piano and voice), Andrey Samode (clarinet), Hideo Sekino (bamboo flute), and Natasha Dar (classical Indian dance). Flamenco music will be provided by Mercedes Molina (cante) and Yeshe Wingerd (guitar).

Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door. To make a reservation, call (415) 357-1817 or email For more information, visit

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