Mary Sano and Her Duncan Dancers
Mary Sano and Her Duncan Dancers

SAN FRANCISCO — The Mary Sano Studio will present the 18th annual Dionysian Festival, celebrating the 138th anniversary of Isadora Duncan’s birth, on Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 31, at 5 p.m. at 245 Fifth 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. The Mary Sano Studio is dedicated to keeping Duncan’s art and spirit alive.

This year, the studio will feature four newcomers to the festival: Ricardo Diaz (flamenco guitar), Koko de la Isla (flamenco dance), Saman Mahmoudi (santour, tombak, and voice), and Adriana Ratsch-Rivera (classical guitar). Sano is excited to share their work and new collaborations with them as well as traditional Duncan repertoire to the music of Schubert, Chopin and Grieg played live by Benjamin Akeala Belew.

Returning neo classical pianist Belew and singer/songwriter Tony Chapman will both play their original songs and premiere new work with Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers.

Tickets are $20 at the door, $18 in advance. Space is limited. For further information, call (415) 357-1817, email or visit

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