SOMArts is proud to partner with Global Street Dance Masquerade artistic director Rashad Pridgen to present The Masquerade 4 Prince on Saturday, April 29. Beginning at the Luggage Store Gallery (1007 Market Street, San Francisco) at 7:00 pm, this site-specific performance will travel through the Tenderloin neighborhood to remember and honor the life and legacy of the artist known as Prince. The performance procession will finish at the Tenderloin National Forest (corner of Ellis and Leavenworth) with a community celebration and reception.
The Masquerade 4 Prince was developed by Pridgen and an ensemble cast of performers as part of a year-long residency at SOMArts and will culminate in the creation of a full-body masquerade suit made specifically for the performance.
Incorporating contemporary street dance practices from around the world into the ancient tradition of masquerading, the Global Street Dance Masquerade reveals the influence of the African diaspora in traditional and contemporary dance techniques. The Masquerade 4 Prince will honor Prince’s legacy and celebrate the vibrant and diverse LGBTQ communities of San Francisco.
The Masquerade 4 Prince is part of a series of performances made possible in part by a grant from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Subsequent Global Street Dance Masquerade performances presented in partnership with SOMArts will include a final performance at SOMArts in May 2017.
The Masquerade 4 Prince is free to attend and will begin at 7:00 pm at the Luggage Store Gallery (1007 Market Street, San Francisco). Volunteers will be stationed along the performance route to direct audience members. This traveling performance requires walking and standing for up to 1 hour on public sidewalks. Audience members with mobility concerns are encouraged to attend the community celebration starting at 8:00 pm at the Tenderloin National Forest (corner of Ellis and Leavenworth).
The Luggage Store Gallery is accessible via public transportation on the 19, 27 and 9 bus lines. Powell Street is the closest BART station.