A 50% non-refundable
deposit is required with your reservation, payable by credit card, check, or
school purchase order. Confirmation will be sent by mail. All reservations must
be paid in full by March 1st.
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the Sun: The Legend
of How the Sun Got Its Light”
Welcome to the 15th season of People Like Me,
the arts education program of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and
World Arts West. We are excited to welcome many new artists, dancers,
storytellers, musicians, writers, directors and educators to imagine and create
the new People
Like Me show for Spring 2009. This season we are exploring
myths, legends and folktales. Where did they come from? What are they about?
Who told them? Why were they created? How did they get passed on in
different cultures? How do they influence the creation and history of dances in
This season we present the story
of the Sun Goddess, Ameterasu. Based on an
ancient Japanese myth, this tale weaves together the dance, music and storytelling
from INDIA, PERU, KOREA,
MEXICO and JAPAN. In
Japanese mythology Ameterasu was the
daughter of the supreme Japanese deity who had created the world. She was a
beautiful and compassionate goddess who ruled both the sun and the heavenly
fields of rice that fed the Japanese people. After a conflict with her
mean-hearted brother, Ameterasu hid away in a
dark cave in the mountains. Without her there was no sun, and the rice fields
lay dying in the darkness while the people grew hungry. Many friends came to
the entrance of her cave with their dances and music in hopes of bringing her
out of this darkness so life could grow again. This myth celebrates the
importance of friendship, and how dance and music can bring light back in time
Presented in an engaging and
interactive one-hour performance, the theater experience and its supporting
curriculum material provide a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to
meeting State Content Standards for Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts and
Social Science, while exposing children to the rich diversity of performing
artists living in Northern California. This year, the topic of the mythology,
legends and folklore are embedded in the script and highlighted in the Curriculum
Guide and Student Activity Books.
VIEWER’S COMPANION AND STUDY GUIDE will be online soon. The online study guide can
help you to prepare yourself and your class for your field trip to the theater.
The language can be adapted so that it is suitable for the age range of your
class, and can be used both before and after the performance. The written
materials and the topics explored in the performance address State Standards
for Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, History & Social Studies,
Math, and Science. The guide is accessible by performance year as well as
cumulatively since 2000.
We will send all
teachers with confirmed reservations one abbreviated guide through the
mail. To save paper, please let us know if you do not need this to be sent to
you. We are
available by phone 415.474.3914 or email
if you are having trouble with any part of the online study guide.
In our 15th season of People
Like Me, we would like to especially thank the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Trio Foundation, and all of our individual donors
who support World Arts West and our People Like Me programs. This allows
all seats to be 75% subsidized so that we can keep the ticket price low.