In Dance, October 2010
Flooded with Gold Rush lucre and teeming with the adventurers who hunted for it, San Francisco in the 1850s was a rootinâ€™-tootinâ€™, quick-shootinâ€™, prostitutinâ€™ Wild West boomtown. Halloween in the Castro has nothing on the Barbary Coast.
As choreographer Joanna Haigood describes it, â€œThe energy was very chaotic, wild, violent, excessive. The city was being burned down on a regular basis, people were shooting each other in the street, there was a tremendous amount of crime and mayhem. There was so much money, it was absurd; rents were comparable to today.â€ That kind of drama holds obvious appeal to an artist whose mÃ©tier is performance, and it provides the inspiration for Haigoodâ€™s latest site-specific contemporary piece, Sailing Away, which her company, Zaccho Dance Theatre, will premiere October 7-10 on Market St.
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