Free! Festival of the Sea at Hyde St Pier

  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Hyde Street Pier San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States

Environmental explorations and improvisations of sound, movement and story-in-space continue at Hyde Street Pier, thanks to the collaboration between We Players, Rova Saxophone Quartet and inkBoat. Meet the artists, learn a little about their collaborative process and experience several brief presentations inspired by Beowulf at The Festival of the Sea at Hyde St Pier on August 20th, 2016!

In partnership with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, and with project support from the National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, these three companies are developing a new site-integrated theatre piece for spring 2017, based on the Old English poem Beowulf. Audiences will meet the arriving Geats at Aquatic Park and travel over Black Point to the "Mead Hall” at The Chapel in Upper Fort Mason. 

In preparation for that new work, the three companies will offer brief shares aboard C.A. Thayer as part of Festival of the Sea on August 20th, 2016.

We Players will offer a selection from the company’s 2015 world premier HEROMONSTER. Co-creators Ava Roy and Nathaniel Justiniano will remount the most commented-upon scene from that piece, which was inspired by Beowulf and explored the heroes and monsters that live among us and within us. Warning: multiple balloons may be harmed in the process!

inkBoat will share a duet that will involve performer Shinichi Iova-Koga on the decks of CA Thayer, and performer Dana Iova-Koga on the Pier alongside the ship. Text from Beowulf may be incorporated, though the piece will be primarily movement/dance.  

The Rova Saxophone Quartet will incorporate sounds of the ship with their unique saxophonics, along with ideas developed in workshops with We Players and inkBoat earlier in 2016. Expect the unexpected! 

Celebrate your maritime heritage at the free 2016 Festival of the Sea at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. On Saturday, August 20, help the Park celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, and the installation of three new masts in the park’s 1895 National Historic Landmark schooner C.A. Thayer, with a full day of traditional music, craft demonstrations, films, and fun for all ages.

The Festival goes from 9:30 to 5pm, and We Players' segment runs between 3 and 5pm aboard the lumber schooner C. A. Thayer.