Guest Shows

Approximately 20 weeks out of the year, Z Space rents out their theatre so that the best artists in theatre, music, dance, film, literature and other genres have a premier venue to bring their work to the public.

We are proud to have hosted the likes of Litquake, LINES Ballet, Eddie Izzard, Zhukov Dance, the Kronos Quartet, and many more.

Intima

Primal Wisdom

May 8 - May 9

Intima is a fusion of visual art, dance, and music that investigates themes of self-discovery, conflict, loss and resolution. The cultural history of Syria, ranging from the Gilgamesh myth to the current, tragic war, inspired Tayeb Al-Hafez to bring these artists together.

Presented by Tayeb Al-Hafez for Al’Myra Communications
Visual Art by Ali Kaaf, www.alikaaf.net
Choreography by Gregory Dawson, dawsondancesf.org
Music Director, Ashraf Kateb

Pandora’s Gift

Presented by Volti San Francisco

May 16 - May 17

This world premiere choral performance art piece features the Bay Area’s premiere contemporary chamber choir, Volti, as well as the award-winning Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. The unique multimedia work—by composer Mark Winges, poet Denise Newman, and stage director Erika Chong Shuch—combines singing, movement, poetry, lighting, and drama in exploring the beauty and power of the Pandora myth.

The audience is invited to a post-concert Inter-ception—an interactive reception with refreshments in which they can share reactions and observations on the performance, and ask questions of the creative team.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Spring Showcase 2015

May 22 - May 24

Join the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in a celebratory weekend of performances at the culmination of the 2014-2015 year. Friday’s performance will a retrospective of memorable past pieces by guest and student choreographers, also featuring recent alumni, and a sneak peak of Saturday and Sunday’s program. Saturday and Sunday will see premieres of original works by Sandrine Cassini, Gregory Dawson and Maurya Kerr as well as guest artists Raimondo Rebeck, Jenny Stulberg, David Harvey and Zack Tang.

Fancifool

Jun 3 - Jun 14

FANCIFOOL is a brilliantly constructed and entertaining piece of  21st century multi-media theater, complete with dramatic and comic dialogue, singing, dancing, mime, vocal impressions and film. The nimble writing ranges from the hilarious to the poignant. Ananda Bena-Weber embodies a diverse assortment of comic and sympathetic characters, touching your heart while simultaneously revealing the humorous side of 21st century life in New York City. In this fast-paced time of ever evolving technology, how do human-beings preserve those sweet and sentimental things that give life its magic – love, poetry, humor, and the beauty and grace of the natural world? Fancifool opens this conversation in a way that leaves the audience feeling uplifted, energized, and filled with hope for the future.

The Wong Street Journal

Presented by Circuit Network

Jun 17 - Jun 21

Circuit Network presents the WORLD PREMIERE of THE WONG STREET JOURNAL, a new solo theater work written and performed by performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong. Part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue, The Wong Street Journal breaks down the complexities of global poverty, privilege and economic theory using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting slideshows from post-conflict Northern Uganda. Wong tells the story of how she as a not-so-white savior, became a hip-hop star in Northern Uganda.

ReOrient Theatre Festival

Presented by Golden Thread Productions

September 10 through October 4

Z Space is pleased to welcome back Golden Thread Productions for their annual ReOrient Festival. Golden Thread produces passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. For the past ten years, the festival has annually turned San Francisco into a destination for artists who challenge the dominant depictions of the Middle East and audiences who seek unconventional and provocative programming.

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A Space Divided Apr 2015

Liss Fain Dance returns to Z Space. A Space Divided presents three world premieres by Liss Fain, Amy Seiwert and Christian Burns. Each choreographer... more

Choreography: Liss Fain, Amy Seiwert, Christian Burns Installation Design: Matthew Antaky Music Director: Dan Wool

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The Conference of the Birds Mar 2015

Copious Dance Theater presents The Conference of the Birds, a new piece from Artistic Director Kat (Worthington) Roman. Inspired by the ancient Persian poem... more

Photo by Hemali Zaveri Dancer: Kat Roman

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Home Steet Home Feb 2015

Home Street Home is an original rock musical about survival and love among runaway teenagers living on the street. Based on true stories of... more

Music by Fat Mike Lyrics by Fat Mike, Jeff Marx & Goddess Soma Book by Goddess Soma & Fat Mike. Directed by Richard Israel

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La Tragédie de Carmen Feb 2015

Love, passion, betrayal and death: a raw and gut-wrenching adaptation of Bizet's classic masterpiece, created by Peter Brook, Marius Constant and Jean-Claude Carri... more

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Opening the Box Feb 2015

Journalist and playwright Sarah Shourd survived 410 days of solitary confinement while imprisoned as a political hostage by the Iranian government from 2009 to 2010. Since her... more

At Z Below, 470 Florida St

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The Living Word Project/Dahlak Brathwaite’s World Premiere of Spiritrials Jan 2015

This multi-dimensional play takes its inspiration, as well as its name, from one of Dahlak’s most recent hip-hop albums, layering characters, poetic... more

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The Twentieth Wife Jan 2015

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, kathak artist, in collaboration with acclaimed author Indu Sundaresan, present The Twentieth Wife, a tale of one of India's most... more

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The Cable Car Nymphomaniac Jan 2015

The Cable Car Nymphomaniac is a racy and uproarious new musical by composer/lyricist Tony Asaro, and book writer Kirsten Guenther, directed and choreographed... more

At Z Below, 470 Florida St

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Singer-Songwriter Rachel Garlin with band Dec 2014

From the Berkeley Hills to the Isles of Scotland, from Keith Haring’s graffiti to the studio of an elusive artist, from the... more

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All The Practice Nov 2014

For the week of November 10th-16th, we are programming ALL THE PRACTICE, an entire week of action at Z Space in San Francisco,... more

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Rent Z Space
Whether you are an modern ballet with elaborately sculpted set pieces, a beautifully intricate string quartet performing with a video artist, an independent film wanting to avoid a small rundown theatre, a stand up comedian performing solo, or a company that needs that perfect creative space for your team builder, Z Space is one of the premier venues in the Bay Area for staging your performance or event. With two theatres, crystal clear sound system with multimedia capabilities, and professional staff, it's our aim to give you the tools for your endeavor to be a success.

  • Non-profit and corporate rates
  • Both weekly and daily rentals available.
  • Z Space Main stage – 229 seats
  • Lobby with full bar in upstairs theater
  • Z Below – 85 seats
  • Prime location in San Francisco’s Mission District

Please direct rental inquiries for Z Space’s main stage to ZSpaceBooking@zspace.org, and inquires for Z Below to ZBelowBooking@zspace.org.

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Z Space Main Stage Photos
External and Interior Shots (top row)—Photos by Alexandra Farias.
Z Space in action (bottom row, l to r)—Mugwumpin' (photo by Pak Han), Liss Fain Dance, Opera Parallele

Z Below
Photos by James Faerron

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