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Support 'Half and Halves' a dance exploration of the Punjabi-Mexican community
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Duniya Dance & Drum Company is a South Asian and West African dance and drum company that has been based in San Francisco since 2007. Duniya's mission is to cultivate respect for traditional forms, foster cultural exchange, effect social justice and engage in community building, Duniya performs and teaches traditional and innovative performance pieces from Guinea, West Africa and Punjab, India. Learn more at

Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco is a Bay Area Mexican folklore dance group. The company's mission is to promote Mexican culture through dance. Learn more at

Duniya and Ensambles are bringing back our show "Half and Halves," a performance highlighting the little-known cultural and artistic legacies of Punjabi-Mexican communities founded in California in the early 20th century. This show premiered in 2010, was performed in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian in 2018, and will be performed again at the Yerba Buena Gardens in fall 2020. 

This performance will be FREE and open to the public. We need your help to fundraise $3,000 which will go toward paying the 30+ dancers, 10+ musicians, and 2 directors involved in this show. Funds raised will also go toward paying for rehearsal space and costumes.

THANK YOU for your generous support and for helping us continue to share this work with more and more audiences!




About Half and Halves:

Directors Joti Singh (Duniya) and Zenon Barron (Ensambles) use the unique cultural lens of the Punjabi-Mexican communities to explore the constructs of ethnicity and cultural identity through their distinctive dance forms. The story of the Punjabi-Mexicans is one of crossing ethnic borders and discrimination and injustice from the government, as well as from the Punjabi and Mexican communities. 


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