Towards Opulence, the Opera 2024

Skywatchers & Dance Mission Theater present 

Towards Opulence, the Opera

Created by Skywatchers and Choral Director Melanie DeMore with Jennifer Johns, Valerie Troutt, Inéz, Chibueze Crouch, Peekaboo, Maya Nixon, Stephanie Johnson, Afatasi and Dilpreet Anand.


Friday, May 31 @ 8PM

Audio description during performance and haptic access tour at 7:15pm

Saturday, June 1 @ 8PM

ASL interpretation

Sunday, June 2 @ 5PM


Dance Mission Theatre

3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110


More about the project:

Towards Opulence, the Opera is part of an ongoing act of creative resistance and imaginative reclamation. Skywatchers believe that Tenderloin residents, and other marginalized people, are the truth tellers of our society, akin to the mythical Cassandras. By breathing life into often overlooked or discredited truths, we remember our interdependence and expose the roots of power and oppression.

Towards Opulence invites us to conjure and claim our most audacious and glorious selves and step into a future where we truly belong to each other.

Skywatchers Ensemble is supported in part by Dance Mission Theater, National Endowment for the Arts, SF Grants for the Arts, SF Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation.


For blind and visually impaired audience members, Skywatchers partners with Gravity Access Services to offer live audio description and a haptic access tour for the performance on Friday, May 31st at 8pm. Haptic access tour begins at 7:15pm. Audio description provided by Rachael Dichter.

Audio description is a live audio track spoken by a professional audio describer to audience members with visual impairments through a wireless headset system. It provides clear and engaging descriptions of the meaningful visual details of a performance. Haptic access tours (20-30 minutes) are a live pre-show tour that allows patrons to experience—through touch and their own movement— the space, performers, costumes and objects in addition to key movement elements in the performance.

Reserve a spot for the Haptic Access Tour online or by calling: 781 820-7712.

Skywatchers will also offer live ASL interpretation provided by Cathleen Riddley and Nicole Carlos Watson for the Saturday, June 1 at 8PM performance. Book your seat online or by calling: 781 820-7712.

If you need wheelchair seating, please email, so that we can reserve you a seat.


Skywatchers Performers: Shavonne Allen, Anne Bluethenthal, Lawanna Bracy, Noelle Castro, Dot Com, Lord Frederick, Chassity Gantt, Maurice Hudson, Nazelah Jamison, Ajani Martin, Dennis McCauley, Regi Meadows, Lotus Miller, Sarah Morrisette, Denise Moss, Shanan Noya Liu, Duane Sears, Shakiri, Sonic, Lauren Swiger, Dazié Grego Sykes, and Joel Yates.

Photo of Skywatchers by Deirdre Visser