Author: Claudia Bauer

Claudia Bauer is a freelance writer and lifelong bunhead in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Critical Dance and SF/Arts Monthly. She tweets every so often at @speakingofdance.

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Daniil Simkin and Alexei Agoudine in Ratmansky's Whipped Cream.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Whipped Cream – Costa Mesa

★★★✰✰   Be careful what you wish for. The Boy in Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream wishes for unlimited sweets; overfulfillment sends him to the hospital with sugar hallucinations.

Dores André and Aaron Robison in Pita's Salome.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Fusion, Salome (premiere), Fearful Symmetries – San Francisco

★★★★★   Pita’s Salome is pure postmodern dance-theater, and a five-star surprise on the Opera House stage.

Sarah Van Patten and Luke Ingham in Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Prodigal Son, Diamonds – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   The soloists and principals of San Francisco Ballet brought unique interpretations to George Balanchine classics for the company’s fourth program of the season, a varied survey of Balanchine’s oeuvre.

Vitor Luiz in Scarlett's Frankenstein.© Erik Tomasson.

San Francisco Ballet – Frankenstein – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   It was a dark and stormy night – San Francisco Ballet couldn’t have designed a more apt and ominous atmosphere for the opening of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein.

Batsheva Dance Company in Last Work.© Gadi Dagon. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva Dance Company – Last Work – San Francisco

★★✰✰✰   There is a saying in the film industry that you’re only as good as your last movie. Luckily, choreographer Ohad Naharin is better than his Last Work.

Lucinda Childs Dance Company in Available Light.© JJ Tiziou. (Click image for larger version)

Lucinda Childs Dance Company – Available Light – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Available Light is merciless, and in the best way…

Lorena Feijoo in Possokhov's Optimistic Tragedy.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Seven Sonatas, Optimistic Tragedy (premiere), Pas/Parts 2016 – San Francisco

★★✰✰✰   The trouble with Program 2 is its centerpiece, choreographer-in-residence Yuri Possokhov’s new work ‘Optimistic Tragedy’.

Koto Ishihara, Francisco Mungamba and Wei Wang in Bubeníček's Fragile Vessels.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Haffner Symphony, Fragile Vessels (premiere), In the Countenance of Kings – San Francisco

★★★★✰   The company’s first regular-season commission from Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček, “Fragile Vessels”, is a 40-minute meditation on love, loss and reconciliation.

Dancers leaping downstage from left, Tori Jahn, Colleen Soltys and Alysia Chang in Graham Lustig's Nutcracker.© Dan Dion. (Click image for larger version)

Oakland Ballet Company – The Nutcracker – Oakland

★★★✰✰   Set in early-20th-century Vienna, this Nutcracker is welcoming and unpretentious, and it moves as briskly as a storybook.

Nicholas Strafaccia, Gerald Casel and Samuel Wentz in Fluster.© Tim Russell. (Click image for larger version)

GERALDCASELDANCE – Cover Your Mouth When You Smile, Thirdperson, Fluster – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Evaluating works in progress is a peculiar exercise. Without knowing what parts of a dance are complete or still conceptual, or where they fit within the context of a larger yet to be created piece a review is a guessing game.

Ivan Vasiliev, Alexander Omar and Ekaterina Borchenko in Le Corsaire.© Doug Gifford. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Le Corsaire – Costa Mesa

★★★★✰   On Saturday, Nov. 19, at Segerstrom Hall, Southern California audiences experienced our era’s ultimate executor of Le Corsaire’s balletic thrills, Ivan Vasiliev…

Courtney Moreno, Chinchin Hsu and Arletta Anderson in Le grand spectacle de l'effort et de l'artifice.© Robbie Sweeney. (Click image for larger version)

Funsch Dance Experience – Le grand spectacle de l’effort et de l’artifice (premiere) – San Francisco

★★★★✰   The work reflects Funsch at her razor-sharp best: rigorous and searingly self-discilplined in design, grounded and emotionally present in performance.

Michaela Burns, Yu Kondo Reigen, Chin-chin Hsu and Kristen Bell in Alone Together.© Julie Schuchard. (Click image for larger version)

LEVYdance – Alone Together – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   As her opening salvo on these shores, Alone Together introduced Garance Marneur as an artist of exceptional skill and polish, to a level that’s unexpected…

Madeline Skelly and Connor Walsh of Houston Ballet in Forsythe's Artifact Suite.© Amitava Sarkar. (Click image for larger version)

Celebrate Forsythe – Pas/Parts 2016, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Artifact Suite – Los Angeles

★★★★✰   San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet have come together in LA to celebrate William Forsythe probably the most influential ballet choreographer of his generation. Claudia Bauer reports on a fine night…

Lesley Garrison and Durell R. Comedy in Layla and Majnun.© Susana Millman. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Layla and Majnun – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Where Morris succeeded beautifully was in melding Eastern dance styles into his balletic modern vocabulary in deep torso bends, dervish whirls and arms extended beyond his already expansive port de bras.

Ryan Smith and Wendy Rein in duet by Ann Carlson for Double Exposure.© Andrew Weeks. (Click image for larger version)

RAWdance – Double Exposure – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Sixteen choreographers, 13 new works, 2 dancers, 70 minutes, 4 years in the making. That’s the equation for Double Exposure, premiered by the San Francisco contemporary-dance duo RAWdance on Thursday, July 28. It’s an epic production that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Garrett Anderson and Anne Zivolich-Adams in Joe & Ida by Penny Saunders.© Andrew Weeks. (Click image for larger version)

SFDanceworks – Concerto Six Twenty-Two, Lickety Split, Joe & Ida, Portrait, Z – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   With this first season, Sofranko has proved himself a good curator of choreographic and dance talent, with a preference for loveliness in movement and movers.

Wiley Naman Strasser in Manifesting.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Hope Mohr Dance – Manifesting (premiere) – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   What is the purpose of an artist’s manifesto? When does a defined creative vision ossify into a rigid, limiting doctrine?

Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz in Cranko's Onegin.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Onegin – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Created in 2010 for the National Ballet of Canada, this production of the late John Cranko’s 1965 ballet was a smash here in 2012; it was reprised in 2013 and it’s wonderful to have it back again so soon.

Frances Chung, Jennifer Stahl, Dores André and Joseph Walsh in Justin Peck's In The Countenance Of Kings.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Continuum, In the Countenance of Kings (premiere), Theme and Variations – San Francisco

★★★★✰   San Francisco Ballet (SFB) saved the best for its last mixed bill of the 2016 season.

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