"San Francisco" tag
Anna Greenberg in XO.© Kaveri Seth. (Click image for larger version)

Paufve Dance – XO: eXquisite Orientation – San Francisco

★★★★✰   In XO: eXquisite Orientation, Bay Area choreographer Randee Paufve channels the fears and frustrations that distress many of us….

San Francisco Ballet School students in Balanchine’s Serenade.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet and School – Student Showcase, Promotions and Company Joiners

San Francisco exists in its own world, out here on the distant West Coast. The San Francisco Ballet, though, just became more global than ever, with new 2017-18 members joining from around the world. The company school, which presented its annual Student Showcase 31 May through 2 June at YBCA Theater, draws international students as well…

Liane Burns and Charles Slender-White in FACT/SF's Platform.© Andrew Weeks. (Click image for larger version)

FACT/SF and The Foundry – Platform, Deep South (premieres) – San Francisco

★★★★✰   It can be fascinating to see how two artists, starting with the same media, create completely unique works.

Catherine Turocy, director New York Baroque Dance Company.© Courtesy New York Baroque Dance Company. (Click image for larger version)

Interview – Catherine Turocy, artistic director of New York Baroque Dance Company

Meticulous reconstructions of Petipa, Cunningham, Graham, Taylor works are performance staples these days. Much rarer is a reconstruction like “Le Temple de la Gloire” (The Temple of Glory) a 1745 political opera-ballet with music by Jean-Philippe Rameau and a libretto by the philosopher Voltaire….

San Francisco Ballet in Thatcher's Ghost In The Machine.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Trio, Ghost in the Machine (premiere), Within the Golden Hour – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Myles Thatcher is an inventive young talent…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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