★★★✰✰ 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.
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.
★★★✰✰ 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…
★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★★✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ 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.
★★★✰✰ What is the purpose of an artist’s manifesto? When does a defined creative vision ossify into a rigid, limiting doctrine?
★★★★✰ 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.
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.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Awakening, A Case of You, Revelations – San Francisco
★★★✰✰ Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave two new works their West Coast premieres on Tuesday at Zellerbach Hall, the opening night of its annual residency at Cal Performances in Berkeley.
★★★★✰ It’s a treat to be in the theater when a dancer achieves a triumphant performance…
★★★✰✰ Death was long on Pandit Chitresh Das’ mind. Over the past decade, the world-renowned kathak master prompted his San Francisco–based dance company to consider “What will you do when I am no longer here?”
San Francisco Ballet – Fearful Symmetries (premiere), Rubies, Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes – San Francisco
★★★✰✰ “But despite his high concept, Scarlett seemed to lose the thread halfway through, resorting to lascivious theatrics to complete the work…”
Choreographer Gerald Casel describes his new work, Splinters in Our Ankles, as an exploration of the tinikling, a lively folk dance of the Philippines.
The first time I saw San Francisco Ballet’s current production of The Nutcracker, a little boy sitting in front of us turned to his mother and whispered, “It’s magic!” Eleven years later, to the very day, it’s still a magical experience.
Vintage Macintosh computers play a central role in Mainframe, a new evening-length dance-theater work by San Francisco choreographer Katherine Hawthorne.
In Khan’s choreography, kathak’s warp-speed spins and fierce gestures are immediately recognizable yet subverted and sculpted by contemporary weightedness and extended lines.
If you’re ever within earshot when a member of Fog Beast yells out, “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” – fasten your seatbelt. Because a performance by this underground San Francisco dance-theater duo is guaranteed to be a wild night.