Author: Heather Desaulniers

Heather Desaulniers is a freelance dance writer based in Oakland, California. She is the Editorial Associate and SF/Bay Area columnist for CriticalDance, the dance curator for SF Arts Monthly and a frequent contributor to several dance-focused publications. Website: www.heatherdance.com

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Erin Yarbrough-Powell and Ben Needham-Wood in Indigo.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Contemporary Ballet – Indigo – streamed archive recording of 2016 performance

★★★★✰   Indigo is one of those dances that doesn’t seem totally abstract, yet doesn’t follow a linear path either. It’s more about concept and emotions. Layers and extremes. Just like the colour indigo itself.

Alonso Tepetzi, Dara Holmes and Jose Pablo Castro Cuevas in Commedia.© Cheryl Mann. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet – Commedia, Bliss!, Beyond the Shore, The Times Are Racing – San Fransisco

★★★✰✰   The Joffrey Ballet brought a program of four diverse works. Peck’s Times was a hit as was Christopher Wheeldon’s Commedia. The other two works weren’t misses per se…

Amy Lewis in piano piano.© John Hefti. (Click image for larger version)

Nancy Karp + Dancers – piano piano – San Francisco

★★★★✰   the phrase ‘piano piano’ translates as “slowly, slowly, gradually, gently, carefully; quietly; take your time; don’t rush – you’ll figure it out.”

Jennifer Stahl and Luke Ingham in McIntyre's The Big Hunger.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Dance Innovations, Big Hunger (premiere) bill – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   There were parts I adored and elements that didn’t resonate as much.

Paul Taylor Dance Company in Esplanade.© Paul B. Goode. (Click image for larger version)

Paul Taylor Dance Company – Concertiana, Company B, Esplanade – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Paul Taylor Dance Company shone in the two older works on the program, Esplanade and Company B.

San Francisco Ballet in Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Program 2, Classical Re(Vision) bill – San Francisco

★★★★✰   San Francisco Ballet’s Program 2 was dubbed Classical Re(Vision) – a remembering of and reconnection with choreography in SFB’s existing repertory catalogue.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Vitor Luiz in pas de deux from Possokhov's Bells.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Opening Night Gala – San Francisco

★★★★✰   ‘Spellbound’ delivered in every regard – opulent grandeur, terrific people watching and above all, marvelous dance.

Lani Dickinson and Yuko Monden Juma in Pita's Alice in Californiland.© David DeSilva. (Click image for larger version)

AXIS Dance Company – In•ter•twine, works by Arthur Pita, Jennifer Archibald & Robert Dekkers – San Francisco

★★★★★   AXIS, a bold and innovative leader in physically integrated dance, just presented their latest triple bill including two important premieres…

Madeline DeVries in Azoth.© Manny Crisostomo. (Click image for larger version)

Alonzo King LINES Ballet – The Personal Element, Azoth – San Francisco

★★★★✰   A double-bill of compelling contemporary movement, the centerpiece of the performance was Azoth, a new collaboration between Artistic Director Alonzo King, tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd and composer/pianist Jason Moran.

Aaron Loux in Mozart Dances.© Ken Friedman. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Morris Dance Group – Mozart Dances – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Mozart Dances goes far beyond a basic choreographic rendering of the score, instead inviting an active dialogue between disciplines.

Miche Wong in Garrett + Moulton Productions publicty image.© RJ Muna. (Click image for larger version)

Garrett + Moulton Productions – Four Acts of Light & Wonder bill – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   …the most apt descriptor for the entire program was joyful.

Isaac Bates-Vinueza and Alysia Chang in Seiwert's Verses.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – SKETCH 9: Perspective bill – San Francisco

★★★★✰   The SKETCH series, from Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, is one of my favorite summer dance events in San Francisco. The company dancers are always terrific, both technically and artistically.

Lyubov Andreyeva and Dmitry Fisher in The Pygmalion Effect.© Michael Khoury. (Click image for larger version)

Eifman Ballet – The Pygmalion Effect – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Yes, the narrative has its inherent challenges, but the choreography, performances and design all riveted with drama, intensity and humour.

Lydia Clinton and Cauveri Suresh in Dance Exhibit.© Robbie Sweeny. (Click image for larger version)

Lauren Simpson Dance – Dance Exhibit – San Francisco

★★★★✰   I caught the show on closing night and saw a terrific company debut filled with collaboration, rigor and a connection to the visual art community.

Michelle Dorrance and Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie in ETM: Double Down.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Dorrance Dance – ETM: Double Down – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Dorrance Dance have a winning formula – creative innovation, dynamic physical feats, engaging stage presence and feet that move at superhuman speeds.

Aaron Robison and Joseph Walsh in Possokhov's "...two united in a single soul...".© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Bound To, “…two united in a single soul…” – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Program 5, titled Lyric Voices, welcomed back Trey McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem and Christopher Wheeldon’s Bound To and the new work came from Yuri Possokhov…

Sarah Cecilia and David Calhoun in Another Time.© Matt Haber. (Click image for larger version)

Mark Foehringer Dance Project | SF – Like an Ox on the Roof quad bill – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Foehringer’s ambitious mixed repertory program of three premieres (all with live music) and one restaging revealed a company with deep artistic breadth…

ODC/Dance in World's on Fire.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

ODC/Dance – World’s on Fire (premiere) – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   The music was striking. And ODC’s company dancers shone. Though as an overall experience, I would describe Fire as mixed.

Kana Kimura in The Calling.© Sharen Bradford. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang Dance – Lyric Pieces, The Calling, Thousand Yard Stare, This Thing Called Love – San Francisco

★★★★★   It was a marvellous showcase of Artistic Director Jessica Lang’s choreographic voice and the nine-member ensemble’s extraordinary talent.

San Francisco Ballet in Marston's Snowblind.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – The Fifth Season, Snowblind, Etudes – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   I was thrilled to see Snowblind returning. It was by far my favorite offering of last year’s Unbound Festival because it captivates on every level: potent storytelling, emotive choreography, fitting design tropes and deep character development.

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