San Francisco Ballet, Programs 1 & 2, 2007

There are two ballets to talk about here, Artifact Suite, by William Forsythe (seen on Program 1), and Yuri Possokhov’s new Firebird (Program 2). Both were splendid. The other four ballets on the first two programs of the season may  ...

San Francisco Ballet, Program 5

Works by Mark Morris: “A Garden,” “Joyride,” and “Sandpaper Ballet” Orchestra conducted by David LaMarche and Martin West (for “Joyride”) War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco March 13, 2009 (program continues, with alternating casts, through March 24) http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season/program5.asp Mark  ...

Swan Lake, San Francisco Ballet Program 3

Ballet in four acts by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky New production choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov) Orchestra conducted by Martin West War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco World premiere, February 21, 2009 (program continues, with alternating  ...

Batsheva 2006 Review

Ohad Naharin , the artistic director and choreographer for Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, is, in a word, a genius. The dance he unleashes in “Three”, performed in San Francisco Performances engagement October 26, looks like the work of no  ...

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan review

Lin Hwai-min has created a dance company in Taiwan that is almost shockingly esoteric. Much more stripped-down and anti-narrative than many cultural imports from Asia, his Cloud Gate Dance Theatre doesn’t so much turn its back on Chinese Opera, for  ...

Dance Beat SF- review

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Wheeldon's After The Rain © Erik Tomasson San Francisco Ballet: Gala 2007 Tricia Brown Dance Company at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Richard Alston Dance Company, Memorial Hall, Stanford Jan 24-27, 2007 San  ...

Kiki Smith, Daisy Chain

Kiki Smith, Daisy Chain, 1992 Bronze and steel Installation dimensions variable Courtesy Pace Wildenstein, New York Photograph by Ellen Page Wilson Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980 - 2005 On view through February 11, 2007 As you may know, there  ...

week of cycling in Denmark – review

I don’t know many people who list Denmark as their absolute favorite tourist destination, yet with its modern design aesthetic, quiet charm, welcoming populace and unspoiled countryside, Denmark is a wonderful choice, especially for bike riding. I have recently  ...

Evil Under the Sun – review

The third in the series of Agatha Christie PC games, Evil Under the Sun, again features that indomitable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. This time, Poirot is joined by his old pal, Captain Hastings. Evil Under the Sun, a third-person  ...