Lyon Opera Ballet- review

The Lyon Opera Ballet made it convenient for West Coast audiences to sample the works of three of the most prominent choreographers in Europe today, all of them women. Appearing on a Cal Performances engagement at Zellerbach Hall, in Berkeley,  ...

Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Company – review

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, San Francisco February 9-10, 2007 Denied their drums, enslaved Africans in the Americas reinvent- ed their spiritual dance traditions as a soulful art form that white authorities  ...

Sankai Juku- review

“Kagemi”, the new evening-length piece by Sankai Juku, the 31-year-old Japanese Butoh company touring the US, is about mirrors, water, and a lotus leaf carpet. It is also about white light, transcendance, and the fact that a 57-year-old dancer-choreographer has  ...

San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala: Dance Review, culturevulture.net – review

Program of various works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Yuri Possokhov, Helgi Tomasson, and Christopher Wheeldon Orchestra conducted by Martin West War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco January 21, 2009 http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season.asp Whatever hard times loom, they were banished  ...

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danz – review

Society for the Performing Arts Cullen Theater, Wortham Center Houston, TX Tania Pérez-Salas spins images to make dances. This is not to say her movement isn’t memorable; it is. But the take-home dreamscape of her work lies in its  ...

Houston Ballet- review

Houston Ballet Houston Ballet launched its 37th season with 'Simple Elegance,' a trio of works that included two contemporary masters along with Stanton Welch's world premiere, Brigade. The title speaks to the clarity of thought of each  ...

The L Word

In the beginning of the season premiere, Shane (Katherine Moennig) is self-destructing on a two-day bender of coke and alcohol with Sherry, her former lover. This is, after all, The L Word, a show synonymous with drama and excess. Sherry  ...

Barber of Seville San Francisco

San Francisco Opera October 31-November 30, 2006 War Memorial Opera House San Francisco Nathan Gunn can give me a haircut any time. The hunky baritone is the best looking (and sounding) thing in San Francisco Opera’s “Barber  ...

Boris Godunov, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

Opera in seven scenes by Modest Mussorgsky Libretto by Mussorgsky San Francisco Opera October 22-November 15, 2008 Vassily Sinaisky, conductor Julia Pevzner, director http://sfopera.com/o/268.asp If you’re going to have hordes of peasants in an opera, you have to give them  ...