Mr. Simpson has a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California and worked as an advertising writer in Los Angeles before moving to New York to pursue a different passion: dance. He danced professionally in New York and Boston before founding a community-based modern dance company, Small City Dance Project, in Newburyport, MA. His fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies. He was a teaching fellow at Smith College, where he received his MFA in choreography. While living in the Bay Area for 15 years, he wrote about dance for the San Francisco Chronicle and other periodicals. In 2005, he was a NEA Fellow at the Dance Critics Institute, American Dance Festival. For culturevulture.net, he reviews dance, theatre and film. He moved to Santa Fe in October, 2008. He writes for "Pasatiempo," the Arts magazine of the "Santa Fe New Mexican."
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Simone Dinnerstein: Success has enabled her to "finally play how I wanted to play."Photo courtesy of Telarc
Simone Dinnerstein: Celebrating Her Inner 'Variations'
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Simone Dinnerstein’s rise to ...
Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Horse and Human
Created by Normand LatourelleDirected and visually designed by Erick VilleneuveEquestrian choreography by Frédéric Pignon and Magali DelgadoIn the big top adjacent to AT&T ParkSan FranciscoNov. 16-Dec. 31, 2010
Jimmy Webb: Hit songwriter hits the road
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Jimmy Webb has been a successful singer-songwriter for more than 40 years, but it was artists like Glen Campbell, the Fifth Dimension, Elvis Presley, the ...
Calvin Royal III (former ABT II member and now ABT apprentice) partners with Brittany DeGrofftof American Ballet Theatre IIPhoto by Jim Coleman
American Ballet Theatre II: 'Best Talent in the World'
American Ballet Theatre II may be the farm ...
Madame ButterflyBy Giacomo Puccini Santa Fe Opera7/4/10Conductor Anthony WalkerDirector Lee Blakeleyhttp://www.santafeopera.org/Photo: Ken Howard“Spinto” Sopranos are those special singers who have the ability to hit all the high notes with the lightness and delicacy of a lyric voice, but possess, ...
Breath Made VisiblePhoto: Ken OtterAnna Halprin DocumentaryA Film by Ruedi GerberDocumentary 80 minutesNot Ratedhttp://www.breathmadevisible.com/?lang=enThis is more than a disclaimer. Anna Halprin saved my life. I found my way to her dance space, a studio and deck on a redwood-clogged ...
Washington Ballet Sona Kharatian and Jared Nelson by Steve VaccarielloApril 16, 2010Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, DC"Wunderland” Edwaard Liang“Brahms on Edge” Karole Armitage“Bolero” Nicolo Fontehttp://washingtonballet.org/Kicking off its spring season with an audience favorite—Edwaard Liang’s “Wunderland,” a world premiere— Karole Armitage’s ...
Ingun Bjørnsgaard ProsjektPhoto: Knut BryPoppeaModerna DansteaternStockholm, SwedenApril 12, 2010www.ingunbp.nowww.modernadansteatern.seIn historic terms, Poppea skillfully navigated Nero’s Roman court as his mistress, but in Norwegian choreographer Ingun Bjørnsgaard’s modern dance theatre production Poppea, the woman is portrayed at best as a ...
San Francisco Ballet, Program 6, 2010 "Russian Seasons". Photo: Eric Tomasson.Mixed repertory, including “Haffner Symphony” (choreography by Helgi Tomasson), “Underskin” (choreography by Renato Zanella), and “Russian Seasons” (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)Orchestra conducted by Martin WestWar Memorial Opera House, San FranciscoApril ...