White Oak Dance Project – Past Forward

Red and silver silk brocade dragon jacket for men Audiences who flock to performances of the White Oak Dance Project in hopes of seeing Mikhail Baryshnikov won’t be disappointed. Or will they? The almost legendary dancer is  ...

Oakland Ballet – Nutcracker

On a scale of one to ten, let’s give the Oakland Ballet Nutcracker eight sugarplums. One for being different enough to keep even the most jaded balletomane from nodding off and sticking close to the E.T.A. Hoffman tale from  ...

The Car Man – Matthew Bourne

Fasten your seat belts! The Car Man just drove into town and it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Matthew Bourne, the British choreographer/director who set the dance world on its ear with his gender-bending Swan Lake a  ...

Cesaria Evora

Sooner or later it had to happen. Cesaria Evora put on shoes. Granted they were old-man slip-on bedroom slippers but shoes all the same. The grandmotherly diva of world music, famed for shuffling onstage in her bare  ...

Ballet Nacional de Cuba – Coppelia

For a long time the embargo on Cuban goods deprived people on this side of the water of more than cigars. From 1979 to 1998, some of the finest dancers in the world were not allowed to perform in  ...

Platee – Mark Morris Dance Group

It’s not easy being green, as Kermit the Frog will tell you and Platee, the protagonist of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 18th Century comic opera learns it the hard way. An unattractive nymph, who resembles something you might have dissected in  ...