Lyon Opera Ballet – Cendrillon

Cinderella has been many things over the years – a symbol of sibling-induced suffering, a role model for ambitious little girls, a saccharine Disney icon. According to French choreographer Maguy Marin, she’s a real doll. Kind of a rag  ...

San Francisco Ballet – Giselle

There is nothing much new about the San Francisco Ballet’s Giselle and yet it may be the most eagerly anticipated program of the entire season. The perennially popular tale of a betrayed love that lingers beyond the grave has  ...

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  ...