Voices of America

For its yearly mixed rep program, English National Ballet brought an all-American barnburner of a lineup. William Forsythe, after a 20-year hiatus, returned with two short works, “Approximate Sonata 2016,” and “Playlist (Track 1 and 2),” the latter created  ...

Robbins: Ballet & Broadway

“There’s only one thing worse than being in a Robbins work, and that’s not being in one,” a veteran New York City Ballet dancer remarked recently. Circling ’round the New York ballet world in eighty minutes, this all-Robbins program offers  ...

Until, Until, Until . . .

"Until, Until, Until . . . is a play accompanied by a multi-media video installation. It's an interrogation of the facts and misinformation surrounding the controversy about the famous 1981 televised performance by Broadway actor and dancer Ben Vereen, that  ...

Distinctly SF Ballet

All three works on this evening's program are locally sourced archived ballets. Those who have seen them in other seasons can reflect on how they stand the test of time and a new call-up of dancers takes on the tasks  ...

Bright Fast Cool Blue

It is hard to name a work that creates otherworldliness all of one piece as does George Balanchine's sky blue "Serenade." To do justice to the Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky score, dancers must arrive floaty, swift, and punctual, contradictory though those  ...

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

It's not an unfamiliar story about 1950s film studio era diva Gloria Grahame that screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh offers, and it's a sympathetic rendering, but not so cloying as to go dime-store hagiographic. Tinsel town affords a wide girth to a  ...

Sleeping Beauty, San Francisco Ballet

The boisterous opening to the Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty overture can invite slices of a dancer's life to flash before one's eyes. For at least three generations, elements of this score have been the mainstay accompaniment to many a dance student's  ...

Interview with Danielle Rowe, Choreographer

Having followed Australian-born Danielle Rowe's ballet career since she was a principal dancer with Houston Ballet, and then having seen her perform with Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague, then again in British choreographer Christopher Bruce's "Intimate Pages," in a  ...

Garrett + Moulton 15th Anniversary

The CITGO sign that once stood as an iconic place-name in Boston’s Kenmore Square has a soulmate: the imposing ODC sign that lights the intersection at Shotwell and 17th Streets in the otherwise humble neighborhood in San Francisco’s rapidly-gentrifying Mission  ...