Malpaso Dance Company

Seeing Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company is like watching a newborn foal rise on spindly legs to find its footing. Young in both longevity and the age of its dancers, Malpaso is making a revolution within a revolution in Cuba, and  ...

Onegin

John Cranko’s “Onegin,” closed a banner San Francisco Ballet season, with feature roles danced by a cast both new and old— or as a Girl Scout might put it, “One is silver and the other’s gold.” Cranko’s corps  ...

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King’s “Sand” premiered in this program. It’s redundant to speak of breakthroughs when it comes to King’s choreography. With each new season and collaboration, there’s an epiphany and the refinements that make it sing its name. It usually originates  ...

A Farewell at San Francisco Ballet

They call themselves “The Three Musketeers” because they have traveled a long road together at San Francisco Ballet, and before SFB, with Jeunes Ballets de France. The first one picked up the second to arrive at San  ...

San Francisco Ballet

Coney Island’s Cyclone was the scariest ride in Kings County (the jurisdiction more popularly known as Brooklyn), until 1960, when New York City fathers built something scarier: the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (the BQE). In the 1953 film “The Little Fugitive, we  ...

Act of God

God descends from the heavens to San Francisco’s Tenderloin Golden Gate Theater to announce the Good News: a post-modern, pre-apocalyptic update of the Ten Commandments. And who better to play God tossing out rewrites than Sean Hayes? Hayes was the  ...

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

The City of Brussels, with its gilded Grand Place built on a stodgy metaphorical foundation of bullion, is perhaps the most conservative of European world capitals, known for rolling up its streets, and tucking in its bankers and tourists by  ...

Coppélia , San Francisco Ballet

The aged artisan, Dr. Coppelius (Pascal Molat), likes to take a drink now and then. His exquisite doll “Coppélia,” is the canard for Swanilda (Frances Chung). Swanilda is the frisky soubrette whose course of true love with Franz  ...

Dirty Dancing

“Nobody puts baby in a corner!” the iconic line from “Dirty Dancing,” may have earned itself a place as the universal cry for women’s rights. That the show’s working class protagonist, Johnny Castle, speaks the line, poses no problem. On  ...

Silicon Valley Ballet

With classical bravura and Jewish-inflected “shticklach” book-ending two resounding contemporary works, Silicon Valley Ballet showed that it could put its best foot forward no matter the genre. Now a mature company that has everything at the ready (except  ...