Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, SF

The Dance Hour: Stephen Pelton Dance TheaterApril 8-10, 2010 Counterpulse 1310 Mission at 9th St. San Franciscohttp://counterpulse.org/http://stephenpeltondance.org/Dance is an ever evolving, continually recycling, endlessly inventive  art form.Just when the trend seems to be toward “pure dance,” story  dance appears.As  ...

Armitage GONE, on tour

Armitage GONE! Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL; April 2010http://www.krannertcenter.com/http://www.armitagegonedance.org/Karole Armitage is a minimalist.  At least when it comes to costumes.     The Armitage GONE! Dance Company, under the Armitage’s direction, debuted their evening-length work, Three Theories,  ...

SFBallet, Program 7

San Francisco Ballet, Program 7, 2010 Maria Kochetkova and Frances Chung in Possokhov's Classical Symphony.© Erik TomassonMixed repertory, including “Rush” (choreography by Christopher Wheeldon) “Classical Symphony” (choreography by Yuri Possokhov), and “The Concert” (choreography by Jerome Robbins)Orchestra conducted by  ...

SF Ballet, Program 6

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  ...

Pennyslvania Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet Carmina Burana. Photo: Alexander Iziliaev.Program  IIMarch 4-13, 2010http://www.paballet.org/
Pennsylvania Ballet performed five ballets this month, that showed their range both with the dances and the dancers. The first installment puts George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, with their remake of Carmina  ...

Levy Dance, SF

Levy DancePhoto: Brandi BrandesTheater Artaud, San Francisco, April 2010Everyone Intimate Alone Visiblywww.levydance.org Everyone Intimate Alone Visibly by Levy Dance happens as much to the audience as to its creators and performers - Benjamin Levy and Aline Wachsmuth.  In fact,  ...

Merce Cunningham Dance Company, SF

Merce Cunningham Dance Company"Nearly Ninety(2)"Cal Performances, Zellerbach HallBerkeley, CAApril, 2010http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/ Photo: Anna FinkeSetting out on the two years of performing that Cunningham directed as his legacy,the Merce Cunningham Dance Company gave Berkeley audiences his last work  - "NearlyNinety(2), a restaging  ...

Inferno, Daimon Dance Co., Lugano, Switzerland

Inferno Emiliano Pellisari and the Daimon Dance CompanyPalazzo dei CongressiLugano, SwitzerlandMarch 16, 2010www.luganoinscena.chI’m pretty sure Dante did not imagine aerial dancers performing to booming electronic music, but if he did, he probably could not have imagined Inferno—a spectacle by  ...

SFBallet, “The Little Mermaid”

San Francisco Ballet, ‘The Little Mermaid’ —Program 5, 2010 Yuan Yuan Tan and LLoyd Riggins in Neumeier's The Little Mermaid© Erik TomassonBallet in 14 scenes, after Hans Christian AndersenChoreography by John NeumeierMusic by Lera AuerbachScenic, lighting and costume design by  ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (on tour)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater-on tour  (Program A)"Uptown" by Matthew Rushing.Program AMixed bill, including: “Uptown” (choreographed by Matthew Rushing); “Dancing Spirit” (choreographed by Ronald Brown); and “Revelations” (choreographed by Alvin Ailey)Cal PerformancesZellerbach Hall, BerkeleyMarch 9, 2010 (program continues, alternating  ...