Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company

Morphoses/The Wheeldon CompanySaturday January 23, Sunday January 24, 2010Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CAwww.morphoses.orgsfperformances.org10-Rhapsody Fantasie Photo: Bill CooperChoreographic FatigueAs we left the Novellus Theater at YBCA, my friend remarked, "I'm usually not tired when I leave  ...

San Francisco Ballet Gala

San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala (2010)Silver Celebration—Honoring Helgi Tomasson’s 25 Years as Artistic DirectorMixed bill from the repertoryWar Memorial Opera House, San FranciscoJanuary 20, 2010http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2010season.aspNutnaree Pipit-Suksun and Pierre-François Vilanoba in Tomasson's 7 For Eight.© Erik TomassonHelgi Tomasson soaked  ...

Moscow Festival Ballet on tour

Moscow Festival BalletCoppéliaKrannert Center for the Performing ArtsUrbana, ILWednesday 20 January 2010http://www.krannertcenter.com/http://cami.com/?webid=324    The Moscow Festival Ballet’s Wednesday night performance of Coppélia, despite the strength of its first two acts, was ultimately a victim of circumstance.  Most modern performances of  ...

Winter Dances, Women on the Way Festival, SF

Winter DancesWestern Sky Studio, Berkeley, CA,January 24, 2010Women on the Way FestivalThe Garage 975 Howard St. San Francisco, CA January 28, 2010Dance Lawton Dances. Photo: Liz Payne.Although men choreographers are currently claiming attention in the ballet world, women  ...

Replica, Jonah Bokaer, NYC

ReplicaJonah Bokaer, Daniel Arsham and Judith Sánchez RuízThe New MuseumNew York, New YorkDecember 10, 2009http://www.newmuseum.org/events/388http://www.jonahbokaer.net/Photo: Michael HartSpace is ripe with drama in Jonah Bokaer's Replica, recently presented as part of the RE: NEW RE: PLAY residency series at the  ...

The Whirling Dervishes, SF

The Whirling DervishesPalace of Fine Arts TheatreSan Francisco, CAFriday 11 December 2009www.ciis.eduwww.hayatidedi.orgA quick look at the books in San Francisco's Union Square Borders history section spoke volumes. Military history occupied several bookcases. And there below titles on European history  ...

Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, Switzerland

Les SlovaKs Dance CollectiveOpening NightCinema Teatro di ChiassoChiasso, SwitzerlandDecember 10, 2009www.chiassocultura.ch The five guys standing onstage look as if they’ve rolled into the theatre from various day jobs.  They’ve changed out of their work clothes and into some whacked-out amalgam  ...

Philadanco, Philadelphia

Philadanco!40th Anniversary JubileeNov. 14, 2009Verizon Hall, Philadelphiahttp://www.philadanco.org/Photo by Lois GreenfieldJoan Myers Brown wanted her favorite choreographers represented for her hometown 40th anniversary season in November and asked frequent collaborator Christopher Huggins to create something unique for the occasion.  The  ...

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, on tour

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance CompanyFondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We PrayKrannert Center for the Performing ArtsUrbana, ILNovember 18, 2009http://www.billtjones.org/http://www.krannertcenter.com/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGvfK_M-uhQ    Spending an evening with Bill T. Jone’s “Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray” can be likened to rereading  ...

Dance Brigade, SF

Dance Brigade: The Great Liberation Upon HearingNovember 13-22, 2009 Laney College Theater, Oaklandhttp://www.dancemission.com/dance_brigade.htmlEcstatic RevelsKrissy Keefer and members of the Dance Brigade, with choreographic contributions from Sara Shelton Mann, have created a multi-media ecstatic revel based on the Tibetan Book  ...