Diablo Ballet, “Body and Soul”

Diablo Ballet presented a program of four works. Two were pas deux excerpts, short in duration. The first of these was from Christopher Wheeldon’s “Mercurial Manoeuvres,” itself a bit of a maneuver within a maneuver, given the eleventh-hour  ...

Available Light (1983)

Cal Performances, at UC Berkeley, just celebrated minimalist composer John Adams’ 70th birthday. It did so with a revival of “Available Light” –-a 1983 collaboration with Lucinda Childs and Frank Gehry. Adams was only 37 when Childs selected him to  ...

San Francisco Ballet Program 2

At intermission after Alexei Ratmansky’s “Seven Sonatas,” I overheard a sleekly coiffed and outfitted Gen-Xer turn to her companion and say, “That reminded me of when I was a little girl and had a jewelry box with a ballerina on  ...

Dawson DanceSF

Dawson Dance attracts an enthusiastic audience who whoop and cheer in appreciation of the eight attractive men and women who are his company. Dawson’s notes for the program “les verities” (the truths), announce that dawnsondancesf aims” to break  ...

Dance Brigade

Celebration and Witness Krissy Keefer’s Dance Brigade began forty years ago as the Wallflower Order Dance Collective in 1975. The current program reflects Keefer’s continuing efforts to bring awareness, to examine, to protest and evoke audience response to women’s  ...

San Francisco Ballet Program 1

Jiri Bubencíek is one of those rare choreographers confident enough to set work on his dancers while in process. He draws inspiration from the particularity of each one’s body and how he or she moves. In making “Fragile Vessels,” he  ...

Joe Goode Performance Group

“Resilience gives the illusion of coping…” “The Resilience Project” was created from a series of interviews with combat veterans and their families. Excerpts from those interviews--a short story, a single phrase, or a word broken down into sounds--are  ...

Touchy Subjects (premiere)

“Yeah! Come on, come on, come on, come on Now touch me, babe, Can't you see that I am not afraid?” The Doors A gauntlet was thrown by politically correct, and radically charged sparkplug, Keith  ...

Touchy Subjects

“Touchy Subjects” …”Keith Hennessy told Scott Wells that he didn't like the gay joke in Wells dance. Scott said, okay. Let’s make a show.” The show they made includes themselves and seven of the best ‘new/now' dancers in the  ...

“Tribute” Menlowe Ballet

Menlowe Ballet, Michael Lowe, Artistic Director (formerly of the Oakland Ballet), celebrated five years of its founding with a lively repertory of works this past weekend. Lowe choreographed one worked, restaged another (a tribute to Marc Wilde and Bronislava  ...