Interview with Twyla Tharp

The first dance Twyla Tharp choreographed for her new modern dance company in 1965 was called, “Tank Dive.” Tharp walked out in a pair of heeled shoes and vigorously hurled a yo-yo toward the floor as Petula Clark’s pop hit,  ...

La Emi–Flamenco in Santa Fe

    Every little girl should have a chance to stomp. Emmy Grimm, known onstage as “La Emi,” has been dancing flamenco since she was 3. Her mentor is Maria Benitez, an internationally known powerhouse of a dancer,  ...

The Dancer (1994)

        “Feet, feet, feet!” is the universal battle cry. Anyone who has taken ballet or modern dance class, and has heard it shouted from the front of the studio knows that first, last  ...

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, SF

Amy Seiwert brought three amazing pieces to the ODC Theater for this engagement: “Traveling Alone” (2012); “Starting Over at the End” (2015 — a collaboration with ODC’s KT Nelson); and “Back To" (2015). All three works displayed the virtuosity of  ...

Choreographer Allejandro Cerrudo

Making a ballet to a single piece of music is so last century. Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo makes playlist dances—he creates sound collages, sometimes disparate mixes of music which inform the movement for him. “Then I go into the studio and  ...

Ethnic Dance Festival, SF

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Panama­ Pacific International Festival (which took place even then in the same Palace of Fine Arts), the Ethnic Dance Festival, now in its 37th year, presented its usual widely varied program of music and  ...

Dance at SF International Arts Festival

Fort Mason (setting of the 2015 San Francisco International Arts Festival) is a beautiful site jutting out into the San Francisco Bay. Boats sail by, birds fly, islands and mountains loom in the distance. And then the fog comes in.  ...

Cinderella

    By appealing directly to Bay Area ballet-goers, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño, with help from Chief Executive Officer, Alan Hineline, and Interim Director of Development Millicent Powers, dodged the depredations of  ...

Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco Ballet

  The simplicity of the three-theme Prokofiev score can beguile us into believing that Helgi Tomasson’s “Romeo and Juliet,” running at warp speed to conclude before the accomplished musicians go on overtime, loses complexity, much in the way Cinderella  ...

Swimmer, SF Ballet

“Swimmer,” the latest work by Yuri Possokhov, San Francisco Ballet’s choreographer in residence, looks more like dance theater than true ballet. In the style of Martha Clarke, the piece draws on the panoply of modern stage technology — projections, lighting  ...