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  ...

Luna Mexicana

It has been a good fifteen years since I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the inside of Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, a veritable monument to the Art Deco era. For me on this Day of the Dead evening, it rattles with  ...

Seed Language: The Embodiment Project

"The Embodiment Project," directed by Nicole Klaymoon, brings together dancers, singers, actors and lecturers to focus on the very contemporary subject that “Black Lives Matter.” They are all exuberant performers, skilled in their craft and devoted to their subject.  ...

The Great Liberation Upon Hearing

Ritual Exuberance Krissy Keefer, the director of Dance Brigade has staged “The Great Liberation…” at least twice since 1999. This time, with a cast of young, exuberant and very skilled dancers, it is celebrated in an hours (or so)  ...

Culberg Ballet

Past/Present Deborah Hay “belongs to a group of choreographers who were behind the Judson Church Movement in New York in the 1960s, where daily life movements became part of the choreography and untrained people became dancers.” Her background and  ...

Bridge Project: Ten Artists Respond to Locus

“The Bridge Project: Ten Artists Respond to Locus” is an elaborate and somewhat heady vehicle for a multidisciplinary exchange of San Francisco Bay Area performing artists. It features ten world premieres that all utilize dance legend Trisha Brown’s iconic, “Locus”  ...