Akram Khan Company

When Akram Khan first presented “Kassh” in 2002 it was his first go at a full-length work and one that helped canonize his choreographic style that fuses contemporary dance with classical Indian Kathak dance. To help hit his mark, he collaborated with one of India’s premiere sculptors, Anish Kapoor (set  ...

L’ospedale

  Back in 2003, Naomi Matsumoto came across an edited score at the Marciana Library in Venice. It was a handwritten score, which seemed to have been written in the 17th century with no mention of a composer or librettist. However, there was a brief note stating, "This score  ...

A Swingin’ Holiday

The steady hand of Lauren Jonas continues to reseed Diablo Ballet with novel works, interpreted by dancers new to its ranks. As its 23rdnd season approaches, the company continues to grow in every direction, apparent in its “Swingin’ Holiday and more” program at the Dell Valle Theater on November 14.  ...

La Forza del Destino, English National Opera

"La Forza del Destino," (The Force of Destiny) is hard to stage. Verdi's marvellous music, including a grandiose overture, is one of his best, yet it strays from being a must-see opera for new audiences. This week, the English National Opera (ENO) unite with New York’s Metropolitan Opera to take  ...

Don Giovanni

The Academy of Vocal Arts’ mounts Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" every few years and it always seems to show them at their best. Their 2011 production, directed by the Tito Capobianco, and had the lusty Don Giovanni, in flagrante delicate all during the overture in just his breeches as he pretends  ...

Bizarro Con 2015

It was sometime after the man in the mushroom cap sang a song about earwigs yet well before Werner Herzog's nihilistic re-imagining of "The Wizard of Oz" that I realized I wasn't in Kansas anymore. Instead, I was sequestered at the delightfully bohemian McMenamins hotel in Troutdale, Oregon (just  ...

The Magic Flute, SF Opera

To the many interpretations of “The Magic Flute,” San Francisco Opera has added one with the distinction of looking like an animated cartoon. The company’s current production, which debuted in 2012, appears by turns Disney, Looney Tunes, and Hanna-Barbera; it has a vernacular English libretto (by outgoing General Director David  ...

Disgraced, Berkeley Rep

Who are you? I mean, really? Are you who you want to be, pretend to be or who your mother told you you ought to be? This, I think, is the question at the heart of Ayad Akhtar’s searing “Disgraced,” the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that raises more questions than  ...