Man in a Case, Berkeley

In real life Mikhail Baryshnikov is definitely not a Chekhov character. Instead of settling into a boring, if comfortable, retirement, the famed dancer (now in his mid-60s) is constantly reinventing himself. A brief early stint in the movies (“The Turning Point” and “White Nights”) set the stage for later dramatic  ...

The Refusal of Time

  If you were sorry you missed South African artist William Kentridge’s 2010 production of Igor Stravinsky’s short opera “The Nose,” which played at The Metropolitan Opera, you must experience “The Refusal of Time,” a newly acquired art exhibition with moving parts that is easy to label operatic. The  ...

Verge Ensemble, “Modern Mystics”

In the opening program of its 40th anniversary season, the Verge Ensemble, the performance group of the Contemporary Music Forum, presented 90 minutes of distinctive contemporary classical music with commentary. While the program included five short computer-generated pieces by Paul Rudy including “November Sycamore Leaf,” (2006) which is paired with  ...

Sensing Spaces, London

Here is a great idea for a show. The Royal Academy of Arts has invited seven international architects to transform its main galleries with site-specific installations. The goal, in the words of Kate Goodwin, the RA's Drue Heinz Curator of Architecture, is "to heighten our awareness of the  ...

Die Fledermaus, SF

I’ll take mine mit schlag. The Bay Area’s venerable Lamplighters have departed from the usual Gilbert and Sullivan fare to serve up Johann Strauss II’s delectable Viennese concoction, “Die Fledermaus,” in a production that often is as fizzy as the champagne it celebrates. And when it goes flat, mostly  ...

Wayne McGregor Random Dance, SF

Wayne McGregor, the celebrated English choreographer “renowned for his groundbreaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science,” presented a new work entitled “FAR” at YBCA. According to McGregor’s notes, the work is inspired by Roy Porter’s history of 18th century explorations into body and soul, “Flesh  ...

Twelfth Night, Arlington, Va.

Synetic Theater’s brand of physical theater emphasizes speechless Shakespeare. For this adaptation of “Twelfth Night,” the company advanced the setting to the Roaring Twenties, inclusive not only of flappers but also silent film and the specter of Charlie Chaplin. It is a clever approach for a favorite Shakespearean comedy.  ...

Visitors (2013)

A little over 30 years ago, Godfrey Reggio and Phillip Glass united to make “Koyaanisqatsi,” a tone poem documentary with such a vivid visual style and propulsive soundtrack that it would influence many a movie, music video, and commercial in the decades to come. They ended up doing a "Qatsi"  ...

In Bed With Gore Vidal

The Times of London correspondent Tim Teeman knew Gore Vidal as the aging literary lion in winter, a brilliant novelist of "Burr" and "The City and the Pillar," living in semi-exile and harboring lifelong resentments. Teeman’s respect for Vidal emerges in his otherwise steamy exposé, "In Bed With  ...