Give a Woman a Lift

Jo Kreiter has created Flyaway Productions “to engage political and social issues with the artistry of spinning, flying and exquisite suspension.” For “Give a Woman a Lift,” she has engaged six women to dance, climb the walls, swing and, throughout a 50-minute piece, always move upward. Kreiter notes that she  ...

Much Ado About Nothing, Old Globe, San Diego

By William Shakespeare Directed by James Newcomb The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Nov. 9 – 17, 2013 Judging by The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program’s production of "Much Ado About Nothing," we have a fine group of young actors we’ll be enjoying for many years  ...

Venus in Fur, San Diego

Written by David Ives Directed by Kim Rubinstein and Sam Woodhouse San Diego Repertory Theatre Nov. 9 – Dec. 8, 2013 A writer tackles an adaptation of the 1870 erotic novella “Venus in Furs” then hits a wall auditioning 21st century actresses to play the sexy, sophisticated, brainy lead character, Wanda  ...

“A Rite”

Since the premiere of “The Rite of Spring” on May 29, 1913, both music and dance concerts have celebrated the unique nature of Stravinsky’s work. What is less celebrated, except for the riot it produced, is Nijinsky’s choreography for "Le Scare du printemps,” as it is originally titled. The Paris  ...

“Monkey Gone to Heaven”

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how that the light gets in.” In her September 2013 article for In Dance, choreographer Erin Mei-Ling Stuart quotes the Leonard Cohen lyric. She suggests this line motivates her “to try to slip in between space.” Or, in the case of her latest work,  ...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

At 83, choreographer Paul Taylor continues to be legendary in his own time, his company perpetually youthful, even when (as in the case of “American Dreamer,”) the dance is sketchy. He is a longtime favorite at Dance Celebration in Philadelphia, where he is game enough to appear for interviews, master  ...

The Flying Dutchman

Just in time for Halloween comes a spooky ghost story from the legendary past. The best thing about this one is the beautiful music it’s set to. Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” (“Der fliegende Holländer” if you prefer it in German) is a haunting tale of a cursed mariner, doomed  ...

Blue Is the Warmest Color

"Blue Is the Warmest Color" arrives with plenty of controversy—poor working conditions alleged by cast and crew, production overruns in both budget and schedule, and varied reactions over graphic sex scenes resulting in an NC-17 rating. Whether writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche has ethical lapses or poor people/management skills and whether he  ...

Kill Your Darlings

"Nude no more!" shouted an otherwise sober Guardian when Daniel Radcliffe threatened to stay clothed in his next project ("A Young Doctor's Notebook," in which he shares a tiny bathtub with large Jon Hamm). "I've been naked in my last three movies," demurred the former Harry Potter. "...Sooner or  ...