San Francisco Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty

Fairy tales can come true; it can happen to you …especially if you’re in the audience at San Francisco Ballet’s lavish production of The Sleeping Beauty. First presented in St. Petersburg in 1890, this collaboration between Pytor Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, the composer, and Marius Petipa, the great choreographer, was  ...

Smuin Ballets/SF

Michael Smuin, who was director of the San Francisco Ballet from 1973 until 1985, later established his own company, now celebrating its fifth anniversary season. Smuin Ballets/SF is a company expressing the singular artistic vision of its choreographer in a parallel manner to the Mark Morris Dance Group  ...

Smuin Ballets/SF – Medea, Carmina Burana, Saphire Rain

Smuin Ballets/SF opened its seventh season with two hits and a near miss. Revivals of two of Michael Smuin’s finest ballets, the stunning “Medea” and “Carmina Burana,” framed a somewhat disappointing centerpiece, the world premiere of “Sapphire Rain.” Set on four couples, to the music of New Age  ...

Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet – Swan Lake

Name recognition did not sell tickets to Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco on June 7. Indeed, the half-empty house was actually watching a performance of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Dachenko Theatre Ballet. Try putting that on a headline. The ballet company of the Moscow  ...

Batsheva 2006 Review

Ohad Naharin , the artistic director and choreographer for Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, is, in a word, a genius. The dance he unleashes in “Three”, performed in San Francisco Performances engagement October 26, looks like the work of no one else. There is a theatrical intelligence in play, there  ...

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan review

Lin Hwai-min has created a dance company in Taiwan that is almost shockingly esoteric. Much more stripped-down and anti-narrative than many cultural imports from Asia, his Cloud Gate Dance Theatre doesn’t so much turn its back on Chinese Opera, for example, or on Bruce Lee films, or ribbon dances or  ...

Dance Beat SF- review

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Wheeldon's After The Rain © Erik Tomasson San Francisco Ballet: Gala 2007 Tricia Brown Dance Company at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Richard Alston Dance Company, Memorial Hall, Stanford Jan 24-27, 2007 San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala Is it too horrible to  ...