San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala: Dance Review, culturevulture.net – review

Program of various works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Yuri Possokhov, Helgi Tomasson, and Christopher Wheeldon Orchestra conducted by Martin West War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco January 21, 2009 http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season.asp Whatever hard times loom, they were banished on this winter night at San Francisco’s Civic Center as  ...

Sankai Juku- review

“Kagemi”, the new evening-length piece by Sankai Juku, the 31-year-old Japanese Butoh company touring the US, is about mirrors, water, and a lotus leaf carpet. It is also about white light, transcendance, and the fact that a 57-year-old dancer-choreographer has moved from a young man’s angst into something more serene.  ...

Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Company – review

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, San Francisco February 9-10, 2007 Denied their drums, enslaved Africans in the Americas reinvent- ed their spiritual dance traditions as a soulful art form that white authorities dismissed as merely“fist and heel worshipping.” “Fist and heel is  ...

Danceground Keriac, SF: Dance Review, culturevulture.net – review

Alchemy and Ghosts redevelop, (Death Valley) Brian Rogers The Chocolate Factory, NYC through February 28, 2009 http://www.chocolatefactorytheater.org/home.html Doug Varone Dance Company February 24-March 1, 2009 The Joyce Theatre, NYC http://www.dougvaroneanddancers.org/ Reprinted with permission from CV writer Susan Yung's blog for WNET: http://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/theater/alchemy-and-ghosts#more-144  ...

Mozart in Boston: culturevulture.net – review

Mostly Modernity Three contemporary choreographers take on Mozart in Boston The last three contemporary dance performances I saw in Boston featured scores by Mozart. One supposes that if the presenters (respectively, Celebrity Series of Boston, CRASHarts, and Boston Ballet) had consulted with each other, they might have offered a mini-Mozart  ...

The Hard Nut – Mark Morris Dance Group

Visions of sugarplums beginning to clog up your head? The perfect antidote is Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut which is quickly becoming as much of a holiday tradition as department store Santas and Messiah singalongs. Created in 1991, televised for Dance in America a year later, it premiered in  ...

Mark Morris Dance Group – Update

"It’s like a truffle," I enthused to The Beautiful Companion at intermission of the Mark Morris Dance Group performance in Zellerbach Hall, "You bite into the truffle and you get the flavor and texture of the rich chocolate exterior, then the burst of the different, contrasting flavor and  ...