San Francisco Ballet, Programs 1 & 2, 2007

There are two ballets to talk about here, Artifact Suite, by William Forsythe (seen on Program 1), and Yuri Possokhov’s new Firebird (Program 2). Both were splendid. The other four ballets on the first two programs of the season may have been less noteworthy, but that is not to call  ...

San Francisco Ballet – Sea Pictures, Prism, Black Cake

The first program of the new San Francisco Ballet season really takes the cake. Not chocolate or vanilla but Hans van Manen’s Black Cake, a richly layered confection that premiered in 1989 with the choreographer’s home company, the Nederlands Dans Theatre. The fact that the Dutch dance troupe will  ...

San Francisco Ballet Program 2

Mixed repertory: “Naked” by Stanton Welch, “Ibsen’s House” by Val Caniparoli, and “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated” by William Forsythe Orchestra conducted by Gary Sheldon War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Opening night, January 29, 2009 (program continues, with alternating casts, through February 8) http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season/program2.asp With a mixed bag, it’s  ...

San Francisco Ballet Program 1

Mixed repertory: “Prism” by Helgi Tomasson, “Diving Into the Lilacs” (world premiere) by Yuri Possokhov, and “The Four Temperaments” by George Balanchine. Orchestra conducted by Martin West War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco January 27, 2009 (program continues through February 7) http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season/program1.asp Can a dance be made from a fragrance?  ...

Vidya Gastaldon

At the Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art through March 10, 2007 is a solo exhibition of works by Vidya Gastaldon, entitled, “Stop Believing, Start Knowing.” The title alludes to something one discovers on the journey through her world, that there is a knowing beyond consciousness. The works consist of various  ...

Rosy CO Dance Company – Chinoise Flower

Japanese modern dance has been equated for many years with the movement aesthetic called butoh, an outgrowth of the devastation of World War II. It is a bare-bones, stark form of dance--more like theater, really, but probably called "dance" because it involves no dialogue. It is best known in  ...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Paul Taylor Dance Company has an astoundingly busy tour schedule which means that they very well may be dancing somewhere near you this year. If so, you won't want to miss them. This company showcases the beautiful, intelligent, accessible choreography of Paul Taylor with a group of extraordinarily  ...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Paul Taylor Dance Company makes a welcome return to the San Francisco Bay Area. Taylor is a showman at heart. The notable characteristics of his dances (high energy, a love of big movements and gestures, a sense of the humorous and the quirky) have placed him among a  ...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Paul Taylor is the best of contemporary American choreographers and his company among the finest groups of dancers anywhere. Nothing in the current San Francisco engagement has changed that opinion. Taylor, now 70, has just completed his 115th dance work. I haven’t seen them all but I’ll still wager  ...