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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

San Francisco Ballet – 2000 Season, Program 4

If all ballet programs were as varied, exciting and superbly performed as the fourth in San Francisco Ballet’s current season, ballet might be as popular as football. Not that this troupe can complain about being based in a city that supports a full season of dance that runs  ...

San Francisco Ballet

Sometimes a ballet program is like a sandwich, with the filling stuck between two slices of white fluffy stuff. So it is with San Francisco Ballet’s Program 2. It’s not that Antony Tudor’s Gala Performance and Stanton Welch’s Taiko are bad ballets. They are fun, in their different ways,  ...

San Francisco Ballet – Nutcracker

"Nutcracker" Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World (2003), Jennifer Fisher Tis the season -- the season for Santa and Scrooge and those ubiquitous dancing nutcrackers. And, of all the “Nutcrackers” in the Bay Area, stretching from Oakland to  ...