Hãlau o Keikiali`i

Hãlau o Keikiali`I is a Hawaiian Cultural and Dance Group based in San Francisco since 1994. Their goal is to educate the general public about Hawaiian Culture, with its traditional customs, values, and protocols. On paper this may sound a bit ambitious but all they have to do is undulate  ...

Dracula – The Undead Can Dance – review

The Undead Can Dance Houston Ballet September 23, 2006 Wortham Center, Houston, TX Blood, ballet, fangs, and fun. Who knew they would make a suck-u-lent combo? The folks at Houston Ballet did, who launched into October with a revival of Ben Stevenson's dark classic, Dracula.  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...