Dances at a Gathering, San Francisco Ballet

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Dances at a Gathering, San Francisco Ballet

I’ve been to many a party in my day but few can compare to “Dances at a Gathering,” Jerome Robbins’ 1969 homage to composer Frédéric Chopin. No cocktails, paper hats or streamers here, just a piano and beautiful dancing that ...

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane (2015)

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane is the first installment of a trilogy, with the other two segments to premiere later this year. It is based on the oral history of a ninety-five-year old French-Jewish woman (Dora) who is both a French Legion of ...

“The Soul’s Messenger”

For the final concert of the 21st Other Minds Festival, Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble delivered a bare bones retrospective of a handful of Monk’s abundant and mesmerizing repertoire. It’s an oxymoron to say that this life long minimalist presented ...

Champion: An Opera in Jazz, SF

“Champion” packs a punch. If Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s opera is not a complete knockout, it may be due to a flabby libretto by Michael Cristofer with words that don’t live up to the power of the highly-listenable score. ...

Dirty Dancing

“Nobody puts baby in a corner!” the iconic line from “Dirty Dancing,” may have earned itself a place as the universal cry for women’s rights. That the show’s working class protagonist, Johnny Castle, speaks the line, poses no problem. On ...

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) was a photographer primarily known for his widely-circulated 1983 book, “A Vanished World,” which contains evocative black and white photographs of Eastern European Jews on the eve of World War II. Yet the breadth and ...