ECHO/riding the rapids

“what is your name/listening through walls/the voice of stone” “ECHO/riding the rapids” is an explosive improvisational dance layered with abstraction and poignancy. It exploits the unsinkable sexuality, musicality, and embodiment of its guest dancer, Jesse Zaritt and the  ...

extreme lyric I

“and with sweet oil costly you anointed yourself and on a soft bed delicate you would loose your longing…” In a paleo restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District a friend recounts his intense experience during an Ayahuasca  ...

Pepperland

“ I’d love to turn you on…” “Pepperland,” Mark Morris’ homage to the Beatles 50th anniversary of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, is like falling inside a bubble gum machine where the colors are dayglo, the sugar addictive,  ...

Still Standing

“Is something true, just because you remember it?” “Still Standing” is as much a happening as it is a site-specific work. Shaped by the walls of San Francisco’s landmark Victorian, Hass-Lilienthal House—and the creative corridors  ...

The Doctor from India (2018)

At a time when so many of our cultural icons are falling from grace, and those holding onto their laurels often lack dignity and vision, comes a slew of documentaries on those positive role models whose lives inspire and affirm  ...

887

“One donut short of a dozen.” Robert Lepage enters the stage with the houselights up and casually begins talking to the audience as if to remind us where the exits are. But instead starts dispassionately talking about  ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

This season marks the 50th Anniversary of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s return to Cal Performances. This sustained and mutually beneficial relationship with Cal Performances represents the very best between arts organizations and is truly reason for  ...

Company Wayne McGregor

On an empty smoked-filled stage, Jacob O’Connell’s solo began the fifteen-part “Autobiography.” His movements were reptilian and articulate, his développé effortless, quickly dissolving into something gritty, as Lucy Carter’s stark white lighting washed down like a heavy mist. He danced  ...

Company Wang Ramirez

Company Wang Ramirez leaped across Berkeley Saturday evening with their in-the-buzz style of dance and livewire troupe. Its choreographers, Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez have risen to prominence for their unique approach to dance theater and because  ...

Paramodernities (West Coast Iteration)

Netta Yerushalmy made a stunning San Francisco debut with an abridged version of her "Paramodernities." This sophisticated six-part series will have its world premiere at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival this August. Three of these parts were presented for  ...