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“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  ...

Music With Changing Parts

Philip Glass @ 80ish When “Music With Changing Parts” premiered in New York in1970 it was at once revolutionary, persistent, repetitive, annoying, hypnotic, challenging, and otherworldly. People walked out while others were completely mesmerized. The future had arrived and  ...

L.A. Dance Project San Francisco Debut

“Closer” (2009) “Hearts & Arrows” Film (2014) “Sarabande” (2009) Benjamin Milliepied's, L.A. Dance Project not only made its San Francisco debut this week, but also launched the Bay Area's new Pivot performance series that promises "innovative, creativity and  ...

Sink

“Capitalism excels at innovation but fails at maintenance.” There is something queer about “Sink”, a political purge in heels, a ritualized communal healing, a street-smart shamanic journey. Something remarkable about how its vague threads, three distinct segments, loosely  ...

Scott Wells & Dancers 25th Anniversary

The year 2017 has been a record one for San Franciscan choreographers and dancers celebrating landmark anniversaries. While some of these anniversary performances can be over- indulgent, others remain true to the creative talent driving their sustained careers. However, few  ...