Who Will Write Our History (2018)

If the phrase “History is written by the victors” has become a truism, here is a film that takes the would-be victor, fascism, and turns its own documents into an exposé, as well as a tribute to  ...

The Sleeping Beauty

Few can stride across a floor, arms raised to usher in festivity, as convincingly as Val Caniparoli, San Francisco Ballet’s reigning King Without a Crown. The story ballet fixture, be it  ...

World’s on Fire

It’s informative to read in ODC Artistic Director Brenda Way’s program notes that motivation on her part for mounting Kate Weare’s full-length work “World’s on Fire” issues from a wish to look deeply into our heartland, to better understand  ...

The Cakemaker (2018)

In the novel, “Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” we learn that Eskimos have more than one hundred words for what is wet, white, and falls from the sky in cold weather. The current-day Avant Garde  ...

In Space and Time

A fair test of a company’s salience is how well it dances Harald Lander’s seminal work, “Etudes.” Some of the best companies don’t even make  ...

Kaleidoscope, San Francisco Ballet

Who captures Mozart in motion better than neoclassical grise eminence choreographer George Balanchine? The lines of dancers from every rank who opened Tuesday night’s Kaleidoscope program with a frothy “Divertimento,” gave their definitive  ...

Stan Lai in Conversation

The Theater, Dance and Performance Studies Department at the University of California at Berkeley is hosting “Art & Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA (Berkeley Arts Museum, Pacific Film Archive),” where  ...

Balanchine and Beyond

Diablo Ballet’s pocket-sized troupe of seasoned dancers performed to a full house at what has become its home-base suburban venue, the Del Valle Theater in Walnut Creek. It is cause for  ...

Dancing Through Paradise Square

 A century after the first American Revolution gained independence from the English monarchy, a second revolution erupted: this one to end slavery. The Civil War coincided with the emergence of  ...

Don Quixote

Conductor Martin West worried the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra through a break-neck Don Quixote. This suited Mathilde Froustey’s frisky Kitri just fine. Luckily her Basilio was Angelo Greco, for whom no challenge is too daunting,  ...