Jacob Jonas The Company

Walking, stillness, head spins and one-armed balances. Emotion, b-boying, Philip Glass. When Cirque du Soleil and the Cirque Noveau movement first emerged in the performing arts world during the 1970’s, they created a new genre by taking  ...

Unbound Festival, Programs C and D

At the San Francisco Ballet Gala earlier this year, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson predicted that the Unbound Festival would locate the company at the “epicenter of world ballet.” The ballet world is bigger than North America and Western Europe, and  ...

Unbound, Programs A and B

To mark its 85th anniversary, San Francisco Ballet added “Unbound,” to this year’s season, a series of four programs, A, B, C, and D, consisting of commissioned works by recognized choreographers, some of who have never before set work on  ...

Voices of America

For its yearly mixed rep program, English National Ballet brought an all-American barnburner of a lineup. William Forsythe, after a 20-year hiatus, returned with two short works, “Approximate Sonata 2016,” and “Playlist (Track 1 and 2),” the latter created  ...

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  ...

Scenes from A (Dance) Marriage

Berlin – based dancer-choreographers Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez are partners onstage and off and their company Wang Ramirez has earned them not only accolades, including the Bessie Award, and wide commercial appeal in part due to their  ...

Robbins: Ballet & Broadway

“There’s only one thing worse than being in a Robbins work, and that’s not being in one,” a veteran New York City Ballet dancer remarked recently. Circling ’round the New York ballet world in eighty minutes, this all-Robbins program offers  ...

Swan Lake

Send in the Swans Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Angel Corella has been programming classical story ballet repertoire in the three years he has been running Pennsylvania Ballet. In addition to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, he mounted  ...

Orpheus and Eurydice

How do they do it? The Joffrey Ballet has two simultaneous gigs in LA: the Gluck opera, "Orpheus and Eurydice," and the ballet, "Romeo and Juliet." The consensus is that the troop is spectacular in "Orpheus," but their production of  ...

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  ...