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  ...

“Indomitable Waltz”

In its December 2, two-performance appearance at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center in Los Angeles, the Cuban dance company Malpaso featured “Indomitable Waltz,” a 2016 work set on the company in Cuba by noted choreographer Aszure Barton. It was  ...

The Joffrey Ballet

Choreographer Justin Peck’s minimalistic “In Creases” started off this weekend’s Joffrey Ballet performance at Zellerbach Hall with a piano work by Philip Glass, “Four Movements For Two Pianos.” With two pianos facing each other mirror-like, the black pianos dressed  ...

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

“The swirling winds, the fire, and the saved…” Michael Palmer A Mars-red sun stares at San Franciscans from a sky full of soot. Just miles away from the city another culture is going up in flames. The apocalyptic grey  ...

Alpha Mouse (World Premiere)

“Alpha Mouse” begins with a funeral formation of sorts with 13 dancers dressed in variations of black attire--men in black sport coats and ties, white shirts, women in black skirts and dresses—uniforms of the sexes. The procession walks in a  ...

The Red Shoes

I have never felt that ballet was a very successful medium for telling a story. To convey emotion? It works. For the set up of a situation? Sure. But details that push the story forward become exaggerated pantomime. Therefore, I  ...

A Study On Effort

The effort of lifting The effort of missing The effort of surrender The effort of not knowing The effort of listening The effort of pleasure The effort of taking care As part of the 37th season of  ...

Vail Dance Festival

Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Tiler Peck, James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston. Jared Angle, Carla Korbes, Lauren Lovette, Marcelo Gomes. The list of ballet dancers appearing on Friday, August 4 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater  ...

San Francisco Ballet

Is classical ballet dead? A good way to test this patient’s viability is to stage Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner Symphony” in an outdoor setting, where living things abound in the lush splendor of orange poppy-fringed trees and meadows. See how it  ...