The Joffrey Ballet

James: You spoke about Joffrey having been cutting edge. Is today’s Joffrey in step with the original company? Toba: It’s an entirely different kind of company, not as self-confident, not the same unsinkable esprit de corps,  ...

THE DAY

“I remember the day…” On the surface, “THE DAY” is a multilayered performance with iconoclastic cellist Maya Beiser and retired ballerina turned dance experimentalist, Wendy Whelan. This collaborative project, done in two parts, is the inspiration  ...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

When the Paul Taylor Dance Company last appeared in San Francisco in 2017, it was just months before the dance world would lose one of its greatest choreographers—Paul Taylor. Soon, the dance maker whose innovative career set contemporary dance  ...

3/Dance Innovations

We are inclined to follow Johnny Eliasen anywhere. In his staging of this special delivery rendering of “Études,” our devotee sentiments are richly rewarded. Yes, there are moments that could have done with a preemptive spring cleaning, but overall,  ...

Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella

Christopher Wheeldon gives us a complex “Cinderella,” absent even a soupçon of “The Cinderella Complex” that feminist therapists pride themselves in vanquishing, but which others of their profession reluctantly accommodate to. Wheeldon sidelines the Charles Perrault version of the  ...

Spellbound

Two elements in the gala’s ceremonial intro nearly upstaged the nativist spit and polish of “Men’s Regiment from Stars and Stripes.”  First was Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson’s paradoxical pitch to set aside our points of view in the service  ...

No Quarter

“Astrology is not about astrology. It is about what is already happening. Astrology isn’t about us, but the way we are sewn into the weave of all we belong to. Right now, you are not dead, but you will  ...

La Bayadère

Whether it’s the Teutonic Giselle peasant girl or the Indian sub-continent’s Nikia temple dancer, the plight of the village virgin has held audiences in its thrall for nearly three centuries. That’s impressive when one takes into account the number  ...