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  ...

Jessica Lang Dance

The much-anticipated premiere of Jessica Lang Dance in San Francisco arrived bittersweetly. For the Bay Area’s first real glimpse of Lang’s 8-year company it is also our last as the company is set to disband next month. It’s a  ...

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem returned to the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia the first weekend in March as part of their 50th Anniversary tour and a year of commemoration in memory of legendary founder Arthur Mitchell,  ...

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  ...

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  ...

Kristin Damrow & Company

“Impact” is Kristin Damrow’s third evening-length work and a world premiere. It uses Brutalist architecture and design as its inspiration and reactive counterpoint. This design influence is instantly recognizable in the clear-cut set by Alice Malia, whose concrete-like structure  ...