Jangala

Rudyard Kipling’s name is eponymous.  His “White Man’s Burden” lament has served as a sanctimonious apologia for centuries of imperial rape and pillage on foreign soil. Kipling is also the author of “The Jungle Book,” a children’s cautionary tale  ...

Shostakovich Trilogy. San Francisco Ballet

“Shostakovich Trilogy” is an evening-long tour de force by Russian-born choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. It’s outstanding for its theme: the tumultuous reconciliation of a world-altering revolution and subsequent counter-revolution with the career of Dmitri Shostakovich, a composer influenced by Igor  ...

Celebrated Masters. Diablo Ballet.

Diablo Ballet reaches beyond its San Francisco bedroom community setting to recruit dancers from a host of backgrounds, both personal and professional. It brings in choreographers from across oceans or just a tunnel and bridge away. It draws on  ...

BODYTRAFFIC

The seven-year-old Los Angeles dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC careened into Philly for three performances at the Annenberg Center last weekend, were it is obvious that they have a solid fan base in Philly  ...

Rosie Kay Dance Company

Five soldiers are waiting; Cadet Luke Bradshaw casually adjusts a transistor radio playing mostly static interference and portions of a local jazz station.  Cadet Josh Hutchby does random pushups, Alan Hunte and Trooper  ...

Swan Lake, Paris Opera Ballet

Following the holiday run of Rudolf Nureyev’s Cinderella in December, the Paris Opera Ballet season offered another classic by its former artistic director in February and March at the Opéra Bastille theatre. First set on the company in 1984,  ...

Giselle

Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Angel Corella has been polishing up story ballets over the past five years with revivals including Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Cinderella, et al., all ballets that Corella himself had  ...

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  ...