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 what Way tags as a “divisive” culture. It’s certainly a  ...

The Clemency of Titus

If you are feeling jaded by seeing too many Bohemes, Butterflies, and Carmens, but are unable to cuddle up to late 20th and 21st century works, you should definitely give LA Opera’s production of “The Clemency of Titus” a go. Mozart dashed  ...

Kinky Boots: National Tour

Kinky Boots won the Best-Musical Tony (and a batch of others) in 2013. Six years later, the show is still chugging, winding-down its run on Broadway on April 7, but taking a new generation of performers on a tour around the smaller cities of America, where thigh-high platform boots  ...

Gloria Bell (2019)

For Chilean director Sebastian Lelio, life is like a waltz. We switch from dance partner to dance partner striving for connection. And hell, if we don't find one, we might as well go down dancing. This is the swaying notion behind  ...

Paris Opera Ballet Cherkaoui/Goecke/Lidberg

To usher in the new year, and not just any year–2019 marks the 350th anniversary of the institution’s inception under Louis XIV–the Paris Opera Ballet proposed a mixed bill of three short ballets that ran throughout the month of February at the historic Palais Garnier. The program opened with  ...

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 set up for disappointment whether or not the performance is  ...

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, who died last year. Coincidently, DTH’s performances  ...

Gabriel

A woman comes upon an unconscious, naked man washed up on a rocky beach. His rescue should be straightforward except it’s a Nazi-occupied island during World War II and she’s a Jew out past curfew. Ensuring the enemy doesn’t  ...

Path of Miracles

“Les Colombes: The Doves” is an inspired 45-foot long aerial sculpture made up of two thousand paper doves by German artist Michael Pendry. The installation that went up in December 2018 (months after the debut of “Path of  ...