Unbound, Programs A and B

To mark its 85th anniversary, San Francisco Ballet added “Unbound,” to this year’s season, a series of four programs, A, B, C, and D, consisting of commissioned works by recognized choreographers, some of who have never before set work on the company. The dancers were divided into teams, each assigned  ...

Head Over Heels

In San Francisco for only a few weeks before it premieres on Broadway this summer, “Head Over Heels” is an infectiously funny, lively and smart upbeat musical with lots of glitz and pizzazz. Originally conceived by Tony winner Jeff Whitty (writer of the book to the Broadway musical  ...

Voices of America

For its yearly mixed rep program, English National Ballet brought an all-American barnburner of a lineup. William Forsythe, after a 20-year hiatus, returned with two short works, “Approximate Sonata 2016,” and “Playlist (Track 1 and 2),” the latter created on the dancers; Aszure Barton’s work “Fantastic Beings”—is a creature  ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

This season marks the 50th Anniversary of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s return to Cal Performances. This sustained and mutually beneficial relationship with Cal Performances represents the very best between arts organizations and is truly reason for celebration. As part of this spring’s residency, the company offered  ...

The Reality of Virtual

Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" chronicles an epic battle for control of a fully immersive, massively multiplayer online virtual reality space known as the OASIS where users escape the depressing dystopic reality of the story's 2045 setting. Based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline,  ...

Birdland

Paul (Joel Reitsma) is a rock star, with rock star habits and ego. He’s now in Moscow, nearing the end of a long tour and faced with going home to London. He and Johnny, his bandmate, (played by Dushane Casteallo) are getting ready to perform in concert. “Birdland," written  ...

American Mariachi

What do you know about mariachi music? If you’re like me, not a lot. Up to now, it’s been the background music while consuming margaritas, chips and queso. Not anymore. Set in a U.S. Latino community in the 1970s, American Mariachi addresses ethnicity, gender roles, aging, family, friendships,  ...

Scenes from A (Dance) Marriage

Berlin – based dancer-choreographers Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez are partners onstage and off and their company Wang Ramirez has earned them not only accolades, including the Bessie Award, and wide commercial appeal in part due to their arena-edge choreography for Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ tour in 2015. The  ...

SXSW 2018: THE REST OF THE FEST

I recently shared my Top Five favorite films of the 2018 South-by-Southwest festival, but what about the other screenings I attended? What didn't quite make the list (and why)? Well, let's start with the... CLOSE CALLS MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN  ...