My fall dance preview for the SF Chronicle is now online. It’s a big fall for ballet. American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, and the Joffrey are all making appearances at Cal Performances (and all dancing Tharp). Oakland Ballet is mounting a comeback under founding artistic director Ronn Guidi. Smuin Ballet is pressing onward after the death of Michael Smuin. And Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet is marking a 25th anniversary with world premieres using live music by Zakir Hussain and members of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Phew! Off the ballet-track, here are a few personal picks I have high hopes for:
Chitresh Das Dance Company: The cross-cultural chemistry was dazzling two years ago when Indian Kathak master Chitresh Das teamed with tap phenom Jason Samuels Smith. Now the two rhythmic virtuosos continue the conversation, and add new voices, in “India Jazz Progressions.” Sept. 28-30. Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street, San Francisco. (415) 345-7575, www.kathak.org.
LEVYdance: Talented young choreographer Benjamin Levy’s five-dancer troupe is athletic and edgy. His ambitious new work is “Bone Lines,” exploring his Persian Jewish heritage and his family’s exile from Iran, and featuring impressive collaborators: composer Keeril Makan and couture designer Colleen Quen. Oct. 12-13. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco’s Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St., San Francisco. (415) 292-1233, www.levydance.org.
Sean Dorsey: Sean Dorsey’s storytelling dances about the transgender experience tend toward the tender and touching, and are beginning to attract an ardent fan base. Nov. 15-17. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., San Francisco. (415) 826-4441, www.dancemission.com.
See you at the theater.