Kathak Master in SF

Kathak master Birju Maharaj makes a rare U.S. appearance in SF on Sunday. My ditty in the Chronicle: “With 15 pounds of bells on his ankles and sweat in his silver hair, Birju Maharaj stamps out ever more complex rhythms. Sometimes they...

“Speaking Chinese” at SFIAF

I really take no joy in having to write a review this negative. From yesterday’s Chronicle: “Was Andrew Wood, executive director of the San Francisco International Arts Festival, making disclaimers Thursday night? Introducing the...

Live Jazz at Diablo Ballet

Catching up–my review in the Chronicle Monday: “Friday night at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, I ended up sitting next to a mother and her 10-year-old girl. The little girl liked ballet, and the mother regularly...

Smuin and Gershwin

Catching up–my review of Smuin Ballet in yesterday’s Chronicle: “Michael Smuin was a ballet showman whose slick dances his fans loved, and plenty of critics – this one included – loved to hate. But watching his Smuin...

Bay Area Dance Awards

My report in today’s Chronicle: “Sometimes radical inclusion creates curious exclusions. One of the great strengths of the Bay Area’s booming dance scene is its wild diversity, a spectacle the Bay Area Dance Awards captures in...

New Works Festival C

My review in the Chronicle: “Jorma Elo, where have you been all our lives? The Finnish choreographer’s “Double Evil” proved the unqualified hit of San Francisco Ballet’s New Works Festival on Thursday, crowning...

New Works Festival B

My review in the Chronicle: “One of the great opportunities of San Francisco Ballet’s New Works Festival is the chance to consider – or reconsider – your personal ballet aesthetic. What qualities do you value in new...

New Works Festival A

My review in today’s Chronicle: “It’s tempting to treat San Francisco Ballet’s gargantuan New Works Festival as a sporting event: 10 choreographers unveiling 10 world premieres over three days. Who will win? Who will lose?...