My review of Diablo Ballet for the Chronicle is online this morning:
“It was a tale of two Russian siblings Saturday night as Diablo Ballet reprised recent works by its own Brothers Kabaniaev during the Walnut Creek-based company’s annual one-night stand at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall.
Nikolai Kabaniaev is the older brother and Diablo’s co-artistic director. Viktor Kabaniaev, a former dancer with the chamber-size troupe, now serves as associate artistic director of Moving Arts Dance but returned as guest choreographer and performer for this program. Both are drawn to a contemporary European sensibility and to well-known (perhaps overexposed, for choreographic purposes) classical scores. But while Nikolai is the more experienced dancemaker, it was Viktor’s work that, while still green, showed greater promise.”
Toward the bottom of the article, due to a mysterious cut, Mats Ek is referred to as “The Ek.” Perhaps he is good enough to deserve a definite article.
I also caught Joanna Haigood’s “Dances Around the House” this weekend, and found it entrancing. That review will most likely run in the Chronicle tomorrow.