There?s so much good dance in the Bay Area this week that I can?t even get to it all. Something for everyone:
The Bolshoi Ballet returns to Berkeley tonight. I?ll have a review of the new, naturalistic and highly controversial ?Romeo and Juliet? in the Chronicle on Friday. The 19th century classical ballet ?Raymonda,? which is probably far more in line with the general ballet-goer?s expectations, opens Friday too. For details on the Bolshoi engagement, click here.
Ballet of a more postmodern, global stripe can be found in the fall engagement of Alonzo King?s LINES Ballet. The two-weekend run at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts opens Friday and includes the world premiere of ?Before the Blues,? a collaboration with saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, and 1998?s ?Who Dressed You Like a Foreigner,? with music by tabla master Zakir Hussain. For details, click here.
Leslie Seiters is a visual artist and emerging choreographer who creates exquisitely detailed sets and dance phrases of mystery and integrity. Her little known dance theater (that?s the company?s name, not my editorializing) continues a two-week run at 848 Community Space in ?The Way to Disappear? tomorrow through Saturday. I?ll be checking out the show tomorrow. For details, click here and scroll down.
And finally (I said I had something for everyone), if you like classical Indian dance, the Chitresh Das Dance Company premieres Pandit Das? ?Sampurnam? tomorrow through Saturday at the Cowell Theater. This is a consistently impressive troupe of Kathak dancers, most of them American-born, handpicked and trained by Das. The live music alone is usually worth the price of admission. I?ll be seeing the show Saturday. For details, click here.