New Prinicpals at SFB

San Francisco Ballet has announced promotions and two principal dancer hires, as David Wiegand reports in the Chronicle: “Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson has promoted Frances Chung, Moises Martin and Hansuke Yamamoto from the corps de...

Home for Goode

The Joe Goode Performance Group’s current season at the YBCA is well worth catching, as I report in my review for the Chronicle today: ” In 2003, Joe Goode — San Francisco’s influential maven of dance theater —...

Dreaming of Denmark

If it seems quiet in the U.S., dance criticism-wise, that’s because everyone’s in Denmark for the Royal Danish Ballet’s third Bournonville Festival. John Rockwell is covering it for the New York Times: “COPENHAGEN, June 7...

Versatile New Zealanders

My review of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s U.S. debut appeared in the Chronicle today: “It was a small but curious dance crowd that turned out Friday night for the U.S. debut of a likable, rather curious ballet company. The Royal New...

Less than Touching

Janice Berman reviewed Jess Curtis’s “Touched,” part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival, for today’s Chronicle: “When there’s a swirl of old-fashioned clothespins on the floor and not a...

Clogging Roots

The Chronicle asked me to profile a group appearing in the fast-approaching San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. I chose the Barbary Coast Cloggers, an all-male company that performs Appalachian dance. The guys were so friendly and so...

Critical Mass

What a weekend it?s been, and I haven?t even hit Memorial Day. On Thursday, I drove down to Santa Barbara to sit on a panel about careers in writing at UCSB. On Friday, I kept trucking south on the 101 freeway to Los Angeles for the first ever...

A Peculiar “Petrushka”

I reviewed last weekend?s Diablo Ballet show for today?s San Francisco Chronicle. I genuinely like this company and admire the quality dancing they?re able to accomplish in the East Bay, so I was sorry to have found myself undeniably bored by...

Trans-Atlantic “Touch”

The San Francisco International Arts Festival is underway. The Chronicle?s Pink section asked me to talk with former Contraband member Jess Curtis, whose trans-Atlantic collaboration ?Touched? is one of the festival?s banner events: ?The images...

My review of Bill T. Jones’s “Reading, Mercy and the Artificial Nigger” is in the Chronicle today: “Jones has never hesitated to push buttons, but that titular “Nigger” is not his own invention. It comes from...

The Boys of SFB

One word for yesterday: flu. Now I understand why Dick Cheney got that flu shot. This virus would have killed him. I was in too wretched a state to crawl to the computer and post this new article in the Chronicle, about a day at the San Francsico...