Odd Couple

The San Francisco International Arts Festival kicks off next week. The Chronicle’s Sunday Pink section asked me to talk with Scott Wells and Stephen Pelton, who share a program at Dance Mission May 19-22: “With his ruffled hair and...

Van Patten’s Juliet

I returned to San Francisco Ballet last night to see Sarah Van Patten as Juliet. She danced opposite Pierre Francois-Vilanoba, and as much as I love Yuri Possokhov and Yuan Yuan Tan in other roles, Van Patten-Vilanoba was the cast to catch. They...

Coming Attractions

The Bay Area?s National Dance Week celebration went out with a bang Sunday night at the second annual Choreographers in Action showcase at ODC Theater. Titled ?24 Views,? the evening gives two dozens dance makers (one extra squeaked in this year)...

Good-Enough “Romeo”

I reviewed San Francisco Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet” for the Chronicle today, and apparently I was the only critic less than enthralled by it. The review’s headline encapuslates my reaction well: S.F. Ballet dancers rise...

The Chronicle asked me to check out auditions for LINES Ballet?s new summer pre-professional program. Here?s what I came up with: ?The San Francisco Dance Center has a peculiar grandeur, though not the spit-shined kind you might expect of the...

I’ve got a new review of Ramon Ramos Alayo’s “A Piece of White Cloth”–part of Dance Mission Theatre’s Cuba Caribe Festival–now up on Voice of Dance: “It is a curious disappointment that many...

The Winners Are . . .

The Bay Area Dance Awards put on one classy party Tuesday night. The Yerba Buena Center for the Art?s grand lobby was packed, hugs were abundant, and ?community? was the buzzword. Michael Wade Simpson was on the scene for the Chronicle, and wraps...

San Francisco Ballet has announced its 2005-2006 season. We?ll see the three new works?one each by Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, and Christopher Wheeldon?scheduled to premiere in Paris this summer. Among the other bits I?m most jazzed about: the...

Roll out the Red Carpet

What are you doing Tuesday night? If you love dance and you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I suggest you get yourself to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum for the second annual Bay Area Dance Awards. This is the new production...

Dance Shorts

The New York Times? John Rockwell travels to Germany to report on William Forsythe?s new company: ?Mr. Forsythe comes from Long Island but has been based in Germany for 32 years. For nearly 20 of those years he led the Frankfurt Ballet, which he...

Shuch’s Window

It’s hard to put a label on Erika Shuch, the young choreographer/writer/director/collaborator whose shows are drawing sold out crowds and the attention of established dance artists like Joe Goode. I’ve got a profile in the Chronicle...

The big news in Bay Area ballet circles is that San Francisco Ballet music director Andrew Mogrelia has resigned after two years on the job, and most unexpectedly. Alas, I have no inside scoop on the matter and was just as broadsided as most...