Get in Front Performance Gala

Anyone who attends San Francisco Ballet knows that the dancers regularly do spectacular and inspiring things at the War Memorial Opera House, but we aren’t often aware of the feats they accomplish off-stage. In their spare time between company...

Savage Jazz and Menlowe Ballet

It was good to continue catching up with the Bay Area dance scene at the June 1st performance of Savage Jazz Dance Company’s “Dances for Oakland” at Laney College, especially with Menlowe Ballet sharing the program. This new company, based in...

Paul Taylor Dance Co in SF

I reviewed Wednesday and Sunday’s programs for the San Francisco Classical Voice: “Paul Taylor is 80, and his Paul Taylor Dance Company is in its 56th season, and because of these facts — well, and because of his instantly...

Balanchine’s Coppelia at SFB

I reviewed for the San Francisco Classical Voice: “Coppélia arrived at the War Memorial Opera House Saturday looking like it has always belonged there. And it’s true that this 1870 ballet — with its long-lost original choreography by Arthur...

Jess Curtis/Gravity

I reviewed Jess Curtis/Gravity’s premiere of “Dances for Non/Fictional Bodies” for Dance Magazine: For the better part of a decade, Jess Curtis has been on a self-styled trajectory, presenting himself as an artist equally...

‘Black Swan’ Hype

I’ve been silently watching the ‘Black Swan’ acclaim in befuddlement, and so was happy to receive this email from SF Chronicle reader James Pendergast, who shares an insightful review by his stepson Kurt Ackridge. (I requested...

Apollo’s Angels

I reviewed Jennifer Homans’ new history of ballet for the San Francisco Chronicle: “Jennifer Homans begins and ends her weighty new cultural history of ballet with a provocative old claim: Ballet is dead. Let’s set aside the...

Mark Morris’ “Socrates”

I wrote about the Mark Morris Dance Group for San Francisco Classical Voice yesterday: “Last week marked the first return of the Mark Morris Dance Group to UC Berkeley since Robert Cole’s retirement and Matías Tarnopolsky’s start as...