Universal LINES

I reviewed LINES Ballet’s latest program, featuring the world premiere of “Satoh,” for the Chronicle today: “It’s inevitable at a Lines Ballet performance: that moment when you wonder, what planet am I on? Not much...

The Lesser-Known Cunningham

The Jon Sims Center for the Performing Arts is a tiny, unassuming venue on Mission and Eleventh Streets with some truly wonderful residency programs for choreographers. The main performance space has three tiers of risers for a total of maybe 30...

Never too much Taylor

I?ve got a review of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in the Chronicle today: ?The West Coast premiere of “Klezmerbluegrass” formed the banner attraction in the last of three Paul Taylor Dance Company programs presented by San Francisco...

Dybbuk Lives

So Jerome Robbins?s ?Dybbuk??not seen in its original form since 1975 and revived by the San Francisco Ballet Tuesday night?is not quite a rediscovered masterpiece. But given the backstory of the ballet, no one was expecting perfection unearthed...

Mystical, mysterious Robbins

I?m just back in San Francisco, and a bit harried. Aside from reviewing a show tonight, I?m on tap to help lead a preview of Jerome Robbins? ballet ?Dybbuk? at Grace Cathedral Sunday afternoon. San Francisco Ballet is reviving it next week and...

Metaphorical Mysteries

I made it back to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Thursday to catch ODC Dance?s second program, and was well rewarded. To begin with, ?Fiendish Variations??set to Bach?s Passacaglia in C Minor?has held up exceptionally well since its premiere...

Direct from Cuba

San Francisco Ballet principal Lorena Feijoo left Cuba at age 20. Now her mother, once a member of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba herself, is visiting from Havanna. I had the pleasure of chatting with them for the Chronicle: ” “I...

Merce Immersion

I spent the whole of Saturday at Stanford University taking in Encounter: Merce, the campus-wide celebration of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company?s residency, for the Chronicle: “Call it a Merce Immersion: For a week it seemed you...

San Francisco Ballet?s fifth program, which I caught Friday, is to my eye the most satisfying offering of the season thus far. There is nothing new in it, but everything you need to feed your soul is contained in the ten minutes or so of Helgi...

Space Age Symphony

My review of Yuri Possokhov?s new work for San Francisco Ballet, which premiered Wednesday, is now up on the Chronicle?s web site: ?The unimaginatively titled “Reflections” (snappy appellations have never been Possokhov’s strong...

“Warming” Signs

ODC Dance, for non-Bay Area-dwelling dance fans, is San Francisco?s most established and prominent modern dance company. It?s led by three headstrong women who, in the seventies, drove a big yellow bus to California from Oberlin College (hence...

Beauty Bind

Chronicle culture writer Steven Winn uses the near-concurrence of John Rockwell?s column on the comeliness of New York City Ballet Dancers and the Oscars as a point of meditation on our conflicted attitudes towards beauty: ?New York Times dance...