Crossover Dance part III

John Rockwell faces off with Leigh Witchel on WYNC radio tomorrow (Sunday) at 2:30 eastern time. To listen live, go here. UPDATE: The segment was cancelled, sadly. However, Alexandra Tomalonis’s new essay on the issue is now online at...

Gala Gaga

Allan Ulrich’s take on the San Francisco Ballet gala offers an incisive portrait of Tomasson’s newest work: “For major news Wednesday, there was the premiere of Tomasson?s absorbing “Bagatelles,” another of his...

A toast to Helgi

The San Francisco Ballet gala Wednesday night was the company’s most satisfying in years. I reviewed for the Chronicle: “Galas are all about variety and delight, two qualities San Francisco Ballet arguably serves up with more ease...

More battling critics

Robert Gottlieb takes aim at the New York Times? recently retired Anna Kisselgoff at the end of his latest New York City Ballet review: ?We?ve recently been told by Anna Kisselgoff, in one of her farewell columns in The New York Times, that...

Helgi at the Helm

The opening of the 2005 San Francisco Ballet season is fast upon us with the gala kick-off this Wednesday. Ball gowns have been purchased, tuxes returned from the cleaners, and much more importantly, casting has been announced. Among the...

Rockwell’s Riposte

So I?ve had a day to mull over John Rockwell?s reaction to the Ballet Talk crew. If you?re not a dance fanatic, let me get you up to speed. Rockwell, who in his long career has written about music and other arts, was recently appointed the new...

Crossover: Curse or Cure?

The newly installed Times chief dance critic John Rockwell fires back at the online forum Ballet Talk and letters from the site’s founder, Alexandra Tomalonis, and leader, Leigh Witchel: ?Funny how much fretting an innocent, optimistic...

Stuck in the Seventies?

The indefatigable Rita Felciano, who seems to see every dance performance within thirty miles of the Golden Gate Bridge, made it to the ?. . . And Still Dancing? program that I was unable to catch at ODC Theater last weekend. Writing for the...

At Home in the Sky

I checked out Zaccho Dance Theatre?s “Dances Around the House” for the Chronicle last Friday: “More than 25 years ago, Remy Charlip — septuagenarian dancer, writer and beloved illustrator of children’s books —...

Diablo’s Brothers Kabanaiev

My review of Diablo Ballet for the Chronicle is online this morning: “It was a tale of two Russian siblings Saturday night as Diablo Ballet reprised recent works by its own Brothers Kabaniaev during the Walnut Creek-based company’s...

Here?s a show I can?t make it to this weekend but wish I could. A group of forty-, fifty-, and sixty-something dancers have banded together to create the West Coast version of Nederlands Dans Theater III, trumpeting the benefits of wisdom under...