Finally weighing in . . .

At long last, and just squeaking into the final weeks of the Balanchine centennial, my review of the two recent Balanchine biographies runs in the Chronicle. I should add that the year timeline on the Croce book is the official word from the...

Stiefel comes to so cal

Surprise of the week for West Coast ballet lovers: Tiny, beleaguered, Orange County-based Ballet Pacifica has landed American Ballet Theatre mega-star Ethan Stiefel as its new artistic director. He?ll lead the troupe while maintaining his...

More ‘Nut’

The SF Chronicle?s Steven Winn also offers a glimpse of the mammoth new San Francisco Ballet ?Nutcracker?: ?A visit to the company’s warehouse scene shop conjured visions of what this “Nutcracker” aspires to be as a visual...

Ulrich back in the Ex

The recently tumultuous San Francisco Examiner (my old paper of employ) has scored a coup, luring Allan Ulrich back to their pages. Check out his coverage of the new $3.5 million San Francisco Ballet ?Nutcracker?, sprinkled with production...

Janie Taylor’s glow

Last night away from home?or did I forget to mention that I had left? I spent the first four days of the week in Washington D.C., where I helped decide the merits of nearly 100 dance applications submitted to the National Endowment for the Arts...

Rest in peace, Dame Alicia Markova, distinguished ballerina of the 20th century: star of the Ballets Russes, originator of roles in the early ballets of Frederick Ashton, and “Giselle” interpreter nonpareil.

Ben Levy’s promise

I reviewed the rising young company LEVYDance for Voice of Dance today: “Rarely does a young dance company appear on the scene with the immediate appeal of LEVYDance. Founded in 2002 by UC Berkeley grad Benjamin Levy (and well stocked with...

Nutty, not Nice

So I made it to the Matthew Bourne ?Nutcracker!? at Berkeley?s Cal Performances the other night. This was the version that premiered at the 1992 Edinburgh Festival, years before Britain?s Bourne found fame with his all-male ?Swan Lake.? That...

Nutcracker madness

In the Chronicle, Steve Winn hails the start of a crowded Nutcracker season: ?This year’s competition for the yuletide dollar should be especially keen. With the San Francisco Ballet’s eagerly anticipated new production of...

B-Boys and Girls

Allan Ulrich reviews the San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest for Voice of Dance: ?The mood was sweet and joyful Thursday and why not? In six years, producer Micaya has built an institution on the Bay Area dance scene; I can?t believe any local dance...

Trials of a Hometown Critic

My heart goes out to Tom Strini of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who, in this disarming defense of his own review, steadfastly explains why he can?t pretend to be moved by schlock: ?However obvious it might seem, let me state for the record that...

Tears for Alonso

The Telegraph?s Ismene Brown files a long diary from the Havana International Festival of Ballet and concludes with some striking thoughts on National Ballet of Cuba founder Alicia Alonso: ?I leave torn between extremes of optimism and pessimism...