My review in the Chronicle:
The latest in ODC Theater director Rob Bailis’ ambitious series of festivals is titled “Local Heroes,” but it wasn’t clear at Thursday’s opening whether that label is yet deserved. I suppose there is more than a little unsung heroism in the dogged work of artistic experimentation, but the three emerging dancemakers at Project Artaud Theater (ODC’s home while its own building is closed for major reconstruction) still have considerable growing to do before saving the dance world in a single bound.
The problems with much of this slate, which repeats tonight, have mostly to do with music. Alex Ketley and Manuelito Biag are distinctive and exciting new voices steadily building their own physical languages, Ketley’s more rooted in ballet, Biag’s in Jos? Lim?n-influenced modern dance. But in each of their world premieres, the movement dawdles on and on without any real attempt at musicality, or even anti-musicality.
And my latest “So You Think You Can Dance” recap at Voice of Dance is here.