Arts & Culture :: Dance

Nutcracked!

Nutcracked!

  • by Paul Parish
  • Dec 17, 2019

Over the decades, "Nutcracker" has conquered the nation, and is an institution here greater even than in Russia.

Lady Camden brings LGBTQ spirit to Smuin Ballet

Lady Camden brings LGBTQ spirit to Smuin Ballet

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Dec 10, 2019

Former Smuin company dancer Rex Wheeler, a.k.a. Lady Camden, is rehearsing the lead role in "Santa Baby," a work created by late company founder Michael Smuin that will be the centerpiece of "The Christmas Ballet" LGBTQ+ Night on Thurs., Dec. 19.

Fascinating rhythms: 'Stomp' returns

Fascinating rhythms: 'Stomp' returns

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Nov 12, 2019

"Stomp," the so-called "international percussion sensation," played A.C.T.'s Geary Theater in San Francisco for eight performances last week, and Out There and a lot of vicarious percussionists were in the house.

Ballet power!

Ballet power!

  • by Paul Parish
  • Nov 5, 2019

They were ready. Nothing short of a fire that could engulf Berkeley would have kept Cal Performances from presenting the Russian ballet "La Bayadere" in Zellerbach Hall last week.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival captures bodies in motion

San Francisco Dance Film Festival captures bodies in motion

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Nov 1, 2019

The dance film genre is more popular, diverse and dazzling than ever, and the 10th annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival reflects that.

Visionary dance in constant motion: LINES Ballet

Visionary dance in constant motion: LINES Ballet

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Oct 8, 2019

Alonzo King LINES Ballet's fall program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts featured two brand new works: "The Personal Element," which premiered at the Vail Dance Festival in August, and the world premiere of "Azoth."

Mark Morris Dance Group masters Mozart

Mark Morris Dance Group masters Mozart

  • by Paul Parish
  • Sep 27, 2019

Cal Performances finally kicked off its season of major international performing arts last Friday night in Zellerbach Hall with a brilliant revival of Mark Morris' "Mozart Dances." I am glad to see it again.

James Kudelka shapes 'The Man in Black'

James Kudelka shapes 'The Man in Black'

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Sep 27, 2019

Choreographer James Kudelka is putting the final touches on his ballet "The Man in Black," the top-billed work on Smuin Contemporary Ballet's first program of the season.

Bring on the Fall Arts!

Bring on the Fall Arts!

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Aug 27, 2019

This week begins our modest effort to offer a Fall Preview in the Arts & Culture pages. In this issue find previews of the fall season in Bay Area art museums, at the San Francisco Symphony, in Film, TV, Poetry and Prose.

Playful movement with Garrett + Moulton

Playful movement with Garrett + Moulton

  • by Paul Parish
  • Aug 13, 2019

Garrett + Moulton Productions wowed us last Friday night. Their show packed the theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; the audience left exhilarated.

Fall Arts Preview editions publishing August 29 and September 6

Fall Arts Preview editions publishing August 29 and September 6

  • by Advertising Department
  • Aug 7, 2019

On August 29 and September 5, we'll present our annual two-part Fall Arts Preview issues. From the museums and galleries, to local theatre, -- our fall arts preview editions will cover it all.

Tony Yazbeck taps in

Tony Yazbeck taps in

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 6, 2019

When Tony Yazbeck takes the stage at Feinstein's at the Nikko on Aug. 15 & 16, you'll get the expected singing and storytelling, but you'll also get tap-dancing, a craft infrequently plied on the small-to-non-existent stages of cabaret venues.

San Francisco Ballet to play Stern Grove

San Francisco Ballet to play Stern Grove

  • by Paul Parish
  • Jul 23, 2019

This Sunday, July 28, San Francisco Ballet makes their only out-of-season performance for hometown fans during the long dry spell for balletomanes from May to November.

In Petipa's footsteps

In Petipa's footsteps

  • by Paul Parish
  • Jul 9, 2019

The image that probably comes to mind when you think of swans and ballet was the brainchild of Marius Petipa, the great 19th-century choreographer who brought "Swan Lake" back from oblivion.