Arts & Culture :: Dance

Michael Novak carries on for Paul Taylor

Michael Novak carries on for Paul Taylor

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Feb 18, 2020

Just three months before his death, Paul Taylor, who for years refused to name a successor, surprised the dance world by naming Michael Novak, a company dancer for just eight years, as Artistic Director-Designate.

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Going deep into the heart of Cinderella

Going deep into the heart of Cinderella

  • by Paul Parish
  • Jan 28, 2020

San Francisco Ballet is back in the Opera House, and they opened their season, Helgi Tomasson's 35th as artistic director, with a ballet that is sure to please.

San Francisco Ballet Gala opens with a bash

San Francisco Ballet Gala opens with a bash

  • by Paul Parish
  • Jan 21, 2020

San Francisco Ballet's Gala dances ticked off the boxes an Olympics judge might face: technique, style, artistry, showmanship, and musicality. Everybody gets an A.

Cunningham, dancing through time

Cunningham, dancing through time

  • by David Lamble
  • Dec 30, 2019

Director Alla Kovgan's captivating bio-doc "Cunningham" (1919-2009) provides a hypnotic view of the fabled gay star dancer/teacher Merce Cunningham's choreography.

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.