Arts & Culture :: Dance

'Don Quixote' & a woman's right to choose

'Don Quixote' & a woman's right to choose

  • by Paul Parish
  • Feb 1, 2019

San Francisco Ballet, our big league troupe, is finally back in the Opera House for the real dance season. They kicked off last Wednesday with a successful Gala, then the real opener on Friday: a boffo performance of "Don Quixote."

Nutcracker leaps to life!

Nutcracker leaps to life!

  • by Paul Parish
  • Dec 18, 2018

In 30 years of reviewing "The Nutcracker," with which San Francisco Ballet returned to the Opera House last Wednesday night, I've never seen such glorious dancing as they brought to the last act.

Someday her prince will cum

Someday her prince will cum

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Dec 4, 2018

Tchaikovsky-savvy consumers will grock what's going on right from the cover of the new Paris Opera and Ballet pairing of Tchaikovsky's one-act opera "Iolanta" and two-act ballet "The Nutcracker" (BelAir).

Chita Rivera, private dancer

Chita Rivera, private dancer

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 30, 2018

Chita Rivera will be at it again at Feinstein's at the Nikko next week, singing songs and telling tales from throughout her career in a four-show run of her latest cabaret show (including afternoon matinees on Sat., & Sun., Nov. 10 & 11).

Super suffragettes

Super suffragettes

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Oct 30, 2018

On the eve of this historic and Very Important Election, we can't say it better than Hans the Franz does with his spectacular outfit. He's out there in the Castro District streets, resplendent in his declamatory onesie, and it's all to get out the vote.

Remember me: Sasha Waltz's 'Körper'

Remember me: Sasha Waltz's 'Körper'

  • by Paul Parish
  • Oct 27, 2018

"Körper" played last weekend in Berkeley, where Cal Performances presented Sasha Waltz's masterpiece in Zellerbach Hall for the first time.

Liberating the heroine

Liberating the heroine

  • by Sari Staver
  • Oct 10, 2018

Choreographer and performer Monique Jenkinson, in the guise of her drag queen persona Fauxnique, and her longtime partner, electronic composer Marc Kate, will premier their first full collaboration, "Girl," at the Joe Goode Annex.

Mark Morris' intoxicating 'Pepperland'

Mark Morris' intoxicating 'Pepperland'

  • by Paul Parish
  • Oct 5, 2018

An excited crowd filled UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall last Friday night for the West Coast premiere of the Mark Morris Dance Group's "Pepperland."

Gotta dance!

Gotta dance!

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 19, 2018

In "Hot To Trot," filmmaker Gail Freedman takes viewers inside the little-known, fascinating world of same-sex competitive ballroom dance.

Remembering Paul Taylor

Remembering Paul Taylor

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Sep 12, 2018

In his autobiography, Paul Taylor wrote that the vital statistic of his life was "an insatiable itch to communicate to the world at large," a goal he fulfilled as one of the greatest modern dance choreographers of the 20th century.

Bring on more fall arts

Bring on more fall arts

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Sep 5, 2018

More arts events are coming to the Bay Area this fall! Let's list some.

Underground gay dance movement

Underground gay dance movement

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 8, 2018

"When the Beat Drops" not only reveals the underground dance movement "bucking," but also uncovers courageous creative resistance in the often-stigmatized world of black gay men.

SF Ballet brings joy to the fog belt

SF Ballet brings joy to the fog belt

  • by Paul Parish
  • Aug 1, 2018

For the picnickers who went to Stern Grove for the San Francisco Ballet's annual outing on the amphitheater stage of that sublime local park, we sat under towering redwoods and a milky afternoon sky.

Avant-garde work set in historic house

Avant-garde work set in historic house

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jul 18, 2018

Joe Goode's new world premiere "Still Standing" led us through San Francisco's historic Haas-Lilienthal House during the course of the performance. It runs through Aug. 5 there.