Arts & Culture :: Dance

Keith Hennessy: sink or swim!

Keith Hennessy: sink or swim!

  • by Paul Parish
  • Jun 6, 2018

The orange life-jacket I was struggling to strap myself into last Friday night at Keith Hennessy's "Sink" really had washed up on the shore of Lesbos (I asked), though it seemed at the time too new.

Transgender performance extravaganza

Transgender performance extravaganza

  • by Sari Staver
  • May 30, 2018

The 17th annual transgender and queer performance festival "Fresh Meat" features a transgender superhero rock opera, world champion gay ballroom dancers, queer disabled dance pioneers, gender-bending dance theater, and transcomedy.

International performance art arrives

International performance art arrives

  • by Sari Staver
  • May 23, 2018

The San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) will present more than 40 different dance, cirque, musical, comedy, theatre, and performance art pieces in its upcoming festival at Fort Mason Center, May 24-June 3.

Vanishing acts from SF Ballet

Vanishing acts from SF Ballet

  • by Paul Parish
  • May 8, 2018

The second half of San Francisco Ballet's "Unbound" dance festival opened last week, again with full houses and standing ovations after nearly every piece.

The way we live now

The way we live now

  • by Paul Parish
  • Apr 25, 2018

San Francisco Ballet ends their season with a splashy festival of new works. They've been building towards this all season.

Nijinsky reconsidered

Nijinsky reconsidered

  • by Paul Parish
  • Apr 11, 2018

How could I have been so wrong? Last week the National Ballet of Canada danced Nijinsky: a Ballet by John Neumeier so musically and with such conviction, they completely reversed my first impression.

Jerome Robbins forever!

Jerome Robbins forever!

  • by Paul Parish
  • Mar 28, 2018

There has not been a more entertaining evening in the Opera House for years than last week's Jerome Robbins show danced by the San Francisco Ballet.

Monster Mash

Monster Mash

  • by Paul Parish
  • Mar 14, 2018

The atmosphere was electric in the Opera House last Thursday for San Francisco Ballet's revival of "Frankenstein."

Champion Dance

Champion Dance

  • by Paul Parish
  • Feb 21, 2018

San Francisco Ballet slid into a slump just after the season opened, with two programs of mixed bills, one of them above average and the other - well, the best said about Program 3 is that the dancers saved it.

Woke Beauty

Woke Beauty

  • by Paul Parish
  • Jan 31, 2018

San Francisco Ballet opened their winter season with the greatest of all classical ballets, The Sleeping Beauty, in a thrilling show that continues through this weekend.

San Francisco Ballet Season Kicks Off

San Francisco Ballet Season Kicks Off

  • by Paul Parish
  • Jan 24, 2018

Thousands of people came out despite intermittent rain for the Gala Opening Night of San Francisco Ballet's 85th season.

A Tale of Two Nutcrackers

A Tale of Two Nutcrackers

  • by Paul Parish
  • Dec 20, 2017

San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker, the longest-running complete production of this ballet in the country, opened its umpteenth annual run last week at the Opera House.

Nutcracker check list

Nutcracker check list

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 20, 2017

In a New York Times piece given the headline "10 Ways to Tell If Your 'Nutcracker' Is True to Tradition," dance critic Alistair Macaulay laid down the law about what does and does not constitute an authentic "Nutcracker."

The Joffrey Ballet Brings the Joy

The Joffrey Ballet Brings the Joy

  • by Paul Parish
  • Nov 29, 2017

The Joffrey Ballet put on a fun evening's entertainment two weekends ago in Berkeley.