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Alberto Velazquez in Balanchine's Prodigal Son (Photo: Cheryl Mann)

Gripping tales of lust and regret from the Joffrey Ballet

October 23, 2014

  The Joffrey Ballet’s ambitious mixed bill, Stories in Motion, exploded onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago on September 20th: three ballets that trace a timeline of the infiltration of Modernism in ballet – from George Balanchine’s final work for more »

Mark Morris' JENN AND SPENCER (Photo: Stephanie Berger)

Mark Morris brings whimsy and terror back to Berkeley

October 22, 2014

    The 18th of September proved a global nail-biter, but after Scotland voted to uphold their historically rocky 300-year union with England, Mark Morris’ The Muir and A Wooden Tree, which opened his troupe’s season at Cal Performances in Berkeley one more »

Amber Scott and Adam Bull in Graeme Murphy's SWAN LAKE (Photo: Jeff Busby)

Australian Ballet gives Swan Lake a psychosexual spin

October 20, 2014

Leigh Donlan reports from Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall:     The Australian Ballet, under the artistic direction of David McAllister, brought Graeme Murphy’s bold adaptation of Swan Lake to Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall this weekend, and the modernist more »

Alex Carrington of tinypistol in Maurya Kerr's beast (Photo: David De Silva)

Reconstructing beauty: Maurya Kerr’s tinypistol

September 23, 2014

Leigh Donlan reports:     “I need to see the crawling after the howling.” Maurya Kerr is directing a rehearsal of beast, her latest work for her company, tinypistol, and it’s not quite the aesthetic that you’d expect from a more »

Stella Abrera in Alexei Ratmansky's THE BRIGHT STREAM (Photo: Gene Schiavone)

Stella Abrera: Ballerina on a dual mission

September 18, 2014

  Ballet history is usually made in the august opera houses of St. Petersburg, Moscow, London, Paris and New York. But these days historic moments in ballet are taking place elsewhere: last week Misty Copeland made her debut as Odette-Odile more »

Dancers of The Big Show Co. (Photo: Dyanne Cano)

Mind over matter: Arianne MacBean and The Big Show Co.

July 1, 2014

Leigh Donlan reports from ODC in San Francisco:     Los Angeles based choreographer Arianne MacBean and her Big Show Co. brought an introspective performance to ODC this past weekend, reminding us that dance theater is alive and well in Southern California. more »


In the Tree of Smoke at the Great Star Theatre

June 10, 2014

Leigh Donlan reports from San Francisco’s Chinatown:     San Francisco would not be the great city that it is without its artists. But like many others, the artists are increasingly being forced out of their hometown by continuously rising rents, evictions, more »