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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 »

Show of Hands (Photo: RJ Muna)

Kathak and Hands, Within Walking Distance

June 2, 2014

  Leigh Donlan reports from the ODC Walking Distance Dance Festival in San Francisco: With summer just around the corner, ODC flung their doors wide open this weekend for their third annual Walking Distance Dance Festival in San Francisco’s Mission more »

Viktoria Tereshkina as Nikiya in American Ballet Theatre's production of La Bayadère (Photo: Gene Schiavone)

The Russian Invasion: La Bayadére at the Met

June 1, 2014

    The glittering La Bayadère – conceived by French ballet master extraordinaire Marius Petipa and set in an improbable Indian kingdom – premiered in St. Petersburg in 1877, at a time of official Russian backlash against the importation of more »

Oakland Ballet Company dancer Sharon Wehner (left), with guest dancers from the Turf Feinz, Rayshawn "Looney" Thompson (center) and Garion "Noh-justice" Morgan (right) in Graham Lustig's TURFLAND. (Photo:  Christopher Dunn)

Oakland Ballet’s Love Letter to a City

May 31, 2014

    Ballet companies everywhere are trying to stay relevant, agonizing over how to build audiences and attract a younger demographic to the opera house. Oakland Ballet’s straightforward strategy takes ballet to the streets, literally and figuratively. Their latest program, more »

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Arab Love Arab Freedom: A beguiling new voice

May 27, 2014

  Is it possible that art is more than personal experience? If you recognize that your voice contains all the voices that came before you, then you will realize that when you speak you do not speak alone. All the more »