Detail from Ai Weiwei's WITH WIND on Alcatraz Island (Photo: Carla Escoda)
16 FEBRUARY 2015

In the wake of #CharlieHebdo, Ai Weiwei @Large on Alcatraz

Detail from Ai Weiwei’s WITH WIND on Alcatraz Island (Photo: Carla Escoda)

 

Fine art works should be like sunshine from the blue sky and the breeze in spring that will inspire minds, warm hearts, cultivate taste and clean up undesirable work styles.

– Chinese president Xi Jinping, speaking at

Wendy Whelan (Photo: Nisian Hughes)
16 FEBRUARY 2015

Wendy and the Boys: Restless Creature

Wendy Whelan (Photo: Nisian Hughes)

 

Would you care to dance with me, Wendy Whelan asked Alejandro Cerrudo, Joshua Beamish, Kyle Abraham, and Brian Brooks.

Hell, yes, they said.

With her racehorse physique, technical facility – barely diminished after 30 seasons with New York City Ballet, despite injury – and …

Julie Kent (Photo: Roy Round)
15 FEBRUARY 2015

Changing of the guard: five prima ballerinas contemplate retirement

Wendy Whelan (Photo: Nisian Hughes)

Paloma Herrera (Photo: Gene Schiavone)

Carla Körbes (Photo: Angela Sterling)

Julie Kent (Photo: Roy Round)

Xiomara Reyes (Photo: Gene Schiavone)

This is an extraordinary time in the dance world, when five of the greatest ballerinas of our time, from leading American ballet companies, have, coincidentally, …

Ramona Kelley as Marie and Gregory DeSantis as The Nutcracker (Photo: David DeSilva)
15 FEBRUARY 2015

The jaded sing Hallelujah for Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker

Ramona Kelley as Marie and Gregory DeSantis as The Nutcracker (Photo: David DeSilva)

 

With only three performances in two days, Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker barely had time to get over jet lag, but the crowds that jammed the Art Deco jewel box of the Paramount Theatre the weekend before Christmas …