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Smith, Rein, Demme in TURING'S APPLE (Photo: Margo Moriz)

RAWdance Turns 10

July 29, 2014

Leigh Donlan reports from Z Space in San Francisco:     RAWdance presented two premieres at Z Space in San Francisco this weekend, commemorating their 10th anniversary summer season. Burn In was an intriguing revision of a previous work. And Turing’s Apple, the strongest 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 »



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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 »


The creepy Act I wedding of Snow White's father and new stepmother at Milwaukee Ballet (Photo: Mark Frohna)

A spine-tingling Mirror Mirror at Milwaukee Ballet

May 24, 2014

    Michael Pink’s reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale for Milwaukee Ballet, set to a bold, original score by Philip Feeney, is a thing of spine-tingling beauty, and an engrossing story that delivers world-class dancing with production values worthy of more »


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Art and the exploitation of dancers

May 23, 2014

    The next time you invite potential donors to a fundraiser for your new arts project, consider making a centrepiece of naked dancers. That’s what Marina Abramovic  - “the most influential performing artist working today,” according to MOCA Director more »