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Green Lions and Word Performances Spark at Great Star Theater

November 13, 2014

Leigh Donlan loiters at the Great Star Theater in San Francisco’s Chinatown:     Over one hundred years ago, Russian art critic and impresario Sergei Diaghilev revolutionized the theatrical experience by inviting renowned artists and writers to collaborate on equal terms more »

ODC's The Velveteen Rabbit (Photo: Cera Heasley)

Naughty and Nice: Holiday Dance Around the Bay

November 11, 2014

Leigh Donlan raises her glass of champagne (never mind that it’s only 10 in the morning):     They’re back! The holidays, that is. And though it’s eighty degrees here in Northern California and I’m still wearing flip-flops, there are more »

Victoria Jaiani as Odile and Dylan Gutierrez as Siegfried in Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake (Photo: Cheryl Mann)

Inspired by Degas: Wheeldon’s Swan Lake on the Joffrey Ballet

November 3, 2014

    Swan Lake has endured countless adaptations and cosmetic alterations since the 19th century, but most productions conclude with some form of tragedy – with the notable exception of the Soviets, who mandated an inane, feel-good ending that unites the White Swan and her beloved in a Socialist more »

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Dances With Google Glass

November 1, 2014

    #IfIHadGlass In June 2013, Google launched a competition on Twitter, soliciting bids from people interested in beta-testing its latest foray into wearable high tech. Since ‘beta-tester’ conjures up visions of bearded geeks in hoodies glued to their Retina more »


Sasha Waltz & Guests: A Love Letter

October 28, 2014

Leigh Donlan reports from Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley:     An open love letter to Sasha Waltz and her “Guests” here would be inappropriate on many levels, so I will offer up the inadequacy of a review. Cal Performances brought more »