Ballet and Art

31 MAY 2014

Oakland Ballet’s Love Letter to a City


Oakland Ballet Company dancer Vincent Chavez (left) and Rayshawn “Looney” Thompson (right) of the Turf Feinz in Graham Lustig’s TURFLAND. (Photo: David DeSilva.)


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 …

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23 MAY 2014

Art and the exploitation of dancers


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 Jeffrey Deitch – did for a 2011 gala that raised

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23 MARCH 2014

Andy Goldsworthy-inspired boulders and bones @ODCsf


Dancers from ODC Dance (l to r): Natasha Adorlee Johnson, Josie G. Sadan, cellist Zoë Keating, Dennis Adams, Anne Zivolich perform in the world première of boulders and bones. (Photo: Marie-Pier Frigon)


… I would walk alone,
In storm and tempest, or in starlight nights
Beneath the

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San Francisco Dance Film Festival Closes With a Bold Experiment

Vanessa Thiessen and Justin Andrews in KT Nelson’s FROM THE BEGINNING (Photo courtesy SFDFF)

A very grumpy Ballet To The People turned up late to the closing night of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, having crawled into town from Oakland Airport at approximately 2 miles per hour over the …

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