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San Francisco - Bay Area Columns

San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
Winter 2012 Reviews Part 1
The family photograph is a strange and fascinating entity that we encounter on a daily basis. Whether planned, posed, spontaneous or silly, these images are absolutely everywhere - in homes, on smartphones and in the media. And, these photos can stir up so many questions.

San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
December 2011 Reviews

San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
November 2011 Reviews

San Francisco Bay Area

by Heather Desaulniers
September - October 2011 Reviews

San Francisco Bay Area

by Heather Desaulniers
May and June 2011 Reviews

San Francisco Bay Area

by Heather Desaulniers
April 2011 Reviews

'Pina' - 3 Views

Movie Review: 'Pina: Dance, Dance Otherwise We Are Lost'
by Carmel Morgan
Acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders’ “Pina” is an amazing work of art that anyone who loves film or dance or both should run to go see. It’s a nominee for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars. See it, and you’ll see why people are gushing about it.

Movie Review: 'Pina': Watch Over the River Rhine
by Dean Speer

Movie Review: 'Pina'
by Tom Ferraro


West Coast Wonders

Reviews from California and Washington.

Chop Shop: Bodies of Work
by Dean Speer
February 12, 2012 -- Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, Washington
Director Eva Stone’s annual February modern dance festival, on the very day I attended, celebrated its fifth anniversary with yummy chocolate cake for everyone there, in the foyer after concluding the program...and which was preceded by a whole lot of delicious dancing.
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Seattle Dance Project 5
by Dean Speer
January 20, 2012 -- ACT Theatre, Seattle, Washington
Molissa Fenley is a prolific choreographer and her “Planes in Air” is a very nice piece which was debuted a year ago by Seattle Dance Project and which was a pleasure to enjoy seeing again. Each deploying a giant-sized fan, dancers Betsy Cooper and Alexandra Dickson alternately moved congenially through a series of long arabesque lunges, small jumps and hops, and shapes that wove around each other, and in turn, getting a short solo.
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Whim W'him - 'Cast the First Rock in Twenty Twelve'
by Dean Speer
January 22, 2012 -- Intiman Theatre, Seattle, Washington
Olivier Wevers tackled a troubling social issue in his latest project, Whim W’him’s "Cast the First Rock in Twenty Twelve." “ThrOwn’s” obvious Biblical reference is that of Christ Jesus’ admonition to those gathered, presumably men, who were poised to stone the adulterous woman, with “Who that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” [John] Everyone will recall that this dispersed the crowd and then he tells her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
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A Moving Experience: A Preview of OBT's "Giselle"
by Dean Speer
I remember being very impressed when I read, many years ago, of how the dancers and artistic staff who were observing, were so moved that they wept during a run-through rehearsal of the Ashton ballet “Marguerite and Armand” with the great Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev as the leads and, sighing, thinking this could never happen to me, and if it did, how lucky and wonderful it would be.

Book Review: Is It All About Hips? Around the World With Bollywood Dance  by Sangita Shresthova
by David Mead
Sangita Shresthova’s introduction to Hindi cinema took place at her cousin’s pirated video rental store in Kathmandu. What remained fixed in her memory were the dances, particularly the colourful blending of movement sources and costumes that in many ways reflected her own mixed Nepali-Czech upbringing and identity.

Roper Ropes It in : A Interview with OBT's Alison Roper
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin

We last did “Giselle” in 2003, but I had to pass on participating that time due to expecting a baby, but the last time I did do it was in 1998 when I was cast, as I am now, as Myrtha. The coaching experience I received then was so helpful. This was from our then Ballet Mistress, Sarah Slipper who is now heading Northwest Dance Project. She was so exacting and detailed – we’d spend 45 minutes and repeat many times just the chausé, grand jeté section.


reviews

Keigwin + Company - 'Megalopolis', 'Mattress Suite', 'Love Songs', 'Runaway'
by Carmel Morgan
March 3, 2012 -- JFK Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
Keigwin + Company (“K + C”) made their debut at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in October 2009. Having proved worthy of another invitation, the company returned to the Kennedy Center in March 2012, this time to the larger Eisenhower Theater. Once again the audience warmly embraced this fun and daring New York City-based contemporary dance company.
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Company E - 'Next: Israel' (A mixed repertoire program)
by Carmel Morgan
February 25, 2012 --Sidney Harman Hall, Washington DC
On February 25, 2012, Paul Gordon Emerson, former artistic/executive director of DC’s CityDance Ensemble, debuted a contemporary dance company, called “Company E,” that he co-founded last year with former CityDance dancers Kathryn Sydell Pilkington and Jason Garcia Ignacio.
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Eiko & Koma and Kronos Quartet - 'Fragile'
by Carmel Morgan
February 22, 2012 -- Robert & Arlene Kogod Theatre, College Park, MD
Eiko & Koma, in the second installment of their artist-in-residence performance series at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, joined the renowned Kronos Quartet and presented a free world premiere entitled “Fragile.” “Fragile” lasted an impressive four hours, with a single twenty-minute pause.
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Alberta Ballet - 'Cinderella'
by Kate Snedeker
February 17, 2012 -- Jubilee Auditorium North, Edmonton, AB
One of the delights of going to the ballet is seeing the newest generation of ballet fans excitedly awaiting the opening curtain. At the 2012 Edmonton opening of Alberta Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’, the audience was replete with little girls dolled up in their best fairy tale princess dresses. It was a shame, therefore, that the onstage fairy tale didn’t have the same charm and energy.
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Cloud Gate 2 at the Joyce Theatre
by Tom Ferraro
February 12, 2012 -- Joyce Theatre, New York, NY
In short, this is a company that is making dances that you will enjoy, fall in love with, and want to see again. And that’s exactly what you should hope for in any dance group. Many thanks to Lin Hwai-min for nurturing such a wonderful company.
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Hurrahs and oles all round!: Sadler's Wells Flamenco Season
by Charlotte Kasner
February 11, 14 and 17, 2012 -- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
We may have been kept waiting for an unexplained fifteen minutes for the opening of Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Gala but the wait was well worth it. Three of the most powerful women in flamenco, Carmen Cortes, Rafaela Carrasco and Olga Pericet have joined forces to showcase their choreography and musicians. This was largely flamenco pura with few concessions to theatre, save for the fact that the dance was to the fore.
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The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company - 'Light Moves'
by Carmel Morgan
February 3, 2012 -- Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
Margaret Jenkins and her dance company, based in San Francisco, have been visiting the DC area a lot recently. They’ve also been busy traveling the world. In previous years, Jenkins’ company brought to the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center contemporary works with dancers from India (“A Slipping Glimpse” with the Tanusree Shankar Dance Company) and from China (“Other Suns” with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company).
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Miami City Ballet - Mixed Bill
by Jerry Hochman
January 28-29, 2012 -- Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL
No introduction: cut to the chase. Miami City Ballet's program for January 28 (eve) and 29 (the same each performance; different casts), was remarkable for its intelligent selection and execution. “Viscera,” Liam Scarlett's new piece (its MCB world premiere was a couple of weeks earlier in Miami), is a powerful and memorable work. The company includes talented dancers who are highly competent as well as compelling to watch. And my only regret is that I can't bottle some of the MCB dancers and take them back to New York.
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American Ballet Theatre - Mixed Bill
by Carmel Morgan
January 31, 2012 -- JFK Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
This year’s American Ballet Theatre (ABT) mixed repertoire program at the Kennedy Center debuted at the end of January, during the week prior to the annual Super Bowl. And, like some Super Bowls in years past, the performance provided a handful of thrills and even a wardrobe malfunction.
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Robin Becker Dance - 'Into Sunlight'
by Carmel Morgan
January 20, 2012 -- Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
On a cold January night, Georgetown University presented a very special performance by Robin Becker Dance titled “Into Sunlight,” inspired by David Maraniss’s “They Marched Into Sunlight – War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967.” The performers consisted of the Robin Becker Dance Company, plus students and alumni of Hofstra University’s Dance Department, where Becker is presently a faculty member.
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Mark Morris Dance Group - 'L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato'
by Carmel Morgan
January 26, 2012 -- JFK Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
If the test of good choreography is wanting to see a dance over and over and over again, then Mark Morris passes that test with “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato,” his 1988 masterwork to the music of George Frideric Handel and the poems of John Milton.
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New York City Ballet
Winter 2012

New York City Ballet - MIxed Bills
by Jerry Hochman
February 17, 24 and 26, 2012 -- Koch Theatre, New York, NY

New York City Ballet - Mixed Bill
by Colleen Boresta
February 25, 2012 -- Koch Theatre, New York, NY

New York City Ballet - Romeo + Juliet
by Colleen Boresta
February 19, 2012 -- Koch Theatre, New York, NY

New York City Ballet - Quad Bill
by Colleen Boresta
February 12, 2012 -- Koch Theatre, New York, NY
In these tough economic times ballet companies like New York City Ballet are really feeling the pinch. One ploy to get more paying customers into the David Koch Theatre is to invite guest artists from other venues, such as Broadway, to perform with the company.

New York City Ballet - Mixed Bills
by Jerry Hochman
February 3 and 4, 2012 -- Koch Theatre, New York, NY

New York City Ballet - Mixed Bills
by Jerry Hochman
January 22 and 25, 2012 -- Koch Theatre, New York, NY

New York City Ballet - Sunday at the Ballet with George
by Tom Ferraro
January 22, 2012 -- Koch Theatre, New York, NY

New York City Ballet - 'Who Cares' and 'Union Jack'
by Colleen Boresta
January 22(m) , 2012 -- Koch Theatre, New York, NY
January 22nd is George Balanchine’s birthday. This year New York City Ballet gave the audience the special present of two of Balanchine’s most delightful ballets – Who Care? and Union Jack. “Who Cares?” is a valentine to the music of George Gershwin and New York City in the 1920s and early 30s.
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editors' choice

· Royal New Zealand Ballet - 'NYC'
February 29 - March 30, across New Zealand
In his first production for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, new artistic director Ethan Stiefel pays homage to the city where he spent his performing career.  The company tackles ballets by Balanchine, Millepied and world premiere by Larry Keigwin.


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