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San Francisco - Bay Area Columns

San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
December 2011 Reviews
"Light Moves", the newest piece by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, premiered early in the month to a packed house at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. A collaborative project, featuring choreography mixed with video, text and an original music score, this evening-length work celebrates the best of today's modern dance scene.

San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
November 2011 Reviews

San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
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Further Features

Moving Portraits From Querétaro
by Toba Singer
A light rain dampens the cobblestones on the evening of the July 10 Mexico vs. Uruguay soccer match, but by 8:30, about 800 spectators have gathered in Querétaro’s Plaza de Armas because the ProArt Festival Iberica Contemporanea opens with a public performance by the Spanish flamenco company, Mariemma de Madrid.

DVD Review: 'Class with Yannick Boquin'
by Toba Singer
Several years ago, I had the pleasure of observing Yannick Boquin give company class to a major U.S. company. ... I was able to interview Boquin shortly thereafter, and he mentioned that he was working on a DVD. After some false starts, the DVD has been released, and I had a chance to view it.

Blast From the Past...

Due to an unexpected publishing hiatus in late 2010 and early 2011, we ended up with many excllent, but out of date submissions.  As we have time, we'll link to them below.

A Remembrance of Uwe Scholz
by Saul Marziali
November 2010

Ballet Nice: Preview of 'Marco Polo'
by Saul Marziali
November 2010

Ballett Basel: 'One of a Kind'
by Saul Marziali
Octoeber 10, 2010, Basel Opera House, Basel, Switzerland

English National Ballet: 'Romeo and Juliet'
by David Mead
November 2, 2010, Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, UK

Tanztheater Wuppertaal Pina Bausch : 'Iphigenie auf Tauris'
by David Mead
Octoeber 27, 2010, Sadler's Wells Theater, London, UK

Wayne McGregor/Random Dance: Far
by Lauren Butler
November 17, 2010, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK

Oregon Ballet Theatre - 'Sleeping Beauty'
by Dean Speer
October 9, 2010, Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR

Hoghe and Linyekula - 'Sans titre'
by Mark Franko and Juliet Neidish
September 18, 2010, Dance Theatre Workshop, NY, NY

SITI Company and Martha Graham Dance Company - 'American Document'
by Rosella Simonari
June 11, 2010, Joyce Theater, New York, NY


Dead or Alive: Martha Graham's Legacy 20 Years On
by Rosella Simonari
In almost seven decades of career, Martha Graham (1894-1991) developed a choreographic vision that changed the idea of dance and gave it purpose and visibility. 2011 marked the twentieth anniversary of her decease and it is important to reflect on her legacy and establish whether it is dead or alive.

Film Review: Breath Made Visible
by Carmel Morgan
Anna Halprin, who is now 91 years old, is a monumental figure in the contemporary dance world, and director/producer Ruedi Gerber’s documentary film about her life, “Breath Made Visible,” is an impressive tribute to this amazing woman.  The film covers her dance career, which remains ongoing. It features plenty of archival footage of Anna Halprin’s dances...

Capital Irish Film Festival: Shorts - Dirty Dancing
by Carmel Morgan
In the season of Nutcracker abundance, what a surprise to be treated to a series of short dance films as part of this year’s Capital Irish Film Festival. All but one of the short dance films that were part of the Capital Irish Film Festival’s dance shorts showcase were generated as part of special project for Irish national television (RTÉ) called “Dance on the Box.”

Sideways: Ballet From a Different Perspective
by Diane Mina Weltman
Perspective can split the truth. One eyewitness point of view can be drastically different from another simply due to perspective. The same scenario can be cut into different, and opposing, pieces depending on who saw/heard what. The answer to "Who done it?" often depends on the point of view of "Who saw it?"

Nutcracker Round-Up





Oregon Ballet Theatre


Mariinsky Ballet: Les Saisons Russes
by Carmel Morgan
January 18, 2012 -- JFK Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
This year, rather than performing an evening length story ballet, the Mariinsky presented a popular program titled, “Les Saisons Russes” (The Russian Seasons), featuring three beloved shorter works from the early 1900s choreographed by Michel Fokine: “Chopiniana,” “The Firebird,” and “Scheherazade.”

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.

Winter Dance Concert
by David Mead
December 17-18, 2011 -- Dance Theatre, Taipei National University for the Arts
Fernando Suels Mendoza and Luna Dance Company by Rosella SImonari December 11, 2011 -- Teatro Alfieri, Montemarciano (Ancona), Italy A bare-chested male dancer slowly moves on a stage filled with see-through balloons. It is a poetic, almost melancholic image, especially when he bends his knees and simulates the act of flying with his arms. The dancer in question is Fernando Suels Mendoza, the piece is called "I Lost Something on a Hill" and is dedicated to the memory of Pina Bausch... read more...

Fernando Suels Mendoza and Luna Dance Company
by Rosella SImonari
December 11, 2011 -- Teatro Alfieri, Montemarciano (Ancona), Italy
A bare-chested male dancer slowly moves on a stage filled with see-through balloons. It is a poetic, almost melancholic image, especially when he bends his knees and simulates the act of flying with his arms. The dancer in question is Fernando Suels Mendoza, the piece is called “I Lost Something on a Hill” and is dedicated to the memory of Pina Bausch...

Boston Ballet: New Year's Eve 'Nutcracker'
by Carla DeFord
December 31, 2011
This is the second year that Boston Ballet has presented a New Year’s Eve performance of what artistic director Mikko Nissinen described as “The Nutcracker on steroids.” As an innovation for 2011, the major roles were split among several dancers, including two Dewdrops, three Sugarplums, and four Cavaliers.

December at the SouthBank: 'Murmurs'
by Charlotte Kasner
December 20, 2011
Physical theatre has always been a fairly rarefied experience in the UK: not quite dance, not quite circus, but not “straight” theatre, it fits into its own small niche and tends not to attract too much attention.

Great Performances : San Francisco Ballet - 'The Little Mermaid'
by Dean Speer
December 16, 2011
The performance is a triumph for its star, Yuan Yuan Tan, whose amazing length of limb and textured dancing and acting lift the work from the maudlin to the sublime. Yuan Yuan is one of those rare dancers in a class of her own whose physical attributes, combined with technical audacity and depth of feeling and artistry make each performance special.

Live at Lincoln Center: 'The Nutcracker'
by Dean Speer
December 14, 2011
Some of the glories are the charm of the Party Scene; the Snowflake Dance; Waltz of the Flowers and the Dewdrop [Ashley Bouder whose sharp attack and speed were a revelation]; and the Marzipan Shepherdesses, led by Tiler Peck. The concluding Pas de Deux is in the grand manner, elegant and refined.

'The Bollywood Trip'
by Charlotte Kasner
December 13, 2011 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London UK
Choreographer Gauri Sharma Tripathi claims that the work is based on Dale Wasserman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; there is certainly more than a passing resemblance, but there are as many differences too as the cultures of Denmark, India and the treatment of mental illness come under scrutiny. Oh yes - complete with Bollywood choreography.

Oregon Ballet Theatre - Holiday Revue
by Dean Speer
December 10, 2011 -- Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR
Good cheer, cabaret revue-style was busting out all over with OBT’s second edition of popular fare, its "Holiday Revue." Essentially light with the occasional hint of melancholy and of the sweetly romantic and nostalgic, the creative team that put this baby together hit gold, which is a musical and dance tribute to over 100 years of popular Christmas & holiday tunes.

Imperfect Dancers Company of Italy in Concert
by Carmel Morgan
December 10, 2011 -- Lansburgh Theatre, Washington DC
Paul Gordon Emerson, founder and former artistic director of the now defunct CityDance Ensemble, heads up Company E, a new contemporary dance company/performing arts presenter in Washington, DC. Company E intends to promote an ongoing series of performances featuring diverse international artists. In December 2011, Company E, in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy, among others, brought to DC the Imperfect Dancers Company from Pisa, Italy.

Synetic Theater : 'Romeo and Juliet'
by Carmel Morgan
November 25, 2011 -- Synetic Theater at Crystal City, Arlington, VA
The final installment of Synetic Theater’s three-part “Speak No More” Silent Shakespeare Festival was “Romeo and Juliet.” I admit that I was living in Washington, DC, when Synetic’s “Romeo and Juliet” debuted in 2008, but when I saw an advertisement for it, I balked.

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker & Jerome Bel: '3 Abschied'
by David Mead
November 21, 2011 -- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
Is it possible to choreograph to “Der Abschied” (“The Farewell”), the final part of Mahler’s “Song of the Earth”? That is the question that set Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker off on a journey of discovery that is retold in a fascinating, absorbing and very special evening’s theatre that is part discussion, part concert, part dance performance. It’s also full of the unexpected as we learn as much about her as we do about the music itself.

Christopher K. Morgan & Artists: 'Reveal'
by Carmel Morgan
November 18, 2011 -- Music Center at Strathmore, CityDance Studio Theatre, Bethesda, MD
On November 18, 2011, a special performance titled “Reveal” at the Music Center at Strathmore, in Bethesda, Maryland, featured two debuts at once: the opening of the new CityDance Studio Theater and the first concert of Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, the inaugural resident professional dance company of CityDance.

Diablo Ballet: Triple Bill
by Toba Singer
November 19, 2011 -- Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
Diablo Ballet hits the ground running in their 18th season opener. While the company of eight retains a shank of veteran dancers: Edward Stegge, Erika Johnson, Mayo Sugano, and David Fonnegra, it has made some new and promising additions to its roster.

Rambert Dance Company : Triple Bill
by David Mead
November 15, 2011 -- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
Of the two world premieres on Rambert’s latest London programme it was Javier de Frutos’ “Elysian Fields” that took the honours, the title being a reference to the New Orleans street in the Tennessee Williams classic “A Streetcar Named Desire”, from which liberal use is made of the text, spoken by the cast.

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· Pacific Northwest Ballet: Don Quixote
February-12, 2012, Seattle, Oregon
The Pacific Northwest Ballet struts their stuff in Alexei Ratmansky's staging of Don Quixote.  Based on Gorsky's choreography, this production was created for the Dutch National Ballet and now makes its first trip to North America!

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