Dance

Living legend

Immersive, participatory 'Layla Means Night'

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Lit up

Local choreographers find inspiration in fiction

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DANCE This past weekend, two dance companies showed premieres inspired by fiction writers. Alonzo King's imagination was stirred by Irish author Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) for Writing Ground, commissioned in 2010 by the Monte Carlo Ballet. For Jenny McAllister, it was mystery novelist and screenwriter Raymond Chandler, whom she has read and loved since she was a little girl.Read more »

Spinning a precise web

Israeli choreographer Idan Sharabi's SF-inspired world premiere
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DANCE Israeli-born choreographer Idan Sharabi pays meticulous attention to detail, but serendipity still has a place in his creative process. His Spider on a Mirror receives its world premiere as part of Zhukov Dance Theatre's sixth season at the SFJAZZ Center this weekend. The work will be paired with Enlight, the latest piece by company artistic director Yuri Zhukov.Read more »

Legacy of rhythm

Dimensions Dance Theater's triumphant 40th anniversary celebration

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DANCE Has there ever been a celebration at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts quite as exuberant, layered, and embracing of a people, a period, and a place as Dimensions Dance Theater's 40th anniversary show? Not as far as I know. Despite a timing hitch at the end, probably due to the exigencies of costume changes, Dimensions offered a one of a kind evening of glorious dancing. It was a long program — but then, why can't some events keep going so that they spill deep into the night and the dreams beyond?Read more »

Quiet powerful

Joe Goode Performance Group's 'Hush' speaks volumes

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DANCE Considering its name — Hush — it should have come as no surprise that Joe Goode's latest look at the ultimate loneliness that infects us all, whether imposed or self-inflicted, is a very quiet piece. Being hushed is something we learn as babies, at the family table, in school, and at the movies. But more seriously, it becomes an essential tool for survival for those who may be perceived as "different."Read more »

Bright future

Two shows yield exciting glimpses at emerging choreographers

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DANCE It's still early in the new season, yet two programs this past weekend offered worthwhile perspectives on new dance. "New" in this case doesn't necessarily indicate right out of the oven, but the pieces were novel to these eyes, and more importantly, they looked fresh and left behind a pleasant aftertaste.Read more »

Primate urges

EmSpace Dance's clever, ambitious 'Monkey Gone to Heaven'

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Essential grace

FALL ARTS: DANCE Anticipating the season's standout dance performances

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FALL ARTS Fall may no long bring with it the nervous anticipation of entering a new classroom, clutching a shiny lunch box to your chest. But for those of us hooked on live performance, September brings its own thrills, as theaters, studios, and lofts reopen their doors. If dance happens to be your particular bag, you can't do much better than the here and now. Few other places in the country can beat the Bay Area for the sheer variety with which nude, slippered, and high-heeled feet take the stage.

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Elaborating tradition

CounterPULSE's Performing Diaspora explores the state (and states) of ethnic dance in the Bay Area

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THEATER The idea of traditional dance as somehow frozen in time or resistant to modernity is a canard that received a thorough going-over at last weekend's Performing Diaspora Symposium, which kicks off the Performing Diaspora series at CounterPULSE.Read more »

Season's greetings

Three standout works, one 'Summer Sampler'

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ODC/Dance's 2013 "Summer Sampler" was a smash. The theater was completely packed, and it looked like the entire staff was present to greet audience members on the way to their seats, glasses in hand without spilling a drop. You couldn't even get mad at latecomers, because theater director Christy Bolingbroke accomodated them so graciously. This was a party before the first performer even set foot on the Marley floor.

But it was dance that made this evening memorable. The short, tightly run program offered three smart, excellently chosen pieces, including a world premiere.Read more »