Dance

Twin stars

A stellar duet highlights Alonzo King LINES Ballet's 'Constellation'

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Close encounters

Local and visiting companies explore darkness and light

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Keep digging

Muscle memory takes center stage at flawed 'Spaceholder Festival'

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DANCE Once you have learned to ride a bike or tie your shoes, your body will recall the movements and their sequential logic for the rest of your life. It's called muscle memory and dancers are fantastic at it.Read more »

Flow motion

Expressive dancing and high-concept themes at Zhukov Dance Theatre

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DANCE Speaking from a practical perspective, Zhukov Dance Theatre is more of a pick-up company than what is commonly understood as an existing ensemble. Of the seven dancers currently performing, only Martyn Garside and Doug Baum have danced with Zhukov before. Two of them, Madison Hoke and Andrea Thomson, are still students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Yet the most remarkable aspect of the loosely woven, 65-minute Coin/c/dance (Sept. 27-29 at Z Space) was its sense of coming out of one mold.Read more »

Fly, on the wall

'Niagara Falling' takes to the air to take on the recession
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DANCE Suspended by a single rope, Jennifer Chien's bare feet gently push against the white wall of Zaccho Dance Theatre's studio. The move propels her into space; perhaps she is swimming, perhaps flying, or just floating on Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi's finely detailed score.Read more »

Beyond the curtain

Karen Kilimnik challenges ballet archetypes in 'Dance Rehearsal'

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Eclectic electric

'Constants & Variables' and a rewarding evening of dance

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Styles for miles

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Ballet, hula, modern, and more on fall's vast dance slate

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FALL ARTS Most folks going to dance performances have a sense of how they want to spend their time and dollars. For some, a show must be conceptually edgy. For others, it's got to be ballet. Still others want choreography that resonates with socio-political implications — or they only want to see choreography grounded in indigenous traditions. I'm more of an omnivore: show me a piece, no matter its style, in which the forces at work arise from some internal necessity and play off each other convincingly, and I'm in.Read more »

Back to the land

Dance meets travelogue in Alex Ketley's vibrant No Hero

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DANCE What a stellar idea to premiere a work called No Hero the weekend after Independence Day. There are no brass bands, flag waving-exercises, or fireworks in Foundry artistic director-choreographer Alex Ketley's delightful and at times funny stage and video creation, which returns to Z Space August 1. Yet Hero is piece of pure Americana, a tender and amusing tribute to ordinary people and the role that dance may or may not play in their lives.Read more »

Walk this way

ODC's Walking Distance fest offers a weekend packed with locals and guests

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DANCE If you've ever had to create a multi-course meal from random fridge contents, or pulled together a smashing outfit moments before a big party, you are well familiar with the fine art of making do.Read more »