SF Ballet “Frankenstein”

SF Ballet Frankenstein

February 17-26, North American Premier

SF Opera House

Spectacle “Frankenstein”

 

“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay

To mould me Man, did I solicit thee

From darkness to promote me?”

Milton: Paradise Lost (Book X, 743–745)

 

A ballet is not a novel, yet important elements of the novel need be realized if the choreographer is to be true to the original.

Batsheva Dance Company

Last Work

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

February 15-17, 2017

A Lasting Work

The dance of the Batsheva Dance Company is amazing. Somehow the presentation offers extensive solos as well as brilliant ensemble work. There are no ‘run of the mill’ dance numbers here. Every moment of the 70 minutes of “Last Work” demands audience attention and admiration.

Black Choreographers Festival

 

Malonga Casquelourd CFTA

1428 Alice Street Oakland

February 11,12, 2017

Many Dimensions

The Black Choreographers Festival celebrated its 15th year by returning to the Malonga Casquelourd Center where it was performed in 2005. As Kendra Barnes, BCF co-producer suggests, ‘”it is like returning home.”

The unique program featured the special talents of Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ibrahima Diouf, Phylicia Stroud and Deborah Vaughan of Dimensions Dance Theater. Joseph dominated the evening with three ‘talking/dancing’ segments.

Nancy Karp + Dancers

Memory/Place” World Premiere

ODC Theater, San Francisco

February 10,11, 12, 2017

  • “…reestablish identity and place”

Nancy Karp and her company of six dancers have attempted a complex work, evoking “memory/place” as the title suggests. The three-part piece, accompanied by live music throughout, is complex, moving and often mystifying. Dealing with issues of uprootedness and displacement, Karp uses the dance space to illustrate the thematic intentions. She says, “I am investigating the neglected or often forgotten edges and corners of the stage and finding the dancers’ physical limits in the space.”

Lucinda Childs: Available Light

 

Cal Performances February 3 and 4th, 2017

Zellerbach Hall. UC Berkeley

Outstanding Event

The New York Times announced today (February 4, 2017, Arts Section, page C3) that Lucinda Childs has been awarded the Samuel H. Scripps award for “lifetime achievement.” It is a well deserved award and coming as it is on this weekend when, here in Berkeley, we were able to see her current production “Available Light.” As with many of her previous work, “Available Light” is an ingenious choreographic adventure.

Dawson Dance SF

 

Saturday, January 27, 2017

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

les verities

Dawson Dance attracts an enthusiastic audience who whoop and cheer in appreciation of the eight attractive men and women who are his company. Dawson’s notes for the program “les verities” (the truths), announce that dawnsondancesf aims ”to break down the barriers placed on classical ballet, bringing to light the strength and beauty that artists possess within themselves.” As such, Gregory Dawson is not listed as choreographer. It is not clear, but it appears that some of the work involves collaboration or invention by the dancers themselves.