ODC/Dance Downtown 2017 – Women on the Move

 

ODC/Dance Downtown

March 23-April 2, 2017

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF

Walking the walk: Doing the Dance

Some famous choreographer (perhaps Doris Humphrey) said, “All dances are too long.” Some are; some are not. For this ODC program “Women on the Move,” the two works presented were too long. They were both interesting, involving group and solo work that was challenging to the dancers and the audience. But, there were too many ideas, too many breathtaking phrases, and even too many costume ideas for an opening night audience to absorb. Yet the works presented were both important. Perhaps they should not be on the same program, but each paired with alternative, shorter, simpler presentations.

Dorrence Dance – “The Blues Project”

 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

March 16-18, 2017

Tapping in and out of the Blues

Although Michelle Dorrance was ill and unable to perform during her company’s appearance at YBCA, the company was in great shape and gave the enthusiastic audience a lively show. The eight dancers and Toshi Reagon and his BIGLovely band showed spirit and skill, offering a wide variety of tap and soft shoe styles and great moments of solo performance.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

 

Cal Performances Zellerbach Auditorium

March 14-19, 2017

Against the Wall…and other events

The Ailey Company has visited UC Berkeley every year for over 20 years.

This 2017 series has three programs with works by several choreographers relatively new to Ailey’s original group. Among these are Robert Battle (current artistic director of the company), Mauro Bigonzetti, John Inger, Kyle Abraham, Rennie Harris and Hope Boykin.

The opening program featured “Deep” by Bigonzetti, “Mad” by Inger, “Ella” by Battle and closed with the fifty-seven year old “Revelations,

San Francisco Ballet – Program 5

 

March 9 -19, 2017 SF Opera House

Ballet at the Movies

Contemporary Voices,” Program 5 in repertory at the San Francisco Ballet brought to the Opera House a World Premiere “Salome,” a work by Portuguese choreographer Arthur Pita. Pita, so the program notes, “has an affinity for the films of David Lynch.” Most recently we have seen his “La La Land” but also check out Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive.” Pita has also made reference to Oscar Wilde’s play, David McVicar’s opera and the Bible story. Finally the ballet is Pita’s own invention; a ‘rite of passage’ for Salome (not her father Herod), no ‘seven veils’ dance but cannon shots, lots of confetti on stage and of course, the severed head.

SF Ballet – Program 4 – Balanchine

 

March 7, 2017 (and repertory dates)

San Francisco Opera House

Beloved Balanchine

It is a great pleasure, after many inventive, but not always successful new works introduced into the repertory of the SF Ballet, to return to an evening of retrospective ballets by the master, George Balanchine. For me it is like coming home. I first saw his company, the NYC Ballet in 1948. The March 7 evening renewed every pleasure in Balanchine’s genius.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

 

Cal Performances UC Berkeley March 3,4, 2017

Forty Funny Years Dancing

The “Trocks” as they are affectionately called, celebrated 40 years of performance at UC Berkeley with a program that included their famous Act 2 parody of “Swan Lake,” as well as the “Pas de Six” from “Esmeralda,” the notorious “Dying Swan,” and last (but certainly not least,)”Don Quixote.” What is amazing and now, more than ever before, is the mastery of both the technique and choreography required to execute these ballets…and then to add the humor intrinsic to the Trocks.