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Review: An American in Paris

Isa Freeling | Posted 04.27.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Christopher Wheeldon's elegant new stage production at the Palace Theater of George and Ira Gershwin's An American in Paris is a must-see, however altered from the original 1951 movie version.

Want to Go to Paris? Take a Shortcut Through Broadway

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Don't get me wrong, there's no problem with being a sex worker, or a wife, or a ballerina, or a heiress if you so choose. But what the female protagonists and antagonists in Gigi and An American in Paris lack is agency in their happily ever afters.

An American in Paris On Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

As An American in Paris opens at the Palace Theater, a Nazi flag seemingly draped over an entire city, drops down and floats away. The city is Paris, its narrow streets dour until we get to a café, where an American soldier, Jerry meets an American composer.

Past and Present on Parade: New York City Ballet at Washington's Kennedy Center

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Installed at the Kennedy Center this past weekend, New York City Ballet bowed to its glorious past and flaunted its protean present in two dazzling programs.

First Nighter: Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Sparks the Gershwins' 'An American in Paris'

David Finkle | Posted 04.13.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Christopher Wheeldon's choreography for An American in Paris, at the Palace, is so spectacular that you have to forgive anything else wrong with the production--and believe you me, there's plenty to forgive--and I mean plenty.

A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist With San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.26.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet's 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House.

Celebrating Sisterhood at the Hong Kong Arts Festival: The Amahs and Pride and Prejudice

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ballet to the People celebrated International Women's Day this year at back-to-back performances of two plays stamped with their own distinctive brands of feminism at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Dublin's Gate Theatre brought its classic production of Pride and Prejudice to Hong Kong, while the Festival commissioned The Amahs from filmmaker Roger Lee Yan-lam and playwright Wong Wing-sze.

Peter Walker: A New Voice on the Dance Scene

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

For a 22-year-old, Walker is refreshingly cognizant of one of dance's most perturbing problems: the need for a choreographer to somehow establish himself as novel when so much has already been produced for the stage.

A Conversation With Luke Ingham, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Luke appeared as the Nutcracker Prince in this season's opening night performance of the Tchaikovsky favorite. Yuan Yuan Tan joined him in the brilliant Grand Pas de Deux of Act II. The duo proved dynamic. "I'm at the stage where I still really enjoy doing Nutcracker," he said.

The Broadway Musical Season -- Not So Dire

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Fret not for the Broadway season of new musicals, dear friends. Even if, as rumors have it, a summer (post-Tony) opening is announced for Hamilton, all is not lost for this season of Broadway musicals.

Christopher Wheeldon: On Choreographing Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale for the Big Screen and Directing An American in Paris for Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, one of the bard's problem plays with its themes of wrong-headed leadership and outright cruelty, may not seem a likely source for a ballet, but choreographer Christopher Wheeldon thought otherwise.

New Combinations at New York City Ballet

Phil Chan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

"New Combinations" was the perfect title for the program at New York City Ballet, which presented the world premiere of Justin Peck's "Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes."

The Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Philharmonic Set the Auditorium Theatre Ablaze in Swan Lake

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.20.2014 | Chicago
Carla Escoda

Wheeldon's is hardly the first, nor the most radical, revision of Swan Lake. Yet purists may object to his elimination of the court scenes and the bracing folk dances that add a more respectable character to Act III than the striptease and the can-can.

CultureZohn: Tiler Peck And Robert Fairchild: Dancing As Fast As They Can

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

"You have to practice finishing," Tiler reminds the toe students after a series of turns, "you can't just stop in mid-step and freeze." A good lesson for life as well as ballet.

Myles Thatcher -- Profile of an Upcoming Dancer and Choreographer

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Myles Thatcher's skills and growing reputation as a promising choreographer have been recognized and honored by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

A New Swan Lake in Black, White and Intriguing Shades of Gray

Meghan Feeks | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

Directed and choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, Lac is a pithy remix of Swan Lake that keeps the central story intact, but dares to rethink many of the ballet's sacrosanct conventions.

Program 3 at San Francisco Ballet: Heartaches by the Number

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Program 3 at San Francisco Ballet is a rare trio of works that explores themes of longing, unfulfilled love and connecting with the hereafter or the totally other.

Practical Magic: San Francisco Ballet's Beyond-Charming Cinderella

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Since I couldn't help raving on about the concept and the visuals, can we just agree that the dancers performed wonderfully, as always? Here, that would include the three ballet students who danced Young Cinderella, Young Prince, and his best buddy (who, in another nice touch, later hooks up with one of the stepsisters).

WATCH: This NYC Ballet Performance Will Make You Cry

Posted 09.20.2013 | New York

Here's a video of two New York City Ballet dancers, Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour, performing at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4 World Trade Center ea...

PB's 4Ts and Wheeldon Funsies

Lew Whittington | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

It was family dance event time at last week's Saturday matinee performance of The Carnival of the Animals with adults and children filling the Academy of Music.

San Francisco Spares No Expense on a 21st Century Cinderella

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

They're still sweeping up the glitter on the streets of San Francisco.

Cinderella Ball Makes Magic

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 07.10.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

Somebody waved a magic wand over Franklin Street. How else would you explain the presence of a fairyland palace, complete with sparkling chandeliers and trees glistening with crystal blossoms, that appeared out of thin air?

Robin Wilkey

PHOTOS: Huge National Premiere Heads To San Francisco

HuffingtonPost.com | Robin Wilkey | Posted 05.02.2013 | San Francisco

The San Francisco Ballet has never shied away from a challenge (it is the oldest company in the nation, after all), and this Friday's national premier...

San Francisco Ballet's Guide to Strange and Wonderful Places (PHOTOS)

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

2013-03-13-ballet_escoda.jpgSan Francisco Ballet's contribution to the centennial celebration of Stravinsky and Nijinsky's controversial masterpiece may well prove to be a beacon in the storm.

The Lost Generation in the Audience

Phil Chan | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

It is our responsibility in the field to continue to push the artform to exciting new levels, and to also offer educational opportunities to the next generation.