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Contemporary Dance

Dancing In Abandoned Places with Austen Browne

Jeff Kelley | Posted 01.26.2016 | Arts
Jeff Kelley

I can remember when I first found Austen Browne's work on Instagram. The ability to upload video was still relatively new to the app, and I was sea...

The Utmost Beauty of Atomos (Company Wayne McGregor)

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The 70-minute piece opens with the nine-member ensemble confined to a small square patch of stage illuminated by Lucy Carter. They rise and sink and appear to shed their skins in the eerie light, like bathers in the holy Ganges, to the elegiac sounds of a synthesized church organ from A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

Dancers Break The Rules By Creating A Stunning Performance In Shadows

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.03.2015 | Arts

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Dance Review: North American Premiere of Gu Jiani's 'Right & Left' Challenges Assumptions

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 10.09.2015 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

What begins as a satisfying exercise on unison dancing degrades into an embodiment of the human experience through a series of long vignettes incorporating two simple stools and, near the end, a gray table sitting cockeyed upstage for the duration of the work.

What the Heck Is Postmodern Dance?

Nora Younkin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
Nora Younkin

Postmodern dance often values movement for movement's sake rather than movement as a vehicle for storytelling. One gets the sense that the audience happens upon these events by accident. The scene existed before the audience arrived and will continue long after they are gone.

Watch These Dancers Tell A Breakup Story In A Way Words Can't Convey

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.25.2015 | Divorce

Few breakups are cut and dry: When you're deeply invested in a relationship, there's bound to be some push and pull, with one or both of you...

The Pearl S. Buck Starts Here

Rob Taub | Posted 08.24.2015 | Entertainment
Rob Taub

I've come to accept the fact that culturally we are stuck with the Kardashians, Duck Dynasty and, yes, America's Newest Weatherman. However, it doesn't mean we should forget or ignore our rich history and the people who have made significant contributions to society.

After 17 Years of Devotion, Ella Baff Exits Jacob's Pillow

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

But while Baff's physical imprint on the property has been huge, it's her realized vision of Jacob's Pillow as a breeding ground for art that has made the largest impact on dance.

FACT/SF Hunts for Relief at San Francisco's Joe Goode Annex

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

It's no use trying to guess what Charles Slender-White will come up with next. Since its founding in 2008, his agile contemporary dance troupe, FACT/SF, has defied pigeon-holing.

For Daniel Holt, Honesty Is More Than a Virtue -- It's a Lifestyle

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The music stopped. Hearts stopped. Holt paused but didn't stop because he had to bow and prove that it was only a performance, that he would wake up tomorrow and rehearse the same solo for his next gig. But really that's a lie, because it wasn't only a performance.

Flying Apples and China Teapots: Gandini Juggling Smashed

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

You don't have to peel too many layers to get to the dark heart of Smashed, but the astonishing deftness with which this troupe of nine keep apples and crockery flying through the air kept the audience in stitches.

Response: Why Alexandra Villarreal Matters to the Dance World

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

Millions of Americans tuned in for the Grammys, and many were dazzled, amazed, and touched by the emotionally-charged, nude leotard clad performance of Sia's Chandelier by Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler.

Hard Choices: Dance Theatre of San Francisco Aims High

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Dance Theatre of San Francisco is the new kid on the block -- a precocious kid on a block crammed with nimble little dance companies that turn out adventurous new work on a shoestring. Like many precocious kids, it manifests admirable talent but also exhibits immaturity.

'Dance on the Lawn' -- Community Dance Festival Sets Standard

Adria Rolnik | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

I had the privilege recently to attend a dance festival a bit different from the norm -- not one produced by an established organization, or part of a regional effort, or one of the well known dance festivals found in nearby New York City

Spotlight on Women Choreographers: Allison Brzezinski

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 08.31.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Whenever there are large scale dance events the question almost inevitably arises: where are the women choreographers? The fact is that they're everywhere.

REVIEW: Ballet Preljocaj's 'Snow White' at Lincoln Center

Meghan Feeks | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

Given the story's themes of love, jealousy and obsession with youthful beauty -- so relevant to modern culture, and so conducive to physical expression -- it's easy to understand its appeal to the choreographer.

DWTS Update: So What Planet is Charlie White From Exactly?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.19.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Okay, there's the face and the smile and the laugh and the hair and the sick ice dancer thighs -- have you noticed those things when he hoists a p...

MOMIX Re-Mix

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

MOMIX delights in all that is illusory in the world -- a butterfly from a chrysalis, a flower from a bud.

The Absolute Best And Worst Contemporary Dance Lesson You'll Ever See

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 12.30.2013 | Arts

First, a quick note that the video above contains some strong language, sexually suggestive content and is seriously wacky and surreal in general. You...

Zhukov Dance Theatre Product 06 Ignites Dance at SFJazz

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

"I was trained as a classical dancer... but creatively, my heart was moving in a very different direction. I am aiming for a fearless choreography that is more expressive of the current world, a vocabulary in which the ballet is almost invisible -- except for the virtuosity of the dancers."

American Dance Guild Festival '13: Modern Dance Cross-Pollination Nov 8-10

Adria Rolnik | Posted 12.09.2013 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Thirty-three artists/choreographers, from emerging to mid-career, will present their work, reflecting the American Dance Guild's unique position as both a promoter of the new and preserver of the living history of modern dance as an art form.

What Does the Future of Dance Look Like? SPF6 at San Francisco's ODC Theater

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Summer in San Francisco is too damn cold for picnic blankets, so we get our summer dance fix indoors at the hip ODC Theater, headquarters of the sixth annual Summer Performance Festival, SPF6, featuring eight emerging dance artists hand-picked by Joe Landini.

Beyond The Four Corners

Ronald K. Brown | Posted 08.11.2013 | Arts
Ronald K. Brown

Last year, I received a call from Robert Battle, Artistic Director for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. He shared with me that the comp...

Devo Redux at the Joyce

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.19.2013 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

I have seen much derivative work in my time, but the presentation by Carte Blanche (the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance) of Corps de Walk appropriated so many different genres of dance and art that it bordered on shocking.

Stranded at Judson Memorial Church With Eckert + SorensenJolink

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

What would you do should you one day find yourself stuck with a member of the opposite sex on a raft floating out at sea, with no visible rations or other means of survival?