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Graham Lustig

The Illustrious Oakland Ballet Throws a Party Like No Other

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

This week marks a major milestone in the history of two storied American ballet companies on opposite coasts: American Ballet Theatre turns 75, and Oakland Ballet turns 50.

The Jaded Sing Hallelujah for Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.21.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

"I am experiencing a kind of crisis," Tchaikovsky wrote gloomily, after being ordered by the tzar's flunkeys to compose a ballet score for a flimsy tale centred around children, rats and a candy kingdom. After the glory of The Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker commission seemed like an insult.

Oakland-esque: Oakland Ballet's Love Letter to a City

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.18.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Oakland Ballet's straightforward strategy is to take ballet to the streets -- literally and figuratively.

Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker Brings a Vibrant Community Together

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Lustig reminds us that the company is an integral part of Oakland's vibrant arts community, and cites strong support from the City of Oakland, as well as from his board, that this year has enabled him to commit to three performances of The Nutcracker.

Oakland Ballet Reimagines Diaghilev

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The original was considered exceptionally daring back in 1924, with its allusions to sexual hijinks among the demi-mondaines and its depiction of bisexuality. In 2013, these themes risk putting a hip Bay Area crowd to sleep.