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Modern Ballet

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

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.13.2015 | 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.

A Heavenly Match: Jerome Robbins and Liam Scarlett at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.30.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The sight never fails to thrill: like an exceptionally bright star, the Space Station zooms across the sky at nearly five miles per second, manned by American, Russian, European and Japanese astronauts who spend their days conducting scientific research and testing the effects of zero gravity on their bodies

The August San Francisco Ballet Spotlights Young Dance Maker

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.28.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Thatcher had the cheek to venture through the knotty baroque thickets of Bach's "A Musical Offering" and "Goldberg Variations," well trammeled by legendary choreographers.

It's Pink Martini and Balanchine for Oregon Ballet Theatre at 25

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The legendary Bart Cook was on hand Saturday to whip Agon into shape -- that 1957 masterpiece that, after Apollo and The Four Temperaments, cemented the classic Balanchine style: cerebral, steely, stripped down.

Milwaukee Ballet and the Modern Quest for Beauty

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.29.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Artistic director Michael Pink has built an ensemble that deliberately eschews the cookie-cutter look of traditional ballet companies; these are dancers of striking individuality, many of whom have risen through the ranks of Milwaukee Ballet's second company.

Shock and Awe From Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in FAR

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Wayne McGregor's FAR, which came to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco this past weekend, was reportedly conceived in collaboration with cognitive scientists at the University of California, San Diego. We'll take their word for it.

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.

Ballet Star Dies At 98

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Frederic Franklin, a British-born dancer who helped popularize modern ballet in the United States and performed until his mid-90s, has die...

Ballet San Jose Bows to Modern Masters

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ballet San Jose closed out its season this weekend with a powerful reminder of the influence of Merce Cunningham on today's choreographers. Not a hint of narrative on display in Program 3, just a series of fascinating comments on what dance is and why it moves us.