iOS app Android app

San Francisco Dance

Power Plays by Robert Dekkers for Post:Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.22.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Like a René Magritte painting come to life, Robert Dekkers' latest assault on the conventions of theatrical dance piles up one absurd image on another in precise, deliberate fashion, leading us rapidly from a vision of tranquil domesticity into hell and chaos,.

Guerrilla Warfare: The San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest at the Palace of Fine Arts

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Despite the welcome presence of three singers onstage, and the rousing athleticism of five bare-chested dancers, Oakland's Embodiment Project tribute to African American male victims of hate crimes and racial profiling fell somewhat flat.

A Date With the San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.31.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Like a World Series hitter, a dance critic today must be prepared not only for the customary fastballs and curveballs, but also the dreaded change-up.

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.

Impromptus: Sasha Waltz Flirts With Schubert

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The last time I saw a piece by Sasha Waltz, she set the stage on fire. Literally. The preoccupations of that piece were apocalyptic compared to those of the whimsical Impromptus, set to a selection of Schubert's heavenly impromptus and art songs.

Whimsy and Terror: Mark Morris Returns to Berkeley

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.27.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

It was a global nail-biter last week, but after Scotland voted to uphold their often rocky 300-year union with England, Mark Morris' The Muir and A Wooden Tree, which opened his troupe's season at Cal Performances in Berkeley last night, proved a graceful though decidedly eccentric salute to that proud nation, tinged with melancholy and regret.

The Changing Faces of Homelessness: Multiple Mary and Invisible Jane Descend on San Francisco

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

As Jo Kreiter's astonishing aerial dancers came rappelling down the side of an 80-foot concrete and brick wall to an inventive score, a disgruntled resident of a neighboring building leaned out of his window and yelled "Turn it down!" -- reminding us of the perils of performing in public spaces.

Uniquely Asian, Uniquely Modern, Proudly Classical: Ballet Philippines to Tour U.S., Canada

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

For its 45th "Sapphire" anniversary season, current Artistic Director Paul Morales has chosen an eclectic program, which opened in July with Agnes Locsin's historic La Revolucion Filipina, a controversial and thought-provoking examination of the events around the Philippine revolt against Spain.

Dances With Google Glass

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.08.2014 | Technology
Carla Escoda

Perhaps the outrage over Google Glass will finally provoke a radical shift in our culture of surveillance, with consumers spurring tech companies to innovate in ways that reinforce civil society, and regulators who vigorously back consumers.

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.

The Music of Our Lives: Sarah Bush Dance Project (Rocked by Women)

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.13.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Against this blazing soundscape, choreographer and artistic director Sarah Bush chronicles the milestones in her life in an effervescent movement argot that borrows freely from various contemporary schools of dance including contact improv, Graham and Horton techniques, jazz and hip hop.

The Edge of Stardom: Secundaria Premieres in San Francisco

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

When the San Francisco Dance Film Festival airs the West Coast première of Secundaria (High School) -- a candid look at the lives of students at the world-famous National Ballet School in Havana -- expect Cuban dancers to be out in full force.

The Magic of Mark Morris' Acis and Galatea

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Mark Morris gets Handel like no one else gets him: He crafted a towering piece of dance architecture in L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and now Acis and Galatea (the jazzed-up Mozart arrangement) gets the witty and lightly absurdist Morris treatment.

San Francisco Ballet in the Exhilarating Shostakovich Trilogy

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

You do not have to be an admirer of Shostakovich or a ballet junkie to be moved and exhilarated by San Francisco Ballet in Alexei Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy.

ODC's Electrifying boulders and bones

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.22.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Much of his work is ephemeral, expressly designed to be obliterated by wind, rain, snow or heat. Other structures, like his recent Culvert Cairn, a private commission in Marin County, will likely be around as long as Stonehenge.

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.

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.

The Pleasures and Perils of Cross-Cultural Ballet: Shanghai Ballet's The Butterfly Lovers

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The Butterfly Lovers -- one of those hybrid East-meets-West story ballets meant to showcase Chinese command of classical Western technique while celebrating a traditional Chinese theme -- blew into Berkeley on a cloud of garishly colored butterfly tutus.

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."

Smuin Ballet Goes to XXTREMES

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Set to recordings of 10 Patsy Cline songs, Dear Miss Cline is a riot, and more technically virtuosic than its breezy mood might suggest.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Closes With A Bold Experiment

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.23.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The three choreographers work in different idioms -- Amy Seiwert in modern ballet, Yaelisa in flamenco, KT Nelson in contemporary dance -- and each chose to use the site in a different manner.

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.

Mark Morris Unveils New Rite of Spring at Ojai North!

Carla Escoda | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

I thought those floral wreaths for the women and green leafy garlands for the men looked silly. Though if the movement had been more ironic, they might have worked.

PHOTOS: Art And Theater Coming Soon To Your Lunch Break

Robin Wilkey | Posted 05.11.2012 | San Francisco

No one said the mayor's job was easy. And working through the hurdles of his extensive Central Market Economic Strategy, a tireless effort to revitali...

Lines Ballet's Resin Breaks Down Ballet's Conventions

Larissa Archer | Posted 12.31.2011 | San Francisco
Larissa Archer

Resin, the showcase of Lines Ballet's fall season, exemplifies what makes the company a treasure for San Francisco and the world of dance.