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What Divides Us Brings Us Together: The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.17.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco at the 38th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (Photo: Mark Muntean) Among the Anlo-Ewe people ...

Beethoven, Martinů and Scarlatti Thrill at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.14.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada in Christopher Wheeldon's Rush© at San Francisco Ballet. (Photo: Erik Tomasson) Baseball season opened with a bang o...

This Land: Sarah Bush Dance Project in the Wilds of Oakland

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.17.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Sarah Bush (Photo: Lisa Harding) If you were rocked by the Sarah Bush Dance Project's Rocked by Women - or have a sneaking suspicion you missed a gre...

Three Dancemakers Powwow: "Take This Dance and Shove It!"

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.21.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Wells reminded the observers of their role in this theatre: "seeing us is touching us," he maintained, and "the world is your brain turned inside out."

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.

Modern-Day Intimacy in Post:Ballet Six-Pack

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.21.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

This is a big year for Robert Dekkers. He has always juggled his roles as dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director of his own small but highly visible company with seemingly superhuman energy.

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

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.04.2016 | 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.

Outbursts of Genius in San Francisco Ballet's Romeo and Juliet

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.02.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Helgi Tomasson's Romeo and Juliet made a comeback at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House last night, buoyed by a vivid and sensitive performance of the Prokofiev score by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, under the electrifying baton of Martin West.

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

Human and Superhuman: Ballet San Jose in MasterPieces of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

In his warm-up speech on Saturday night, Ballet San Jose's new CEO, Alan Hineline, alerted the audience to the "superhuman level of athleticism" on display in the third and closing piece of the evening, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.

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.