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A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist With San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.26.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet's 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House.

Joffrey Shows Range With 'Unique Voices' Program

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

The Joffrey Ballet displayed determination, range and energy as they tackled three disparate pieces on Wednesday night at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. Unique Voices offers the work of two choreographers who explore the various aspects of relationships, and one who delves into the very nature of ballet itself.

Joffrey Triumphs with La Bayadere

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Welch's choreography is both brilliant and difficult with demanding lifts, whiplash turns and unexpected combinations. In the first act, the dance for the four men was especially impressive, but the group dancing was also a joy to watch.

The Possibilities of the Art: Ashley Wheater and Jazz at the Joffrey

Johnny Nevin | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

2013-02-19-NEVINPULL.JPGThe more dramatic the movement, the harder it is to stay balanced; the higher the leap, the more difficult it is to land it gracefully. Those may sound like universal principles of motion, but you'd never know it from watching Ashley Wheater move.

The Australian Ballet's Infinity at the Koch Theater

Margaret Fuhrer | Posted 06.17.2012 | Arts
Margaret Fuhrer

Maybe TAB's dancers just needed to forget for a moment that they were ballet dancers, subject to ballet's oppressive standards -- because it was when they put on face paint and body paint, loincloths and headdresses, that they looked most like a world-class ballet company.