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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 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.

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.

The Mariinsky Ballet Rises Above Happy Endings

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Escoda

If there were any purists muttering to themselves during Act IV at Thursday night's performance of Swan Lake by the Mariinsky Ballet, they were lost amid the hootin' and hollerin'.

The Sound Of Joan Of Arc

Posted 03.27.2012 | Arts

In a rare and masterful combination of old avant-garde film and contemporary classical music, "Voices of Light" will provide a new, sensual experience...