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Ricardo Bustamante: Profile of a Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.09.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Last week's premiere at San Francisco Ballet proved to be an all-around artistic feat - again for Ratmansky, for the entire company of San Francisco Ballet and, yes, for Shostakovich who had not penned these compositions for the ballet stage.

San Francisco Ballet in the Exhilarating Shostakovich Trilogy

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.05.2014 | 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.

Program 3 at San Francisco Ballet: Heartaches by the Number

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Program 3 at San Francisco Ballet is a rare trio of works that explores themes of longing, unfulfilled love and connecting with the hereafter or the totally other.

Practical Magic: San Francisco Ballet's Beyond-Charming Cinderella

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Since I couldn't help raving on about the concept and the visuals, can we just agree that the dancers performed wonderfully, as always? Here, that would include the three ballet students who danced Young Cinderella, Young Prince, and his best buddy (who, in another nice touch, later hooks up with one of the stepsisters).

Val Caniparoli's "Tears": A World Premiere at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.20.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Program two at San Francisco Ballet opened this week with a triple-bill of works commissioned by the company including the world premiere of Val Caniparoli's Tears and an encore of two more from the previous season.

Giselle and Titania and more to come: SF Ballet's programming banquet

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

I've seen the first two programs of San Francisco Ballet's new season--that is, Program One (Giselle) and the visiting Hamburg Ballet's Midsummer Night's Dream--and it strikes me that together they represent what SF Ballet continues to offer us, year after year. Lucky, lucky us.

Thrills and Chills: San Francisco Ballet in Giselle

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.30.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

San Francisco Ballet unveiled its latest Parisian import in Giselle on Sunday afternoon at the War Memorial Opera House, less than 24 hours after fielding a much-adored veteran in the same role in its season opener. With three more principal ballerinas poised to rotate through the iconic role through February 2, the fan clubs are buzzing.

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.

A Ballet Triathlon: Amy Seiwert's Imagery in SKETCH 3 (Expectations)

Carla Escoda | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Amy Seiwert's evening of experimental, new work is visually stunning, in the intimate ODC Theatre, while the stamina of her intrepid company of eight classically trained ballet dancers is severely tested by the demands on their athleticism.

San Francisco Spares No Expense on a 21st Century Cinderella

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

They're still sweeping up the glitter on the streets of San Francisco.

Oakland Ballet Reimagines Diaghilev

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The original was considered exceptionally daring back in 1924, with its allusions to sexual hijinks among the demi-mondaines and its depiction of bisexuality. In 2013, these themes risk putting a hip Bay Area crowd to sleep.

Cinderella Ball Makes Magic

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 07.10.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

Somebody waved a magic wand over Franklin Street. How else would you explain the presence of a fairyland palace, complete with sparkling chandeliers and trees glistening with crystal blossoms, that appeared out of thin air?

Diablo Ballet Does Balanchine and Modern Urban Nightmares

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.05.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Tina Kay Bohnstedt's new work From Another Time was a mysterious, absorbing glimpse into a dream world, set to a plaintive piano score composed and played live by local pianist Justin Levitt.

Robin Wilkey

PHOTOS: Huge National Premiere Heads To San Francisco

HuffingtonPost.com | Robin Wilkey | Posted 05.02.2013 | San Francisco

The San Francisco Ballet has never shied away from a challenge (it is the oldest company in the nation, after all), and this Friday's national premier...

Alonzo King: A 30-Year Legacy

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

As generations of dancers come and go, we've come to expect a certain look from the company -- those taut, jaguar-sleek bodies with hyperextended limbs inscribing gorgeous lines in space -- and a certain sound often called "world music."

A Smart Joint Venture in Los Angeles

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Reducing staff time and cost is only one of the benefits. The exciting innovation of this new venture is that all member theater companies will also be allowed to borrow the stored items of the other companies, as needed.

San Francisco Ballet's Guide to Strange and Wonderful Places (PHOTOS)

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

2013-03-13-ballet_escoda.jpgSan Francisco Ballet's contribution to the centennial celebration of Stravinsky and Nijinsky's controversial masterpiece may well prove to be a beacon in the storm.

Diablo Ballet's Flight of the Dodo (The Web Ballet) Takes Wing

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Choreographer Robert Dekkers is on a mission -- a ballet-by-social-media mission. 2013-02-27-diabloballetpull.jpg

A Profile of Choreographer John Neumeier and His "Nijinsky"

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.23.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The recent Opening Night performance of John Neumeier's Nijinsky at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House proved to be a climactic experience. Performed by the artists of the Hamburg Ballet, and with Simon Hewett conducting the orchestra of San Francisco Ballet, the production is epic in content and colossal in artistic output.

Is Beauty Enough, or Do We Need Meaning? (An Adventure at the Ballet)

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ballet To The People lured her date to a performance of San Francisco Ballet's season opener with the promise that she would sit through the Super Bowl with him the next day.