Dance Criticism

I started yoga after dancing professionally. I needed something to fulfill the passion I had experienced with dancing. Yoga gave me that and much MOR. In fact, it was with one of my dance colleagues that I first practiced yoga. Turns out many of my yoga peeps and senior teachers also came to yoga this way– after dancing with choreographers and companies like, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, Lucinda Childs, and others. Years later I was asked to review a dance concert and then suddenly found myself writing about many of the companies and choreographers who had always been my inspiration.

Below you will find my reviews and interviews of companies, choreographers, and dancers such as; Wendy Whelan, Batsheva, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sankai Juku, Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris, Lucinda Childs, Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, Mark Abraham, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and, MOR. There are also music reviews of Philip Glass and Meredith Monk, as well as critiques on dance documentaries such as “Bobbi Gene“.

David Moreno - MorYoga
Photos by Robbie Sweeny
David Moreno - Dance Criticism
Photo by Robbie Sweeny

“…You have a way of letting us “know” the object of your review (film or solo)  both from your perspective but also as it stands on its own. Your prose gives us a narrative and a physical feeling ….. I love the feeling of physicality and the physical presence you offer the reader. You see both the whole, the arch and the momentary. Very lovely.”

- KT Nelson ODC San Francisco

I won my first dance contest on a Los Angeles TV program called “Boss City” when I was 16 and in my early 20s began dancing in musicals, operas, liturgical and, experimental dance troupes. I also studied with dance pioneers Steve Paxton (Contact), Emily Conrad (Continuum) and, Anna Halprin (Postmodern Dance.) Their influences — along with my yoga gurus — greatly impact how I move and teach. I am currently intrigued by the Gaga method of Ohad Naharin which seems to reinterpret the works of Conrad and Halprin into a fresh new format. In San Francisco I dance with one of the few certified Gaga instructors, James Graham.

“…BIG Thanks! This is a review to treasure–even more for the writing than the glowing comments… Your descriptive writing captures the spirit of the work–“bubblegum!”…I love that you caught that I both want to brush aside and honor the whole “25th” thing with “pervasively instinctual tongue-and-cheek sensibility.

- Scott Wells Choreographer & Artistic Director – Scott Wells & Dancers, San Francisco

Sankai Juku

Sankai Juku

“Golden in time, cities under the sand. Power, ideas, and beauty fading in everyone’s hand…” Joni Mitchell

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Alonzo King Lines Ballet, SF

Alonzo King Lines Ballet, SF

“Triangle of the Squinches” (world premiere)

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DV8 Physical Theatre, SF

DV8 Physical Theatre, SF

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Paul Taylor Dance Company

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Seeing any of Paul Taylor’s dances is always a combination of a modern dance history lesson and retrospective

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Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King’s world premiere of “Biophony,” which is inspired by archival recordings of animals and sonic imprints of natural habitats

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Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble

“On Behalf of Nature”

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ODC Dance

ODC Dance

“boulders and bones” (2014)

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ODC Dance, Program Two

ODC Dance, Program Two

The effect is mesmerizing and ethereal and, beautifully juxtaposes the black stage and Liz Brent’s gender bending “Burning Man”.

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