Dance Criticism

The Joffrey Ballet

Choreographer Justin Peck’s minimalistic “In Creases” started off this weekend’s Joffrey Ballet performance at Zellerbach Hall with a piano work by Philip Glass, “Four Movements For Two Pianos.”

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

A Mars-red sun stares at San Franciscans from a sky full of soot. Just miles away from the city another culture is going up in flames. The apocalyptic grey sky is palpable; a snow of ash is falling from the sky on street life in the Tenderloin.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

Mac’s limitless creativity; theatrical talent, timing, spontaneity, transparency, vocal range, and irresistible command over the audience was jaw-dropping.

Joe Goode Performance Group: 30th Anniversary Season

The much applauded, and much deserving, Joe Goode picked four excerpts from his favorite pieces to capsulize 30 creative years—not an easy feat. The pieces ranged from 1991-2011 and feature the solid dancing of longtime company members: Liz Burritt, Felipe Barrueto-Cabello, Marit Brook-Kothlow, Melecio Estrella, Molly Katzman, Andrew Ward, Patricia West, and more recently, James …

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Bobbi Jene (2017)

At 30 years of age, dancer/choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith is the subject of a one hour and thirty-five minute documentary that begins as she quits the highly praised Israeli dance company, Batsheva.

Batsheva Dance Company

Powerful yet challenging to behold. For all of its exquisite physicality, breathtaking feats of movement and haunting beauty it is troublesomely lacking some inexplicable ingredient—perhaps by design, maybe by omission.

Dance Lovers 6

Whiz-bang choreographer and dancer James Graham just curated his 6th season of “Dance Lovers… duets by couples, crushes, and comrades.”

Available Light (1983)

Cal Performances, at UC Berkeley, just celebrated minimalist composer John Adams’ 70th birthday. It did so with a revival of “Available Light”.

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