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Culture, The Exhibitionist #SFBorn: 10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were from San Francisco

#SFBorn: 10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were from San Francisco

1. Monica Lewinsky (former White House intern known for the Lewinsky…
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Calendar, Night&Day Encore, Encore!

Encore, Encore!

No other art feels mortality the way dance does, with its medium only the frail, ephemeral flesh. The San Francisco dance community comes together to raise funds for choreographer Enrico Labayen, who is currently battling Hepatitis C, with performances…
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Calendar, Night&Day Duncan Devotees

Duncan Devotees

Isadora Duncan was one of the great San Franciscans: born in 1877, she was a girl who fell from riches to rags who became celebrated in the Western world for her art. Left in dire straits after her father's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lost Loves

Lost Loves

Recently honored with an Isadora Duncan Award for The Secret History of Love, a dance theater piece about the underground struggle to find and express love in the LGBT community, Sean Dorsey Dance takes a break from its 20-city…
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Calendar, Night&Day Take a stand

Take a stand

Previously honored with Isadora Duncan, Goldie, SF Weekly Black Box, and Bonnie Bird North American Choreography awards, Robert Moses' stunningly athletic troupe presents its 19th home season with a mixed bill called "RISE." On the program are two premieres,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Let's Put on a Show

Let's Put on a Show

Like those 1940s MGM musicals in which a ragtag gang of vaudevillians have a few measly hours to put together a show, ODC Theater challenged 2013 Isadora Duncan Award-winning choreographer Pearl Marill and ODC Theater Artist-in-Residence Hope Mohr to…
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Calendar, Night&Day No One Puts Baby in a Corner

No One Puts Baby in a Corner

“(I’ve Had) The Time of the My Life” isn’t the tune that came to mind when AXIS Dance Company announced its 25th anniversary. But we were reminded that, when AXIS first rolled out, Dirty Dancing was a massive hit. Founded…
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Calendar, Night&Day Uneasy Speak

Uneasy Speak

Sean Dorsey, openly transgender choreographer, winner of two Isadora Duncan awards, and one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2010, continues his project of making modern dance narratives about queer experience. Dorsey conducted two years of archival and…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Could Be an Izzie

You Could Be an Izzie

Isadora Duncan is San Francisco’s (and up there with the world’s) most famous dancer. She invented her own kind of dance, inspired by the poses found on ancient Greek urns, and she worshipped health and nature. Duncan dance doesn’t strain…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting Orff

Getting Orff

Here is the question: “What are you, woman?” To form your answer, you may turn to the Hooters Bikini Contest. You may turn to author Maya Angelou, South African runner Caster Semenya, or riot lady Kathleen Hanna. Perhaps you will…
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Calendar, Night&Day Delicate Anarchist Remembered

Delicate Anarchist Remembered

Mary Sano always mixes it up. She credits her main inspiration, Isadora Duncan, for her cultural-mixing tendency, since Duncan, a San Francisco native and the mother of modern dance, was a great lover of what we now call multiculturalism. Duncan…
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Calendar, Night&Day All the Other Ladies

All the Other Ladies

Does style mean everything? The older we get, the more we think it does. In Beyond Isadora, writer and longtime dancer Joanna Gewertz Harris explores Isadora Duncan’s less-famous contemporaries, and makes the point that (as always) the famous person stood…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dancing Over Time

Dancing Over Time

Does style mean everything? The older we get, the more we think it does. In Beyond Isadora, writer and longtime dancer Joanna G. Harris explores Isadora Duncan’s less-famous contemporaries, and makes the point that (as always) the famous person stood…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dance of the Disciples

Dance of the Disciples

Isadora Duncan is a classic San Francisco figure. A natural libertine disdainful of convention and delighted by beauty, she stripped ballet of its soul-crushing shoes and flouted the idea of commercial success. For her, dance was life. Philosophies of improvisation,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Is Adorables

Is Adorables

Dancer Mary Sano’s discipleship is second to none — she’s devoted her whole life to keeping the Isadora Duncan style of dance alive. Because strangely, the physical vocabulary developed by the “Mother of Modern Dance” isn’t as popular as it…
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Calendar, Night&Day Isadorables

Isadorables

It's Isadora Duncan's birthday, so naturally, someone is throwing her a dance party: the Dionysian Festival. Very few dancers perform Duncan's own choreography, but Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers do, re-creating as closely as possible the look of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love It or Leave It

Love It or Leave It

"Seems like half the kids in this town are so called 'artists.'" Thus sneereth a troll named "gfox" in the comment section of an SFGate story about a twenty-year-old woman -- an artist -- who died recently. We don't have…
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Calendar, Night&Day Seasoned Hope

Seasoned Hope

In the Bay Area dance world, choreographers commonly spring to life fully realized, like Athena from the head of Zeus. This may well be attributed to our democratic insistence that anyone can make art. (What other place could have produced…
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Calendar, Night&Day Original Copy Cats

Original Copy Cats

Let's be honest: Unabashed idea theft is responsible for some of the best art of our time. From Jesus Christ Superstar to best-sellers like Ahab's Wife, giving an old tale a new twist has evolved into an art form all…
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Calendar, Performance Fiery Architecture

Fiery Architecture

WED 5/25 It took a live show by the Fiery Furnaces to break my obsession with the band. Something had to give, and seeing FF play its unexpectedly punked-out set last month did the trick. Well, that and the new…
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