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Calendar, Night&Day Tutus and Cocktails

Tutus and Cocktails

As a tutu-clad little girl, I always imagined a night at the ballet as the height of sophistication -- a grand affair at which the city's most beautiful women, wearing gorgeous gowns and long white gloves, would hold opera glasses,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dances for Dark Days

Dances for Dark Days

Mood, as much as movement, distinguishes the dances of Paul Taylor, one of this country's foremost choreographers. Take Black Tuesday, a string of vignettes set to pop songs from the Great Depression and performed in period dress against a backdrop…
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Calendar, Night&Day On Your Toes

On Your Toes

The Bay Area is home to so much good dance that it can be hard to choose from among the many top-notch offerings. But this week presents a stellar collection of works from the American Ballet Theater, a company that…
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Culture, Dance Step by Step

Step by Step

Oakland Ballet's rehearsal studio has become a dance history classroom, and Mary Cochran, a petite powerhouse with a tousle of exuberant paprika-red curls, is calling out the syllabus. "It's actually Nijinsky meets hip hop," Cochran says as a lanky woman…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Info: Stage By Heather Wisner, Michael Scott Moore More Than Meets the Eye Paul Taylor Dance Company. At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard (at Third Street), through April 18. Call 392-4400. Wistful lovers, B-movie villains, religious…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Giant Steps

The most telling part of Matthew Diamond's documentary Dancemaker unspools in pre-dawn darkness, as a groggy Paul Taylor dancer tries to roust himself out of bed. To a voice-over litany of the aches and injuries accrued the night before (and…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday March 17 Erin Go Bragh-Less This isn't Boston, where you could get clobbered for less than the "Trailer Trash Twisted St. Patrick's Bash." This is the Bay Area, where any holiday is a good excuse for performance-art hijinks --…
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Night + Day

Wednesday May 27 Speed Kills Traveler is artist Lewis deSoto's variation on a theme in the group show "Dromology: Ecstasies of Speed": a baby crib containing a toy truck activated by movement sensors that cause the truck to careen crazily…
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