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Culture, Dance Living With Misha

Living With Misha

Raquel Aedo fears few things in the dance world. Her sinewy frame doesn't tremble, for instance, at her boss' every criticism. "I still look at him when I'm watching him perform and see he's accomplished so much, but intimidation is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Projective Verse

Projective Verse

Even on the verge of his 75th birthday, even having won the exalted Bollingen Prize, Robert Creeley shies from the idea of leaving a legacy. "It hasn't been a career in any determined sense," he says from his home in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wandering Wisdom

Wandering Wisdom

Two years ago Ralph Lemon set out to explore Asia with only the bare bones of an itinerary. He thought he would trace, geographically, the development of Buddhism, and then visit each country in the region to see how their…
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Culture, Dance <i>Space</i> Craft

Space Craft

The 11 members of Capacitor are classifiably nocturnal creatures, meeting at night and rehearsing in the dark. At the moment they resemble bats, clinging to the studio ceiling by pulleys, flying through the air at random with the release of…
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Calendar, Night&Day From Here to Urbanity

From Here to Urbanity

Some of us rush into the increasing rents/decreasing arts spaces debate with our gloves on; others wander into it unwittingly. Case in point: filmmaker Chip Lord. A year ago, he finished his latest work, Awakening From the 20th Century, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Video Killed the Celluloid Star

Video Killed the Celluloid Star

About six months ago the organizers of the Mill Valley Film Festival found themselves with a potential classification controversy on their hands: Dozens of entrants who had shot their works in digital or beta formats had, it seemed, brazenly placed…
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Culture, Stage

Short Stage Reviews

"Sudden Pictures" Erica Essner has been floating in the early/midcareer choreographer's nether world at least since her first full-evening program at Theater Artaud five years ago, when she was still committed to socio-political text-laden works influenced by Joe Goode. Though…
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Calendar, Night&Day S.F. Is Best

S.F. Is Best

A lot has changed -- and too much has stayed the same -- in the three years since Austin Forbord and Shelley Trott began making the first film ever to chronicle the development of modern dance in San Francisco. Rehearsal…
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Culture, Dance Truth in Dance

Truth in Dance

London audiences didn't quite know what to make of Mark Morris' Four Saints in Three Acts when the work premiered there in June. Even though the English National Opera produced the work (and footed most of the bill), Morris had…
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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, Dance Improving by Leaps and Bounds

Improving by Leaps and Bounds

Last Thursday, a little Walnut Creek dance company known as Diablo Ballet traipsed down south to appear in Los Angeles' first-ever ballet festival, Ballet Fest 2000. Diablo was the only Northern California company to share the festival's three programs with…
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Culture, Dance Shut Up and Dance

Shut Up and Dance

You have to wonder whether dance theater auteur Joe Goode ever cringes at the epidemic of text-in-dance his success has set off in the Bay Area. Everywhere you turned during the ninth annual Summerfest/dance series, dancers just couldn't keep their…
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Culture, Stage

Now Showing!

Buzz around town had it this play features serious and extensive dancing, and the buzz proved true: Mary Carbonara has bravely salvaged Howard D. Hain's story of Friedrich Nietzsche's mental decline with her competently choreographed dream sequences. Unfortunately, the script…
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Calendar, Night&Day Atomic Dance

Atomic Dance

Is the San Francisco Butoh Festival successful because the Bay Area butoh scene is thriving, or is the scene thriving because of the festival's success? This eerie post-World War II (and, importantly, post-atom bomb) Japanese form of dance theater has…
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Culture, Dance

Rhapsody in View

Only one among the five works on Summerfest/dance's second program really begged for a second viewing: Mark Foehringer's Rhapsodia. On paper, the piece doesn't sound like an obvious candidate for the distinction. It is a Clue-style murder mystery set to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Of Satin Toes and Celluloid

Of Satin Toes and Celluloid

All right, so your childhood tutu visions faded out after eight awkward ballet lessons. Even so, you probably remember falling in thrall to one of two movies: The Red Shoes or The Turning Point. Summerfest/dance 2000 is banking that you…
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Culture, Dance First Steps

First Steps

Summerfest/dance has a reputation for being a hit-or-miss affair, whether you're evaluating it from program to program or season to season. With three weeks of works -- 75 percent of them premieres -- by more than 25 mostly emerging choreographers,…
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Culture, Stage All That Jazz

All That Jazz

The first thing you think when you see Reginald Ray Savage is, "Here is one bad-ass man." Slouching outside a downtown cafe on an overcast day, he sports dark sunglasses and a white dress shirt opened to midchest, the unfurled…
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Culture, Dance Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion

Let's face it: Integrated dance -- in which disabled dancers perform alongside able-bodied ones -- isn't an inherently easy sell to the general populace. And as recently as 1996, AXIS Dance Company wasn't making the form much more palatable. Like…
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Culture, Dance Dancing Outside

Dancing Outside

It's 10 p.m. on a weekday morning and Anna Halprin is, as usual, in her favored state: nude. "I'm so sorry, I'll be right down," she shouts, full frontal, from the top of the stairs as she races around the…
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