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News, Feature 2016 Winter Arts Guide: Dance

2016 Winter Arts Guide: Dance

Winter in San Francisco might not weigh hard on the body like it does elsewhere. But bodies in motion keep us even warmer. From mothers-to-be to mothers-in-law, from a veneration of the world's most valuable carbohydrate as an object to…
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News, Feature Fall Arts 2015: Dance

Fall Arts 2015: Dance

West Wave Dance Festival For the adventurous and the traditional alike, the offerings at the West Wave Dance Festival (now in its 24th season) run the shaped movement gamut, from traditional ethnic dance to the latest in edgy experimentation. This…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lisa D'Amour's Detroit Is Where We Live and What We Are

Lisa D'Amour's Detroit Is Where We Live and What We Are

The play is called Detroit, but the space of the action is as surreal as the Astroturf that furs the floor of the stage in a uniform green. In the Aurora Theatre Company’s production of Lisa D’Amour’s 2010 Pulitzer-finalist…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Hybrid Place, Hybrid Play: We Players’ <i>Ondine</i> at Sutro Baths

Hybrid Place, Hybrid Play: We Players’ Ondine at Sutro Baths

In the margin between the white lines on the asphalt parking lot and the wild crash of the sea on the west side of San Francisco lie the ruins of the Sutro Baths, created by millionaire and former mayor…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tiny Dance Film Festival Lets Artists Share Big Dreams

Tiny Dance Film Festival Lets Artists Share Big Dreams

April 24-25 brings the return of the third annual Tiny Dance Film Festival, a growing festival of short dance flicks curated by detour dance's Kat Cole and Eric Garcia. This year's program brings a healthy selection of local artistry…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Making Sense Out of the Noise: Dance Accompanists Speak of Beauty and Truth

Making Sense Out of the Noise: Dance Accompanists Speak of Beauty and Truth

An atmospheric ooze overlaid with an intricate rhythm and the vivid interjection of a West African kora. A baroque ornament nestled within a dubstep pulse. Ambient haze cut through by the bright hue of a Japanese shō. Dancers getting…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sounding Natural: Bioacoustician Bernie Krause Brings Biophony to the Ballet

Sounding Natural: Bioacoustician Bernie Krause Brings Biophony to the Ballet

Ballet is an exaltation of artifice, a dancer its ultimate creation, with limbs that extend in every conceivable direction to describe geometry as neatly as a compass draws a circle on the planar surface of a floor. George Balanchine paid…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Astounding Antigonick at Berkeley's Shotgun Players

Astounding Antigonick at Berkeley's Shotgun Players

No curtain hides the long, curved lick of bare wood that forms the set of the Shotgun Players’ production of Antigonick. Made of light, long planks, it swerves from the floor up to the top of the theater like…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Multiple Perspectives On and In the Black Choreographers Festival

Multiple Perspectives On and In the Black Choreographers Festival

Thirteen choreographers from around the Bay Area present work as part of the 11th annual Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now Feb. 21 to March 1 at Dance Mission Theater. Now entering its second decade, the BCF has increased…
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News, Feature Winter Arts: Dance

Winter Arts: Dance

Restless Creature San Francisco Performances presents Wendy Whelan, one of America's most famous ballerinas, in a rare West Coast appearance following her retirement in 2014 after 30 years with the New York City Ballet. In this intimate program, the steely…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Closing the Garage: Another Independent Arts Space Closes Its Doors

Closing the Garage: Another Independent Arts Space Closes Its Doors

Art in America has always been a pioneer’s venture — often made in back lots and dark corners, artists continue to produce the constituents of culture with a minimum of cash or acknowledgement for their labors. And one of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Waxing Poetic: Charlie Levin's Paintings as Performance

Waxing Poetic: Charlie Levin's Paintings as Performance

The apocryphal etymology of sincerity has its origins in the idea of artistic perfection: that a well-chiseled marble sculpture would not require the sly application of wax to fill cracks or repair contours, thus, it was sine sera — “without wax.”…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Nutcracker, Short and Sweet: The Whole Story in 50 Minutes

A Nutcracker, Short and Sweet: The Whole Story in 50 Minutes

Sugarplum season is upon us, and every tot — with a teensy bit of culture — is headed straight for the theater, where there are Nutcrackers galore: from the Dolly Dinkle tap and ballet academy around the corner to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview with Alonzo King: Talking About LINES Fall Season, Shostakovich and More

Interview with Alonzo King: Talking About LINES Fall Season, Shostakovich and More

Eight days before opening night, LINES Ballet rehearses in their studio on 7th Street and Market, a few floors up from the urban desolation of the indigent itinerants who roam the zone between the UN Plaza and the Opera…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Multiple Mary" and "Invisible Jane": Aerial Dance Addresses San Francisco's Contradictions

"Multiple Mary" and "Invisible Jane": Aerial Dance Addresses San Francisco's Contradictions

Every day the streets of San Francisco reek of the contradictory filth of the burgeoning technopolis of ironically hoodied, moustachioed, nouveau riche youths and the destitute itinerants who crumple their bodies to sleep in the underground corridors of Muni stations.…
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Culture, Art Fall Arts 2014: Dance: Fall's Offerings Leap from Tel Aviv to Congo to Angel Island

Fall Arts 2014: Dance: Fall's Offerings Leap from Tel Aviv to Congo to Angel Island

West Wave Dance Festival Now in its 23rd year of uniting the distal regions of the Bay Area on one stage, the West Wave Dance Festival brings established and emerging choreographers together in a four-day program that celebrates the diversity…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Topless Turns 50</i>: A Steamy Bite of San Francisco History

Topless Turns 50: A Steamy Bite of San Francisco History

Decades before Silicon Valley, silicone implants drew people far and wide to San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Famous for Beatniks and Italian eateries, the area is also home to the Condor Club -- the first topless bar in America,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Dancing Through the H2O: Qinmin Arts in WATER at the YBCA

Dancing Through the H2O: Qinmin Arts in WATER at the YBCA

Chinese artist Qinmin Liu -- who recently explored human fragility through the metaphor of paper in a performance at KUNST-STOFF arts, as well as the human ability to endure and connect through an eight-hour walk through the streets of…
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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 Solo Soul

Solo Soul

Snakes coil, vines spiral, the earth revolves, the planets orbit, and on our spinning planet whirl all the cells, adding and subtracting to the massive torque of the universe. Dance ethnologist, archaeologist, artist, and teacher rolled into one, Farima…
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