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Calendar, Night&Day Balanchine's Return

Balanchine's Return

San Francisco Ballet's final program of the season, "Program 8," honors groundbreaking choreographers and composers of the 20th century with a triple bill of works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins to music by Igor Stravinsky, Philip Glass, and…
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Film, Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq film review

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq film review

Aplomb is basic to ballet, so obviously it matters a lot to ballet movies. Nancy Buirski's documentary accordingly suggests that the true story of Tanaquil Le Clercq — the story of a great ballerina paralyzed by polio — is only…
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Culture, Stage San Francisco Ballet's <i>Filling Station</i> Pumped with Acting

San Francisco Ballet's Filling Station Pumped with Acting

Everyone knows that the members of San Francisco Ballet can dance. Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, America's oldest ballet company has earned itself an international reputation for the unparalleled technique and lyricism of its performers, as well as artistic director…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Dance Company

ODC/San Francisco 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), 863-6606, ODC/San Francisco is proof that you don't need to have an outpost in New York to be a successful dance company. Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way, who…
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Culture, Stage The Hard Nut

The Hard Nut

The girl -- let's call her Clara, although some versions call her Marie -- wanted to be a ballerina. Her mother asked the people at San Francisco Ballet if Clara could audition for the school, which is prestigious, and the…
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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, Stage Imports and Domestics

Imports and Domestics

In its first Bay Area visit in nearly a decade, Miami City Ballet gifted its audience with Jewels, a literally sparkling attraction among George Balanchine's many plotless dances. Against a simple black backdrop tattooed with a swirling constellation of…
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Culture, Stage


Vive la vie Bohme Rent. By Jonathan Larson. Directed by Michael Greif. Starring Daphne Rubin-Vega, Dean Balkwill, Trey Ellett, Erin Keaney, and others. At the Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor (at Golden Gate), through Aug. 1. Call 512-7770. Bang! Written…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Thursday February 5 Dance Through Time Helgi Thomasson and Arthur Mitchell owe a debt to the late choreographer George Balanchine; audiences will be privy to the payoff as Thomasson's San Francisco Ballet and Mitchell's Dance Theater of Harlem stage all-Balanchine…
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