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Calendar, Night&Day Sprung on S.F.

Sprung on S.F.

In the sixth program of the season, San Francisco Ballet premieres Caprice, artistic director Helgi Tomasson's first new ballet since 2011's Trio. The abstract ballet is set to French composer Camille Saint-Saëns's Symphony No. 2, with an extra adagio movement…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Two Dance Companies Feel the Heat of Spring

Two Dance Companies Feel the Heat of Spring

Mark Morris Dance Group and LEVYdance both reveal the distinct physicality of their namesake choreographers. Mark Morris's works are linear, balletic without the fluidity of ballet, emphasize the breadth of second position. At first glance, they are simple, flat,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Indian Spring

Indian Spring

The May Ball happens in June, so why shouldn't the Rite of Spring be consigned to the same strange calendrical fate? Mark Morris, MacArthur Fellow and an 11-time honorary doctor, continues his balancing act on the line of tradition…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ballet Sampler

Ballet Sampler

We San Franciscans are experimental types, so if you’ve never given ballet a try, it’s about time you did. Three lauded names in contemporary choreography exhibit their work tonight. Picking a favorite from the diverse set won’t be easy. Chroma…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tipple Time for Twinkletoes

Tipple Time for Twinkletoes

Light in the loafers or bonkers for Balanchine, friends of Dorothy or freaks for Diaghilev: High art queens of any stripe need look no further than their own San Francisco Ballet for programs hell-bent on pleasing omee-palones. Audiences clutching their…
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Calendar, Night&Day Roasting A Chestnut

Roasting A Chestnut

Most reviews of The Hard Nut can be paraphrased as follows: "OMG! OMG! This choreographer puts both men and women in the corps de ballet! Also: Go-go boots!" This is OK if you find men in skirts and women in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dancing King

Dancing King

King Arthur might be a revered figure in British folklore, but in American choreographer Mark Morris" reworking of a pedantic 17th-century opera by composer Henry Purcell and poet John Dryden, the legendary ruler is conspicuously — and blessedly — absent.…
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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, Performance Christmas Crack-Up

Christmas Crack-Up

THURS-SUN 12/18-21 Sure, The Nutcracker's costumes are gorgeous, its plot sweet, its Tchaikovsky score eminently hummable. But after more than a century of annual stagings we're all sick to death of the venerable ballet. The late British dance critic Richard…
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Culture, Dance All's Fair in Love and War

All's Fair in Love and War

German choreographer Joachim Schlömer settles into the corner of the Olympia Hotel cafe near the Tenderloin with the sinuous acuity of a cat. His is the gracious, coolly accommodating manner of a busy man neither eager nor afraid to talk…
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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 Youth and Beauty

Youth and Beauty

Twyla Tharp started it 28 years ago when she blasted the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe" through New York's City Center. Onstage, while Brian Wilson's voice whined sweetly, Tharp's pop spectacle by the Joffrey Ballet got under way. A tall…
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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 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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Calendar, Night&Day Emotional Epic

Emotional Epic

With a firm grounding in modern dance, Mark Morris isn't above begging, borrowing, or stealing from the best the world has to offer; in his early years, he mined the traditions of flamenco, Israeli, Balkan, and Russian folk dance. It's…
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Will You Join the Dance?

Conventional wisdom dictates that aspiring actors move to Hollywood and aspiring dancers head for the Big Apple, but what conventional wisdom doesn't mention is that the Bay Area is the West Coast's dance capital, second only to New York in…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday January 13 Sole Survivors The last lingering doubts about middle-aged dancers having what it takes to perform were laid to rest in Berkeley last spring, when 50-year-old Mikhail Baryshnikov danced a solo that amplified his powerful heartbeat with a…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday December 9 Marky's Mark Once you're a Ramone, you're a Ramone for life, as Marky Ramone will tell you. In his pre-Ramones drumming days, he was known as Marc Bell, founder of the power trio Dust and a collaborator…
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Poetic Injustice

Possibly the greatest living poet and playwright to be ignored by the San Francisco stage in the last couple of years is Derek Walcott, 1992's Nobel laureate in literature. He flopped on Broadway 11 months ago with a musical called…
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Wet and Wild Platee. Performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group, Philharmonia Baroque, and the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus. Composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Staged by Mark Morris. Conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Costumes by Isaac Mizrahi. At Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft &…
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