Category Archives: DanceTabs

March Madness

March finished with a flurry of performances by three boldface names in Bay Area dance. Results were mixed, as results often are. For specifics, click below.

San Francisco Ballet’s Don Quixote, with Mathilde Froustey and Carlos Quenedit (DanceTabs)

Mathilde Froustey and Carlos Quenedit in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote. © Erik Tomasson
Mathilde Froustey and Carlos Quenedit in Tomasson/Possokhov’s “Don Quixote.”
© Erik Tomasson

The world premieres of ODC’s Dead Reckoning and The Invention of Wings (DanceTabs)

Grace-Anne Powers and Joshua Seibel in Amy Seiwert's "This Must Be True. " Photo: Alejandro Gomez/Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley
Grace-Anne Powers and Joshua Seibel in Amy Seiwert’s “This Must Be True. ” Photo: Alejandro Gomez/Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley

Ballet San Jose’s Bodies of Technology program, with commissioned works by Jessica Lang, Amy Seiwert and Yuri Zhukov (San Jose Mercury News)

Let’s Get Wrecked: Dance Wrecking with Christy Funsch

Contemporary San Francisco dance artist Christy Funsch hosted a special kind of open rehearsal on Saturday, March 7: a Dance Wrecking, in which her colleagues Rowena Richie, Megan Nicely and Keith Hennessy dismantled her work and re-created in their own ways. A courageous move by Funsch, and a fascinating window into contemporary dance making for the rest of us. I explored the experience for DanceTabs.

Courtney Moreno, Peiling Kao, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart and Aura Fischbeck in Christy Funsch's "Dissolver." Photo by Christy Funsch.
Courtney Moreno, Peiling Kao, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart and Aura Fischbeck in Christy Funsch’s “Dissolver.” Photo by Christy Funsch.

February Review Redux

February came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. For the curious, here are the end-of-month notices.

*Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion’s Pavement at YBCA in San Francisco, Feb. 19 (Critical Dance)

Kyle Abraham in Pavement. Photo: Steven Schreiber.
Kyle Abraham in Pavement. Photo: Steven Schreiber.

*Ballet San Jose’s MasterPieces, Feb. 22 (Critical Dance)

*San Francisco Ballet’s Program 3, Feb. 24, including the long-awaited world premiere of Myles Thatcher’s Manifesto (DanceTabs)

Coming up…the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. So exciting!

San Francisco Ballet Programs 1 & 2

SF Ballet's Maria Kochetkova in Helgi Tomasson's Giselle. (c) Erik Tomasson.
SF Ballet’s Maria Kochetkova in Helgi Tomasson’s Giselle. (c) Erik Tomasson.

SF Ballet’s season began with two programs that ranged from Balanchine to the beyond. I shared my thoughts on DanceTabs:

Program 1: Balanchine’s Serenade, Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena

Program 2: Giselle

The big excitement is the upcoming world premiere, on February 24, of Myles Thatcher’s Manifesto, the first regular-season creation for the young SFB corps member and emerging choreographer. We had a nice chat about his Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative mentorship with Alexei Ratmansky, and you can read all about it in the February/March issue of Pointe Magazine.

Review Roundup

It’s a thrill to be writing reviews for Critical Dance and DanceTabs. Here’s for starters:

*DanceTabs review of Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature, San Francisco, January 15, 2015

*Critical Dance review of Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker, December 20, 2014

*Critical Dance review of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in Shostakovich and Rasa, November 20, 2014

*Critical Dance review of Batsheva Dance Company’s Sadeh21, San Francisco, November 6, 2014

*Critical Dance review of the Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake, Berkeley, October 16, 2014