Rita Felciano

On the way

Architecture of Light gives the new ODC the gala welcome it deserves

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ODC Founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way put it best when, toasting the crowd at the end of the premiere of her Architecture of Light, she said: "If you don't leave a footprint, you will be forgotten. If you tread lightly, you'll fly away. So here's to you who hit the ground running."Read more »

Visionary movement

"Traditions Engaged" presents a weekend of Indian dance
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DANCE Celine Schein, executive director of Chitresh Das Dance Company and its Chhandam School, was not born into Indian culture. But difficult Hindi words flow from her tongue with the ease of a native speaker. It's a skill that should stand her in good stead during this weekend's "Traditions Engaged: Dance, Drama, Rhythm," which includes evening and daytime performances, lectures, panel discussions, and demonstrations of Indian classical dance.Read more »

Fresh "Horses"

Dana Lawton and Jia Wu kick off the dance season with a strong program

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DANCE Some choreographers pack enough material into an hour of dance to leave you more satisfied than those who take twice as long and say less. Such was the case with "18 Virgo Horses" (Sept. 16-18), a double-bill by Dana Lawton and Jia Wu, who earn their rent money teaching at Saint Mary's College in Moraga. The old saying that inspiration wedded to craft makes for good art came to mind as I watched Lawton and Wu's four pieces at CounterPULSE last week. The evening made me glad that the dance season has started again.Read more »

Leap into fall

FALL ARTS: Dance critic Rita Felciano's seasonal picks
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Looking over the fall dance schedule, two ingredients jump out: celebration and experimentation. Given the depressed economy and vacuous political conversations, this optimism comes as a welcome surprise. But then dancers are a resilient lot; they are used to rock bottom or nonexistent budgets and functioning below the radar screen of the pundits who try to tell us which way the culture is tilting. They simply go about doing what they sense needs to be done and put their own stamp on the social ecology. Read more »

Free as the breeze?

Joe Goode Performance Group -- now at the Old Mint building -- is Traveling Light and eloquent as ever

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Peripheral vision

Liss Fain melds active intelligence and full-bodied physicality

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DANCE Liss Fain has been choreographing in San Francisco for the last 20 years. Her work has remained on the periphery, probably because it doesn't sync up with trends or the tenor of the times. Fain choreographs highly structured, emotionally cool works in which she shapes and shifts a ballet-based modern dance vocabulary as if to see where she can take it. This type of approach and Fain's type of craft are rare today. It's a pleasure to see an active intelligence engaged in such full-bodied work.Read more »

Love streams

Dance Continuum SF's take on romance is smart, funny and poignant

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DANCE Dance Continuum SF's artistic directors José Ivan Ibarra and Peter Litwinowicz danced and studied with Bay Area José Limón disciples Gary Masters and Cheryl Chaddick. Though they are their own men, the lineage shows. Limón's weighted yet luminously airy style and his taking on of momentous topics without a whiff of irony is not much in fashion these days. So the old man would have approved when the four year-old company called its June 11-13 concert "Life, Love and Rituals."Read more »

Sparkle motion

Paul Festa marries drag and ballet in The Glitter Emergency

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Global movement

San Francisco International Arts Festival: dance highlights

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Albert Einstein said that "dancers are the athletes of God." He didn't say which god he had in mind, nor has the quote made all that much sense. What's so hot about being in sports? Martha Graham tried to explain it by saying dancers achieved that exalted status through the practice and discipline of their daily work. But couldn't that be said for any artist? Still, looking at the lineup of dancers at this year's San Francisco International Arts Festival makes me think Einstein had a point after all.Read more »

Human, nature

Deborah Slater Dance Theater marks 20th anniversary with world premiere
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