Dance

Inspiration is bliss

Anthony Rizzi's glorious mash-up touches down at Kunst-Stoff Arts

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Something old, something new

Eckert and Simonse deliver uneven 'Shared Space Six'
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DANCE Once a year, long-time colleagues Todd Eckert and Nol Simonse share an evening showcasing their choreography. Unfortunately, the "Shared Space Six" program, presented last weekend at Dance Mission Theater, was not as promising as one would have hoped. Most dispiriting was that the evening's best piece, Eckert's Disparate Affinity, dates back to 2006.Read more »

Dynamic duo

Bebe Miller Company's imperfect, intriguing 'A History'
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DANCE The Bebe Miller Company's A History at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last weekend proved to be both exhilarating and frustrating. First, the good: watching two gorgeous dancers engage each other in one encounter after another — both huge and tiny — for over an hour. Gradually, they emerged as two completely different and yet ever-so-compatible characters. Read more »

Peace corps

Robert Moses' Kin unveils triumphant collaboration 'Nevabawarldapece'

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New steps

CounterPULSE tries out some fresh moves with its Queer Series of revealing duets

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THEATER/DANCE Choreographer Mary Armentrout's itinerant, site-specific performance installation, reveries and elegies, passed through CounterPULSE last weekend. A post-solstice meditation on dislocation and flux, it was also the harbinger of a striking new season at the SOMA performance incubator. In fact, reveries and elegies, true to its theme of displacement, can be considered the odd one out among programming whose defining structure is the duet.Read more »

Fin-spiration

Collaborators challenge limitations in 'Your Body is Not a Shark'

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DANCE After a decade of dancing and choreographing in the Bay Area, Cid Pearlman departed for Los Angeles, spent a year in Estonia, and now lives in Santa Cruz.Read more »

Discovery channels

Risk-taking choreographers reached new heights in 2012

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YEAR IN DANCE Looking back on 2012's over 500 performances — as calculated by Dancers' Group — the game of "best" and "worst" makes less sense than ever. What makes the Bay Area a place worth living in is the vitality of its arts, and dance in particular. We only have one superstar company, San Francisco Ballet, but we've got a number of excellent mid-size ensembles and just enough of a competitive environment to discourage rank amateurism.Read more »

Sing the body

'Clas/sick Hip Hop' performers defy gravity, inspire awe

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DANCE Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' new Director of Performing Arts, received thunderous applause even before he had said a welcoming word to the capacity crowd in the venue's lobby. Such is this exceptional artist's charisma. When he told them that he wanted YBCA to become accessible to people who in the past may not have felt welcome there, they roared. It was to be that kind of evening.Read more »

Midwinter dreaming

Garrett + Moulton Productions' enchanting 'Enchantment'

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DANCE This weekend the parade of holiday entertainments started off on a festive note, and it wasn't thanks to another interpretation of The Nutcracker or good old Scrooge. It was a brand new charmer from two experienced choreographers who pooled their artistic resources in 2008 to form Garrett + Moulton Productions. Given Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton's different artistic temperaments, this union sounded like an iffy proposition. But with three hits to their credit, the duo has proved that opposites do indeed attract.Read more »

Tango at Red Poppy Art House: A photographic foray

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Tango is spicy music. It makes you think of deep red dresses, glasses of rich wine, and warm nights for taking a long walk with your lover. Although we didn’t have one-way tickets to Argentina, an evening with the Redwood Tango Ensemble at the intimate and tiny Red Poppy Art House made the audience feel like they were that much closer to the real deal.Read more »