Dance

Game on

Emerging choreographers Katharine Hawthorne and Tanya Bello offer auspicious premieres

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DANCE Unlike more commercially competitive markets, the Bay Area is, fortunately, still a place where young choreographers have the freedom to grow. This past weekend, two who are primarily known for dancing other people's works showed their own promising premieres.Read more »

Live Shots: 'Dance + Diaspora' at ODC Theater

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Strong drum beats, hip shimmies laden with bells and voices coming together in song. This show has it all. Presenting "Dance + Diaspora" two performances this Friday and Saturday -- pics above are from the dress rehearsal -- by choreographers Jill Parker (with her Foxglove Sweethearts troupe) and Tania Santiago (with her Movendo con Capoeira troupe)   -- a showcase of steamy belly dancing and heart-pumping Capoeria.

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Black Choreographers Festival takes flight

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This weekend, go watch some dance. Sam Love and I stopped by Dance Mission this week to check out a final rehearsal of a piece choreographed by Gregory Dawson and left feeling elated. Dawson has gathered a group of ridiculously limber and supremely talented dancers for refined, minimalist, yet achingly beautiful pieces that pulse with a strong, affirming spirit. His company is just one of several featured at the Black Choreographers Festival, a celebration of African American dance, art and culture. The piece we saw clearly stemmed from classical ballet roots, but also found inspiration in contemporary dance, creating a performance that displayed awe-inspiring athleticism (those extensions!) as well as thought-provoking drama, tension, and story. Go get your tickets already. It will be fabulous! Read more »

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 »