Dance

Hold 'Steady'

Alonzo King's new work mixes dark threat into tenderness

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DANCE Alonzo King's The Steady Heart (which opened his spring season at YBCA May 21) is among his most dramatic and, thematically, most explicit works. It also just may be one of the finest he has yet created for his 11 Lines Ballet dancers, three of whom — David Harvey, Caroline Rocher, and Meredith Webster — will retire at the end of this season.Read more »

On the town

Oakland Ballet Company evolves and diversifies

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Now in his fourth year guiding the newly constituted Oakland Ballet Company, Artistic Director Graham Lustig seems to have found his stride in creating a troupe that respects its past but is no longer tied down by it. If, for the time being, the "ballet" part of the company's name has to take a back seat to the place where it is at home, so be it.Read more »

Sisterhood of rhythm

Sarah Bush Dance Project's fierce, fun 'Rocked by Women'

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Take to the sky

Smuin Ballet marks 20 years with its XXCENTRICS Spring Dance Series

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DANCE With world premieres by Amy Seiwert and Val Caniparoli, and the late Michael Smuin's affectionate tribute to George Gershwin, Smuin Ballet closed its 20th anniversary season with fine choreography, good music, excellent performances, and, most of all, an intelligent perspective of what ballet in the 21st century has to offer. Today Smuin is a thoroughly contemporary troupe with a promising vision of what it wants to be.Read more »

Opening up

Sara Shelton Mann's site-specific exploration 'The Eye of Horus'

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DANCE "Location, location, location" is real estate's mantra, as those of us who keep running up against it know only too well. But location has also become essential to dance, especially for artists who want to forego the theater and make the outside world their stage.Read more »

Think again

Three provocative premieres from Hope Mohr Dance

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Icon and on

A veteran company presents an old favorite — and an uneven pair of Bay Area premieres

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DANCE Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is the country's most financially successful dance enterprise. Apparently, it regularly ends with a surplus, something most everyone else can only sigh over. But the success comes with a price: it tours like no one else. That makes it hard to keep performances fresh, a repertoire fluid, and dancers focused. And yet, the dancers showed little wear and tear on this 14th stop of their current 23-city US tour.Read more »

Talk it through

The ever-questioning Margaret Jenkins celebrates four decades of dance

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Natural selection

ODC/Dance unearths the Goldsworthy-inspired 'boulders and bones'

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East Bay grace

Diablo Ballet celebrates its 20th anniversary

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DANCE Though it's gone mostly unnoticed by us San Francisco-dwelling dance watchers, a remarkable thing has been growing across the bay on the other side of the tunnel. On March 6, the Walnut Creek-based Diablo Ballet celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala — without fancy gowns, but with an hour-long program that did what galas are supposed to do: look at the past and the here and now, and say thank-you to a lot of folks.Read more »