Dance

West Coast represents

ODC/Dance's "Summer Sampler" delivers the goods

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DANCE Dance is inherently sexy. The millions of devoted fans obsessed with shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars certainly think so. But why, when so many people love watching dance, does the general public still place modern dance on an out-of-reach pedestal? Maybe the overly general words "modern dance" scare people away. Whatever the aversion, the question still remains: why is it so difficult to get people to go see something they'll ultimately love?Read more »

State of interdependence

Kara Davis and Sarah Jo Zaharako merge music and dance in "Symbiosis"

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DANCE There's no question that dance and music live and breathe together. Anyone who has been moved to motion by a rhythmic beat or catchy melody can attest to that. Yet where the two art forms intersect and drive each others' creative process is often harder to pin down, for they exist both independently and interdependently.Read more »

Minty fresh

Interview: Joe Goode on disgraceful ostentatiousness and Traveling Light
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DANCE/THEATER After rapidly selling out its two-week premiere in May 2009, the Joe Goode Performance Group returns to San Francisco's lavish Old Mint for a luxurious one-month run of Traveling Light. JGPG's haunted tour of SF's oldest stone building, a monument to money power, unfolds as a series of made-up but history-laden vignettes scattered throughout the edifice, adding up to an inspired meditation on greed and desire, success and failure, the material and immaterial. 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 »

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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Tropic of dancer

Director Ramón Ramos Alayo sets the stage for the fantastic CubaCaribe festival

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DANCE Judging from the packed salsa classes he's been teaching at Dance Mission Theater for 12 years, Ramón Ramos Alayo is correct: the Bay Area is a hotbed for Cuban-Caribbean culture. But even he underestimated its pull. When I spoke to him on a recent balmy spring evening, he was expecting that night's attendance to drop. "It's light and warm, so people like to spend their free time outside," he explained before heading for class. Wrong. If more aficionados had shown up, they would have had to move the furniture.Read more »

Bright futures

Two promising new works-in-progress debut at CounterPULSE

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DANCE This past weekend, Kendra Kimbrough Barnes and José Navarrete with Violeta Luna — CounterPULSE's winter artists-in-residence — showed what artists can do, given time and space to work. Both tackled complex issues that extract high human costs. For Barnes it was imprisonment; for the Navarrete-Luna team, water. Both half-hour pieces will benefit from some refinement and rethinking.Read more »