Dance

Quiet powerful

Joe Goode Performance Group's 'Hush' speaks volumes

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DANCE Considering its name — Hush — it should have come as no surprise that Joe Goode's latest look at the ultimate loneliness that infects us all, whether imposed or self-inflicted, is a very quiet piece. Being hushed is something we learn as babies, at the family table, in school, and at the movies. But more seriously, it becomes an essential tool for survival for those who may be perceived as "different."Read more »

Bright future

Two shows yield exciting glimpses at emerging choreographers

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DANCE It's still early in the new season, yet two programs this past weekend offered worthwhile perspectives on new dance. "New" in this case doesn't necessarily indicate right out of the oven, but the pieces were novel to these eyes, and more importantly, they looked fresh and left behind a pleasant aftertaste.Read more »

Primate urges

EmSpace Dance's clever, ambitious 'Monkey Gone to Heaven'

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Essential grace

FALL ARTS: DANCE Anticipating the season's standout dance performances

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FALL ARTS Fall may no long bring with it the nervous anticipation of entering a new classroom, clutching a shiny lunch box to your chest. But for those of us hooked on live performance, September brings its own thrills, as theaters, studios, and lofts reopen their doors. If dance happens to be your particular bag, you can't do much better than the here and now. Few other places in the country can beat the Bay Area for the sheer variety with which nude, slippered, and high-heeled feet take the stage.

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Elaborating tradition

CounterPULSE's Performing Diaspora explores the state (and states) of ethnic dance in the Bay Area

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THEATER The idea of traditional dance as somehow frozen in time or resistant to modernity is a canard that received a thorough going-over at last weekend's Performing Diaspora Symposium, which kicks off the Performing Diaspora series at CounterPULSE.Read more »

Season's greetings

Three standout works, one 'Summer Sampler'

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ODC/Dance's 2013 "Summer Sampler" was a smash. The theater was completely packed, and it looked like the entire staff was present to greet audience members on the way to their seats, glasses in hand without spilling a drop. You couldn't even get mad at latecomers, because theater director Christy Bolingbroke accomodated them so graciously. This was a party before the first performer even set foot on the Marley floor.

But it was dance that made this evening memorable. The short, tightly run program offered three smart, excellently chosen pieces, including a world premiere.Read more »

Drawing inspiration

Amy Seiwert's "Sketch" series encourages experimentation

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DANCE Though only in its third incarnation, Amy Seiwert's wide-open "Sketch" has become a hit. The idea behind this annual summer project is to give acclaimed choreographers a chance to tread unfamiliar territory. One of the drawbacks of having a sizable repertoire to your credit is that you develop a comfort zone. You know what's worked for you in the past, but the world is not nearly as wide open as it used to be.Read more »

The ascendants

Post:Ballet continues its ambitious rise

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DANCE Though only in its fourth season, Robert Dekkers' Post:Ballet has already gained an enthusiastic, impressively large following that has allowed the company to move from the Cowell to the Herbst to this year's Lam Research Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It's easy to see the reason for Dekkers' success.Read more »

Diversity in motion

SF Ethnic Dance Festival triumphs, despite budget cuts and the loss of its main venue

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DANCE Last weekend, World Arts West's San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival closed out four almost completely sold-out weekends of performances. It is tempting to take this 35-year-old celebration for granted. Yet despite universal accolades, excellent audiences, a steadily improving roster of artists, an increase in live music, and ever-better production values, EDF still does not receive the support it deserves.Read more »

Where to next?

LEVYdance celebrates its first decade with an outdoor performance of past works

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DANCE Ben Levy sure knows how to throw a party. For the 10th anniversary celebration of his LEVYdance company, he once again closed off SOMA alley Heron Street, where his studio is located, and hung balloons, speakers, and lights. He put up bars and set out soft sofas, and erected a large stage with a central pit full of pillows (for those who might prefer to recline). It was one of those rare San Francisco evenings with clear skies — and just the slightest of breezes — which made you glad you don't live across any bridges.Read more »