Dance

Fly, on the wall

'Niagara Falling' takes to the air to take on the recession
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DANCE Suspended by a single rope, Jennifer Chien's bare feet gently push against the white wall of Zaccho Dance Theatre's studio. The move propels her into space; perhaps she is swimming, perhaps flying, or just floating on Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi's finely detailed score.Read more »

Beyond the curtain

Karen Kilimnik challenges ballet archetypes in 'Dance Rehearsal'

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Eclectic electric

'Constants & Variables' and a rewarding evening of dance

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Styles for miles

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Ballet, hula, modern, and more on fall's vast dance slate

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FALL ARTS Most folks going to dance performances have a sense of how they want to spend their time and dollars. For some, a show must be conceptually edgy. For others, it's got to be ballet. Still others want choreography that resonates with socio-political implications — or they only want to see choreography grounded in indigenous traditions. I'm more of an omnivore: show me a piece, no matter its style, in which the forces at work arise from some internal necessity and play off each other convincingly, and I'm in.Read more »

Back to the land

Dance meets travelogue in Alex Ketley's vibrant No Hero

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DANCE What a stellar idea to premiere a work called No Hero the weekend after Independence Day. There are no brass bands, flag waving-exercises, or fireworks in Foundry artistic director-choreographer Alex Ketley's delightful and at times funny stage and video creation, which returns to Z Space August 1. Yet Hero is piece of pure Americana, a tender and amusing tribute to ordinary people and the role that dance may or may not play in their lives.Read more »

Walk this way

ODC's Walking Distance fest offers a weekend packed with locals and guests

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DANCE If you've ever had to create a multi-course meal from random fridge contents, or pulled together a smashing outfit moments before a big party, you are well familiar with the fine art of making do.Read more »

Homebodies

New works by Nicole Klaymoon's Embodiment Project and Joe Goode Performance Group explore the intricacies of living spaces

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A different world

New venues and a line-up offering bold, sophisticated twists on tradition energize the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
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DANCE Moving, especially when it's not by choice, is never fun. Losing your home after some 30 years of relative comfort and security is really the pits. That's how I felt when I heard that the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival — my first encounter with the Bay Area's voluptuous dance culture — would not be able to continue performing at the Palace of Fine Arts because of the Doyle Drive reconstruction.Read more »

Head of the (dance) class

Students and alumni celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

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DANCE Complaining about the quality of public schools is about as ubiquitous as whining about MUNI. Admittedly, the quality of the former has a bigger impact on our future than having to wait for the N another 10 minutes. The good news is that the San Francisco Unified School District is not nearly as bad as its reputation; talk to some parents who have kids in it. While its art components are woefully underfunded, at least they exist. The yearly "Young at Art" exhibit at the de Young Museum (through Sun/20) has a selection from this year's crop.Read more »

International movement

Dancers from Oakland, Cuba, Switzerland, and more represent at the San Francisco International Arts Festival

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DANCE How do you keep a performance festival alive in a city known for its fractured arts community? A place where officialdom is not exactly ready to jump on the bandwagon, especially when belt-tightening by cutting the arts has become a national sport? Simple. You enlist the people who have always been the arts' biggest supporters — the artists themselves. They know how to work with limited resources; they are risk-takers and have accepted that what they love to do will never make them rich.Read more »