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San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
February 2001 Preview
January 2011 Review
So much fantastic San Francisco/Bay Area dance to attend in the month of January - from Company C Contemporary Ballet’s winter program to the opening of the 2011 San Francisco Ballet season to the three weekends of “Gush” at Brava Theater. And thankfully, there wasn’t just a vast quantity of dance, but exceptional quality as well.

Brava Theater invited patrons to an eclectic modern dance experience with "Gush", a three-week long performance series curated by choreographer Joe Goode. The festival brought together Goode's own troupe with Ledoh and Axis Dance Company. Each weekend featured a new line-up of artists and works, and with program I saw being "29 Effeminate Gestures" (Joe Goode Performance Group) and "ColorMeAmerica" (Ledoh).

San Francisco Bay Area
by Heather Desaulniers
January 2011 review
December 2010 preview
"The Nutcracker" is an institution in the Bay Area. With so many fantastic local versions to choose from, any "Nutcracker" fan can attend Christmas Eve at The Stahlbaums several times during the holidays. But if "Nutcracker" isn't your cup of tea, there are other festive San Francisco dance offerings to take it, including ODC's long-running presentation of "The Velveteen Rabbit" and the annual ACT “A Christmas Carol”.

National Ballet of Canada

by Kate Snedeker
December 10, 2010 7pm - Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, ON

Triple Bill
by Kate Snedeker
November 24, 2010 - Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, ON

by Kate Snedeker
November 11, 2010 - Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, ON






39th Annual Dance on Camera Festival
by JUliet Neidish
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association presented its 39th Annual Dance on Camera Festival (January 28- February 1, 2011) held at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City. Kudos once again, for a diverse and engaging selection of new and old films on and about dance. The yearly festival celebrates the genres of film and dance, and the creative engagement between them. This year’s entries covered a wide range of dance forms, including world, historical, contemporary, theatrical and popular, as well as artistic experimentation in the field of filmmaking.

A Month In Taipei
by David Mead
When it comes to Taiwanese dance, it’s generally Lin Hwai-min’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre that comes to mind. Quite rightly widely acclaimed, they are very much the international face of dance from the island. But Cloud Gate is but one aspect of a very diverse dance scene, especially in Taipei, a city that always seems to be buzzing with activity. The last few weeks of 2010 were no exception.
Lin’s latest production, “Water Stains on the Wall,” got the lead up to Christmas off to a cracking start. “Water Stains” is Lin in pure dance mode. It mostly happens on a specially constructed raked stage that drops four feet from back to front. That slope not only gives a somewhat unusual perspective to the dance but also ensures the whole audience can see the shadowy projections that appear on it.


Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
by Lori Ibay
March 3, 2011-- Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Ballet first presented the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s re-envisioned “Swan Lake” on June 4, 2004, neatly timed with the Dance Critics Association’s 30th annual conference taking place in Philadelphia the same weekend, and allowing dozens of critics (myself included) to witness the historic event. The timing of this season’s opening night was probably not coincidental either.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'La Fille mal gardée'
by David Mead
March 2, 2011-- Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK
The key to “Fille” is its simplicity and charm. And can there be a more charming Lise than Nao Sakuma? She is an excellent technician and made Ashton’s tricky footwork look easy. In fact, that part of her dancing is so good that it is often taken for granted. She can present a serious exterior sometimes, but it is roles such as this that bring out the best in her and reveal the bright and cheeky personality that lies within.

American Ballet Theatre - London Tour
by Ana Abad-Carles
February 1-2, 2011-- Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
For their new visit to London, ABT brought two mixed bills. Both had a good mix of old and new works and the range in choreographic material should have really put the company in the best possible light. Heritage repertoire like "Theme and Variations" or "Lilac Garden" were presented alongside recent works by Benjamin Millepied and Alexei Ratmansky, so there was plenty of opportunity to see the company's position both as guardians of their choreographic tradition and as avant gardée performers.

Alwin Nikolais

The Joffrey Ballet - 'Pas des Déesses,' 'Monotones,' 'Confetti,' 'Light Rain'
by Dean Speer
July 22, 2004 -- Reno Hilton Theatre, Reno, Nevada
Presenting excerpts from its current touring repertory, including the complete Alwin Nikolais masterwork from 1951, "Tensile Involvement," plus lively and brief commentary on partnering, which showed the Romantic as opposed to more “bravura” styles, types of tutus, and pointe work. Questions from young audience members concluded the bill. Kinetically exciting, Tensile’s principal male, Michael Smith, made a very impressive debut in this part. Great attack and passion.

Nikolais Dance Theatre - Crucible,' 'Lythic', ' Blank on Blank,' ' 'Liturgies 'Finale,' 'Noumenon Mobilus,' ' Mechanical Organ,' ' Tensile Involvement'
by Toba Singer
October 24, 2003 -- Memorial Auditorium, Stanford, California
There is a medium-sized list of choreographic works that you should see if you want to make friends with modern dance. Of those that played a pioneer role in the establishment of the art form that continues to inspire audiences today are the works of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais in collaboration with Murray Louis. The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s Nikolais Dance Theatre brings the genuine Nikolais-Louis article to its audiences. There is nothing of the no-commitment, audience-impervious, self-conscious, navel-gazing stuff that shrieks “experimental,” and yet puts you right to beddy-bye. Every moment of the Murray Louis-Alwin Nikolais choreography is experimental and committed. It draws the audience into a support system for a completely mesmerizing integration of ingenious lighting, costuming and manipulation of dancer bodies into currents of motion that you didn’t know could really happen quite like that.
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editors' choice

· Royal Danish Ballet's "A Folk Tale'
March 11, 2011- April 8, 2011, Operaen, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Royal Danish Ballet premiere's Nikolaj Hübbe's new version of the Bournonville classic "A Folk Tale".  With new sets and costumes by Mia Stensgaard, it's sure to be a new classic.

· National Ballet of Canada - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
June 4- 23, Toronto, Ontario
The National Ballet of Canada presents the North American premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's highly praised take on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

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