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The South Korean troupe Ambiguous Dance Company appears in “Rhythm of Human” on May 31. (Courtesy photo)

SF International Arts fest again takes on social issues

Since 2003, the San Francisco International Arts Festival has presented artists from…

The South Korean troupe Ambiguous Dance Company appears in “Rhythm of Human” on May 31. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Byb Chanel Bibene, Sevan Kelle Boult, Nafi Thompson and Afia Thompson appear in “Nikisi Nkondi: Sacred Kongo Sculpture.”  (Courtesy Jen Philip)

Striking Congo sculptures inspire dance premiere

Bay Area choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene’s Kiandanda Dance Theater premiere in ODC…

From left, Byb Chanel Bibene, Sevan Kelle Boult, Nafi Thompson and Afia Thompson appear in “Nikisi Nkondi: Sacred Kongo Sculpture.”  (Courtesy Jen Philip)
Benjamin Freemantle was in the spotlight on Trey McIntyre’s “Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem” on San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program C.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s Unbound fest reveals ties that bind

Contemporary ballet requires dancers to shift from rapid off-center neoclassicism to soft…

Benjamin Freemantle was in the spotlight on Trey McIntyre’s “Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem” on San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program C.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
One Dance opens Bay Area Dance Week on April 27 at San Francisco’s City Hall. (Courtesy Dancers’ Group)

Bay Area Dance Week turns 20

It's the 20th anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week, which kicks off…

One Dance opens Bay Area Dance Week on April 27 at San Francisco’s City Hall. (Courtesy Dancers’ Group)
Tessa Barbour and John Speed Orr have fun in “If I Were A Sushi Roll,” a premiere in Smuin Dance Series 02, continuing through June across the Bay Area. (Courtesy Chris Hardy)

Smuin dancers charm in whimsical ‘Sushi Roll’

Smuin, the Bay Area’s most fun ballet troupe, is closing its 24th…

Tessa Barbour and John Speed Orr have fun in “If I Were A Sushi Roll,” a premiere in Smuin Dance Series 02, continuing through June across the Bay Area. (Courtesy Chris Hardy)
Cathy Marston’s timeless “Snowblind” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program B. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet loosens up in ‘Unbound’

There are social uprisings going on, from #MeToo to Black Lives Matter.…

Cathy Marston’s timeless “Snowblind” is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program B. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Cat Call Choir appears in “Nevertheless.” (Courtesy Cat Call Choir)

‘Nevertheless’ a timely dance piece about harassment

Choreographer Tanya Chianese has strong — and mixed — feelings about “Nevertheless,”…

Cat Call Choir appears in “Nevertheless.” (Courtesy Cat Call Choir)
Guillaume Côté dances the title role in National Ballet of Canada’s “Nijinsky.” (Courtesy Aleksandar Antonijevic)

Neumeier’s ‘Nijinsky’ brings ballet star’s life to light

Hard-core ballet fans will revel in the impeccable detail of “Nijinsky,” choreographer…

Guillaume Côté dances the title role in National Ballet of Canada’s “Nijinsky.” (Courtesy Aleksandar Antonijevic)
Mathilde Froustey dances in a 2015 performance of “Don Quixote,” which opens San Francisco Ballet’s 2019 season. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Recent dances highlight SF Ballet 2019 season

San Francisco Ballet has announced its 2019 season, a showcase of new…

Mathilde Froustey dances in a 2015 performance of “Don Quixote,” which opens San Francisco Ballet’s 2019 season. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
“The Cage,” Jerome Robbins’ edgy 1951 dance, is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Program 5. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Drama, beauty in SF Ballet’s Robbins’ showcase

In celebrating the centennial of choreographer Jerome Robbins’ birth, San Francisco Ballet…

“The Cage,” Jerome Robbins’ edgy 1951 dance, is a highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s Program 5. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Company Wayne McGregor's extraordinary "Autobiography" is onstage at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (Courtesy Andres Uspenski)

Company Wayne McGregor innovates in ‘Autobiography’

Program notes to brainy British dancemaker Wayne McGregor’s “Autobiography” call the 2017…

Company Wayne McGregor's extraordinary "Autobiography" is onstage at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (Courtesy Andres Uspenski)
Jamielynn Duggan dances in “To Command,” a premiere by SOULSKIN Dance. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)

SOULSKIN Dance takes on tech in ‘To Command’

Choreographer Adrianna Thompson, founder of the Bay Area troupe SOULSKIN Dance, is…

Jamielynn Duggan dances in “To Command,” a premiere by SOULSKIN Dance. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)
San Francisco Ballet in Miles Thatcher’s “Ghost in the Machine.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet boasts a distinct new crop of talent

Thursday night in the opening of “Distinctly SF Ballet” at the War…

San Francisco Ballet in Miles Thatcher’s “Ghost in the Machine.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet performs George Balanchine’s “Serenade.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s ‘Bright Fast Cool Blue’ stutters

San Francisco Ballet artistic director Helgi Tomasson has a nose for putting…

San Francisco Ballet performs George Balanchine’s “Serenade.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Sasha De Sola, with Sean Orza, danced the title role on opening night of San Francisco Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s sumptuous, splendid ‘Sleeping Beauty’

In the 21st century, San Francisco Ballet is executing the classics with…

Sasha De Sola, with Sean Orza, danced the title role on opening night of San Francisco Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Shannon Kurashige appears in Liss Fain Dance's "I Don't Know and Never Will" at ODC Theater in March.

Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Dance

The Bay Area dance community, and esteemed guests, have a lot lined…

Shannon Kurashige appears in Liss Fain Dance's "I Don't Know and Never Will" at ODC Theater in March.
San Francisco Ballet men stood out in Justin Peck’s “Rodeo.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet goes boldly into the future

The most thrilling number in San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 opening gala was…

San Francisco Ballet men stood out in Justin Peck’s “Rodeo.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Dance fest fills every nook at Grace Cathedral

Organizers of the upcoming fifth annual San Francisco Movement Arts Festival on…

Frances Chung and Vitor Luiz danced the Queen and King of the Snow roles on opening night of San Francisco Ballet's 2017  production of "Nutcracker." (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ a dazzling tradition

It wouldn’t be the holiday season in The City without San Francisco…

Frances Chung and Vitor Luiz danced the Queen and King of the Snow roles on opening night of San Francisco Ballet's 2017  production of "Nutcracker." (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
From left, Jana Griffin, Sienna Williams and Scott Marlowe appear in detour dance’s premiere “Fugue.” (Courtesy Melissa Lewis)

Detour dance’s ‘Fugue’ journeys from SF to a fabled city

“Huge” is the first word detour dance founders Kat Cole and Eric…

From left, Jana Griffin, Sienna Williams and Scott Marlowe appear in detour dance’s premiere “Fugue.” (Courtesy Melissa Lewis)