Dance

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)
A San Francisco Ballet highlight is Helgi Tomasson’s “Nutcracker.”

It’s that ‘Nutcracker’ time of year

The season brings plentiful takes on the famous ballet with the familiar…

A San Francisco Ballet highlight is Helgi Tomasson’s “Nutcracker.”
Joe Landini, director of SAFEhouse Arts, is appearing in “5 on 25” in December. (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)

SAFEhouse sets the stage at new Tenderloin home

Dance aficionados wondering where to find cutting-edge performances need look no further…

Joe Landini, director of SAFEhouse Arts, is appearing in “5 on 25” in December. (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)
Nina Pearlman and Nick Wagner appear in “From Shadows,” a premiere dance by Marika Brussel. (Courtesy Marina Eybelman)

‘From Shadows’ a story ballet about homelessness

San Francisco choreographer Marika Brussel has a clear goal with her world-premiere…

Nina Pearlman and Nick Wagner appear in “From Shadows,” a premiere dance by Marika Brussel. (Courtesy Marina Eybelman)
From left, Kevin Lo, Johnny Nguyen, Hien Huynh and Wayne Tai Lee appear in “Within These Walls,” a premiere at Angel Island Immigration Station. (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)

Angel Island a historical setting for Lenora Lee’s ‘Walls’

San Francisco choreographer Lenora Lee’s monumental aim for “Within These Walls,” her…

From left, Kevin Lo, Johnny Nguyen, Hien Huynh and Wayne Tai Lee appear in “Within These Walls,” a premiere at Angel Island Immigration Station. (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)
In October at ODC Theater, Kate Weare Company presents “Marksman,” which adopts the metaphor of “aim” to examine how people are formed over time.  (Courtesy Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang)

Fall 2017 Arts Preview: Dance

The Bay Area dance community thrives, with performances from seasoned and emerging…

In October at ODC Theater, Kate Weare Company presents “Marksman,” which adopts the metaphor of “aim” to examine how people are formed over time.  (Courtesy Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang)
Charlotte Moraga appears in “The Art of Kathak” at Z Space. (Courtesy Margo Moritz)

Indian dance traditions thrive in SF

Charlotte Moraga is dedicated to continuing the ancient art of Kathak, the…

Charlotte Moraga appears in “The Art of Kathak” at Z Space. (Courtesy Margo Moritz)
Glenisha Alexander, left, and Metzi Henriquez appeared with Fogo Na Roupa Performing Company in the first weekend of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival; performances with other troupes continue this weekend at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy RJ Muna)

SF Ethnic Dance fest lights up War Memorial

The title of the San Francisco Dance Festival’s 39th anniversary program “Uniting…

Glenisha Alexander, left, and Metzi Henriquez appeared with Fogo Na Roupa Performing Company in the first weekend of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival; performances with other troupes continue this weekend at the War Memorial Opera House. (Courtesy RJ Muna)
SFDanceworks' second season program features Penny Saunders’ “Soir Bleu.” (Courtesy Alexander Reneff-Olson)

SFDanceworks rolls smoothly into second season

Judging by its second season program, SFDanceworks is nicely fulfilling its mission…

SFDanceworks' second season program features Penny Saunders’ “Soir Bleu.” (Courtesy Alexander Reneff-Olson)
From left, Aline Wachsmuth, Katie Faulkner and Maurya Kerr (downstage) appear in The Foundry’s “Deep South.” (Courtesy Oxana Ermolova)

‘Walking Distance’ fest serves up lovely dancers

Gorgeous dancers, plentiful videos and themes with indeterminate messages characterized the opening…

From left, Aline Wachsmuth, Katie Faulkner and Maurya Kerr (downstage) appear in The Foundry’s “Deep South.” (Courtesy Oxana Ermolova)
Victor Fung Dance’s “From the Top” is onstage in “A Pirouette with Asia” at Cowell Theater this weekend. (Courtesy San Francisco International Arts Festival)

Victor Fung brings charm to the dance floor

Hong Kong- and London-based choreographer Victor Fung, of Victor Fung Dance, presents…

Victor Fung Dance’s “From the Top” is onstage in “A Pirouette with Asia” at Cowell Theater this weekend. (Courtesy San Francisco International Arts Festival)

International fest promises unique dance, drama and music

The 14th San Francisco International Arts Festival, an 11-day showcase opening May…

Jonathan Powell, center, stands out in “Be Here Now,” a premiere by Trey McIntyre in Smuin’s “Dance Series 02.” (Courtesy Keith Sutter)

Smuin reveals true artistry in ‘Dance Series 02’

If it wasn’t apparent before, Smuin, under the guidance of artistic director…

Jonathan Powell, center, stands out in “Be Here Now,” a premiere by Trey McIntyre in Smuin’s “Dance Series 02.” (Courtesy Keith Sutter)
Dancers and musicians perform together onstage in “Touch Bass,” an unusual and invigorating piece by Risa Jaroslow and Lisa Mezzacappa at ODC Theater. (Courtesy Margo Moritz)

Big instruments, cool dance in ‘Touch Bass’

Dancers and musicians unite in intriguing and inventive ways in “Touch Bass.”…

Dancers and musicians perform together onstage in “Touch Bass,” an unusual and invigorating piece by Risa Jaroslow and Lisa Mezzacappa at ODC Theater. (Courtesy Margo Moritz)
Mix’d Ingrdnts Dance Company is being honored at the 19th annual Bay Area Dance Week. (Courtesy Marcus Salinas)

Bust a move at Bay Area Dance Week

Bay Area Dance Week kicks off on Friday, and everyone is invited…

Mix’d Ingrdnts Dance Company is being honored at the 19th annual Bay Area Dance Week. (Courtesy Marcus Salinas)
Sofiane Sylve is pictured in Balanchine’s “Serenade,” which appears in San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 Program 2. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet announces 2018 season

San Francisco Ballet has announced its 2018 repertory season. Subscriptions ($85-$2,592) go…

Sofiane Sylve is pictured in Balanchine’s “Serenade,” which appears in San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 Program 2. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Dexandro “D” Montalvo, artistic director of Dance Theatre of San Francisco, picked up a couple of Isadora Duncan Dance Awards on Monday at Brava. (Courtesy photo)

Izzies honor the best of 2015-16 Bay Area dance

An inspirational time was had by all at the 31st annual Izzie…

Dexandro “D” Montalvo, artistic director of Dance Theatre of San Francisco, picked up a couple of Isadora Duncan Dance Awards on Monday at Brava. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Rina Mehta appear in “SPEAK.” (Courtesy Margo Moritz)

Rhythm unites tap, Indian classical dancers

One of the ways classical Indian dancers Rina Mehta and Rachna Nivas…

From left, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Rina Mehta appear in “SPEAK.” (Courtesy Margo Moritz)
Dores André dances the title role in Arthur Pita’s “Salome” in San Francisco Ballet's Program 5. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Stagecraft overpowers dance in SF Ballet’s ‘Salome’

It’s easy to see how choreographer Arthur Pita was inspired by David…

Dores André dances the title role in Arthur Pita’s “Salome” in San Francisco Ballet's Program 5. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)