Val Caniparoli

From left, Mingxuan Wang, Jim Sohm and Kristi DeCaminada (as the grandparents) and Lauren Parrott -- along with San Francisco Ballet School students -- appeared opening night Dec. 12 of San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 “Nutcracker.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s 2018 ‘Nutcracker’ underway with good cheer

In Wednesday’s opening of San Francisco Ballet’s 74th year of “Nutcracker” --…

 

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…

 

Sarah Griffin, Andre Silva and Peter Franc appear in Amy Seiwert’s “Instructions,” part of the “SKETCH 6” series. (Courtesy David DeSilva)

Amy Seiwert Imagery’s dances take chances with words

Choreographer Amy Seiwert admittedly has been challenged by her upcoming world-premiere “Instructions,”…

 

Courtesy PhotoSan Francisco Ballet’s Program Six inlcudes a reprise of Edwaard Liang’s “Symphonic Dances.”

San Francisco Ballet’s mixed Program Six mostly a delight

Although the San Francisco Ballet’s sixth program got off to a shaky…

Courtesy PhotoSan Francisco Ballet’s Program Six inlcudes a reprise of Edwaard Liang’s “Symphonic Dances.”
COURTESY PHOTOPoetry in motion: San Francisco Ballet’s Program Six includes a reprise of Edwaard Liang's "Symphonic Dances"

S.F. Ballet’s mixed Program Six mostly a delight

Although San Francisco Ballet's sixth program got off to a shaky start…

COURTESY PHOTOPoetry in motion: San Francisco Ballet’s Program Six includes a reprise of Edwaard Liang's "Symphonic Dances"
COURTESY PHOTOFlying feat: John Scott Orr dances in Val Caniparoli’s “Swipe

Smuin Ballet gets serious

Smuin Ballet is known for spice and sass, but this spring, it’s…

COURTESY PHOTOFlying feat: John Scott Orr dances in Val Caniparoli’s “Swipe

Vivid, yet remote, homage to Tosca Café

When the lights rise mistily on the darkly glowing set that replicates…