Dance

Diversity in motion

SF Ethnic Dance Festival triumphs, despite budget cuts and the loss of its main venue

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DANCE Last weekend, World Arts West's San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival closed out four almost completely sold-out weekends of performances. It is tempting to take this 35-year-old celebration for granted. Yet despite universal accolades, excellent audiences, a steadily improving roster of artists, an increase in live music, and ever-better production values, EDF still does not receive the support it deserves.Read more »

Where to next?

LEVYdance celebrates its first decade with an outdoor performance of past works

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DANCE Ben Levy sure knows how to throw a party. For the 10th anniversary celebration of his LEVYdance company, he once again closed off SOMA alley Heron Street, where his studio is located, and hung balloons, speakers, and lights. He put up bars and set out soft sofas, and erected a large stage with a central pit full of pillows (for those who might prefer to recline). It was one of those rare San Francisco evenings with clear skies — and just the slightest of breezes — which made you glad you don't live across any bridges.Read more »

In his footsteps

A new site-specific work pays tribute to local legend Ed Mock

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DANCE If you are even tangentially connected to San Francisco's dance community, one name will pop up again and again: Ed Mock. He was part of San Francisco's awakening as a center for arts on the edge before his death from an AIDS-related illness in 1986.Read more »

Hello solo

Funsch Dance Experience triumphs with 'State'
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DANCE Christy Funsch's latest program, State: not anywhere near to now (May 31-June 2, CounterPULSE), represents what we have come to expect from her work: it is full of surprises, as comfortable as one's own skin, and both immensely private and ever so open. It also keeps some of its secrets. Funsch's primary output has been in solos, a genre she enters into with the utmost confidence. Her dance making is nuanced, rich in detail, and impeccably crafted. For all their quietness, her pieces resonate like finely tuned bells.Read more »

May flowers

Smuin Ballet presents a noteworthy 'Bouquet'

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DANCE Smuin Ballet has grown up. Perhaps that should come as no surprise, since the company celebrates its 20th anniversary this November. While the troupe, now 17 strong, has always been engaged in showing what ballet can be without huge production values (and huge budgets), the company is lately doing it better than ever.Read more »

C who we R

Multiple premieres highlight Company C Contemporary Ballet's spring program

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Take my hand: Our trip to the Follies same-sex dance-off

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Had TLC's Dance Moms lead me astray? I expected cut-throat twirlers and an atmosphere you could cut with a sharpened acrylic nail when I arrived at the April Follies same-sex dance competition on April 27.Read more »

Take the plunge

Falling for FACT/SF's 'Falling'

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DANCE FACT/SF's new Falling is a conceptually demanding, convincingly realized 70-minute sextet that annoys, puzzles, and ultimately persuades. Choreographer Charles Slender set his work on six beautifully-trained, well-rehearsed women. He also engaged excellent collaborators.Read more »

Bass and space

Alonzo King LINES Ballet triumphs with a 30th anniversary collaboration

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DANCE Watching premieres by artists with track records is almost as satisfying as encountering pieces by those unknown to you. With the first, you wonder what else they have come with; with the second, you look for a voice that might grow to find even greater resonance.Read more »

Conflicted dictator

'The Madness of the Elephant' uses music and dance to chart Guinea's political history

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DANCE "Next door," you are told in the packed Senegalese restaurant in the heart of the Mission. "Back there," you hear, as a hand points in a very dark, very empty bar you enter through an unmarked door. What's "back there"? It's a large space, perhaps formerly used for storage, lit by blinking Christmas tree lights and two blinding spots. You wonder what a former African dictator would have thought about a celebration of his life being created in such circumstances. Read more »