Pascal Rioult at Cal Performances

Slow Dancing at the gym Pascal Rioult’s company opened its Saturday evening performance at Cal Performances with a contemporary interpretation of the Nijinska–Stravinsky ballet, Les Noces. Meant to portray a peasant village wedding, the ballet early manifests that it is both sexual and political. The marriage, according to Nijinska, was “an act of immolation”—neither bride nor groom chose the other but was simply part of a ritualized drive for procreation....

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San Francisco Ballet’s Program 1

Imaginings in mauve Lilacs with their heavy, mothlike blossoms, lavender colors and thick sweet fragrance. Lilacs, a cold weather flower: if you leave Moscow for San Francisco, you leave them behind. Lilacs can...

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Stanford Lively Arts presents Urban Bush Women and Compagnie Jant-Bi

Through worlds of dance Full of energetic movement executed by powerful dancers in the full flow of their bodies’ vigor, The Scales of Memory is an 80-minute collaboration by the men of the Senegalese dance company, Compagnie Jant-Bi, and the women of the American dance company, Urban Bush Women. Cross-cultural dance concerts are specialties of both these excellent companies. “Resistance,” the first of the work's three parts, began with all the dancers...

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Lines Ballet at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Tracings of light on a screen, which is gray like an overcast sky but golden as if shielding sunlight. The light is a dream or the muted ramblings of light behind the eyelid of a closed eye, so intimate as to be subconscious. Two bodies move through the space in dreamlike movement. One body folds into another, curling around. A sudden collapse. A slithering on the floor. A stuttering. Around the figures rises a watery sound from the sax. Pebbly, like small rocks churning in a rapid...

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Lines Ballet’s ‘The Steady Articulation of Perserverance’

Tracings of light on a screen, which is gray like an overcast sky but golden as if shielding sunlight. The light is a dream or the muted ramblings of light behind the eyelid of a closed eye, so intimate as to be subconscious. Two bodies move through the space in dreamlike movement. One body folds into another, curling around. A sudden collapse. A slithering on the floor. A stuttering. Around the figures rises a watery sound from the sax. Pebbly, like small rocks churning in a rapid...

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Mark Morris’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Cal Performances

What would Mark Morris be without irony? And what is Shakespeare without words? Both of those questions are answered in part by the Mark Morris Dance Group’s performance of Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare, which was presented by Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall this past weekend. Not to say the Morris Romeo & Juliet lacked humor and whimsy. There were many touches of that in the production—especially the sets. Comprised of three trompe l’oeil...

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