October 13, 2012 |
The Mad Hatter executes demonic time steps, his tap dancing signifying his mindless chatter. An enormous dismembered Cheshire Cat floats through space like a Japanese bunraku puppet. The Queen of Hearts glides threateningly around the stage in a bulbous, hard-framed, heart-shaped gown. Playing cards projected onto a scrim shuffle in concert with a full corps de ballet. And then there's Alice, who hardly ceases dancing through the entire ballet, gets pulled by the White Rabbit into a jelly mold that morphs into a computer-generated spiraling sinkhole, swirling with Victorian font letters.
February 16, 2006
Four of the most prominent classical dancers on Western stages gather for "Kings of the Dance" this weekend at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. No Parisians or Cubans are on the roster, which immediately makes the event incomplete, but expect plenty of firepower from Angel Corella (American Ballet Theatre), Johan Kobborg (Royal Ballet), Ethan Stiefel (ABT) and Nikolai Tsiskaridze (the Bolshoi Ballet).
December 24, 2004 |
ROSE EICHENBAUM looks and listens with equal skill, so her new book, "Masters of Movement: Portraits of America's Great Choreographers," supplies insights as striking as her images. Here are interviews that set the seal on distinguished careers as well as photographs that capture the essence of an artist's public identity. Some of the 59 people she includes aren't really choreographers.
December 20, 2009 |
Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, impatient dancers, choreographers, critics and audience members all hoped that a new breed of innovators would appear to transform theatrical dance the way that Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev radically renewed and updated classical ballet in the first decade of the 20th. We're still waiting. Where are the bold, young choreographers creating imperishable dances, the adventuresome composers and designers venturing off the middle of the road?
October 18, 2013 |
Vincente Minnelli shot the bulk of his 1951 movie "An American in Paris" on soundstages in Culver City. For the long-gestating stage-musical version of the classic film, producers have chosen Paris itself for the big premiere. "An American in Paris" is scheduled to debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in December 2014, organizers have announced. The English-language production -- which will be directed by ballet veteran Christopher Wheeldon -- is aiming for a Broadway run in the spring of 2015.
October 11, 2003 |
By the time this review is published, it'll be too late to see San Francisco Ballet's mixed bill at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion -- a pity, since this four-part program (scheduled only on Thursday and Friday) showcased the company's multifaceted excellence far more persuasively than its undistinguished new "Don Quixote."