December 6, 1988 |
Scaled down to accommodate his small company of fledgling professional dancers, Ronn Guidi's version of "The Nutcracker" for Oakland Ballet offers warmth and charm but ultimately bogs down in timid, repetitive choreography and (mostly) well-groomed but effortful dancing.
March 28, 1988 |
"Giselle" is a bit of a stretch for the Oakland Ballet. But that is healthy. The Northern California company, known for revivals of 20th-Century masterworks, first ventured into 19th-Century Romanticism last October. Company artistic director Ronn Guidi sought out Frederic Franklin, former Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo principal danseur and later ballet master of that company. Franklin had also helped create the bayou "Giselle" for Dance Theatre of Harlem.
December 2, 1987 |
Four Orange County groups have announced holiday productions, including another "Nutcracker" and an old English wassail dinner and concert. The Forum Dance Ensemble will perform "The Nutcracker" ballet Friday through Sunday and Dec. 11-13 at the Forum Theater, 4175 Fairmont Blvd., Yorba Linda. Times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
May 17, 1986 |
Oakland Ballet, known for its meticulous, vital reconstructions of 20th-Century dance classics, brought a brilliant revival of Charles Weidman's 1936 "Lynchtown" to UC Irvine on Thursday. But the rest of the program in the Fine Arts Village Theatre consisted of undistinguished pieces. In "Lynchtown," a drama of crowd reactions to an offstage hanging, nine dancers showed precision and relentless drive in Weidman's astonishing, stylized, regimented and repetitive modern-dance vocabulary.
May 14, 1986 |
Oakland Ballet, nationally known for its vital reconstructions of 20th-Century dance classics, will restage two major works--and introduce choreography by one of the most highly respected dancers from the Bay area--in programs todayand Thursday at UC Irvine. The reconstructions are Kurt Jooss' 1932 anti-war ballet "The Green Table" and modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman's 1936 "Lynchtown." New for local audiences is Betsy Erickson's "At a Time When . . .