Talking with Emiko Saraswati Susilo, director of Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese music and dance company tucked unobtrusively into a South Berkeley neighborhood.
Alito Alessi wants to eliminate that which isolates people from one another. He does it through dance, in particular, a program he co-developed called DanceAbility. Alessi teaches workshops that mix abled and disabled dancers together. As they improvise and touch, they learn from one another.
If ballet is a matrix, Swan Lake is the matriarch of all matrixes.
Musical morsels become masterpieces in the hands of composers like George Frideric Handel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Spring forward 200-plus-odd years and find dance and design have their modern day monument builders as well.
From shoulders shimmying at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center on San Pablo to couples tautly tangoing at Caffe Mediterraneum on Telegraph Avenue — Bay Area Dance Week (April 25-May 4) is an opportunity to get moving.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
Sometimes, “goodbye” is also “hello.”
Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of Martha Graham Dance Company since 2005, knows what all chefs, farmers, architects, engineers, scientists, philosophers — really, what anyone knows. The key to a delicious, sturdy, profoundly pleasing creation is all in the ingredients. On Friday Jan. 31 and Saturday Feb. 1 at Zellerbach Hall, Cal Performances and the 77-year-old modern dance company will serve up three classic feasts, with live accompaniment provided by the Berkeley Symphony.
Less than two weeks after Cal Performances brought the Nederland Dance Theatre’s exquisite dancers to Zellerbach Hall, Bay Area balletomanes reveled in the Shanghai Ballet’s 50-member, classically gifted company.
If it’s possible for a dance performance to cause tears of joy and dismay, shed simultaneously, then Nederlands Dans Theater’s Oct. 23 appearance at Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall did it.
The Bay Area dance world presents an embarrassment of riches: from ballet to modern, embracing street, jazz, tap, flamenco, ethnic — and pretty much everything else — along the way. Tucked away amid this bounty is a quiet, but dogged gem: Berkeley resident Christian Burns.
Like characters in an ancient Roman frieze, eight young boys assume motionless poses, then spring to pumping, rolling, spinning life in front of the Zellerbach Playhouse on the University of California, Berkeley, campus.