The return of the Joffrey Ballet to Berkeley was a joyful reunion as anticipation turned to renewed admiration for fans of the brilliant, 57-year-old, American dance company.
Exploding onto the main stage at Zellerbach Hall like the Fourth of July wrapped in black, white, red and green packaging, Mark Morris’s The Hard Nut made its triumphant return to Berkeley.
It takes a certain kind of performance to cause a near sell-out audience at Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall to rise to a standing ovation and shout for multiple curtain calls. Wednesday night’s opening of the Mariinsky Ballet’s soulful, meticulously executed “Swan Lake” did just that.
On a recent early morning, the sprung bamboo floor at the Luna Dance Institute was gleaming.
Two course at Cal this fall -- an artistic workshop that explores food and a journalism class that digs into food and farming matters -- offer an edible education to students and the community a large as well.
IS LADY LUCK ON YOUR SIDE? The Ragged Wing Ensemble is presenting Fortune: The Complete Works, through Sunday May 27, and it will be one of the first performances in the new Osher Studio in the not-yet-quite-opened Arpeggio Building at 2055 Center Street. Ragged Wing is an ensemble of actors whose mission is to “catalyze a deep cultural shift where artistic action is at the center of vital social change.” The performance is the final chapter in the group’s season-long exploration into Fortune in all its varied meanings. “It features 3 original performances (A Fool’s Errand, Atomic Intuition, Maybe Baby) plus a short feature film (No Outlet) combined with a pre-show ‘audience-interactive playground.” Get tickets here. (more…)
The mighty ship that is the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater docked at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall this week for a residency that begins tomorrow, March 13, and runs through March 18. The company’s Artistic Director, Robert Battle, stands as the captain of an organization that has known only two previous leaders.
In this day and age, when UC Berkeley is cutting staff and its budget and raising student fees, it’s hard to imagine a time when the school saw no bounds to its growth.
On Friday and Saturday, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will present “Story/Time” at Zellerbach Hall courtesy of Cal Performances. Lou Fancher previews the show with the company’s Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong, and, below, sits down with Jones himself to talk about the new project and the impact it is having on his life’s work
More than 300 Berkeley High students stayed after school on Monday to try and set a new world record for the longest Soul Train dance line.
Trey McIntyre is bringing his Boise-based dance company to Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall on November 18th and, along with it, a paradox.
Berkeley’s Dìa de los Muertos celebration in the Gourmet Ghetto Wednesday night offered music, dance, an altar to remember absent friends, weird and wonderful costumes, and food — lots of food, in fact, as the event was planned to coincide with street food fest Off The Grid. The photos here provide just a glimpse of how the evening unfolded by candlelight.