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San Francisco Performances Announces 50th Anniversary Season Dance Performances

Wendy Whelan, celebrated principal dancer with New York City Ballet, brings the San Francisco premiere of her modern dance program Restless Creature, a program of four duets in which each of the choreographers (Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo) is Whelan's dance partner. This may be the last opportunity for San Francisco audiences to see this ballet superstar perform; Whelan has announced she will retire in October of this year. Restless Creature will be performed on January 15-16.

Israel’s modern dance company Batsheva comes to San Francisco in celebration of their 50th anniversary season. On November 6-8, the company performs choreographer Ohad Naharin's Sadeh 21, set to the music of Brian Eno and David Darling.

No stranger to the Bay Area, the renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company returns on April 15-19. The company, which has announced plans to rename itself as Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, will perform Taylor classics and new works, including: Images, Marathon Cadenzas*, Brandenburgs, Danbury Mix, New Work* (to be determined), Promethean Fire, Public Domain**, Fibers**, Troilus and Cressida (reduced), and Esplanade. * Bay Area Premiere / ** SF Debut

All performances will be at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.


Strong Choreography and Dancing Show Diablo Ballet Still Has It After All These Years

Many of the small and not-so-small Bay Area dance companies have come and gone. In light of recent tough economic times, it's to the credit of the Diablo Ballet company and Artistic Director Lauren Jonas that this company of nine dancers is celebrating their 20th anniversary season.

The April 12th performance at Foster City's cozy Hillbarn Theater demonstrated the multidimensional creativity of this enduring company. What they may lack in numbers, they more than make up for in talent. Gifted with at least two talented choreographer/dancers, Robert Dekkers and David Fonnegra, the company presented a strong showing of five short works, including Dekker's intriguing AnOther and Fonnegra's soulful Resistance.

Dekkers also performed Mário Radacovský's Compulsive, an emotionally expressive (explosive?) and comical solo danced around and on a folding (flying?) chair. In End of Time, by choreographer Ben Stevenson, real-life husband and wife partners Rosselyn Ramirez and Derek Sakakura danced a sad and longing pas de deux with nearly gymnastic partnering. Both Resistance and End of Time were accompanied by live music, an accomplishment for a modest production in a small venue.

The only traditional ballet work on the evening's bill was Esmeralda Pas de Deux by Vladimir Bourmeister. The pas de deux was partnered by Mayo Sugano and Robert Dekkers, with the remainder of the company as corps.

The performance was followed by a brief question and answer and a reception in the lobby. Disappointingly missing was In the Dancers' Studio, an improvisational choreography led by Lauren Jonas in previous years' performances. Based on audience suggestions and danced by members of the company, the creation and performance of a mini-ballet was educational and entertaining to a rapt audience. Maybe it will be back next year, along with this enduring company.

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