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The DanceView Times, San Francisco Bay Area edition

       Volume 2, Number 7   February 16, 2004    An online supplement to DanceView magazine

An Ambitious Evening

ODC/San Francisco
Dancing Downtown
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
February 12
, 2004

by Rita Felciano
Copyright © 2004 by Rita Felciano
published 16 February 2004

Dancing and music trumped choreography on the opening night of ODC/San Francisco’s 33rd season. Yet with four world premieres, two commissioned scores and a masterpiece of Western music, Bach’s Passacaglia in C Minor, used in an intriguingly fresh manner, the first of two programs certainly didn’t lack ambition. (Two other world premieres are scheduled for the second program which opens later this week.)
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Stephen Petronio Dance Company
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, California
February 7, 2004

Merce Cunningham Dance Company
[Presented by Cal Performances]
Zellerbach Hall,
Berkeley, California
February 8, 2004

by Ann Murphy
Copyright © 2004 by Ann Murphy
published 16 February 2004

Circumstance made bookends out of Stephen Petronio and Merce Cunningham last weekend with Petronio in San Francisco and Cunningham in Berkeley. And though it may seem about as apt to compare them as to compare the poetry of Wallace Stevens and Patty Smith (or, more pertinently, Lou Reed), the two concerts have been bouncing off one another in my mind all week.
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What's On This Week

February 17, 2004
San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum
Balanchine on Screen Series: Dancing for Mr. B - Six Balanchine Ballerinas
In this 1989 film by acclaimed documentarian Anne Belle, six of Balanchine’s most renowned ballerinas -- Mary Ellen Moylan, Maria Tallchief, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley, and Darci Kistler -- recount the joys and challenges of dancing for Mr. B.
Feb 17, 6 p.m, 410 Van Ness Avenue, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, San Francisco

February 19, 2004
Anima Mundi Dance Company

As part of its ongoing Third Thursday performance series, the Asian Art Museum presents a special dance-theater performance by Anima Mundi Dance Company entitled Mountains and Rivers Without End. Based on Pulitzer-prize winner Gary Snyder’s poem of the same name the performance – conceived, choreographed and adapted by Kathryn Roszak – mirrors the rhythms of Snyder’s poem and embraces a variety of styles from contemporary dance to hip-hop to Noh theater.
Feb. 19, 7pm, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., SF, 415-581-3500,

February 19, 2004
Liss Fain Dance

Shifting Land is based on a journey through high plateau and is performed to the music of Mongolian throat singers. In Shifting Land, the dances of Liss Fain, Martt Lawrence and Amy Seiwert are performed in sections that transition seamlessly, one into another without a pause, like a story told from different points of view. By integrating the work of several artists into one production, the pieces gain an intensification and clarity. Feb. 19-21, 8pm, ODC Theater, 3153 Seventeenth St., SF, 415-863-9834,

February 21, 2004
Moscow Ballet

Cinderella. Feb. 21, 8pm, Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags (Civic Center Dr.), San Rafael, 415-499-6800.

February 21, 2004
Zaccho Dance Theatre

Joanna Haigood and Zaccho Dance transform the Forum into a time-warped picture of 3rd and Mission over the past century in a breathtaking aerial dance installation created in collaboration with sculptor and set designer Wayne Campbell. Four buildings converged in the location of the Forum just previous to its construction: the Peerless Movie Theater, the Hotel West, a machine shop and an apartment building. These buildings, expressed in their historical locations by suspended fragments, provide the ghostly setting for a series of solo dancers who will animate the spaces with the stories of the people who lived here once upon a time. Historical and live video and a sound collage provide the backdrop for the installation, which will be performed in and viewable for an otherworldly six-hour period each day. Feb. 21-22, 24-29, continuous performances from 11am-5pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St. (Third), SF, 415-978-2787,

February 20-21, 2004

"Dancing Downtown"
KT Nelson's RingRoundRozi, Brenda Way's Fiendish Variations and Noir
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., SF, 415-978-2787,




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