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Janice Berman

Janice Berman, SFCV’s senior dance critic, has been a dance writer and reviewer since 1978, beginning at Newsday and New York Newsday. She has written on dance for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Ballet Review, and Dance Magazine, where she was editor-in-chief.

Articles by this Author

Streaming Review
October 21, 2020

This year’s San Francisco Dance Film Festival hasn’t missed a step in its transition to the smaller screen.

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Feature Article
September 25, 2020

Ballet was just the beginning for Chafin Seymour, the rising San José dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

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Streaming Review
August 10, 2020

SF Ballet’s Dance of Dreams captures our times on film in iconic San Francisco settings.

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Feature Article
July 6, 2020

Hope Boykin carries on the important work of dancing, creating, and sharing, even as the dance stages and studios are shuttered.

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Artist Spotlight
May 4, 2020

The company’s artistic director shares his ideas for coping with uncertainty and celebrates promotions and a new addition.

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April 27, 2020
Our dance critic shares a bevy of great movies to set your spirits dancing.
Dance Review
March 10, 2020

The Joffrey Ballet offers a sea of delights at Cal Performances.

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Feature Article
March 5, 2020

Choregrapher Cathy Marston’s Mrs. Robinson is a new take on The Graduate.

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Dance Review
February 28, 2020

Cellist Maya Beiser and dancer Wendy Whelan grapple with the tragedy of 9/11 in a Bay Area premiere.

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Dance Review
February 23, 2020

Paul Taylor’s dances are as timeless and moving as ever at the YBCA.

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Dance Review
February 17, 2020

The dancing is admirable, but the ideas don’t pay off in Trey McIntyre’s new piece.

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Dance Review
February 15, 2020

It’s all bright on the surface, but Mark Morris’s sprightly play on perky, mid-century musical tropes has a darker side, too.

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Dance Review
February 11, 2020

The lauded choreographer wraps a year as artist-in-residence at Grace Cathedral with three powerful “offerings” danced in the church’s nave.

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Dance Review
January 23, 2020

The classic confection reveals new magic in the current revival.

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Dance Review
January 2, 2020

Cunningham is a beautiful documentary that clarifies the choreographer’s place in dance history.

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Dance Review
December 13, 2019

It’s a time to admire not just the stars but the SF Ballet School, a key to the company’s success.

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Dance Review
November 4, 2019

The St. Petersburg company is flawless, and the work is transcendent, in a showing at Cal Performances.

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Dance Review
June 24, 2019

James Sofranko’s company, now in its fourth season, gives world premieres with superb dancers.

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Dance Review
May 13, 2019

The troupe’s mélange of percussive dance with cutting-edge electronics and live music brings down the house at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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Dance Review
May 8, 2019

The choreographer’s humanity and storytelling ability combine with superb performances.

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