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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

Dance Review
November 9, 2015

The singer takes center stage with the company for the world premiere of The Propelled Heart.

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Dance Review
October 20, 2015

The company presented Giselle as choreographed by Alicia Alonso, founder of the Cuban National Ballet.

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Dance Review
October 19, 2015

The choreographer brought everything from Bach to jazz to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall.

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Dance Review
October 12, 2015

Despite some familiar touches in its performance of Umusuna (Memories Before History), the Butoh dance troupe Sankai Juku remains surprising.

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Dance Review
October 5, 2015

The Mariinsky dancers make the most of Prokofiev’s ballet, despite a few interpretive head-scratchers.

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Dance Review
September 28, 2015

The resident choreographer of Smuin Ballet premieres a confident, beautifully realized work in an evening of pleasurable surprises.

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Feature Article
July 1, 2015

Misty Copeland is now the only African-American principal dancer among America’s top three ballet companies.

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June 23, 2015
The man who led the drive to save Ballet San Jose in March, is leaving the company.
Dance Review
June 8, 2015

The festival brings 300 Bay Area dancers and musicians representing a wide array of cultures to the Palace of the Fine Arts.

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Dance Review
May 11, 2015

The performance had all the pageantry one would expect from the classic tale, but little choreography.

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Dance Review
May 4, 2015

Fine work from the company isn’t enough to bring Shakespeare’s tragedy to life.

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Dance Review
March 30, 2015

The company, having weathered a financial emergency, emerges with a new name and a trio of imaginative pieces focusing on technology.

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Dance Review
March 23, 2015

The dancers, costumes and sets dazzle as the performance starts its 11-day run.

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Dance Review
March 23, 2015

Choreographer K.T. Nelson’s piece Dead Reckoning is a delight, while the troupe’s work based on Ai Weiwei looks confined outside of Alcatraz.

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March 17, 2015
Ballet San Jose raised the fund to finish its season.
Dance Review
March 17, 2015

The ever-cutting edge company has a ball with new works by Ekman, Caniparoli, Welch, and Possokhov.

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March 10, 2015
There is some hope in the effort to avert a Ballet San Jose shutdown.
Feature Article
March 6, 2015

The company reports that it will shut down this month unless it can close a revenue hole.

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Dance Review
March 5, 2015

Two masterful evocations of human togetherness shared the bill in S.F. Ballet's latest program.

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Dance Review
March 2, 2015

The Ballet's third repertory program had a premiere from a 24-year-old, among a set of varied, beautifully danced works.

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