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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
February 24, 2015

A practically perfect Fancy Free, highlighted the company's repertory season opener.

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Artist Spotlight
January 5, 2015

A versatile choreographer who still dances after four decades, Caniparoli talks about his career, his most popular ballet, and about finding diamonds-in-the-rough at San Francisco Ballet.

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Dance Review
December 14, 2014

With a wonderful performances by principals, notably Mathilde Froustey, and a wonderful set design, The Nutcracker is a holiday delight.

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Dance Review
November 15, 2014

Alonzo King LINES Ballet brings Shostakovich and Rasa to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, works that showcase King's distinct movement style.

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Dance Review
November 7, 2014

Attention must be paid to Israeli dance group, Batsheva, which performed captivating feats of balance, elevation, and extension at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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Dance Review
September 26, 2014

A kaleidoscopic night of festivity and irony at the massive site-specific exhibit “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” celebrates the famed Chinese dissident artist by calling attention to his absence.

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Dance Review
September 25, 2014

It’s a given that Mark Morris is one of the best dance makers not only now, but ever. His genius was on view in his current tour to Berkeley.

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Dance Review
September 18, 2014

With The Luminous Edge, the company Garrett + Moulton have created something special.

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Feature Article
September 2, 2014

Even as its artistic reputation soars, the financially strapped company’s unpredictable ways continue. Can the new season bring new stability?

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Dance Review
April 29, 2014

Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird, which had its world premiere at the San Francisco Ballet Tuesday night, is almost shockingly wonderful.

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Dance Review
April 25, 2014

With music from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale conducted by Nicholas McGegan, Acis and Galatea, a Cal Performances co-production and world premiere is a delight.

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Dance Review
April 4, 2014

A San Francisco Ballet program of Caprice, Maelstrom, and Rite of Spring sparkles as the dancers go for all.

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Dance Review
April 2, 2014

Enigmatic and often thrilling, Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet Shostakovich Trilogy, the first-ever co-production of American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet, had its West Coast premiere.

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Feature Article
March 28, 2014

The artistic director of San Francisco Ballet is as vital and creative, at 71, as ever. He distills lessons from his career as he talks about his new ballet.

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Dance Review
March 20, 2014

The ODC Dance Company’s opening-night work, boulders and bones, the second choreographic collaboration between Brenda Way and KT Nelson is a don't-miss trifecta of dance, music, and visual arts.

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Dance Review
February 22, 2014

It’s rare to see dancers perform not only gorgeously but with such seamless unity as the Cedar Lake Ballet.

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Dance Review
February 20, 2014

The S.F. Ballet launched its second mixed bill of the season with a tasty buffet that included Natalia Makarova's La Bayadère included Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird.

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Dance Review
February 18, 2014

Program 2 at the S.F. Ballet moves from a rather rote Tears onto delight in From Foreign Lands and a radiance in Borderlands

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Dance Review
February 14, 2014

After shaking off some initial jitters the Ballet San Jose works its magic and sets the footing for a strong relationship with the audience to come.

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Dance Review
February 12, 2014

John Neumeier and the Hamburg Ballet's Midsummer Night's Dream isn't just neoclassicism on a grand scale, with dazzling costumes, magical settings, a full orchestra, and plenty of fine dancers — it's great fun.

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