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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

Feature Article
February 10, 2014

A peek at this season’s promising movers, shakers, dancers, and makers.

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Dance Review
February 7, 2014

Aszure Barton’s 2012 creation for seven gifted dancers — six men, one woman, her co-collaborators, comes to San Francisco Performances.

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Dance Review
January 31, 2014

The return of Martha Graham Dance Company to Zellerbach Hall featured dancers with strong Graham technique, style, and substance and repertory that was alive and juicy.

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Dance Review
January 19, 2014

Glorious dancing to a seeming musical puzzle is the signature of Random Dance’s Far, the London company seen at Yerba Buena Gardens.

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Dance Review
November 18, 2013

The Festival Jérôme Bel demonstrated new ways we can think across the boundaries of artist and non-artist, performer and spectator, in refreshingly fun shows at Stanford.

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Dance Review
November 16, 2013

As far as galas go, the one at Ballet San Jose welcoming the new Artistic Director spoke well for the company’s future.

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Feature Article
November 10, 2013

José Manuel Carreño, the new artistic director of Ballet San Jose, has a vision for the company that is globe-hopping and local, contemporary and neo-classical; a refreshed troupe that will hold its own near and far.

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Dance Review
November 1, 2013

The Butterfly Lovers, distinctively Chinese by design and beautiful to look at, reveals the strengths and weaknesses inherent in this east/west mash-up.

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Dance Review
October 25, 2013

Alonzo King Lines Ballet performs two works, one of which is inspired through line, poetry, and writing; all incorporated into the choreography.

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Dance Review
October 23, 2013

A visit from the Nederland Dans Theater, ecstatically received on opening night, featured dancers that can handle any style, mood or mode, even in pursuit of the same theme — memory and regret — in each of two ballets.

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Dance Review
October 11, 2013

In the centennial year of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, comes the new, perplexing and engaging dance/theater piece A Rite.

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Dance Review
October 10, 2013

Yulan, perhaps best described as a Chinese-style Cirque du Soleil, is a brilliantly colored, imaginative extravaganza starring the Dalian Acrobatic Troupe.

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Dance Review
October 4, 2013

The program XXTremes, which opened the Smuin Ballet's season, journeyed across varied landscape and had a good time doing so.

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Dance Review
September 29, 2013

A review of the live-streamed show of the Joe Goode Performance Group’s newest dance/theater work, Hush, performed live through Sunday at Z Space.

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Dance Review
September 26, 2013

Bodytraffic dance troupe finds a clear lane in highly entertaining works at the ODC Theater.

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Dance Review
September 16, 2013

The 22nd annual West Wave Dance Festival offered a wide range of dance troupes, demonstrating talent, vivacity, and dramatic partnering. 

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Dance Review
September 15, 2013

The San Francisco Dance Film Festival offered fine examples of live performance on film and video, in a showcase in which the shorts intrigued the most.

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Dance Review
June 15, 2013

The 35th Ethnic Dance Festival features 10 troupes performing for their love of community and homeland and the joy is contagious.

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Dance Review
June 12, 2013

Mark Morris demonstrates, once again, that he has quite an ear in the presentation of (the world premiere) Spring, Spring, Spring and Mosaic and United, one of his best pieces. 

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Upcoming Concert
May 31, 2013

The master, music director of Cal Performances’ Ojai North festival (not to mention Ojai itself), brings his company to Zellerbach Hall for one night only.

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