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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
May 3, 2013

San Francisco Ballet’s new Cinderella, which had its U.S. premiere Friday night with a cast headed by Maria Kochetkova in the title role, is magic.

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Dance Review
May 3, 2013

The Paul Taylor Dance Company chose a dry and difficult path to open its five-day San Francisco Performances engagement Wednesday.

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Upcoming Concert
April 24, 2013

Taylor, 82 and amazing, sends three shows March 30-April 2 to the Novellus Theater, including local premieres of Kith and Kin, Gossamer Gallants and The Uncommitted. 

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Dance Review
April 23, 2013

The return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for its second engagement at Zellerbach Hall since Robert Battle took over the artistic directorship is, to judge from Tuesday’s opening, a rip-roaring audience success.

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Dance Review
April 19, 2013

Alonzo King Lines Ballet throws itself an elegant, if late, 30th-anniversary celebration, with a work in collaboration with virtuoso Edgar Meyer central to the occasion.

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Artist Spotlight
April 17, 2013

The much-lauded choreographer Paul Taylor reflects on rites of spring on stage and in his own garden, as his company readies for a series of San Francisco performances.

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Dance Review
March 22, 2013

The presentation of neoclassical masters, the inspiration for Ballet San Jose’s performances, covered a lot of ground, and the artists rose brightly to the challenge.

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Dance Review
March 21, 2013

Onegin the evening-length extravaganza is back by popular demand at S.F. Ballet, with a prodigy of gorgeous dancing, stars to corps; an utterly gripping storyline, and a profoundly physical presentation.

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Dance Review
March 16, 2013

ODC Dance presents Program A, which tackles eternal life questions writ large with impressive dancing.

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Dance Review
March 15, 2013

In a last dance of sorts, eight dancers perform works by Trisha Brown; offering a demonstration of beauty so shocking, underlining how difficult it is to absorb that its creator is never going to make another dance.

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Dance Review
February 28, 2013

You can’t scotch S.F. Ballet’s vigor and its ever-venturesome choreography, whether old or young.

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Dance Review
February 26, 2013

Yuri Possokhov's Rite of Spring is extraordinary, demonstrating his mastery of the rhythms and impulses of the score, conducted and played with beauty and precision by Martin West and the S.F. Ballet Orchestra.

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Feature Article
February 22, 2013

In its centenary year, everyone will talk about The Rite of Spring as music. Maybe we should make time to talk about its more dangerous and electrifying aspect — the dancing.

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Dance Review
February 14, 2013

Nijinsky full-length spectacular, with its explosive, searing essence is clearly one of the closest ballets to Director John Neumeier’s heart.

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Dance Review
January 30, 2013

A dazzling trio of works shows off the San Francisco Ballet in top form. A new Wayne McGregor ballet stuns and amazes.

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Dance Review
January 26, 2013

The welcome return visit of the Joffrey Ballet to Berkeley features a mixed bill, both moving and wondrous, and beautifully danced.

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Dance Review
January 25, 2013

Nevabawarldapece, a new, live dance-and-music-and-spoken-word extravaganza choreographed by Robert Moses, is fitfully brilliant, yet at times hard to read.

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Upcoming Concert
January 14, 2013

Artistic Director Ashley Wheater leads the venerable Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet into Zellerbach Hall Jan. 26-27 with Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, Edward Liang’s Age of Innocence and Kurt Jooss’ antiwar classic, The Green Table.

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Dance Review
December 7, 2012

In the S.F. Ballet's opening night of the Nutcracker, a beautiful stage was set, and standout dancers delighted the crowd with this seasonal classic.

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Dance Review
December 7, 2012

A new ballet born at Ballet San Jose includes a little playlet within the ballet that is sometimes a headscratcher, but nevertheless delivers the magic that audiences flock to the Nutcracker for.

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