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Janice Berman

Janice Berman was an editor and senior writer at New York Newsday. She is a former editor in chief of Dance Magazine.

Articles by this Author

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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Dance Review
October 19, 2012

Alonzo King's new evening-length work Constellation takes his Lines Dance Company ballerinas off-pointe and away from the naturalistic environment of last year’s stunning Resin.

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Dance Review
October 18, 2012

Times Bones, termed a "preview" by its creator, is already luxuriously full of everything you might expect from the master choreographer Margaret Jenkins.

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Upcoming Concert
October 16, 2012

Margaret Jenkins, whose troupe and work has been part of San Francisco’s DNA since the 1970s, presents four performances at the San Francisco JCC’s Kanbar Hall, Oct. 18–21, with dances from the company repertory as well as a preview of the new Time Bones, which she created with her eight dancers. Set to a score by Paul Dresher, it premieres in 2013 as part of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s 40th anniversary season.

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Dance Review
October 13, 2012

Russell Maliphant Company’s AfterLight is a one-hour meditation on Vaslav Nijinsky, an extended composition lovely to look at, yet ultimately disappointing.

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Dance Review
October 10, 2012

If you want to see a literal corps de ballet, or body of the ballet, you have to see the Mariinsky; the company has returned to Cal Performances with a Swan Lake.

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Upcoming Concert
October 9, 2012

British choreographer Russell Maliphant's evening-length After Light, a meditation on the artistry and influence of Vaslav Nijinsky, touches on Nijinsky’s role as one of classical ballet’s greatest dancers, as well as the breakaway invention of his hotly controversial Afternoon of a Faun.

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Upcoming Concert
October 9, 2012

Akram Khan, who credits his international brigade of dancers as collaborators, draws inspiration from Sufism and the Persian poet and mystic Rumi.

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Upcoming Concert
October 9, 2012

The Kirov Ballet, based in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), has reverted to calling itself the Mariinsky Ballet, but its Swan Lake, choreographed in 1950 by Konstantin Sergeyev and based, of course, on the 1895 Petipa/Ivanov version, prevails, uninterrupted by the vagaries of history.

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Feature Article
October 9, 2012

Rudolf Nureyev, ballet’s first modern superstar, was as fastidious and driven about his costumes as his dancing. A new exhibition at the de Young Museum helps to tell the story of his impact on ballet.

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Dance Review
October 4, 2012

Launching its season with terrific dancers and successful explorations of new repertory, Smuin Ballet appears poised to climb to a higher level in the regional ballet firmament.

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Season Preview
September 11, 2012

SFCV leaps into the rich Bay Area dance scene this season. Here’s a guide to events we’ll have our eyes on.

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Dance Review
March 17, 2012

Artistic Director Robert Battle brings an enhanced repertory and an energized company to Cal Performances.

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Dance Review
March 6, 2012

The San Francisco Ballet sets fair Verona aglow as Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo and Juliet returns to the War Memorial Opera House

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Dance Review
March 3, 2012

In its first performances since the Ballet San Jose's recent upheavals, a mixed bill offers mixed results, but cause for hope.

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Feature Article
March 2, 2012

What can you say about a dance company in fewer than 140 characters?

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