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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.

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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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Dance Review
February 25, 2012

In “Story/Time” Bill T. Jones uses chance, dance, music, and narrative to make every minute count.

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Artist Spotlight
February 23, 2012

Inspired by the work of John Cage, a noted choreographer’s Story/Time didn’t happen merely by chance.

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Dance Review
February 18, 2012

In a program highlighting Yuri Possokhov’s gifted choreography, the San Francisco Ballet has a dance with Dante.

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Dance Review
February 14, 2012

The San Francisco Ballet presented a varying program — ranging from Mark Morris' Beaux and wayne McGregor's Chroma to Christopher Wheeldon's Number Nine — that seemed oddly fitting for the day it fell on, Valentines Day.

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Feature Article
January 6, 2012

After half a year of mystery and doubt, the company's executive director begins to clarify the direction the company will take, its new partnership with American Ballet Theatre, and the season it will present.

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