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Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard is the former dance correspondent of The San Francisco Chronicle. She has written on dance in the Bay Area for the last ten years, and her writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Dance Magazine. Her Web site is www.rachelhoward.com.

Articles by this Author

Dance Review
May 31, 2011

In a rare Bay Area appearance, the Royal Danish Ballet performs La Sylphide, a template of tragedy in the ballet canon: woman idealized, then destroyed.

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Dance Review
April 9, 2011

Everything is not “beautiful at the ballet.” A haunting 1911 classic and five startling modern treats animate S.F. Ballet’s current programs.

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Dance Review
April 3, 2011

Paul Taylor’s choreographies still stir, provoke, inspire, even in his company’s 56th year.

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Dance Review
March 19, 2011

The classic story ballet Coppélia comes home to the San Francisco Ballet, in a radiantly danced new production.

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Dance Review
January 29, 2011

Giselle might have seemed merely an ordinary start to the San Francisco Ballet’s 78th season were it not for the sharply contrasting talents of two of the world’s most interesting ballerinas: Yuan Yuan Tan and Sarah Van Patten.

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Dance Review
October 1, 2010

Last week marked the first return of the Mark Morris Dance Group to UC Berkeley since Robert Cole’s retirement and Matías Tarnopolsky’s start as director of Cal Performances; Friday at Zellerbach Hall, it was good to see that not much has changed. The choreographer best known for illuminating complex scores and the dancers known for making virtuosity out of unaffected humanity were both doing just that — yet, in unexpected ways, Morris may have raised the bar.

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Dance Review
July 23, 2010

Since 2006, Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole has lured the likes of Joshua Bell and the Russian National Orchestra to wine country in the summer months for an orgy of the tasteful high life: the world’s finest musicians paired with the region’s best wines, enjoyed between meals at the area’s architecturally exquisite estates, vineyard strolls, and test drives of the Bentleys parked on display. On Friday, thanks to the sponsorship of Dede Wilsey, the festival added ballet to its pleasures, with tremendous success. “Stars of American and Russian Ballet” sold out Yountville’s Lincoln Theater.

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Chamber Music Review
June 12, 2010

“Miriam’s Well,” billed as “an interfaith collaboration of sacred dance, music, and poetry,” begins and ends with a poem by Coleman Barks, popular scholar of the Sufi mystic poet Rumi:

What is praised is one, so the praise is one, too, Many jugs being poured into one huge basin. All religions, all this singing, one song.
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Dance Review
May 1, 2010

For general ballet-goers, the run of Romeo and Juliet that opened Saturday and continues through this week is the crowning jewel of San Francisco Ballet’s 2010 season, which takes over the War Memorial Opera House every January through May.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 20, 2010

“This is for her,” another critic said to me Saturday during the rapturous standing ovation that greeted the U.S. premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid at the San Francisco Ballet.

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Dance Review
January 27, 2010

No one enjoys breaking the news that San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson’s production of Swan Lake, unveiled last year, has serious flaws. After all, even a distantly faithful combination of the Tchaikovsky score and what has been handed down of the 1895 Ivanov/Petipa choreography is practically guaranteed to cast a spell on a general audience — who wants to kill that buzz?

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