‘Swan Lake’ stuns with engaging aesthetics at Zellerbach

Passion, betrayal, madness and tragedy: This is the recipe for Graeme Murphy’s revamped version of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” which ran at Zellerbach Hall with the help of Cal Performances last week. Despite major departures from the classic ballet, it does not disappoint. Founded in 1962, the Australian Ballet is still
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Cal Raijin Taiko drums up history

There are certain elements of attending UC Berkeley that truly epitomize the student experience: football and basketball games, a cappella concerts, protesters, picket lines and late-night cram sessions, just to name a few. There’s one element of the student lifestyle everyone recognizes — but few truly know about it. Students
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NPR host, dancers delight at Zellerbach

“We know that you have no idea what you’re in for at all.” Show host Ira Glass acknowledged that combining dance and radio seems, and is, a bit ludicrous. As two separate media — one primarily based in audio and one primarily based in visuals — nothing inherently combines the
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Alvin Ailey dance show at Zellerbach embodies collaborative movement

A row of feather-skirted women leap across the floor, their precise synchronicity matched only by the movements radiating from flexed muscles and clenched fists, illuminating the stage with their dominating presence. This is one of many iconic, enchanting moments captured in “LIFT” by Aszure Barton, one of the pieces making
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Trey McIntyre Project has its last dance at Zellerbach

In what Cal Performances called “The Farewell Tour of the Trey McIntyre Project,” the Boise-based contemporary dance company gave performances on March 21 and 22 that evoked a sense of an ending as well as enthusiasm for what is yet to come. Since its founding in 2005 by choreographer Trey
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Shanghai Ballet’s ‘The Butterfly Lovers’ cracks the cocoon

Last week, Cal Performances brought the internationally renowned Shanghai Ballet to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall in a night of drama, elegance and class. The company danced “The Butterfly Lovers,” a childhood romance with fatal consequences that has been touted as China’s “Romeo and Juliet” story. Former principal dancer Xin Lili
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Fresh Meat Festival gives a stage to queer performers

“I’m not trapped in the wrong body — the world is trapped in wrong-headed assumptions about gender and bodies,” Dana Morrigan proclaimed to a packed audience at Z Space in the Mission. Morrigan spoke at the Fresh Meat Festival, an annual event created so that queer and trans* artists could
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Alvin Ailey reinvigorates modern dance

Dance company performs at Zellerbach

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is quintessential American dance, balancing new and traditional, embracing color, new movement, props and humor. Under new artistic director Robert Battle, the company has become particularly more contemporary, concentrating less on the Negro spirituals that defined its repertoire before him. However, this more contemporary
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