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Ballet sweeps across Zellerbach stage

After more than a decade away from Zellerbach Hall, the Joffrey Ballet’s performance on Saturday night (put on by Cal Performances) began with an empty stage. Regal red curtains hung in the background, recalling the stately grand ballrooms found in the novels of Jane Austen — a place where men
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‘Swan Lake’ enchants at Zellerbach

The ballet “Swan Lake” begins with a solitary violin sequence, soaring briefly before crashing into the swell of the orchestra. With this short passage played to spine-tingling perfection, the atmosphere inside Zellerbach Hall, already buzzing from the mere presence of the illustrious Mariinsky Theater (ballet and orchestra), instantly turned spellbinding.
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Famous mother-daughter dance company missteps

We are much unlike the ballet as far as performances go,” forewarned a company musician in his introduction to last Saturday night’s performance by Carolina Lugo’s & Carole Acuna’s Ballet Flamenco at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. He requested that the crowd assume an active role in the performance
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Dance theater fuses gospel and trance at Zellerbach Hall

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offers an alternative to those who are and aren’t into religious or Class A ecstasy. At Cal Performances on March 13, the company translated the inclusive energy of ritual spaces like the club and the church to Zellerbach Hall in pieces featuring gospel and
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Stories narrated through dance at Zellerbach Hall

Introducing last Friday evening’s showing of “Story/Time,” presented by Cal Performances, Bill T. Jones strode to the center of Zellerbach stage, pausing. He made a simple request of the audience. “I would like you to do a little warm-up with me … a conceptual warm-up,” Jones began, asking the audience
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Ensemble dazzles with visions of violence based on ancient Khmer tale

A spectacle of vibrant costumes and poised hand gestures, Khmer Arts Ensemble’s “The Lives of Giants” at Zellerbach Hall is entrancing to behold. The minimalist set, comprised of a bluish-green backdrop with lily pad silhouettes, allowed the dancers’ colorful clothing to dominate the visuals. Most of the cast is garbed
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