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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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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