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The DanceView Times, San Francisco Bay Area edition

       Volume 2, Number 8   February 23, 2004    An online supplement to DanceView magazine

Conjuring Loie Fuller

Dance of the Elements
Time Lapse Dance
Nitery Theater, Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
February 17, 2004

by Rita Felciano
Copyright © 2004 by Rita Felciano
published 23 February 2004

Howling winds and slashing rains couldn’t keep me from traveling to Stanford the other evening despite the fact that my little car was telling me in no uncertain terms that it didn’t belong on a freeway during such a dark and stormy night. But then how many chances does one get to see something at least approximating what the mother of modern dance, one Loie Fuller, of Fullersburg, Ill and Paris, France, might have looked like?

Choreographer/historian Jody Sperling was to present a one-time only lecture/demonstration on Fuller. No hurricane-like conditions were going to stop me from getting an approximation of what Fuller started with such might consequences in the last decade of the 19th century.
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What's On This Week

February 24, 2004
Balanchine on Screen Series

Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse
In this moving 1990 documentary, star ballerina and Balanchine's greatest muse Suzanne Farrell speaks candidly about her passionate relationship with her mentor both on and offstage. Includes interviews and extensive archival performance footage. Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary.
Feb 24, 6 p.m, 410 Van Ness Avenue, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, San Francisco

February 24, 25, 27, 29
San Francisco Ballet
Imaginal Disc (Adam-Pierce)
Grosse Fugue (van Manen-Beethoven)
Rush (Wheeldon-Martinu) company premiere
War Memorial Opera House, San Francico;

February 26, 28
San Francisco Ballet

Les Carnaval des Animaux (Ratmansky-Saint-Saëns)
Paquita (Makarova-Minkus)
Tomasson World Premiere
War Memorial Opera House, San Francico;

February 27, 2004
Fellow Travelers Performance Group

Choreographers Ken James and Cynthia Adams. Unexpected Corners:  "A kind of walking tour of odd events."Feb. 27-29, 8pm, Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St. (Florida), SF, 510-465-3144,

February. 27- 28, 8:00 pm
ODC Theater presents local choreographers
The Underserved

ODC Theater’s response to the funding crisis in California – an open call to choreographers at large to bring us their favorite five-minute pieces for an action packed festival program. Solos, duets, quartets, and quintets, from: Mary Armentrout, Hillary Bryan and Dawn Frank, Natasha Carlitz, Dog Patch Superstars, Natalie Greene, Kelly Kemp, Joan Lazarus, Abby Neitlich, Jane Sato, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Andrew Wass.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 978-2787

February 27-28, 8 p.m.
ODC/San Francisco

Dancing Downtown 2004. KT Nelson's RingRoundRozi; Brenda Way's Fiendish Variations and Noir.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 978-2787

February 28, 2004
Ballet Flamenco Eva Yervavuena

Feb. 28, 8pm, Feb. 29, 7pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Bancroft (Telegraph), 510-642-9988.




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This weeks' articles


Mindy  Aloff's Letter from New York

The Balanchine Celebration
New York City Ballet:
A Veteran and a Raw Recruit
by Mindy Aloff

Heart and Soul
by Mary Cargill

Kid Stuff
Cas Public's If You Go Down To the Woods Today
by Susan Reiter

San Francisco Ballet:
New Wheeldon (Rush)
by Rita Felciano

New Tomasson (7 For Eight)
by Paul Parish

Possokhov's New Firebird for OBT
by Rita Felciano

Moscow Festival Ballet and Scott Wells
by Paul Parish

Hamburg Ballet's Nijinsky:
Nijinsky—Lost in the Chaos
by Clare Croft

NijinskyMadness and Metaphor
by Alexandra Tomalonis

Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes
by George Jackson

Batsheva: Breaking Down Walls
by Lisa Traiger

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
by Clare Croft

Choreographers Showcase
by Tehreema Mitha

Zoltan Nagy
by George Jackson







Rita Felciano
Alison Garcia
Ann Murphy
Paul Parish


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