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Winter 2000 Newsletter from San Francisco


January Preview

As the San Francisco Bay Area breathes a collective sigh of relief after enduring a month of The Nutcracker and other similarly-inspired Christmas ballets, we can look forward to some innovative dance performances this month.

The biggest deal this month is of course San Francisco Ballet's gala opening celebration on 24 January 2000 at the War Memorial Opera House. However, don't plan to attend this black-tie affair if you don't already have tickets as it is completely sold out, with tickets all but snapped up within days of being on sale. For those of you lucky enough to have tickets, you can expect to enjoy free champagne prior to the show, a mixed program of short works and excerpts highlighting the upcoming season, and a party with dancing and desserts afterwards.

Sticking with things ballet, Diablo Ballet once again brings us an intriguing program, including "They've Lost Their Footing," a stylish work by modern dance choreographer KT Nelson based on music by Hoven Droven, a "Swedish Celtic punk folk rock" band. Also on display will be the dynamic and explosive "Tarantella" by Balanchine, Nikolai Kabanaiev's sexy and witty "The Puzzle," and the west coast premiere of the pdd from "Lady of the Camellias" by Val Caniparoli, SF Ballet's exciting young choreographer. January 15, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.

In an ironic twist of scheduling, the modern dance company Diavolo, for which Diablo Ballet is sometimes confused, will be visiting SF in January. They kick things off with a rehearsal video screening and discussion session at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBC) January 18. Then they perform "Catapult: La Comedie Humaine," a work in which choreographer Jacques Helm explores "involvement with structures and their affects on human relationships." YBC, January 20-22. Voice of Dance will also host tie-in events consisting of a live chat with Diavolo dancer Nick Erickson January 17 and an after-the-show discussion on January 24.

Another program of exploration of sorts is ODC/San Francisco's Flight II, building upon the success of the original Flight series and featuring works by emerging local choreographers Lea Wolf and Dana Lawton. Among the works to be featured include the premiere of Wolf's "Rossi" with a vocal score of works by Salamone Rossi, a composer of sacred Jewish music in 17th century Italy, and Lawton's "Some Are," another premier performed to a live new score by Sarah Michael. January 14 & 15, ODC Theater.

Bill T. Jones, described as "one of this century's most important artists," will be making one stop in the Bay Area, under the auspices of Cal Performances. He will be performing a rare program of solo works at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, January 21.

Among other intriguing possibilities in January are: The Table Series, three pieces by local choreographers based on a twenty-foot table, at the Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts January 12; Margaret Wingrove Dance Company with special guest Robert Moses at the San Jose Stage, January 7-9; Joe Goode Performance Group's "Drowsy" at the Dancers' Group Studio Theater January 20-22 & 27-29; and Dance Brigade/Wicked Witch Productions' "Queen of Sheba" at Dance Mission Theater, January 21-22, 28-30 & Feb 4-5.

For a complete schedule, including ticket prices and ordering information, please visit the comprehensive Bay Dance page for January.


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