California Literary Review

Performing Arts

Claiming Cranko’s Shrewd Choreography: An Interview with Andreza Randisek and Rodrigo Guzmán


June 5th, 2012

This ballet is so hard! It will never go perfectly no matter how much you rehearse. Something always goes wrong. But this ballet is one of my favorites is because it’s a joy when you can give the public something for the soul and the brain.

Dance to the Music: National Youth Orchestras of Chile


June 4th, 2012

My father, Hugo Domínguez, had been Hen’s assistant, and one day they were walking in a poor neighborhood, where the kids played soccer barefoot in the dust with a sweater rolled up as a ball. Jorge said to my father, “How many Claudio Araújo’s do you think there are there in that group?” That was his vision.

Theatre Review: The Duchess of Malfi, the Old Vic, London


June 3rd, 2012

It has an older woman marrying her employee in secret, her incestuously-inclined brother who believes he has become a werewolf and a Cardinal who murders his mistress with a poisoned Bible and then sees demons in the fishponds. What’s not to enthuse about?

Album review: Silversun Pickups’ Neck of the Woods


May 29th, 2012

The Smashing Pumpkins themselves were not the sort of people who listened to Melon Collie on repeat while reading Philip K Dick novels, not taking any drugs and staring at their own socked feet on the end of their bed. Silversun Pickups are.

Album Review: The Shallows from I Like Trains


May 26th, 2012

If ever there was a soundtrack for a party held on the oil-drenched shore of a Malibu beach house in Blade Runner, this is it.

Album Review: Iggy Pop’s Après


May 18th, 2012

To those unacquainted with Iggy Pop’s vocals let it be known that they are not merely idiosyncratic, they are bewitching – a feast of aural mesmerism that groans, quavers, and wavers with bass-driven emotion.

Smuin Ballet and Diablo Ballet: Two Praiseworthy Bay Area Dance Companies


May 10th, 2012

There are a few privileges that come with the role of dance critic. One that is not so obvious, but very gratifying, is watching companies start, develop, and come into their own. If you remain in one locale long enough, you see large companies grow more magisterial, and small ones pop up on the horizon, fall away, or survive and aggregate dancers, repertoire, audiences, endowment, and heft.

Album Review: Nick Waterhouse’s Time’s All Gone


May 8th, 2012

There is the distinctly unnerving sensation of both familiarity and newness; the sound of another era that growls, glows, and swings all at once while creating something fresh that was never there before.

Album Review: Rufus Wainwright’s Out of the Game


May 7th, 2012

Underneath the skin of the music there is the pulse of the long car trip, songs that tell stories casually and with the easy rhythm of dotted white lines whipping by along the asphalt.

Album review: Deuce’s Nine Lives


May 3rd, 2012

…and we have achieved triple threat; misogyny, racism and homophobia. Quite an achievement for a guy with a vocabulary of about 300 words.

Broadway Review: Nice Work If You Can Get It


May 3rd, 2012

Broderick gives a generous performance, turning on his patented man-child charm when called upon, but also stepping back and allowing his leading lady and sidemen plenty of space to maneuver. O’Hara makes an apt foil for him, as her persona, even in upbeat scenes, always carries an undertone of fragility.

Five Questions with Oregon Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Christopher Stowell


May 1st, 2012

We have created a lean, but very powerful group of artists with an incredible work ethic and drive and a hunger for giving their all on stage. We also have a sophisticated and eclectic repertoire that our audiences eat up.

Don Quixote, San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House, April 27, 2012


April 29th, 2012

Let the ballet snobs pound sand in the corrida if they find neither rhyme, reason, nor much musical innovation in Don Quixote: It is still that sampler of delicacies which, done right, can end the dance season on a crescendo, and on April 27, San Francisco Ballet surpassed all expectations! The fun begins when your companion of the evening points out querulously that there is a horse trailer parked at the stage door. You explain, “For the donkey.”

Album Review: This Machine from The Dandy Warhols


April 27th, 2012

At times it’s hard to escape an identity that a band has established over the years, and when a group evolves it can be as awkward as the growing pains of adolescence.

An Interview with San Francisco Ballet Soloist Clara Blanco


April 26th, 2012

But dancing a character both fulfills and exhausts you. After Artifact, I felt dead, but it was a good dead!

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