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LEVYdance Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Season

LEVYdance Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Season

Living in SF, we hear a lot about groundbreaking ideas—everything from tech and clean energy to arts and culture. Here's another to add to your radar (hold the eye roll, please). LEVYdance, which was formed by UC Berkeley kids in 2002, has been pushing the envelope for 10 years now, and their reach extends far beyond SF. The Washington Post describes artistic director Benjamin Levy as a stylish craftsman and the Chronicle declared last year's ROMP one of the top 10 dance moments of 2011. The company has also toured more than 20 cities nationally and internationally to Scotland, Germany, and Lithuania. Not too shabby.

Love, Denial, and Agony in SF Ballet's Season Opener

San Francisco Ballet Onegin

Girl falls in love with boy. He rejects her, only to change his mind years later. Complicated, yes? Onegin, the first full-length ballet of San Francisco Ballet’s 2012 season, manifests the perils of first love in a dramatic performance filled infatuation, rejection, envy, and regret.

$5 Dance Your Heart Out Day

$5 Dance Your Heart Out Day

Flamenco, Modern, Gyrokinesis—learn all the smooth moves this Saturday when Alonzo King LINES Dance Center opens its doors for a full day of classes.

Capacitor: Art and Science Dance to Save The World

Capacitor: Art and Science Dance to Save The World

Always looking for new ways to help save the ocean, here's one I hadn't heard of. Capacitor is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary dance company known for mind blowing, visually stunning performances. Think Cirque du Soleil, on a smaller scale. Aerial dancers and contortionists are regular performers, but it's their involvement with members of the scientific community that makes non-profit Capacitor something to watch and listen to.

Dance for the Thinkers

InkBoat’s Line Between

InkBoat tends to shift between the stages and streets of New York, Berlin, and Tokyo, but San Francisco gets this world premiere. Line Between is a physical exploration of the space between waking and sleeping from this inventive dance theater cadre. Influences include Korean shamanism, conversations with neuroscientists, and detailed pondering about why celebrities get so much air time in our dream worlds.

December 2-4. ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street. Tickets are $17-30 at odctheater.org.

Hover Space by Stacey Printz Dance

Scenes of the City: SF Hip Hop Dancefest

This weekend brought the 13th Annual SF Hip Hop Dancefest to the Palace of Fine Arts. The three-day dance fest welcomed acts from all over the world, including several from our very own SF. Check out the pics from Program B of Saturday night.

Dancing on MUNI, It's a Thing

Two bicycles, ten ODC performers, and multiple MUNI trains meet in Trolley Dances, a yearly event that sends local dancers into the wilds of the San Francisco transportation system. 

Different sections of Transit, KT Nelson’s new full-company piece for ODC, will be staged on specially-made bicycles that are slow to the point of immobility. (Insert inevitable MUNI joke here.) Set to music by Nico Muhly, Transit explores common spaces and common good and how we get around in both.

Dancing In The Streets: Katie Faulkner and Little Seismic Dance Company

Intrinsic internal questions tend to stay internal. But no more. Choreographer Katie Faulkner and multimedia artist Michael Trigilio lead little seismic dance company in We Don't Belong Here, a new public performance project that plays very physically with ideas of belonging and finding your place in the world.

Project Bandaloop Suspended in Oakland

In twenty years, Project Bandaloop has flown from mountain tops, down skyscrapers, and through the air as if they had made the evolutionary leap from shoulder blades to wings. They aren’t precisely weightless, more strapped in with super-strength harnesses, but they do defy gravity. 

Known around the world for innovative aerial work in unconventional spaces - like the cliffs of Yosemite and the Chattanooga Bridge - Project Bandaloop kicks off its 2011 season with something new. A large-scale vertical work, Bound(less) is accompanied by live music from Dana Leong and his band. A physical - and death-defying - look at how we forge our identity through interactions with our community and our environment, Project Bandaloop hits the wall again.  

Extinction Burst: Dance of the Dead at California Academy of Sciences

We don’t really know how a Tyrannosaurus Rex moved. Sure, there are skeletal indications and paleontologists who’ve made careers of knowing their dinosaurs. But unless a Tyrannosaurus Rex comes back to life and gives us a seven ton demonstration, there's still some mystery. I mean, maybe dinosaurs had roller skates. Maybe they rode massive winged unicorns. We just can't be sure.

Acclaimed choreographer Chris Black investigates this very phenomenon (minus the unicorns) in a site-specific work at California Academy of Sciences. Sending five contemporary dancers hurtling through the museum in the foot steps of long-departed species, Black evokes a very physical brand of nostalgia for that which will never walk the earth again. 

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