Finding Trio A

It is a well documented fact that in 1965 the dance and film icon Yvonne Rainer spent about 180 days in a studio in New York City creating what has come to be regarded as the seminal work of post-modern dance – Trio A or The Mind is a Muscle, Part I. As Sally Banes […]

San Francisco Dance Film Festival: 2023 Call for Submissions

San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) is a multi-day international event showcasing the best in dance film from around the world. Looking ahead to our October 2023 festival, we will celebrate our joyous return to in-person programs, building back the much-missed excitement of film on the big screen and live interactions among artists and audiences. […]


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

Critical Dialogues: Heather Desaulniers and Christy Funsch

What if, rather than writing a review, a critic sat down with a choreographer to have a two-way conversation about the work? That’s the experiment behind Critical Dialogues. For this third installment, Christy Funsch, Artistic Director of Funsch Dance Experience, met for coffee with critic Heather Desaulniers to talk about the September 12, 2014 performance […]

PEER Practices in Context

GENERATION Y lives in a world saturated with information. Those of us who were born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s grew up with the Internet and as a result hold different attitudes than our predecessors regarding information and authority. When faced with a question, our generation searches Google, instead of seeking out […]

The Jewish Nutcracker Goes Back in History and Redresses for the Holidays

MAKING HISTORIC COSTUMES for the theater can toss a designer way back in time, but for dancer-designer Jamielyn Duggan it was a quantum leap to 166 BCE for The Jewish Nutcracker, the novel twist to E.T.A. Hoffman’s story using Tchaikovsky’s score, and now in its fourth year. The Jewish Nutcracker embraces the Russian’s iconic music […]

New View: Hallie Dalsimer

Through our ongoing “New View” series, we introduce newcomers to the dance community. This month, we asked Hallie Dalsimer a few questions about herself and her role in the dance community here in the Bay Area. Hallie grew up in Santa Fe and has danced with choreographers there as well as in New York, Tel […]

Critical Dialogues: Rachel Howard and Gregory Dawson

What if, rather than writing a review, a critic sat down with a choreographer to have a two- way conversation about the work? That’s the experiment behind Critical Dialogues. For this fourth installment, choreographer Gregory Dawson, director of DawsonDanceSF, met for coffee with critic rachel Howard to talk about the October 19, 2014 performance of Dawson’s […]

SPEAK: RECKONING: A decade of FRESH Festival and 20 years of ALTERNATIVA

Reckoning with time. There is something thrilling about a new year, a fresh start, the beginning of another cycle around the sun. There is also the reckoning it invites, to acknowledge the past and set things right or free to make space for change. As I prepare for FRESH Festival 2019, a celebration of a […]

Welcome, Sep 2013

Often, Opulent Opportunities co-mingle with high/low art and do-it-yourself sensibilities, mixing cultures and movements—figurative and literal—that collide and complicate the total truth of the occasion. At some future time, the observer perceives these truths that can confirm, or catapult, or even surprise us into the next new moment. These instances, performative or not, are fun; […]