San Francisco Dance Film Festival

THE FIRST ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO DANCE FILM FESTIVAL, presented by Motion Pictures and hosted by Ninth Street Independent Film Center, is taking place March 5-7, 2010. The weekend will involve, special guests and workshops, and feature local, national and international dance films. Greta Schoenberg is the mastermind behind this festival. She has spent the past […]

Dance Film Comes of Age

A look at the marriage of dance and film. Stephanie Linakis explores this artistic shift, who it interests, and which events in the upcoming year will highlight the use of this medium.


Bodies are perfect. They are also complex, colorful and filled with tons of cool applications. Each body is the ultimate super computer, efficiently organizing 37.2 trillion cells that are in action 24 hours a day. As complex as our bodies are, we easily reboot with some rest and automatically update our operating systems. The body […]

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; […]

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 […]

The Complexities and Contradictions of Awards Ceremonies

Mikhail Baryshnikov has a slew of honors to include in his biography, and for years listed prominently the “Bessie,” or New York Dance and Performance Award, which he was given in 1997. David R. White, creator of the Bessies, mentions this on the phone when I ask him if dance awards have any particular value. […]


“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 […]