Packing 31 performances into just over two weeks, San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker” season is a grueling marathon for the corps dancers, and at the same time a field of opportunity for rising talents. This year the scouting was particularly interesting because the company’s new artistic director, Tamara Rojo, has let the principal ranks thin out during her last hiring round, taking in only new corps members. Consequently, upstarts had more chances at the star roles requiring topmost technical chops. I caught three shows and walked out of the gilt War Memorial Opera House encouraged by both the nearly sold-out crowds in the seats, and by the caliber of the debuts on stage.
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Continue Reading
Dance has always been a part of Tammy Greenwood’s life. Growing up, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics, and when her daughter took up the art form, she became involved through the unwavering—and sometimes self-sacrificing—support that is often asked of a dance mom.FREE ARTICLE