Diablo Ballet shines in a virtual “Balanchine & Beyond”

Amid the dreariness of an ongoing pandemic, Diablo Ballet shines in the second program of their 27th season, featuring Balanchine’s Who Cares?,  Penny Saunders’ Berceuse, the world premiere of Two One Self, co-choreographed by Derion Loman and Michael Wells, and the Act III Wedding Scene from The Sleeping Beauty. The virtual performance, filmed in Diablo … Read more

Schubert’s seductive “Death and the Maiden”

I don’t consider myself to be someone easily seduced, much less by Death, but Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” sears a haunting image on my psyche that has few equals in music. (One of them being, ironically, another Schubert piece, his Impromptu No. 3 that I blogged about HERE. And, okay, Debussy’s “Afternoon of a … Read more

BALLET ORPHANS has launched!

  My new novel, BALLET ORPHANS, was released on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021, and the launch party was a blast! The following is a post from late December. BALLET ORPHANS will launch on Saturday, January 2nd, I want YOU, dear reader, to join me at a rollicking 80’s-themed launch party. You know how you get … Read more

10 reasons you’ll love SFB’s “Nutcracker Online”

Why the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker Online production, you ask? Because of course you have other options to watch The Nutcracker online this year. Dozens upon dozens of options, from companies all around the world. So. Here, up front, are ten good reasons: Because the first full-length North American Nutcracker started right here Those 600 … Read more