June 4, 2013

Prince Charming Finds His Dream Girl… at SF Ballet and on YouTube

If you, too, can’t resist fairytales, my latest musings on Cinderella are online at Scene4 Magazine. If you, too, can’t resist to look behind the veil […]
June 1, 2013

Forget Venice!

One of the most amusing and happily anticipated stories in Jacques Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann (apart from the Venice bordello, of course) is the encounter of […]
May 19, 2013

Absence and Presence of True Artists

Bringing back John Cranko’s 1965 ballet Eugene Onegin for a second season was a no-brainer. There are never enough narrative ballets to satisfy the hunger of […]
April 1, 2013


  JOHN NEUMEIER’S NIJINSKY FROM HAMBURG AT SAN FRANCISCO BALLET If you are looking for a choreographic challenge, try taking on the story of the “god […]
March 1, 2013

If A Body Could Grimace

The Joffrey Ballet and The Green Table One of the dance companies I missed most in the past decade or so in the San Francisco Bay […]
February 3, 2013

Quoting Gertrude Stein # 94: Happy Birthday, Gertrude!

  Another Happy Birthday, Gertrude Stein! What is eternally 39 year-old Alice bringing Gertie for her celebration? You bet it’s something she baked, some “entertaining refreshment,” […]
January 14, 2013

Quoting Gertrude Stein says Bye-bye to 2012 and the Summer of Stein

 Bye-bye 2012! BYE-BYE  SUMMER OF STEIN The cartoon by Rick Meyerowitz, “The Girls of Summer,” brings home the sad fact. The year-long Summer of Stein ended […]
January 6, 2013

Happy New Year on Scene4!

Pina Bausch, Alice Waters, John Adams, and Opera on Demand: Everything Old Is New Again Everything old is new again is the topic of the New […]
December 18, 2012

L’Amour à la française

Is there anybody who isn’t curious about how they DO it, the French? Anybody who wouldn’t want to know all about l’amour à la française? An […]
December 9, 2012

Einstein on the Beach — Paris 1976, and Berkeley 2012

I happened to be there, at the première of the  theater event that now seems a landmark of post-modern culture. I saw the revival of Robert […]